Energy

  • October 11, 2019

    Fired Workers Want Bayou Steel Ch. 11 Sent To Louisiana

    A group of employees terminated by steel mill operator Bayou Steel BD Holdings LLC shortly before it filed for Chapter 11 protection have asked a Delaware judge to transfer the bankruptcy cases to Louisiana, arguing the company has no real connections to the First State.

  • October 11, 2019

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week has seen asset manager BlueCrest drag a U.S. hedge fund into court following its expansion into the U.K., a City watchdog sue a Panamanian connected to an illegal land sale scheme and a Hong Kong food distributor file suit against shipping giant MSC. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • October 11, 2019

    Financial Adviser Pleads Guilty In Ecuador Oil Bribery Case

    A former Miami financial adviser pled guilty Friday on the eve of a trial in a federal criminal case claiming he violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by funneling millions to Ecuadorian oil officials to secure contracts for a private company.

  • October 11, 2019

    Council Backs Tribe's Bid To Expand Endangered Reservation

    A council of Minnesota tribes has demanded that the federal government expand the Prairie Island Community’s land to include territory that isn't imperiled by nearby nuclear waste storage and from persistent flooding created by a federal dam project.

  • October 11, 2019

    Rising Star: Vinson & Elkins' Lande Spottswood

    Vinson & Elkins' Lande Spottswood has built a career working on some of the most sophisticated transactions for major players in the energy sector, including representing Energy Transfer Partners in its $60 billion merger with Energy Transfer Equity, earning her a spot as one of five energy law practitioners under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • October 10, 2019

    Feds, Manufacturing Cos. Concur On $125M Mass. Cleanup

    Two federal agencies, Textron Inc., and Whittaker Corp. agreed to a $125 million cleanup effort at a Superfund site in Concord, Massachusetts, that was once home to a manufacturing facility licensed to use radioactive substances, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Thursday.

  • October 10, 2019

    Trump Orders Could Gum Up The Works At Enviro Agencies

    President Donald Trump's executive orders aimed at curtailing federal agencies' use of informal guidance in policymaking could prevent agencies like the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy from reacting quickly to industry problems.

  • October 10, 2019

    What Do Trump's Orders Mean For Agency Guidance?

    The Trump administration's bid to help businesses by putting an end to "secret" rulemaking might backfire, some experts said Thursday, because it could put a damper on advice that industry relies on to comply with federal regulations.

  • October 10, 2019

    9th Circ. Tells DOE To Publish Obama-Era Energy-Saver Rules

    The U.S. Department of Energy can no longer refuse to publish Obama-era energy conservation standards for household and industrial appliances, the Ninth Circuit said Thursday.

  • October 10, 2019

    Coal Magnate Can't Block Doc Order In $48M Award Fight

    A coal magnate and other defendants in litigation filed by several Brazilian iron companies to enforce a $48 million arbitral award were unable to convince a New York judge on Wednesday to set aside a discovery order issued under an exception to the attorney-client privilege.

  • October 10, 2019

    11th Circ. Says NAACP's Fair Housing Act Suit Can Continue

    The NAACP can proceed with its Fair Housing Act suit alleging that a Georgia city's utility policies have disproportionately discriminated against African Americans and Latinos, the Eleventh Circuit ruled Thursday.

  • October 10, 2019

    JP Morgan Fees Center Stage In Del. Suit Over $3.2B Oil Deal

    Callon Petroleum Co. investors launched a Chancery Court suit late Wednesday over a proposed $3.2 billion all-stock acquisition of Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc., accusing Callon of failing to disclose financial adviser J.P. Morgan Securities LLC's potential gains from work on an associated $2.5 billion financing.

  • October 10, 2019

    Army Corps Seeks Win In Tribes' Dakota Access Suit

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Wednesday asked a D.C. federal judge to grant the agency a win in four Native American tribes' challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, arguing it sufficiently consulted the tribes and performed the environmental review that the court demanded.

  • October 10, 2019

    Deals Rumor Mill: Postmates, Exxon Mobil, Armacell

    Online food and goods delivery startup Postmates is postponing plans for a more than $2 billion initial public offering because of market conditions, Exxon is considering a sale of $3 billion worth of Malaysian offshore assets, and private equity-backed Armacell could sell for up to $1.65 billion. Here, Law360 breaks down these and other deal rumors from the past week.

  • October 10, 2019

    Insurers Say $34M Ala. Pipeline Explosion Suit Not Covered

    Two Liberty Mutual subsidiaries asked an Alabama federal court to declare that they don't have to indemnify a contractor facing lawsuits over its role in a fatal pipeline explosion, including a $34 million suit by Colonial Pipeline Co.

  • October 10, 2019

    $9M Award Nixed After Jury Shown Unredacted Insurance Doc

    Jurors were wrongly allowed to consider an unredacted document that showed a drilling company had $9 million in insurance coverage and used that information when deciding to give an injured worker a $9 million award, a Texas appellate court ruled Thursday, ordering a new trial.

  • October 10, 2019

    Suit Over $112M Ukraine Award To Stay Paused For Now

    Litigation filed by Russian energy company PAO Tatneft to enforce a $112 million award it won following the forced takeover of Ukraine's largest refinery will remain on hold while Ukraine seeks U.S. Supreme Court review of a decision that rejected its sovereign immunity defense.

  • October 10, 2019

    EdgeMarc Energy Has No Path Forward With Ch. 11

    EdgeMarc Energy's unsecured creditors have asked to convert the case to a Chapter 7 liquidation, accusing the debtor of simply drifting along after an asset sale brought in $50 million in August, and failing to pursue valid claims against a pipeline company and its own secured creditors.

