Energy

  • December 21, 2017

    Senate's Extenders Bill Prolongs Targeted Tax Benefits

    Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, introduced a bill Wednesday that would renew expiring tax breaks that benefit the renewable energy industry, Native Americans and other groups.

  • December 21, 2017

    EPA Is Illegally Pushing Out Science Advisers, Suit Says

    A coalition of scientific advocacy groups and individuals filed suit Thursday against the head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, arguing that a policy removing members of the agency’s scientific advisory committees for receiving EPA grants violated federal rules and was an effort to favor industry and deregulation.

  • December 21, 2017

    Fossil Fuel Cos. Hit With More Calif. Climate Lawsuits

    The City of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County on Wednesday became the latest to file lawsuits in California state court accusing a slew of major companies of knowingly causing climate change-related harm through the extraction and sale of their fossil fuels, spurring financial, environmental and public health costs.

  • December 21, 2017

    Enviros Seek Stay Of Millennium NY Gas Pipeline Project

    An environmental group on Wednesday asked the Second Circuit to block imminent construction on an eight-mile natural gas pipeline in New York, arguing that state regulators skirted Clean Water Act public input requirements to unlawfully authorize a project that will harm the public.

  • December 21, 2017

    Tesla Says Dell Ruling Boosts Its Defense In SolarCity Case

    Tesla told the Delaware Chancery Court late Wednesday that the state high court’s recent Dell ruling bolsters its defense of the shareholder challenge to its $2.6 billion acquisition of SolarCity Corp., arguing the justices held Michael Dell wasn’t a controller and the same reasoning should apply to Elon Musk.

  • December 21, 2017

    Ex-Embraer Exec Says Bribe Plot Sweetened Aramco Jet Deal

    A former Embraer SA executive told a Manhattan federal judge Thursday that he paid $1.65 million to a go-between to sweeten a jet contract with Saudi Aramco and then took a $130,000 kickback, admitting to violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, lying to the FBI and other criminal offenses.

  • December 21, 2017

    Pa. PUC Lifts Pipeline Injunction After Sunoco Changes Plan

    Pennsylvania’s Public Utilities Commission voted Thursday to lift an injunction barring Sunoco Pipeline LP from continuing work on a Chester County valve station for its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline after the company committed to move the valve out of West Goshen Township, over the township’s continued objections.

  • December 20, 2017

    Armstrong Creditors Want More Info On Suspect Transfers

    The unsecured creditors of bankrupt coal producer Armstrong Energy Inc. on Tuesday asked a Missouri bankruptcy court to let them investigate what they say are suspicious transactions involving Armstrong, nondebtor affiliate Thoroughbred Resources L.P. and private equity firm Yorktown Partners LLC.

  • December 20, 2017

    Trump Taps 10 For Bench In Latest Round Of Nominations

    President Donald Trump announced a wave of federal judicial nominations on Wednesday, tapping a New Mexico energy law partner for the Tenth Circuit, a Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP intellectual property partner for the District of Delaware, and eight more attorneys for federal district judgeships in Pennsylvania, Florida and other states.

  • December 20, 2017

    Cos. In $306M JV Enforcement Row Win Freezing Order

    A group of companies owned by a Russian and Ukrainian businessman won a worldwide freezing order from the High Court in London on Wednesday as they look to enforce a $306 million London arbitral award against another group of companies that covertly diverted profits away from the parties’ Cypriot joint venture.

  • December 20, 2017

    Biggest Texas Cases Of 2017

    There were plenty of major legal battles in Texas over the past year, including two in which federal juries in Dallas returned blockbuster verdicts against Facebook-owned Oculus VR LLC and Johnson & Johnson's DePuy Orthopaedics Inc. unit. Here, Law360 highlights some of the biggest cases of 2017.

  • December 20, 2017

    Oilfield Servicer Expro Gets Access To $65M In DIP Financing

    Expro Holdings U.S. on Tuesday won approval from a Texas bankruptcy court to access $65 million in debtor-in-possession financing the day after the oilfield services provider became the latest member of the gas and oil sector to be driven to Chapter 11 by low prices.

  • December 20, 2017

    Deals Rumor Mill: Petrobras, Japan Display, Oi SA

    A Brazilian gas pipeline network could be sold for as much as $7 billion, Japan Display is seeking a cash infusion of more than $1 billion and Oi SA is for sale after having emerged from bankruptcy.

  • December 20, 2017

    Chesapeake, Anadarko Can't Dodge Pa. AG's Royalty Suit

    A Pennsylvania judge has cleared the way for the state’s Office of Attorney General to pursue claims that Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. cheated landowners into leasing their properties for gas drilling with false promises about royalty and bonus payments.

  • December 20, 2017

    Cobalt, Angolan Oil Co. Reach $500M Deal For Drilling Blocks

    Angolan state-owned oil company Sonangol EP will pay $500 million to take over Cobalt International Energy Inc.’s interests in a pair of offshore drilling blocks, resolving disputes that erupted after the former terminated an earlier deal to buy out the Houston-based energy company’s share, according to a Tuesday announcement.

