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Energy

  • January 4, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The last week has seen Natixis sue a Nigerian oil refinery, a Qatar Insurance unit lodge a commercial fraud claim, and Allianz Global Investors take on some of the same major banks the institutional investor has already sued for foreign exchange manipulation in the U.S. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 4, 2019

    FERC Can Keep $9M Market Manipulation Case

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission energy market manipulation case seeking to enforce nearly $9 million worth of fines against a Maine company and its CEO is not time-barred and can move forward, a federal judge ruled Friday.

  • January 4, 2019

    WildHorse Investor Sues Over Proposed $4B Merger

    An investor in WildHorse Resource Development Corp. has filed a New York federal court suit accusing the oil and gas company of failing to disclose enough information to allow shareholders to make an informed vote on a proposed $3.98 billion merger with Chesapeake Energy Corp.

  • January 4, 2019

    Chancery OKs $50M Southern Copper Investor Settlement

    A $50 million settlement of class claims brought by minority shareholders of Southern Copper Corp. over the purchase of two of its power plants by a Mexican mining giant received the stamp of approval Friday by a Delaware Chancery judge despite objections from an investor about the deal amount and process.

  • January 4, 2019

    Norton Rose Sued Again Over Power Plant Finance Deal

    Months after winning dismissal of a malpractice suit brought by a Connecticut private equity firm, Norton Rose Fulbright on Thursday was hit again with allegations in New York court that lawyers cheated a businessman out of his stake in a power plant project.

  • January 4, 2019

    Dickinson Wright Adds Enviro Pros From Ryley Carlock

    Dickinson Wright PLLC has nabbed two Ryley Carlock & Applewhite attorneys in Phoenix, bolstering its environmental practice with their experience helping clients in industries such as energy, infrastructure and mining, and tackling everything from land acquisition efforts to tribal water rights issues.

  • January 4, 2019

    Ex-Prosecutor Joins Pa. DA's Sunoco Pipeline Investigation

    The Chester County District Attorney’s Office has retained a former assistant U.S. attorney with experience in environmental crimes to act as its special prosecutor in the investigation of Sunoco LP’s troubled Mariner East pipeline projects, the office announced Friday.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Energy, Environment And The Elections: A Changed Mosaic

    Ali Zaidi

    Last week's midterm elections changed the regulatory landscape for energy and the environment in three subtle yet significant ways, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • It’s Time For Law Firms To Start Talking About Gen Z

    Eliza Stoker

    Since the oldest members of Generation Z aren’t even finished with law school yet, law firm management is in a unique position to prepare for their entrance into the legal workforce, says Eliza Stoker of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Lessons From FERC Staff Reversal In Footprint Power

    Todd Mullins

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's enforcement staff recently recommended that FERC drop a case against Footprint Power LLC. This may be an effort to address criticism that the enforcement process has become a guaranteed win for the commission, say Todd Mullins and Christopher McEachran of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • What To Expect From New Democratic Investigation Efforts

    Reginald Brown

    The new Democratic House majority is expected to direct much of its attention to executive branch oversight and accountability. Companies and their legal counsel should be prepared for a dramatically changed collateral environment as investigations cover a wide range of topics, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • Q&A

    Back To School: Yale's Linda Greenhouse Talks Journalism

    Linda Greenhouse

    In this series featuring law school luminaries, Yale Law School lecturer and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Linda Greenhouse discusses her coverage of the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservatives' long game, and journalism trends.

  • Opinion

    An Opportunity To Slow The Rise Of Securities Class Actions

    Joshua Briones

    A major securities fraud case now before the U.S. Supreme Court — Lorenzo v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission — marks the first of many opportunities the court will have to roll back expansive interpretations of securities law and deter plaintiffs from filing low-quality complaints, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.