The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency asked a Montana federal judge to reverse his finding that a state regulation intended to provide flexibility to polluters struggling to meet water quality standards violates the Clean Water Act.
A coalition of states told a D.C. federal court that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent oil and gas deregulatory push isn't a good reason to pause a suit aimed at forcing the agency to clamp down on methane emissions from existing industry infrastructure.
Global law firm Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP announced Monday that it is giving its energy and infrastructure group a boost in its New York office, bringing in a partner from White & Case LLP who specializes in financing, mergers and acquisitions in the energy industry.
An affiliate of Brookfield Asset Management Inc. has agreed to inject $2 billion into Dominion Energy Inc.’s Cove Point gas liquefaction facility in Lusby, Maryland, the companies said Monday, in an agreement steered by McGuireWoods and Kirkland & Ellis.
A London judge on Monday ruled that an investment vehicle ACON Equity Management LLC used to buy a Florida energy company has to pay $4 million in fees for the stake the private equity firm later sold in the company.
China is looking to hit $2.4 billion worth of U.S. goods with fresh tariffs as retaliation for the government’s continued application of countervailing duties that have been deemed illegal by the World Trade Organization, according to a WTO document circulated Monday.
Singapore state investment fund Temasek lobbed a bid Monday that aims to take a controlling stake in Keppel and help it carry out a strategic review, in a deal that values the struggling conglomerate’s stock at SG$13.4 billion ($9.82 billion).
Baltimore on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reject BP PLC's, Chevron's and other energy giants' effort to stop the city's lawsuit seeking to hold the companies liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage from proceeding in state court.
Exxon Mobil will go to trial in Manhattan on Tuesday to fight claims it deceived investors about climate change risks to its business, the culmination of a multiyear, publicly fought battle between New York state and the oil giant. Here's a cheat sheet on what to expect in one of the most significant corporate fraud trials in recent years.
The U.S. Trustee's Office has objected to the litigation releases in bankrupt fracking sand miner Emerge Energy Services LP's plan for Chapter 11, saying they release an excessively-broad range of parties without the affirmative consent of creditors.
A New Mexico federal judge has ruled that the government had jumped the gun in its bid for an early win in multidistrict litigation over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill, saying Utah, New Mexico, the Navajo Nation and others deserve more discovery about the court's jurisdiction over their tort claims.
The D.C. Circuit said Friday INEOS USA LLC doesn’t have standing to challenge tariffs filed for a gas pipeline ownership change that was allegedly done to deny the company’s bid for pipeline access.
An Indiana Republican suggested Friday the Trump administration is improperly denying importers' requests to be excluded from the national security tariffs on steel and aluminum, hinting that the White House is biased in favor of domestic producers.
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. noteholders and wildfire victims have filed a joint alternative to the California utility’s own Chapter 11 plan that would give the noteholders control of the company and victims an additional $6 billion in potential compensation.
Energy company DTE Midstream said Friday it will acquire a natural gas gathering system and related pipeline in Louisiana in a $2.25 billion deal steered by Shearman & Sterling, Dechert, Vinson & Elkins and Kirkland & Ellis.
The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected an oil company's request to review whether a $15 million indemnification dispute between it and Apache Corp. belongs in arbitration.
Creditors blasted Pacific Gas and Electric's proposed settlement of subrogation claims stemming from California's 2017 and 2018 wildfires, saying it locks the bankrupt utility into an $11 billion payment to insurers no matter what direction the case takes in the future.
A Mammoth Energy Services Inc. unit has told a Puerto Rico bankruptcy court that an indictment against its former president and a government inspection report shouldn't delay a $216 million payment for restoring electricity in the territory after Hurricane Maria.
Sens. Tina Smith, D-Minn., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, introduced bipartisan legislation Wednesday aimed at reauthorizing and improving the work of the Department of Energy’s Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs to ensure it is working effectively for tribal communities.
A lawsuit accusing insurers of failing to honor a Lloyd's of London policy on an erupting Ohio gas well must return to Pennsylvania state court, since the defendants hadn't shown that none of more than 1,800 underwriters on the policy were Pennsylvania citizens, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
An Idaho federal judge blocked the Trump administration's proposed changes to federal protections for the greater sage-grouse on Wednesday, putting the brakes on expanded oil and gas drilling and other projects that would impact the bird's habitat in several Western states.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that New York state has failed to prove that hundreds of air pollution sources in nine upwind states are interfering with its efforts to comply with federal ozone standards.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday largely approved plans by a pair of regional grid operators to make a place for energy storage in their wholesale electricity markets, the first move that implements the agency's landmark energy storage rule enacted last year.
Consumers asked the First Circuit to reconsider a panel decision affirming that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's rate-setting authority preempts their proposed class action claiming Eversource Energy and Avangrid Inc. drove up electricity prices by $3.6 billion, saying the appeals court ignored limits to FERC's authority.
An Ohio bankruptcy judge has approved FirstEnergy Solutions Corp.'s $3.3 billion Chapter 11 plan after the company agreed to assume union contracts that had held up plan approval in August.
The U.S. Department of Energy asserts that its recent withdrawal of energy efficiency targets for light bulbs has not triggered a statutory “backstop” efficiency standard, but its actions will likely prompt litigation by consumer and environmental groups, and implementation of stricter standards by some states, say Daniel Eisenberg and Jack Zietman of Beveridge & Diamond.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently proposed major modifications to its regulations concerning the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act, which could significantly affect the ability of renewable power facilities to require electric utilities to purchase their output — and the price that utilities will have pay for that output, say attorneys at Reed Smith.
Cybersecurity is a key risk factor in mergers and acquisitions generally, but executives and directors contemplating an acquisition in the oil and gas sector must note the industry's unique cybersecurity challenges in order to properly assess transaction risks and value target companies, say attorneys at Skadden.
A recently enacted California law that sets aside $21 billion to cover future wildfire damage claims and incentivizes safer electric utility infrastructure represents a successful attempt to balance competing interests, while putting wildfire claims funding on a firmer footing, says Allan Marks of Milbank.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler criticized California's poor air quality when he withdrew the state's waiver to regulate vehicle emissions more stringently than the EPA. But California's air pollution problem was precisely the reason Congress provided for such waivers in the first place, says Seth Jaffe of Foley Hoag.
By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.
Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.
The Democratic primary debates and a proliferation of bills in Congress make it clear that carbon pricing will be a significant issue in the 2020 U.S. elections — and a host of international pilot programs for carbon emissions credit trading suggest even more interest in the subject abroad, say attorneys with Beveridge & Diamond.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.
Even as the Transportation Climate Initiative, a carbon pricing scheme in the Northeast, has gained momentum, recent developments in Virginia, Washington, Oregon and California have created obstacles for domestic carbon markets, say attorneys at Beveridge & Diamond.
In the oil spill liability case Citgo Asphalt Refining v. Frescati Shipping, the U.S. Supreme Court has a chance to resolve a circuit split over whether "safe berth" and "safe port" clauses in maritime contracts impose only a due diligence requirement, or strict liability, which would likely result in more uniformity in the chartering industry, says Jordan Asch of Gibbons.
While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.
There may be reason to doubt the feasibility of some of the ambitious goals that New York's Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act sets for emissions reductions and renewable energy production, and the state's ability to completely transform its electricity and transportation sectors, say attorneys with Vinson & Elkins.
In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.
With private equity firms clamoring to put an increasing supply of dry powder to work, business owners should come to the bargaining table prepared, and resist the temptation of a quick, off-market deal, say David Kaufman and Nathan Viehl at Thompson Coburn.