  • December 20, 2017

    Ex-Atty Ordered To Pay $11M Restitution In $32M Fraud Case

    A Texas federal judge on Tuesday ordered a former lawyer convicted for a scheme to divert $32 million from a utility project to pay more than $11 million in restitution.

  • December 20, 2017

    ArcelorMittal To Pay $1.5M To Settle Pa. Emissions Row

    Industrial giant ArcelorMittal USA LLC agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle an environmental group’s suit alleging that its coke plant near Pittsburgh emitted large amounts of air pollution, in violation of the Clean Air Act, according to a proposed consent decree filed in Pennsylvania federal court on Wednesday.

  • December 20, 2017

    Senate Dems Urge Trump To Impose Solar Panel Tariffs

    A trio of Senate Democrats urged President Donald Trump on Tuesday to “impose a strong and effective remedy” in the form of tariffs on foreign imports of solar cells and panels, in order to combat “the serious injury” posed to domestic manufacturers.

  • December 20, 2017

    House Sends $1.5T Tax Cut Bill To Trump's Desk

    The Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax bill is expected to become law after the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday again voted to affirm deep and permanent tax cuts for corporations and lower rates for most American households until 2025.

  • December 20, 2017

    US Aims To Punish India For Flouting WTO's Solar Ruling

    The U.S. government is looking to retaliate against India for its discriminatory solar energy rules, disputing New Delhi’s claim that it has complied with a World Trade Organization decision that struck the rules down, according to a WTO document circulated Wednesday.

Expert Analysis

  • Creditors’ Options In Venezuela’s Disorderly Default

    Javier Rubinstein

    By analyzing the case law from Argentina’s default in 2001 and the terms of the Venezuelan bonds, it is possible to predict how a disorderly default might play out in Venezuela's debt crisis. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP examine key elements from Argentina’s default in order to predict whether history is likely to repeat itself.

  • From Snaps To Tweets: The Craft Of Social Media Discovery

    Matthew Hamilton

    Courts have consistently held that social media accounts are subject to established discovery principles but are reluctant to allow parties to rummage through private social media accounts. Recent case law confirms that narrowly tailored information requests get the best results, say Matthew Hamilton, Donna Fisher and Jessica Bae of Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • The Battle Over 3rd-Party Releases Continues

    Matthew Kelsey

    Bankruptcy courts have taken divergent approaches to analyzing whether they have jurisdiction to approve nonconsensual third-party nondebtor releases. While the New York bankruptcy court's recent decision in SunEdison provides another data point for the debate, it leaves some questions unanswered, say attorneys with Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • How FERC Is Streamlining Hydropower Licensing

    Mary Anne Sullivan

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently adopted a 40-year default license term for hydropower projects at nonfederal dams. While there is more that FERC could do to ease hydro licensing and relicensing, this move is a welcome effort to streamline and reduce uncertainty in the licensing process, say Mary Anne Sullivan and Zachary Launer of Hogan Lovells LLP.

  • Why White House Efforts To Dismantle Regs Face Roadblocks

    Steven Gordon

    When the White House changes hands from one political party to the other, the new administration often seeks to change or eliminate some of the regulations promulgated by prior administrations. But when regulatory provisions are based on scientific or economic analysis, it may be difficult to legally justify a change, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • An Interview With Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    Randy Maniloff

    Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of homeland security, was kind enough to let me visit him to reflect on his diverse career. He told stories that left me speechless. And yes, the man who was responsible for the Transportation Security Administration removed his shoes when going through airport security. You bet I asked, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Hurdles To Consider When Securing A Personnel File

    Michael Errera

    Attorneys should follow seven key points to ensure that their discovery requests and pleadings are appropriately prepared to overcome common hurdles that may be encountered when requesting production of a personnel file, say Michael Errera and Paul Ferland of Foran Glennon Palandech Ponzi & Rudloff PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Gilstrap Reviews 'Alexander Hamilton'

    Judge Rodney Gilstrap

    While Alexander Hamilton is the subject of a hit Broadway musical and renewed biographical examinations, professor Kate Brown takes us down a road less traveled in her book "Alexander Hamilton and the Development of American Law" — showing Hamilton as first, last and foremost an American lawyer, says U.S. District Judge Rodney Gilstrap of the Eastern District of Texas.

  • The Case For Creating A Mediation Department At Your Firm

    Dennis Klein

    There are at least four reasons supporting the need for some form of a mediation group within a law firm, especially in firms with larger practices, according to Dennis Klein, owner of Critical Matter Mediation and former litigation partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP.

  • Natural Gas Market Design May Be Failing Consumers

    Levi McAllister

    Domestic energy producers face challenges in predicting consumer demand for electricity and natural gas, and in responding to daily fluctuations in consumption. A recent academic paper highlights design characteristics of the natural gas market that may contribute to these challenges, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.