Energy

  • January 3, 2018

    Del. Tells EPA It Will Sue Over Stalling On CAA Enforcement

    Delaware said Wednesday that it would sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, alleging in four notices that the agency isn’t acting on the state’s requests for a determination about whether four out-of-state power plants are violating the Clean Air Act by emitting pollution that drifts into Delaware.

  • January 3, 2018

    Canadian Antitrust Watchdog Hires Blake Cassels Partner

    A Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP partner who specializes in high-profile competition litigation in the energy, telecommunications and retail industries has joined Canada’s antitrust watchdog agency, Canada’s Commissioner of Competition said Wednesday.

  • January 3, 2018

    Pa. DEP Slams Brakes On Sunoco Pipeline Construction

    The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection on Wednesday halted construction of the Mariner East 2 pipeline, dinging project developer Sunoco Pipeline LP for a slew of environmental law violations in the latest black eye for the controversial project.

  • January 3, 2018

    Dominion Energy Pays $7.9B For Utility Co. SCANA

    Dominion Energy Inc. said Wednesday it will buy SCANA Corp. in a $7.9 billion deal that allows the South Carolina-headquartered utility company to offset losses from a scrapped nuclear reactor project.

  • January 3, 2018

    3rd Circ. Rules Against Crystallex In $1.4B Enforcement Suit

    The Third Circuit concluded Wednesday that a Delaware subsidiary of Venezuela's national oil company could not be sued by Canadian gold producer Crystallex International Corp. for allegedly orchestrating fraudulent transfers so Venezuela could avoid paying a $1.39 billion arbitration award.

  • January 3, 2018

    Petrobras To Pay Nearly $3B To End Securities Class Action

    Brazilian oil giant Petrobras said Wednesday that it has struck a tentative deal to pay $2.95 billion to resolve an investor class action over a corruption scandal that sent the prices of its securities tumbling and asked the U.S. Supreme Court to delay its decision on whether to hear the case.

  • January 2, 2018

    Total, CNPC Awarded $13.7M In Tajikistan Oil Project Row

    An international tribunal has ordered a Tethys Petroleum subsidiary to pay Total E&P Tajikistan B.V. and CNPC Central Asia B.V. $13.7 million for violating a joint operating agreement pertaining to oil and gas exploration and production rights in Tajikistan.

  • January 2, 2018

    Utility Co. Beats Enviros' Pollution Suit Over Ky. Plant

    A Kentucky federal judge has tossed the Sierra Club and Kentucky Waterways Alliance’s lawsuit against Kentucky Utilities Co., in which the groups alleged violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and the Clean Water Act at the company’s coal-fired power plant on the banks of Herrington Lake.

  • January 2, 2018

    No Holiday Break For The Energy Sector As 2017 Wrapped Up

    Moves by the Trump administration to roll back Obama-era oil and gas regulations as well as blue-state attorneys general launching a new legal salvo against the EPA helped puncture the usual Christmas holiday lull for the energy sector. Here's a recap of major energy-related developments from the final days of 2017.

  • January 2, 2018

    IRS Pauses New Tax Law's Withholding For Partnership Sales

    The Internal Revenue Service said Friday that it is temporarily suspending a portion of the newly passed tax cut legislation that requires a withholding tax on the sales of certain publicly traded partnership interests held by foreign individuals or corporations.

  • January 2, 2018

    Linklaters Adds Jones Day Partner For Bankruptcy Practice

    Linklaters LLP announced Tuesday it has added a former Jones Day bankruptcy partner to its Washington, D.C., restructuring and insolvency practice.

  • January 2, 2018

    Mass. Town Must Let Enbridge Unit Build Station, Judge Says

    A Massachusetts federal judge sided with an Enbridge Inc. unit on Friday by holding that federal energy law preempted the town of Weymouth's decision to deny Algonquin Gas Transmission LLC permission to build a compressor station there as part of the Atlantic Bridge natural gas pipeline project.

  • January 2, 2018

    Archrock To Take Over Limited Partnership In $607M Deal

    Archrock Inc. said Tuesday it will take control of all outstanding units of its master limited partnership in a deal valued at $607 million that will see the natural gas compression services company acquire the entire stake in the partnership.

  • January 2, 2018

    East Timor Fuel-Supply Row Belongs In Court, ICSID Says

    An International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes tribunal has refused to take up a dispute over a fuel supply agreement brought by an Australian oil company and its subsidiary against East Timor, finding the parties had always intended to settle any differences in domestic courts.

  • January 2, 2018

    Industry Groups Urge Justices To Hear Right-Of-Way Case

    Electric utility, oil and gas industry groups have told the U.S. Supreme Court that the Tenth Circuit got it wrong when it ruled in May that a New Mexico utility couldn’t condemn land for a power line because the Navajo Nation held an interest there.

  • January 2, 2018

    Solar Panel Imports Took US By Surprise, ITC Finds

    The U.S. International Trade Commission has concluded that the sudden surge in solar cell imports from China was an “unforeseen development,” a crucial finding in its investigation on behalf of two domestic manufacturers seeking the application of a rarely used global safeguard tariff.

  • January 1, 2018

    Environmental Regulation And Legislation To Watch In 2018

    The Trump administration started off 2017 promising rescissions and rollbacks of Obama-era rules and has already nixed some and launched agency reviews of others. That deregulatory push will likely gain momentum in 2018 as key agency posts are filled and leaders focus on revisiting climate change, water, fossil fuel and automotive regulations.

  • January 1, 2018

    Life Sciences Cases To Watch In 2018

    The life sciences world is booming with questions over the future of patent challenges, whether opioid makers can survive a litany of deceptive marketing suits, and whether Allergan PLC’s bold move to sell some of its patents to a Native American tribe will pay off. Here's which cases life sciences attorneys should have their eyes on in 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    Energy Regulation To Watch In 2018

    While the energy sector will be keeping a close eye on the Trump administration's deregulatory push, including repeals of the Clean Power Plan and other climate change regulations, the administration's controversial plan to prop up coal and nuclear power plants will also garner plenty of attention in the coming year. Here are four regulatory actions energy attorneys will be watching in 2018.

  • January 1, 2018

    Perry's FERC Grid Plan Could Crumble Under Court Scrutiny

    As the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission mulls Energy Secretary Rick Perry's controversial proposal to pay coal and nuclear plants for providing grid resiliency and reliability services, it must grapple not only with complaints that the plan could undermine wholesale electricity markets, but also with concerns that it won't stand up in court.

Expert Analysis

  • How Blockchain Could Change The Energy Industry: Part 1

    Caroline Stewart

    Blockchain technology has expanded far beyond cryptocurrencies and into the energy sphere, enabling peer-to-peer payment and potentially catalyzing distributed energy resources. But full integration of blockchain will require confronting a complex energy regulatory landscape, as well as reliability, security and stability concerns, says Caroline Stewart of Vinson & Elkins LLP.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

    Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks For Himself

    Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

  • Don't Waste This Planning Cycle: Year-End Strategies

    Hugh A. Simons

    Law firms are businesses where partners operate with significant autonomy. To see their priorities translate into individual partner action, firm leaders should use a few collaborative strategies, suggests Hugh A. Simons, former senior partner of The Boston Consulting Group and former COO of Ropes & Gray LLP.

  • 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.