Energy

  • September 30, 2019

    House Dem Faults BLM's Arctic Drilling Climate Analysis

    The Democratic chair of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources accused the Trump administration Monday of climate denial in its analysis of the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  • September 30, 2019

    Ecuador Must Pay $450M Following Oil Profits Fight

    Ecuador must pay a Bahamian oil company nearly $450 million to resolve a more than 10-year-old dispute over the allocation of profits from two oil blocks in the Amazon, but the energy company owes nearly $55 million to pay for environmental cleanup, an international tribunal has ruled.

  • September 30, 2019

    3rd Circ. Lets Crystallex Resume Bid To Seize Citgo Shares

    The Third Circuit on Monday lifted a stay of Delaware federal court litigation between Crystallex International Corp. and Venezuela, paving the way for the Canadian miner to seize shares in Citgo's parent company. It’s a move the Latin American country has said might hamper its economic recovery.

  • September 30, 2019

    FERC Widens Calif. Grid Operator's Power Deal Authority

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approved a request by California's regional grid operator to expand its power to keep older generators online despite a dissent by the Democratic commissioner, who said the change would hamper the transition toward cleaner energy.

  • September 30, 2019

    Spanish Piping Co. Hit With $31M Verdict For False Ads

    A Texas federal jury has found that Spanish pipe manufacturer Ulma Piping owes roughly $31 million to a pair of American pipe makers for undercutting their business by falsely advertising its oil pipeline parts as being strengthened by heat treatment.

  • September 30, 2019

    Mozambique Says Oxy-Total Gas Deal To Yield $880M In Tax

    French oil major Total said Monday it has completed the $3.9 billion acquisition of Anadarko Petroleum’s 26.5% stake in a liquefied natural gas project in Mozambique, a deal the African country’s president expects will bring $880 million in tax revenue.

  • September 30, 2019

    Minn. Agency Denies Water Approval For Enbridge Pipeline

    The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has rejected Enbridge Energy LP's request for a Clean Water Act certification for the controversial Line 3 oil pipeline, saying the agency needs more information on the project's environmental impacts before it considers signing off on the plan.

  • September 30, 2019

    Rakoff Triples Objector's Atty Fees In $3B Petrobras Deal

    A man who saved a class of investors $46 million in legal fees stemming from their $3 billion settlement with Brazil's state-run oil giant Petrobras won almost $34,000 for his legal counsel, roughly tripling the original award.

  • September 30, 2019

    Shareholder Tearfully Explains Motive In Murex Chancery Trial

    A Chancery Court trial over stockholder rights to demand an oil company's records took an emotional turn Monday when a Murex Petroleum Corp. investor teared up when a company attorney told her "You chose not to be a multi-millionaire" by refusing to accept an unsupported, all-or-nothing share buyout.

  • September 30, 2019

    Texas Panel Sides With Gas Co. In Suit Over Cattle Deaths

    A jury verdict in favor of ranchers who claimed a leaky gas pipeline killed several cattle must be wiped out because it rested on speculative testimony from an expert who failed to rule out other possible causes, a Texas appellate court has held.

  • September 30, 2019

    Enviros Seek Win In Suit Over EPA Advisory Committee Policy

    An environmental group said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s policy that prevents scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on agency advisory committees should be overturned because it was based on the improper assumption that the grants could lead to bias.

  • September 30, 2019

    Locke Lord, Orrick Helm NextEra Unit's $1.4B Pipeline Co. Buy

    A NextEra Energy Corp. unit said Monday that it will pay $1.37 billion to acquire a company with a stake in a pipeline that helps ship natural gas from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale to Atlantic Coast markets, in a deal guided by Locke Lord LLP and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP.

  • September 30, 2019

    White & Case Steers Sempra's $3.59B Peruvian Energy Sale

    Energy infrastructure company Sempra Energy on Monday said it will sell its interests in Peruvian energy businesses to China Yangtze Power International for roughly $3.59 billion in cash, with guidance from White & Case LLP.

