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Energy

  • July 5, 2018

    EPA Sends 2015 Ozone Rule To White House For Review

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday sent a final rule that will guide states on how to implement 2015 ozone standards to the White House for review.

  • July 5, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Bristol-Myers Squibb, Aramco, Abraaj

    Bristol-Myers Squibb reportedly tapped Deutsche Bank and Jefferies to help it sell off its French over-the-counter drugs unit, Aramco’s public listing plans have been delayed, and investors are resisting Colony Capital’s bid to buy four Abraaj funds.

  • July 5, 2018

    Okla. Group Quits Challenging Tax Hikes For Teachers' Raises

    An Oklahoma taxpayer group has announced it will not pursue a second petition challenging new tax increases for teachers’ pay raises, saying that the state Supreme Court’s rejection of its first effort would force it to start over.

  • July 5, 2018

    Shell To Hand Over $3.9M Over 2016 Gulf Oil Spill

    Shell Offshore Inc. agreed to pay nearly $3.9 million in connection with a May 2016 spill of more than 80,000 gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico that occurred about 100 miles from the Louisiana coast, according to a consent decree filed Thursday in federal court.

  • July 5, 2018

    Enviros Fight Army Corps Permit For $5B Gas Pipeline

    Opponents of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline want the Fourth Circuit to nix a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the controversial project, arguing that it suffers from the same flaws as the permit for a similar project stayed by the appeals court last month.

  • July 5, 2018

    EPA Will Enforce Conflict Rules At 3 State Air Boards

    A D.C. federal judge on Thursday ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to enforce conflict-of-interest standards for air pollution officials in Mississippi, Alabama and Illinois that are required under the Clean Air Act after the EPA agreed to meet the demands of environmental groups that had sued the agency.

  • July 5, 2018

    Enviros Vow To Fight New EPA Chief After Pruitt Resignation

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Thursday resigned after being accused of a long string of ethical scandals, but environmental groups said their focus will remain on fighting the Trump administration’s deregulatory agenda, regardless of who’s in charge.

  • July 5, 2018

    FERC's Market Worries Doom Nuke Plant Subsidies, Foes Say

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent order that PJM Interconnection revise its electricity market rules to blunt the impact of state clean energy policies supports arguments that the Seventh and Second Circuits must invalidate nuclear plant subsidies offered by Illinois and New York, challengers of the subsidies say.

  • July 5, 2018

    Petrobras Says It Will Fight $622M Arbitration Result

    Petrobras America Inc. said it will fight a $622 million arbitration award that was won by Vantage Deepwater Co. in a dispute over the early termination of a Gulf of Mexico drilling deal, arguing that the outcome was achieved through an unfair process.

  • July 4, 2018

    Law360 Reveals The Global 20 Firms Of 2018

    What makes a law firm truly global? What does it take to handle the biggest and most complex cross-border matters? These firms know. Here, Law360 reveals its eighth annual ranking of the firms with the most international clout.

  • July 4, 2018

    How Smaller Firms Can Go Global Without Going Bankrupt

    Setting up shop across the globe may seem impossible for smaller law firms, but it can be done — and it's not the only way to get business overseas. Here, Law360 looks at what firms should think about when deciding whether, and how, to go global.

  • July 4, 2018

    Global Law Firms Bulk Up In Europe As Brexit Approaches

    With Britain less than a year from exiting the European Union, firms on Law360’s Global 20 have begun pushing deeper into the countries remaining in the bloc, adding offices and industry specialists in a shift that could rebalance how BigLaw works in the region.

  • July 3, 2018

    DOJ Subpoenas Commodities Giant Glencore In FCPA Probe

    Glencore Ltd. said Tuesday it had received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice related to Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and U.S. money laundering statutes for the commodity giant’s business in Africa and South America, sending the company’s stock prices tumbling.

  • July 3, 2018

    Gov't Wants Fugitive To Face Rolls-Royce Bribe Case In US

    The federal government hit back at an effort by Armenia’s former ambassador to China to toss an indictment alleging he was involved in a Rolls-Royce unit's bribery scheme to win foreign government work, saying the dismissal bid shouldn’t be considered unless and until he faces the court in person.