  • October 10, 2019

    Rising Star: Susman Godfrey's Ashley McMillian

    The energy litigation resume of Susman Godfrey's Ashley McMillian includes helping Apache Deepwater win a $43.2 million verdict in an offshore drilling decommissioning dispute, earning her a spot among the energy attorneys under age 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.

  • October 10, 2019

    WilmerHale Guides RigUp's $300M Funding Round

    RigUp, steered by WilmerHale, said Thursday it raised $300 million in its latest funding round to help expand its renewable energy, midstream oil and gas, and downstream operations.

  • October 09, 2019

    Alaska Justices Appear Open To Reviving Youths' Climate Suit

    The Alaska Supreme Court appeared open Wednesday to reviving a lawsuit brought against the state by young Alaskans who assert they have a constitutional right to a stable climate, with one justice saying they don't need to "get into the science" to declare that such a right exists.

  • October 09, 2019

    Feds Want Wives' Testimony Out Of Ecuador Bribery Case

    Federal prosecutors asked a Florida federal judge Wednesday to exclude testimony from the wives of four alleged co-conspirators of a former financial adviser charged with bribing Ecuadorian oil officials when he goes on trial next week in Miami, calling it a waste of time.

  • October 09, 2019

    LA Residents Get OK On $32M Gas Bill Overcharge Deal

    A California judge gave final approval Wednesday to a $32.5 million deal that resolves allegations that the City of Los Angeles overcharged 1.3 million residents millions of dollars by illegally including unrelated state fees when calculating the gas user tax added to their natural gas bills.

  • October 09, 2019

    Orrick Nabs Jones Day Int'l Arbitration Duo In Paris

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has added to its international arbitration practice two former Jones Day attorneys, both of whom bring extensive experience representing both states and investors in the energy, construction and infrastructure sectors in complex arbitrations.

  • October 09, 2019

    2nd Circ. Won't Send NY Pipeline Appeal To DC Circ.

    The Second Circuit has rejected two National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiaries' request that it transfer a dispute to the D.C. Circuit concerning whether New York state environmental regulators waived their authority when they denied a Clean Water Act permit for a $455 million natural gas pipeline project.

Expert Analysis

  • How New York Crafted Its Own Green New Deal: Part 1

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    New York state's recently enacted Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act is aggressive, extraordinary and far-reaching in its aims, but its ultimate effects on the energy, transportation and real estate industries are in many ways still uncertain, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • US Courts Continue Reluctance Toward Foreign Discovery

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    Although foreign litigants' Section 1782 requests for discovery are often rejected by U.S. courts — as exemplified by a New York federal court's recent Hulley Enterprises decision — U.S.-based law firms can still take steps to minimize the associated risks, says Alexander Lawrence of Morrison & Foerster.

  • Roundup

    Judging A Book

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

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    Judging A Book: Jackson Reviews 'When Should Law Forgive?'

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    Readers of Martha Minow's new book "When Should Law Forgive?" will be exposed to a refreshingly robust vision of justice that transcends myopic perspectives of wrongdoing and punishment, says U.S. District Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the District of Columbia.

  • OT Rules For Bonuses Are Less Fuzzy After 3rd Circ. Opinion

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    While the Third Circuit's opinion in U.S. Department of Labor v. Bristol Excavating does not provide a bright-line rule for including third-party bonuses in overtime calculations under the Fair Labor Standards Act, it identifies the relevant risk factors, say Lori Armstrong Halber and Gavin Carpenter at Reed Smith.

  • Tools For Energy And Infrastructure Minority Partners: Part 2

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    In energy and infrastructure joint ventures, a minority party must be savvy about setting exit thresholds, vetting the capital contribution mechanics and keeping a poker face in order to negotiate an arrangement that gives it the protections and rewards it seeks, says Parker Lee of Hunton.

  • Series

    Pursuing Wellness: Steps Toward A Supportive Firm Culture

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    As an early advocate of the American Bar Association's year-old well-being pledge, we launched an integrated program to create and sustain a supportive workplace culture with initiatives focused on raising mental health awareness, embracing creativity and giving back to the community, says Casey Ryan at Reed Smith.

  • Tools For Energy And Infrastructure Minority Partners: Part 1

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    While majority parties in energy and infrastructure joint ventures have controlling rights over important business decisions, minority parties have some creative options for exerting influence beyond their ownership level, says Parker Lee of Hunton.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Mental Health Education As A Firm Priority

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    Our firm drives a holistic concept of well-being through educational opportunities, such as a series of expert-led workshops intended to address mental health and substance abuse issues that we vowed to fight when we signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge one year ago, says Krista Logelin at Morgan Lewis.

  • New Visa Means 1 Less Problem For Offshore Wind Projects

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    The U.S. State Department has updated the Foreign Affairs Manual to include a visa category for offshore wind projects, removing a regulatory hurdle that was causing significant logistical problems for the industry, say Jonathan Waldron and Stefanos Roulakis at Blank Rome.

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    Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

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    Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

  • Another Round In The Battle Over The Clean Water Act

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    The Obama-era Clean Water Rule used the full extent of federal power to protect the country's water under the Clean Water Act. Last week, that rule was repealed, giving more authority to states. At issue are questions of federalism and science, and a confusing U.S. Supreme Court case, says Allyn Stern of Beveridge & Diamond.

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    Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

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    One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

  • Laying The Groundwork For Next-Generation Nuclear Energy

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    Nuclear energy enjoys bipartisan support, as evidenced by a range of recent and pending federal legislation that could help revive the U.S. nuclear industry, say attorneys with Morgan Lewis.

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    Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

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    After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

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