  • September 30, 2019

    Paul Weiss, Debevoise Drive $1.3B Deal For Infrastructure Biz

    Brookfield Business Partners has agreed to pay $1.3 billion to buy a 45% stake in infrastructure services provider Brand Industrial Services from fellow private equity shop Clayton Dubilier & Rice LLC, in a deal put together with help from Paul Weiss and Debevoise & Plimpton.

  • September 30, 2019

    4 Energy-Related Supreme Court Cases To Watch This Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court's new term will see the justices being asked to determine the scope of federal energy and environmental laws that carry big implications for energy projects both existing and in the works. Here's a four-pack of energy-related cases on the Supreme Court's docket that are worth watching.

  • September 27, 2019

    Maui Council Chair Wants Hunton Cut Off In Water Case

    As Maui government leaders fight over whether to pull their closely watched groundwater fight from the U.S. Supreme Court's docket, the county council chair told Law360 she won’t support more funding for Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP lawyers who've been helping litigate the case.

  • September 27, 2019

    Latest Suit Over $13B TransCanada Sale Is Tossed

    Describing the litigation as “the class’s fourth bite at the apple,” a New York federal judge has dismissed one case in a string of suits that challenged Columbia Pipeline Group’s $13 billion merger with TransCanada in March 2016.

  • September 27, 2019

    Oro Negro Sues Bondholders For Bringing Criminal Charges

    Mexican oil rig company Perforadora Oro Negro has filed suit against its creditors in a New York bankruptcy court, claiming the creditors have brought criminal charges against the company in breach of a three-year-old liability release.

  • September 27, 2019

    Venezuela Wants 3rd Circ. To Review Shares Seizure Ruling

    Venezuela and its state-owned oil company urged the Third Circuit to take another look at a panel ruling that lets Crystallex International Corp. seize shares in Citgo's parent company, saying the ruling goes against U.S. Supreme Court precedent.

  • September 27, 2019

    Bipartisan Senate Bill Would Boost Electric Grid Protection

    A bipartisan group of senators has floated a bill that aims to beef up the security of the nation's electric grid by creating incentives for electric utilities to invest in advanced cybersecurity technology and rolling out a federal grant program.

  • September 27, 2019

    Enviros Say Trump Can't Limit Calif.'s Auto Emissions Power

    The Sierra Club and other environmental groups stepped into the Trump administration's fight to take away California’s power to set tighter fuel economy and greenhouse gas standards for vehicles, suing the U.S. Department of Transportation on Friday.

  • September 27, 2019

    What Attys Need To Know About Trump's Calif. Grudge Match

    The grudge match between the Trump administration and California over environmental issues has grown more fierce in the last few weeks as the federal government has thrown haymakers over air and water quality issues — but attorneys discount much of the battle as political theater.

  • September 27, 2019

    LA Drops Billing Error Suit Against PwC Due To Atty Silence

    The city of Los Angeles is dropping allegations that PwC caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damages when it implemented a faulty Department of Water and Power billing system, saying the silence of key witnesses — including an attorney involved in related litigation — makes pursuing the case impossible.

  • September 27, 2019

    Clean Fuel Co. Cuts $4M Deal To End SEC's FCPA Probe

    A Vancouver, British Columbia-based clean fuel technology company and its former CEO agreed to pay more than $4.1 million to resolve the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's allegations that they violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing a Chinese government official to obtain a $3.5 million dividend payment.

  • September 27, 2019

    Ex-Platinum Exec Acquitted, Co-Founder Gets New Trial

    A New York federal judge on Friday acquitted a former Platinum Partners executive who had been convicted of defrauding bondholders in an oil and gas company and ruled that a second defendant, the defunct hedge fund’s co-founder, will get a new trial.

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Castillo Reviews 'Raising The Bar'

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    A timely new book, “Raising the Bar: Diversifying Big Law," is one of the first honest assessments of the challenging battleground for people of color at large law firms, and I hope that firm management committee members read it, says U.S. District Judge Rubén Castillo of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Opinion

    A Welcome Turning Of The Tide On State Preemption Of Cities

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    The troubling trend of state preemption of local authority across a wide array of policy areas seemed only to be growing until this spring’s legislative season, which saw states reconsidering and even beginning to unwind a legacy of interference, says Nestor Davidson, a professor at Fordham Law School.