  • July 3, 2018

    New Mexican Prez May Slow But Won't Stop Energy Reform

    While cross-border energy attorneys don't expect Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel López Obrador to undo landmark constitutional reforms that opened up the country's energy sector to private and foreign investment in the last five years, they warn that he may slow down the pace of denationalization.

  • July 3, 2018

    Carpenter Doesn’t Nix Evidence In Foreign Bribery Case: DOJ

    The U.S. Department of Justice has urged a New York federal judge not to suppress cellphone evidence against the head of a Chinese nongovernmental organization accused of brokering bribes between an energy firm and African governments, arguing the Supreme Court's recent ruling in Carpenter v. United States doesn’t apply here.

  • July 3, 2018

    EPA Extends Comment Period On Cost-Benefit Review Rules

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has extended the public comment period for its consideration of new regulations that would control how it determines the costs and benefits of regulatory actions that impact the public and businesses, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Tuesday.

  • July 3, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: CSC ServiceWorks, Tata, Sapura

    CSC ServiceWorks is considering a sale that could value it at more than $3 billion, Tata Group is considering combining its food and beverage units, and Sapura Energy is planning on listing its exploration and production business.

  • July 3, 2018

    3rd Circ. Revives Challenge To Del. River Basin Fracking Ban

    The Third Circuit issued a precedential decision Tuesday reviving a company’s challenge to the Delaware River Basin Commission's fracking moratorium, saying a lower court must review ambiguous language in the 57-year-old compact governing the agency to determine what types of projects fall within its oversight.

  • July 3, 2018

    DC Circ. Won't Revisit Decision On EPA Boiler Startup Rule

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected a rehearing request from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups that disagreed with a portion of its ruling on boiler emissions that pertain to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s startup and shutdown rules that the groups said did not go far enough.

Expert Analysis

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • Congressional Forecast: May

    Layth Elhassani

    Congress returned to Washington, D.C., this week for a three-week work period before the Memorial Day recess. The Republican majority is aiming to meet deadlines on several priority items, including fiscal year 2019 appropriations bills and renewed program authorizations for agriculture, defense and the Federal Aviation Administration, say Layth Elhassani and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • How Iran Deal Pullout Will Impact Cos. And Investors

    Ama Adams

    President Donald Trump’s highly controversial decision to reinstate U.S. sanctions against Iran represents a dramatic change in policy, with significant consequences for international business and investors. The move could quickly put companies that are subject to the laws of multiple jurisdictions in a legally untenable position, say attorneys with Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.

  • Capturing Carbon Tax Credits: A Climate Of Opportunity

    Ali Zaidi

    A new law revising the current Internal Revenue Code Section 45Q carbon dioxide tax credit could deliver tens of millions of dollars per project in tax cuts for developers and investors in carbon removal, say attorneys from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • What ABA’s Position On Harassment Means For Employers

    Minjae Song

    In the #MeToo era, the American Bar Association’s recently passed Resolution 302 is a reminder of harassment policy best practices to all employers, and it should be of particular interest to employers in the legal industry, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Infrastructure Funding Is On The Rise In Indian Country

    Michael Connor

    For Native American communities, decades of underinvestment have resulted in decaying or nonexistent infrastructure across all sectors. Though there is still a long way to go, some recent new and proposed funding sources for infrastructure development on tribal lands are a step in the right direction, say Michael Connor and Raya Treiser of WilmerHale.

  • Practical Considerations For Litigating Proportionality

    Elizabeth McGinn

    By incorporating an explicit requirement that discovery must be “proportional to the needs of the case,” the 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure garnered much speculation as to their impact on courts’ decision-making processes. Now that the rules have been implemented for over two years, several themes have emerged, say attorneys with Buckley Sandler LLP.

  • A Closer Look At EPA's Proposed Coal Ash Rule

    Steven Burns

    What exactly did the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency suggest in its recently introduced coal combustion residuals remand rule? Steven Burns of Balch & Bingham LLP reviews what the rule actually proposes and where those proposals come from.