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Energy

  • January 3, 2019

    Enviros Insist DOI Royalty Panel Fight Is Valid

    The Western Organization of Resource Councils has urged a Montana federal court to preserve its suit challenging a U.S. Department of the Interior committee that advises on federal mineral royalty policies, saying the government's dismissal bid wrongly argues that the court can't review claims the panel is too industry-heavy.

  • January 3, 2019

    Parker Drilling Authorized To Tap $50M Ch. 11 DIP Loan

    A Texas bankruptcy court Thursday gave Parker Drilling Co. permission to take up to $50 million in debtor-in-possession financing to stay in operation through the offshore drilling services provider's Chapter 11 restructuring.

  • January 3, 2019

    Del. Judge Nixes Calif. Court Venue In Venoco Ch. 11 Suit

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday rejected on multiple grounds a California sovereign immunity challenge to his court's handling of a state law inverse condemnation suit filed by the liquidating trustee for bankrupt oil driller Venoco LLC.

  • January 3, 2019

    Senate Confirms CEQ Boss, EPA Chemical And Tribal Heads

    The U.S. Senate on Wednesday and Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s picks to lead the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s offices for toxic substances and tribal affairs.

  • January 3, 2019

    Oil Recycling Co. Must Face Suit Over Highway Spill

    A Texas appeals court has revived a woman’s claim that chemicals leaking from a passing truck onto the hood of her car caused a host of medical problems for her and her children, overturning a previous summary judgment ruling in favor of an oil recycling company.

  • January 3, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Mr.DIY, Petrobras, UBS

    Mr.D.I.Y. is considering going public, Petróleo Brasileiro SA has received offers for a shallow water oilfield from bidders including PetroRio and Karoon Energy Ltd., and UBS’ chairman put the kibosh on rumors that the bank could merge with Deutsche Bank or other banks.

  • January 3, 2019

    FERC Commissioner Kevin McIntyre, An Ex-Chairman, Dies

    Former Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre, who continued to serve as a commissioner after he stepped down from the FERC leadership role in October due to health problems, died Wednesday evening, FERC confirmed Thursday.

  • January 3, 2019

    American Airlines Urges FERC To Rein In Pipeline Co.'s Rates

    American Airlines Inc. told the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Wednesday that Colonial Pipeline Co. collected $321 million via excessive rates for transporting jet fuel and other petroleum products in 2017, the latest complaint lodged against the liquids pipeline giant for allegedly charging unjust and unreasonable rates.

  • January 3, 2019

    XTO Energy Hit With Suit Over 'Grossly Negligent' Operation

    Exxon Mobil Corp. subsidiary XTO Energy has been hit with a lawsuit by the partial owner of oil and gas wells in New Mexico, alleging for years it has been “grossly negligent” in its operations by overcharging for overhead expenses and running dozens of unprofitable wells.

  • January 2, 2019

    3 Takeaways From EPA's Proposed Mercury Rule Finding

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent proposed revision to a cost-benefit analysis underpinning a mercury air pollution rule was a win for industry that preserves the status quo, while potentially creating more obstacles to prove future regulations are worth the costs of compliance. Here are three key takeaways from the revision.

  • January 2, 2019

    Power Co.'s Actions Were No Accident, Zurich Tells 1st Circ.

    Zurich American Insurance Co. on Wednesday urged the First Circuit to overturn a lower court’s ruling that it must defend Electricity Maine LLC in a proposed class action claiming the power company overbilled customers by about $35 million, arguing that coverage is not available because the underlying action alleges only uncovered intentional conduct.

  • January 2, 2019

    Spain Seeks To Dodge Investors' Bid To Confirm €112M Award

    Spain urged a D.C. federal court to toss a petition from units of private equity firm Antin Infrastructure Partners to confirm a €112 million ($130.7 million) arbitral award won in a dispute over the country’s revocation of economic incentives for renewable energy producers, arguing the award should be invalidated.

  • January 2, 2019

    Fairway Energy, Creditor Fight Ch. 11 Move From Del. To Texas

    Houston-based Fairview Energy LP and its largest creditor hit back Wednesday against a bid to move its more-than-$100 million Delaware Chapter 11 case to the Southern District of Texas, warning that resulting delays could jeopardize plans for the sale of the underground oil storage company.

  • January 2, 2019

    DC Court Tosses 'Moot' Smog Standard Delay Challenge

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Wednesday dismissed a suit brought by the American Lung Association and other health groups that challenged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's move to extend a deadline for designating smog-affected areas, saying when the EPA reversed course the matter became moot.

  • January 2, 2019

    10th Circ. Won't Rehear Okla. Landowner's Drill Permit Suit

    A Tenth Circuit panel on Wednesday refused to rehear an Oklahoma landowner’s appeal of a decision to dismiss his lawsuit accusing the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs of illegally letting an energy exploration company drill on his land without conducting an environmental review.

  • January 2, 2019

    Auto Parts Co. Settles With Fired Worker Claiming Retaliation

    An automotive parts manufacturer accused of firing an injured employee after he filed a workers’ compensation claim indicated in Ohio federal court Wednesday that it plans to pay $175,000 to settle the ex-worker’s claims that the company retaliated against him and dumped him due to his son’s hefty medical bills.

  • January 2, 2019

    Odebrecht To Pay Eletrobras $42.7M Over Corruption Scheme

    Brazilian electricity company Eletrobras said Wednesday that Odebrecht SA will pay it and three affiliates a combined sum of nearly 161.9 million Brazilian reals ($42.7 million) as part of a corruption-related leniency agreement between the Brazilian engineering conglomerate and the nation's government.

  • January 2, 2019

    New England Pipeline Upgrade Opponents Fail At DC Circ.

    The D.C. Circuit has denied a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of an Enbridge Inc. unit's upgrade of a New England natural gas pipeline, disagreeing with the Massachusetts town of Weymouth, which claims the work wasn't in the public interest or environmentally sound.

  • January 2, 2019

    3rd Circ. Won't Fast-Track $1.2B Venezuela Award Row

    The Third Circuit on Wednesday nixed a bid by Canadian miner Crystallex International Corp. to hurry an appeal challenging an order allowing it to seize shares in Citgo Petroleum Corp.'s parent company to enforce a $1.2 billion arbitral award against Venezuela.

  • January 2, 2019

    Seminole Tribe Asks 11th Circ. To Rethink Fla. Tax Ruling

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked the Eleventh Circuit to rehear en banc its affirmation of a Florida district court ruling barring the tribe from fighting a state electricity tax, saying the ruling runs counter to precedent.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Opinion

    Celebrate Veterans By Improving Their Access To Justice

    Linda Klein

    Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.

  • Iran Sanctions Reimposed: 5 Key Questions

    Mario Mancuso

    With this week's reimposition of the final tranche of U.S. sanctions against Iran, foreign subsidiaries of U.S. companies must ensure they have concluded all Iran-related business. The addition of more Iranian individuals and entities to the specially designated nationals list means additional compliance risks, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • Energy Cos. Engage With A New Forum For Human Rights

    Viren Mascarenhas

    National contact points are hearing more human rights, labor and environmental complaints related to energy companies, bringing these grievances to public attention and sharing findings with potential litigants, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP and an adviser at the Danish Institute for Human Rights.

  • Considering Blockchain In The Electricity Industry

    Mark Sundback

    Because blockchain could fundamentally change how electricity is supplied and consumed in the future, traditional utilities should consider ways to leverage this technology, while regulators must update practices that impede the use of blockchain in the industry, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hamilton LLP.