  • FERC 'Single Entity' Ruling Increases Successor Liability Risk

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruled recently that a power marketer is effectively the same entity as a bankrupt company with the same contacts and administrators, and thus is liable for the bankrupt company's debts. This theory could affect every holding company of utilities, generators or other FERC-regulated entities, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • Debunking 3 Myths About Contract Attorneys

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    Although contract attorneys represent a quality source of legal work, inaccurate assumptions cause many legal departments and law firms to hesitate when considering them, say Matthew Weaver and Shannon Murphy of Major Lindsey.

  • Opinion

    FERC Not Obliged To Vet Pipeline Downstream Climate Impact

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    In Sierra Club v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in 2017, and again in Birckhead v. FERC in June, the D.C. Circuit directed FERC to evaluate climate change effects when issuing pipeline certificates. But FERC lacks the authority to deny certificates based on such concerns, says James Costan of Dentons.

  • Gas Pipeline Group's Meeting Signals Stricter Safety Rules

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    At its recent meeting, the Gas Pipeline Advisory Committee recommended that the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration largely move forward with new pipeline safety rules laid out by the Obama administration. The GPAC’s recommendation could represent a dramatic turning point for the industry, says Keith Coyle of Babst Calland.

  • Workplace Safety's Little-Known Hammer: The Clean Air Act

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    Although the Trump administration recently proposed to repeal some of the Clean Air Act's workplace safety requirements, it will likely not decrease the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ongoing enforcement trend for these CAA provisions, which has largely gone unnoticed, say Randy Brogdon and Richard Pepper at Troutman Sanders.

  • Persuasive Use Of Financial Models In Utility Ratemaking

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently closed the comment period for its examination of whether, and if so, how, to revise its public utility ratemaking procedures. Parties to ratemaking decisions should take heed of FERC's endorsement of using multiple financial models when setting rates, say Jimmie Zhang and Brien Sheahan of the Illinois Commerce Commission.

  • Compliance Imperatives For Defensible Data Disposal

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    Companies in a host of industries have recently faced steep compliance fines for data breaches from domestic and international regulators. Defensible disposal of corporate data presents an excellent opportunity to mitigate the impact of these data-driven risks, says Julia Brickell of H5.

  • A Litigator’s Reflections From The Arbitrator’s Chair

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's opinions this term in Henry Schein and Lamps Plus remind us of the fundamental difference between arbitration and litigation. Yet, as a commercial litigator who serves as a neutral arbitrator, I have observed that experienced litigators often fail to adapt their approach in arbitration, says Paula Litt at Honigman.

  • 5 Hard Phrases Lawyers Should Master

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    While Kelly Corrigan's popular book, "Tell Me More: Stories About the 12 Hardest Things I’m Learning to Say," focuses on simple words or phrases that individuals can use to improve their personal lives, attorneys can utilize Corrigan's advice for professional benefit, says Karen Ross of Tucker Ellis.

  • A Plan To Meet New York's Expanded Energy Storage Goals

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    To reach its recently established goal of 3 gigawatts of energy storage capacity by 2030, New York state must continue financial incentives for energy storage development, increase utilities' energy storage requirements and set up a framework for accurate valuation of energy storage resources, say Danielle Mettler-LaFeir and Ekin Senlet of Barclay Damon.

  • E-Discovery Experts Could Increase Fed. Court Efficiency

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    As electronic data demands on federal courts continue to increase, it may be time to consider whether the courts should establish an office that could be staffed with technical experts familiar with electronic discovery issues, says Douglas Smith of Kirkland.

  • Fed. Circ. Limits Gov't Contractors' Litigation Cost Claims

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    The Federal Circuit's July 16 decision in Bechtel National v. United States upholds the precedent set in Geren v. Tecom, making it harder for contractors to argue government agencies indicated their willingness to reimburse them for third-party litigation expenses through contract terms, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • Recent IRS Notices Blow Favorable For Wind Projects

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    Two recent IRS notices, adjusting the value of production tax credits and creating a safe harbor for certain U.S. Department of Defense-caused project delays, provide a small breath of fresh air for the onshore wind industry, says David Burton at Norton Rose.

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