Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the state to join the multistate Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and its cap-and-trade program designed to slash power-sector carbon emissions Thursday — a major move from a state that generates more than half its electricity from coal and natural gas.
The European Union's new commissioner for the economy and taxation, while being grilled by European Parliament members at his swearing-in Thursday, said the bloc will start work quickly on a new carbon border tax.
A Singaporean sales agent accused of participating in a $62 million Ponzi scheme has moved to disqualify one of the attorneys handling the case against him, saying the attorney committed "shocking" ethical violations by pursuing the suit even though he once advised the sales agent about related matters.
An Idaho federal court on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration's attempt to break up a lawsuit challenging its sage-grouse protection policies and scatter them to separate courts, siding with environmental groups who argued the conservation plans for eight Western states should be considered together.
The golden age of natural gas is here, but how long it will last depends largely on how the industry responds to headwinds coming from the growing number of climate change activists, experts said Wednesday during a Houston energy panel.
A California city’s tax on liquid fuel storage facilities wasn’t a business license tax but an improper real property tax, a state appeals court said Wednesday, reversing a lower court decision.
The federal government urged an Idaho federal court on Tuesday to block a whistleblower from appealing the dismissal of his False Claims Act suit involving a U.S. Department of Energy funding agreement, saying its FCA dismissal authority is a settled issue in the Ninth Circuit.
Counsel for Pacific Gas and Electric Co., the utility’s board of directors and the unsecured creditors in its bankruptcy case have jointly claimed the court-appointed fee examiner is seeking to impose excessively strict caps and unnecessary barriers to their fee applications.
A Bahamas-incorporated oil company asked a D.C. federal court on Tuesday to confirm a $411 million arbitration award issued recently against Ecuador in a long-running dispute over the allocation of profits from two oil blocks in the Amazon.
A Chesapeake Energy Co. unit may have violated the terms of a West Virginia drilling lease by consolidating the property into a larger parcel and using wells drilled elsewhere to satisfy its obligations to a landowner, the Fourth Circuit has ruled.
Three Crowns opened a new office in Bahrain on Tuesday, marking the specialist international arbitration law firm's first expansion since it was launched with offices in London, Paris and Washington, D.C., more than five years ago.
Energy giants including Chevron Corp. and BP PLC on Tuesday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Baltimore's lawsuit seeking to hold the companies liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage from proceeding in state court.
The D.C. Circuit put on hold oral arguments scheduled for this week in a challenge to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline, to allow appeals to play out from a Third Circuit decision that developers can't seize state-owned land for the project.
Energy-focused private equity firm Kimmeridge Energy Management, represented by Sidley Austin LLP, said Wednesday that it closed its fifth fund with $800 million in commitments that will be used to invest in oil and gas assets.
Attorneys representing bankrupt Pacific Gas and Electric Co. in an upcoming trial over the massive 2017 Tubbs fire urged a California judge Tuesday to admonish plaintiffs and their lawyers from litigating through the media — a request that the judge described as "essentially asking for a gag order."
The D.C. Circuit said Tuesday the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to protect states that sit downwind from other ozone-polluting states, siding with several East Coast attorneys general who said the agency needed to set stricter emission standards.
A federal jury in South Carolina has awarded $1.5 million to a veteran employee of a decades-long nuclear cleanup project, agreeing she was punished for alerting managers about racism in the workplace.
Railroad giants BNSF Railway Co., Union Pacific Railroad Co., CSX Transportation Inc. and Norfolk Southern Railway Co. were hit with multiple complaints by shippers alleging they engaged in a years-long conspiracy to use fuel surcharges to fix shipping prices and overcharge consumers by millions of dollars, after the shippers were previously denied class certification.
The head of the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, told Law360 in an exclusive interview that the Trump administration is improving its record of defending regulatory actions after a shaky start that included losing efforts to delay implementation of chemical safety and methane emissions rules.
King & Spalding LLP has added the former head of Squire Patton Boggs LLP's Asia-Pacific international dispute resolution practice, gaining an attorney with a wealth of experience handling complex arbitration proceedings arising in the energy and construction industries.
Ukraine's state-owned oil and gas company can seek documents from Gazprom's Dallas-based oil and gas reserves auditor as the Ukrainian company pursues litigation in the Netherlands to enforce a $2.56 billion arbitral award against the Russian natural gas giant, a Texas judge ruled on Monday.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. told a California court Tuesday it is working "aggressively" to limit wildfire risk as the state's high wind season approaches while saying its equipment may have been responsible for nine significant fires so far this year.
The Fourth Circuit on Tuesday revived West Virginia landowners' claims that a Chesapeake Energy Corp. unit they leased drilling rights to breached a settlement agreement, saying a lower court misinterpreted the plain language of the deal in granting Chesapeake's dismissal bid.
General Electric Co. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of the Treasury $2.7 million to settle claims that the company violated trade restrictions on businesses with ties to the Cuban government, according to an announcement Tuesday.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP has added a partner from King & Spalding LLP to its energy-focused private equity practice in Houston, the firm recently announced.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rothschild Barry's John Coffey, who joined Justice John Paul Stevens' law firm in 1965, shares what it was like to watch Justice Stevens practice law, mentor younger lawyers and land a malfunctioning plane.
The U.S. Department of Energy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and state regulators have a handful of tools to compel generators to delay the retirement of nuclear, coal and gas plants until greener options are more reliable, but their scope has not yet been tested in court, says Gordon Coffee at Winston & Strawn.
Earlier executive orders aimed at strengthening compliance with the Buy American Act were essentially position statements. Monday’s executive order differs, however, because it proposes a textual change to the Federal Acquisition Regulation, one that would have wide-ranging, potentially disruptive effects on government contractors, say attorneys at Covington.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision in Gundy v. United States may have opened the door to a revitalization of the long-dormant nondelegation doctrine. Such a shift could make it difficult for a future administration to deal with climate change without congressional action, say William McGrath and Jeffrey Jay of Brownstein Hyatt.
As states adopt and expand third-party solar development programs, regulators should streamline rules and avoid prescriptive requirements for developers, say Elliot Hinds and Diana Jeschke at Crowell & Moring.
Legislation recently introduced in the Senate would create a new tax-exempt financing option for carbon dioxide generating facilities that spend capital developing green countermeasures for carbon capture and sequestration, says Taylor Klavan of Squire Patton.
While there is discussion in some quarters about new regulations on commercial legal finance, the hands-off approach taken by the majority of courts and legislatures is an implicit recognition that it is already sufficiently regulated, says Danielle Cutrona of Burford Capital.