Copano Energy LLC told the Texas Supreme Court in oral arguments on Tuesday that email exchanges between its representatives and an attorney for a landowner discussing the price the company would pay for an easement are not enough to sustain the breach-of-contract suit it is now facing.
U.S. District Judge William Alsup threw shade Tuesday on a "half-baked" proposal by San Bruno, California, leaders to order Pacific Gas and Electric Co. to spend its remaining community service probation hours on wildfire mitigation, saying he fears funds will be "squandered on consultants and lawyers" without completing the project.
Citgo Petroleum Corp. has named as its vice president of legal and government affairs a former longtime BP attorney who held roles for the oil and gas company in Ohio, Texas and London, the company said Tuesday.
A Texas Supreme Court judge asked Tuesday whether the state's partnership statute could displace any written agreement between parties that want to set limits around the boundaries of how they work together in a closely watched $535 million fight over a soured pipeline deal.
Spanish energy conglomerate Acciona said Tuesday it will increase its stake in Nordex through a €99 million ($108.5 million) private placement, teeing up an Acciona takeover of the German wind turbine company.
The new members of Baker Botts' environmental and workplace safety practice say the firm's larger platform will enable them to help clients grapple with increased regulatory scrutiny in the aftermath of accidents at industrial facilities and assist with the development of incident response plans.
New York, California and dozens more states and local governments have asked to intervene in three cases before the D.C. Circuit to defend the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from existing power plants.
Finnish utility provider Fortum Oyj has agreed to buy a crop of shares in Uniper SE from two investment firms for approximately €2.3 billion ($2.5 billion) in a deal that gives it a majority stake in the German energy company, Fortum said Tuesday.
A former manager at Australian steel producer BlueScope has been charged with two counts of obstructing a federal cartel investigation, the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission announced Tuesday.
Chevron Corp., BP PLC and other energy giants are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to delay remanding to state court Rhode Island's lawsuit alleging the energy companies are responsible for climate change-related infrastructure damage.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has asked the First Circuit to affirm the dismissal of a Massachusetts lawsuit filed by scientists who are challenging the agency's decision to bar advisory committee members from receiving EPA grants.
The First Circuit on Tuesday questioned why Japanese residents seeking compensation from General Electric for losses tied to the 2011 meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant would need to do so in Boston court, rather than in Japan, the venue suggested by the federal judge who dismissed their suit.
Norton Rose Fulbright’s Becky Diffen has made a career in renewable energy, helping to facilitate the financing of a 200 MW wind farm in the Texas Panhandle and assisting Duke Energy’s effort to build an energy storage project at a time when the technology was especially new, earning her a place among five energy attorneys honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
A Yukos subsidiary lost its bid on Tuesday to recoup $40 million from five men accused of rigging a Russian government auction of the defunct oil producer, as a London judge said there was no "smoking gun" to prove that the high-profile finance consortium took part in a conspiracy.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s Chapter 11 reorganization plan won't make Northern California wildfire victims whole again, their attorneys told a U.S. bankruptcy judge Monday, urging him to terminate PG&E's exclusivity period to allow them to move ahead with an alternative plan that caps liabilities $6 billion higher than PG&E's proposal.
The Texas Supreme Court has agreed to hear a test of the power of "anti-washout" clauses, which are intended to protect oil and gas ownership royalty interests from lapsing, in a Texas Panhandle lease fight involving Apache Corp.
A Delaware vice chancellor on Monday refused to toss three of six counts in a proposed class challenge to Boardwalk Pipeline LP's $1.5 billion public unit buyout in 2018, ruling the class has shown it is “reasonably conceivable” the deal was unfair to minority unitholders.
Montana's attorney general on Monday said millions of dollars in state tax revenue is at risk because of an environmental group's challenge to a permit allowing the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline and asked to intervene in the case.
Two D.C. Circuit judges appeared concerned Monday that a new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency emissions regulation would make it easier for polluters to violate national air quality standards, saying it offers little or no guidance to ensure new or modified projects that emit air pollution are properly screened before receiving permits.
Philadelphia's Drexel University has agreed to shell out more than $189,000 to resolve potential False Claims Act liabilities over a former professor's use of federal grant money at strip clubs and sports bars throughout the city, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday.
A suit brought by the state of Rhode Island against a slew of energy companies over climate change-related costs is set to return to state court later this week after the First Circuit rejected a request by BP PLC on Monday to block a lower court’s remand order.
