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Energy

  • January 4, 2019

    Platinum Liquidators Ask To DQ Curtis From Fraud Suit

    The liquidators for Platinum Partners’ flagship fund asked a Manhattan federal judge Friday to disqualify Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP from representing a Platinum founder in a suit brought over the hedge fund’s alleged $1 billion fraud, citing the firm’s prior representation of the fund.

  • January 4, 2019

    Frac Sand Co. Says Schlumberger Unit Owes More Than $1M

    Schlumberger Technology Corp. owes more than $1 million to a frac sand company for allegedly breaching an agreement to buy a certain amount of the sand each quarter, according to a lawsuit filed in Texas on Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    Bankrupt Construction Co.'s Bid To Recoup $108M Bills OK'd

    New York-based construction company Durr Mechanical Construction Inc. received court permission Thursday to pursue about $108.2 million in claims against project owners and an equipment maker as part of the company’s effort to recoup over $122 million in unpaid bills that led it to file for bankruptcy last month.

  • January 4, 2019

    Ukrainian Co. Appeals OK Of Carpatsky's $147M Award

    A Ukrainian company on Thursday appealed to the Fifth Circuit, seeking to overturn a December ruling that finalized the confirmation of a $147 million arbitration award issued in favor of U.S.-based Carpatsky Petroleum Corp. in a dispute over a soured oil and gas development deal.

  • January 4, 2019

    Import Surge Tied To Trump Pushes EU Into New Steel Tariffs

    The European Union announced Friday that it will look to place temporary safeguard restrictions to head off an import surge of imported steel, a spike it claims was fueled in part by President Donald Trump's own steel tariffs imposed last year.

  • January 4, 2019

    Chevron To Settle Gas Additive Damages Suit For $11M

    Chevron USA and Union Oil Co. of California said they reached a settlement with a California water district prior to a Phase 1 trial scheduled to start this month, agreeing to pay $11 million to end claims over alleged drinking water contamination from gasoline releases.

  • January 3, 2019

    Syncrude To Pay CA$2.75M For Great Blue Heron Deaths

    Alberta-based oil sand mine operator Syncrude Canada Ltd. will pay CA$2.75 million ($2.04 million) to provincial and federal authorities after pleading guilty to violating the Migratory Birds Convention Act in the wake of the deaths of 31 great blue herons at one of its mine sites.

  • January 3, 2019

    Susman Pioneer Is Back Home After 15 Years On Texas Bench

    A longtime Harris County judge who was swept out of office in November's “blue wave” midterm election has returned to the firm whose doors he helped open, Susman Godfrey LLP, the firm said Thursday, and is diving right into trial prep for a $171 million dispute over allegedly defective oil-drilling valves.

  • January 3, 2019

    Wind Farm Exec Can't Ditch Suit Over Secret Recording

    A California appeals court on Thursday rejected a bid by a wind farm executive to toss a suit against him for allegedly secretly recording a business associate, deciding that the action was not part of a protected judicial activity that might block the claims.

  • January 3, 2019

    9th Circ. Refuses To Rehear Chevron 401(k) Participants' Suit

    The full Ninth Circuit said Thursday that it won’t review a panel’s decision to throw out an Employee Retirement Income Security Act suit that accused Chevron of mismanaging workers’ retirement savings.

  • January 3, 2019

    GE Units Say Arbitrator Must Weigh In On $500M LNG Dispute

    Two GE units continued to urge a New York federal court to toss a Luxembourg company’s bid to compel arbitration of $500 million in claims related to alleged breaches of contracts to sell and service liquefied natural gas plants, saying Wednesday that an arbitrator must first determine if the claims are arbitrable.

  • January 3, 2019

    Alaska's Plan For Fuel Tax Bonds Found Constitutional

    Alaska’s plan to issue bonds to pay the state’s oil and gas tax credit obligations does not violate the state constitution’s limitations on state debt, a state trial court has said, dismissing an individual’s challenge to the legislation.

  • January 3, 2019

    US Asks High Court To Take Up Key CWA Groundwater Case

    The U.S. Solicitor General's Office encouraged the nation's highest court Thursday to review a case that could determine whether or not facilities that pollute certain waterways via groundwater must be permitted under the Clean Water Act.

  • January 3, 2019

    Insurer Needn't Cover Fracking Well Fire Suits, Judge Says

    A North Dakota federal judge ruled Thursday that Great West Casualty Co. has no duty to defend or indemnify an Exxon Mobil Corp. unit or two contractors against lawsuits filed by a pair of workers who were injured in a fire near a fracking well, finding that a policy exclusion for injuries stemming from fracking operations clearly bars coverage.

