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Energy

  • October 5, 2018

    Chesapeake Beats Ohio Class Cert. As Attys Criticized

    An Ohio federal judge on Friday denied a bid to certify a class action brought in pursuit of allegedly underpaid oil and gas royalties, calling into question the adequacy of the work by the attorneys pursuing the case against a Chesapeake Energy Corp. unit..

  • October 5, 2018

    Enviros Tell DC Circ. EPA's CAA Order Dodged Public Review

    The Sierra Club on Thursday asked the D.C. Circuit to undo a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order that the group says instituted a nationally applicable change to the way certain Clean Air Act permits are issued without proper public notice and comment.

  • October 5, 2018

    UK Watchdog Mulling Remedies For £1.2B Fuel Co. Merger

    The U.K.’s competition watchdog in a newly published decision said that some remedies offered by Motor Fuel Group may alleviate concerns that its £1.2 billion ($1.56 billion) buy of fellow private equity-backed British gasoline retailer MRH GB Ltd. could hurt local competition.

  • October 5, 2018

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

    The last week has seen a London hotel group lodge competition claims against Visa and Mastercard, Hellenic Petroleum and 10 insurers take on a shipper, and VTB Bank sue a Russian billionaire's holding company connected to EN+. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 5, 2018

    Precision Drilling Strikes $796M Deal For Rival Trinidad

    Oil and gas drilling company Precision Drilling Corp. said Friday it will buy fellow Canadian driller Trinidad Drilling Ltd. in a 1.03 billion Canadian dollar ($796 million) deal, swooping in to acquire the rival firm in the midst of a takeover bid by Ensign Energy Services Inc.

  • October 5, 2018

    'No Boundaries' On Trump's Tariff Authority, Steel Users Say

    Steel users challenging the Cold War-era law President Donald Trump has used to impose national security-based tariffs told the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday that the law essentially places “no boundaries” on executive trade power and violates the Constitution.

  • October 4, 2018

    Holman Fenwick Snags Greenberg Energy Atty In Houston

    Holman Fenwick Willian LLP, a British firm that entered the U.S. market in 2016 after merging with Houston-based Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown LLP, recently made its first U.S. lateral hire, poaching an energy partner from Greenberg Traurig LLP.

  • October 4, 2018

    7th Circ. Affirms $500M Tax Hit Against Exelon

    An energy company must pay over $500 million in taxes and penalties because it bore none of the “burdens or indicia” of ownership in several coal plants that were the basis of its claim for a Section 1031 like-kind exchange, the Seventh Circuit ruled Wednesday, upholding a decision by the U.S. Tax Court.

  • October 4, 2018

    US Silica Investors Sue For Records On $750M Acquisition

    Two investors hit industrial mineral producer U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. with a suit in Delaware Chancery Court on Wednesday seeking access to the company’s records to investigate potential mismanagement, claiming the company’s $750 million purchase of EP Minerals this year was significantly overpriced.

  • October 4, 2018

    EPA Inspector General Sets Ambitious Five-Year Plan

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Inspector General said it wants to increase its effectiveness by 10 percent between 2019 and 2023, according to a five-year strategic plan the office released Thursday.

  • October 4, 2018

    NL Industries Reaches $13M Deal To Settle Superfund Claims

    NL Industries Inc. on Thursday agreed to pay the federal government $13 million to settle claims related to the cleanup of lead contamination at a Missouri Superfund site.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ghana Says $14M Award Row Doesn't Belong In DC

    The Republic of Ghana on Wednesday pushed back against efforts by a British energy firm to enforce a nearly $13.7 million arbitral award it won following a dispute over a soured power purchase agreement, telling the D.C. Circuit that the lower court wrongly refused to send the dispute to Ghana.

  • October 4, 2018

    Indian Oil Co. Gets OK Of $3.8M Award Against Yemen

    A D.C. federal court judge has confirmed a $3.8 million arbitration award issued against Yemen in a dispute with an oil company owned by the Indian state of Gujarat, entering a default judgment against the Middle East nation that is in the midst of a civil war.

  • October 4, 2018

    Ex-Fuel Co. Exec Pleads Guilty To $4M Biodiesel Tax Scheme

    A former Keystone Biofuels Inc. executive pled guilty in Pennsylvania federal court Wednesday to a $4.1 million tax fraud conspiracy that involved seeking renewable energy tax refunds by falsely claiming to manufacture biodiesel that met the necessary standards, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

  • October 4, 2018

    Hong Kong Doc Denied Bail As Flight Risk In Bribery Case

    A New York federal judge denied bail once again on Thursday to a doctor from Hong Kong accused of bribing African officials for favors in the energy and banking industries, saying he’s a flight risk and there are no conditions the court could set to guarantee his presence at trial.

  • October 4, 2018

    FERC Says Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline Can Start Shipping Gas

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday gave Williams Cos. the green light to put its $2.65 billion Atlantic Sunrise gas pipeline expansion project into service, even as the D.C. Circuit continues to mull a challenge to the commission's approval of the project.

  • October 4, 2018

    Petrobras Can't Prove Bias To Nix $622M Award, Vantage Says

    Vantage Deepwater Co. defended a $622 million arbitral award over a drilling contract against Brazilian oil company Petrobras, telling a Texas federal court Petrobas’ claims that the driller's appointed arbitrator was biased don’t meet the high standard to warrant vacating the award.

  • October 4, 2018

    GOP AGs Back Big Oil’s Bid To Ditch Wash. Climate Suit

    Republican attorneys general from 12 states urged a federal court Wednesday to nix King County, Washington's suit seeking to hold Big Oil liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, arguing the county can't be allowed to use the courts to usurp federal and state regulation of climate change.

  • October 4, 2018

    Energy Data Co. Says Exec Stole Secrets, Helped Competitor

    The energy-market data firm Genscape Inc. has filed suit against a former employee who is now the CEO of a competitor in Colorado federal court over allegations that he stole company secrets that allowed his new employer to bypass years of expensive research.

  • October 4, 2018

    US Charges 7 Russian Agents In Anti-Doping, Nuclear Hacks

    The U.S. Department of Justice accused seven Russian intelligence agents on Thursday of hacking sports anti-doping organizations and a Pennsylvania-based nuclear company in an indictment announced hours after Western government leaders blamed Russia for a number of other cyberattacks.

Expert Analysis

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Delaware Court Offers Clarity On MFW Protections

    Scott Barshay

    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent opinion in Olenik v. Lodzinski held that the parties to an acquisition had followed the road map for controller transactions to receive business judgment review under Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. In so holding, the court provided helpful reminders about how best to achieve such protection, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Opportunity Zones Abound But Investors, Tread Carefully

    David Levy

    Opportunity zones, created under 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, have the potential to be a powerful driver of investment activity in low-income communities throughout the U.S. But in order to benefit from the program’s capital gains tax exemption, investors must comply with a complex and somewhat unclear set of rules. Attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom LLP provide the details.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: How To Play The Long Game

    Arun Subramanian

    One of us was a clerk when Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg read her Ledbetter dissent from the bench, inviting Congress to act, and the other clerked a few years later, when RBG's prominently displayed copy of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act served as a daily reminder that dissents are not just for show, say Arun Subramanian and Mark Musico of Susman Godfrey LLP.