Ecuador has asked the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes to annul a $448.82 million arbitration award issued recently to a Bahamas-incorporated oil company in a dispute over the allocation of profits from two oil blocks in the Amazon.
Kentucky-based coal mining operation Blackhawk Mining LLC received interim approval Monday in Delaware to tap a portion of a $35 million debtor-in-possession loan that will help bridge gaps in the company's receipts after its Chapter 11 plan was confirmed in August.
An attorney accused of filing fraudulent bills while representing a class of landowners who claim Range Resources Corp. shortchanged them on natural gas royalties has pushed back against a suit filed in Pennsylvania federal court by a dissident group of plaintiffs who want the lawyer disqualified.
Alon USA Energy Inc. has urged a California federal judge to jettison it from parallel, proposed price-fixing class actions against BP, Exxon and other oil companies, arguing it's still in the case because fuel buyers have repeated "false allegations" about the closure of one of its refineries — falsities that warrant sanctions.
Experienced discovery counsel helps the virtual law team shape case strategy and provides necessary advocacy, consistency and efficiency, plus cost savings, from the beginning of a case through trial, say attorneys at Nelson Mullins and FaegreBD.
The Wayback Machine, which archives screenshots of websites at particular points in time, can be an invaluable tool in litigation, but attorneys need to follow a few simple steps early in the discovery process to increase the odds of being able to use materials obtained from the archive, says Timothy Freeman of Tanenbaum Keale.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis is to be commended for his recently announced plan to install electric vehicle charging stations along the state's turnpike — but bolder plans are needed to achieve a full transition to EVs, and public-private partnerships will be key to delivering them, says Robert Alfert of Nelson Mullins.
The Judicial Conference Advisory Committee’s proposed addition to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 7.1 needs to be amended slightly to prevent late-stage jurisdictional confusion in cases where the parties do not have attributed citizenship, says GianCarlo Canaparo at The Heritage Foundation.
The ability of a Chinese company to gain approval from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. for acquisition of a U.S. tech company may not hinge as much on the extent to which the technology is critical to national security as it will on convincing the government that the technology can be protected, says J. Keith Ausbrook at Guidepost Solutions.
A New York federal court's recent decision in Fischman v. Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings dispels the notion that in-house legal advisers are prohibited from using information about their employers in pursuing discrimination claims against them, says Jessica Westerman at Katz Marshall.
Wind energy developers should note that a new Texas law, imposing specific obligations on them related to the removal of wind projects, contains financial assurance provisions that are more landowner-centric than project-centric, says Madison Benedict at Husch Blackwell.
The amended Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) provides explicit criteria for imposing sanctions when electronically stored information has been lost during discovery, but courts are still not consistently applying the new rule, with some simply ignoring it in favor of inherent authority, say Matthew Hamilton and Donna Fisher at Pepper Hamilton.
According to our recent survey, the one simple attribute that attracts both in-house counsel and C-suite executives to content is utility, but it’s also clear that both groups define utility differently and prefer different content types, says John Corey of Greentarget.
While environmentalists say that revised Endangered Species Act implementing regulations recently published by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service will gut the law, many of the updates are consistent with the services’ long-standing policies and practices, say Rebecca Barho and Brooke Wahlberg of Nossaman.
Recent Chapter 11 filings by Pacific Gas & Electric and FirstEnergy Solutions have reignited debate over whether U.S. bankruptcy courts can reject contracts regulated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The crux of the problem lies in conflicting jurisdiction conferred by the Bankruptcy Code and the Federal Power Act, say Paul Green and Mark Douglas of Jones Day.
European regulators are increasingly cracking down on manipulation of the European wholesale energy market, with pending investigations that may result in fines, lawsuits and criminal proceedings. This enforcement wave comes as means to detect market manipulation have become more sophisticated, says Gabriele Haas of Dentons.
Though the latest round of litigation attempting to impose public nuisance liability on businesses for global warming consequences has yet to see any insurance coverage lawsuits, that is sure to change if any of the claims gain traction, say Damon Vocke and J. Robert Renner of Duane Morris.
This month’s controversy surrounding alleged financial misrepresentations by Burford Capital underlines the need for litigation financiers to unite in educating the public about the value of litigation finance, lest opportunists use cases like this to disparage the industry as a whole, says Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule explicitly allowing consideration of emissions decreases from a project in determining whether the project causes a significant emissions increase from an existing source. This makes it more likely that state regulators will follow the same approach, says Andrew Sawula of Schiff Hardin.