  • January 3, 2019

    Appeals Court Wipes Out $45M In West Texas Oil Lease Fight

    A Texas appellate court axed about $45 million of a jury award stemming from a dispute between business partners who planned to buy oil and gas leases and flip them for a profit, holding there wasn't enough evidence to show an actual partnership between the members or a conspiracy to cut some out of the deal.

  • January 3, 2019

    Enviros Insist DOI Royalty Panel Fight Is Valid

    The Western Organization of Resource Councils has urged a Montana federal court to preserve its suit challenging a U.S. Department of the Interior committee that advises on federal mineral royalty policies, saying the government's dismissal bid wrongly argues that the court can't review claims the panel is too industry-heavy.

  • January 3, 2019

    Parker Drilling Authorized To Tap $50M Ch. 11 DIP Loan

    A Texas bankruptcy court Thursday gave Parker Drilling Co. permission to take up to $50 million in debtor-in-possession financing to stay in operation through the offshore drilling services provider's Chapter 11 restructuring.

  • January 3, 2019

    Del. Judge Nixes Calif. Court Venue In Venoco Ch. 11 Suit

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday rejected on multiple grounds a California sovereign immunity challenge to his court's handling of a state law inverse condemnation suit filed by the liquidating trustee for bankrupt oil driller Venoco LLC.

  • January 3, 2019

    Senate Confirms CEQ Boss, EPA Chemical And Tribal Heads

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday and Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s picks to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s offices for toxic substances and tribal affairs.

  • January 3, 2019

    Oil Recycling Co. Must Face Suit Over Highway Spill

    A Texas appeals court has revived a woman’s claim that chemicals leaking from a passing truck onto the hood of her car caused a host of medical problems for her and her children, overturning a previous summary judgment ruling in favor of an oil recycling company.

Expert Analysis

  • NY Offshore Wind Carries Unique Challenges For Insurers

    Sophie Shiffman

    New York state's abundant wind resources and strong government backing for renewables make it ripe for expansion in offshore wind energy. But the Atlantic coastline, a prime site for wind farm installation, also poses special challenges for development — and special considerations for the insurance industry, say attorneys at Clyde & Co. LLP.

  • 5 Business Takeaways From The Midterms

    Mary Moore Hamrick

    Now that the midterms are over, business leaders have a little insight into the future of taxes, trade and other policy issues affecting the economy. Still, companies should remain agile as, come January, a new and divided Congress will begin to chart its course, says Mary Moore Hamrick of Grant Thornton LLP.

  • Emerging Cybersecurity Threats In The Legal Industry

    Michael Hall

    Predicting how the cybersecurity landscape will develop is critical for any organization wanting to mitigate the risk of the inevitable future attack. Michael Hall of HighQ Solutions Ltd. discusses five threats to look out for in the next 12 months.

  • Rise Of The CMOs

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    Joshua Peck, incoming marketing director of Hill Wallack LLP, traces the evolution of the chief marketing officer position at law firms and shares insights from three legal marketing pioneers.

  • 5th Circ. Takes A Broad View Of Vessel 'Operators'

    Andrew Stakelum

    In its recent ruling in United States v. Nature’s Way Marine, the Fifth Circuit may have expanded the class of marine parties potentially liable under the Oil Pollution Act, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding LLP.

  • Planning For The UK Nuclear Industry Beyond Brexit

    Ian Truman

    The government of the United Kingdom recently issued its proposal for nuclear trade and collaboration with the European Union after Brexit. But future arrangements for the supply of nuclear fuel may not be finalized until after the U.K. leaves the EU, says Ian Truman of Burges Salmon LLP.

  • Speedier Enviro Reviews For Transpo Projects May Be Ahead

    Samina Bharmal

    The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a rule that could create a faster, less duplicative environmental review process for transportation infrastructure projects. Samina Bharmal and Peter Whitfield of Sidley Austin LLP provide insight into its key features.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Bryan Cave Innovation Chief Katie DeBord

    Katie DeBord

    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Katie DeBord, chief innovation officer at Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Assessing Atomic Energy Act's Reach At High Court

    Michael Murphy

    Based on last week's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Virginia Uranium v. Warren, it appears the court will reject the Fourth Circuit’s reasoning that Virginia’s purpose is irrelevant to the question of whether the state's ban on mining is preempted by the Atomic Energy Act, says Michael Murphy of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Simple Secrets For Improving Your CLE

    Daniel Karon

    With few cases going to trial, many attorneys keep their oral-presentation skills sharp by teaching continuing legal education programs. To avoid giving a CLE that falls flat and damages your reputation, you must fashion a thoughtful message, control its presentation, and nail the beginning and ending, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.