Energy

  • September 24, 2019

    Ex-Koch Staffer Gets Top DOI Atty Post Amid Perjury Claims

    The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Daniel Jorjani as the U.S. Department of the Interior's top lawyer, despite Democrats' claims that Jorjani lied to legislators about his involvement in a controversial public records proposal at the agency.

  • September 24, 2019

    Fiat Chrysler Manager Charged In Emissions Conspiracy

    A senior manager with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV was charged for his alleged role in a conspiracy to manipulate the diesel emissions of two car models so they would get regulatory approval despite illegal emissions levels, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday.

  • September 24, 2019

    Senate Panel OKs $35.8B Bill For DOI, EPA, Tribal Programs

    A Senate Appropriations subcommittee largely spurned budget cuts proposed by the Trump administration Tuesday by approving a $35.8 billion bill to fund agencies that include the U.S. Interior Department, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Indian Health Service.

  • September 24, 2019

    Chevron Beats Saudis' 'Sham' $18B Arbitration Award

    A California federal judge on Tuesday declined to confirm a $17.9 billion arbitration award against Chevron Corp. that the oil company has slammed as a “sham,” ruling that the Saudi families that sought confirmation haven’t proven the existence of an agreement to arbitrate and that, in any case, the court lacks jurisdiction in the matter.

  • September 24, 2019

    Fire Victims Slam PG&E's 'Master-Mindey Cute' Ch. 11 Plan

    Wildfire victims' counsel slammed PG&E's proposed Chapter 11 reorganization plan during a hearing in California bankruptcy court Tuesday, saying that the utility never asked the victims to negotiate and that its proposal puts creditors ahead of the victims and is "way too master-mindey cute."

  • September 24, 2019

    Courtroom Tech Experts In High Demand For Injury Trials

    Poster board-mounted photos of accidents and X-rays are out, with high-definition 3D models and simulations of injuries taking their place. As such, personal injury attorneys are tapping specialists to provide sophisticated trial exhibits for tech-savvy juries and keep high-stakes injury trials running as smoothly as a TV news production.

  • September 24, 2019

    Range Resources Wants Atty Fraud Claims Put On Hold

    Range Resources Corp. urged a Pennsylvania federal judge on Monday to hold off on addressing fraudulent billing allegations leveled against class counsel in an ongoing fight over unpaid natural gas royalties until after she determines whether or not to approve a supplemental settlement in the litigation.

  • September 24, 2019

    1st Circ. Looks To State Law In Maine City's Oil Export Ban

    The First Circuit has asked a Maine city and a pipeline company to submit briefs on whether the city's ordinance preventing the export and bulk loading of Canadian crude oil from its waterfront is preempted by state law, two months after oral arguments centered on federal law preemption.

  • September 24, 2019

    Venoco Bankruptcy Trustee Warns Of Fight Over $130M Claim

    An attorney for oil driller Venoco LLC's bankruptcy trustee told a Delaware federal judge on Tuesday that as early as Wednesday the Chapter 11 estate could challenge a $130 million claim by California for the costs of stabilizing and shutting down an offshore oil field and platform near Santa Barbara, barring progress in related disputes.

  • September 24, 2019

    5th Circ. Won't Revive Ex-Valero Worker's OT Suit

    The Fifth Circuit has denied a former Valero Services Inc. employee's request for another chance at pursuing an overtime case against the petroleum refiner in court rather than arbitration, rejecting his argument that the jury that booted his case got faulty instructions.

  • September 24, 2019

    US Targets Venezuelan Oil Sector With New Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday announced a new round of sanctions against four shipping companies for their alleged role in a scheme to ship Venezuelan oil to Cuba, a move that further tightens the administration's grip on Venezuela's energy sector.

  • September 24, 2019

    Sunoco In Pa. Prosecutor's Crosshairs For Pipeline Nuisances

    A suburban Philadelphia prosecutor's office said Tuesday it was planning a civil lawsuit in an effort to hold Sunoco LP responsible for complications, including sinkholes and contaminated water supplies, linked with the controversial Mariner East natural gas pipeline project.

  • September 24, 2019

    Top VW Bosses Charged With Manipulating Stock Price

    Three current and former senior Volkswagen executives have been charged with stock market manipulation in connection with the diesel emissions scandal, German prosecutors said Tuesday, while other authorities fined Daimler AG €870 million ($957 million) over the emissions scandal.

  • September 24, 2019

    EPA Threatens Calif. With Sanctions Over Air Quality Plans

    The Trump administration is threatening to withhold federal highway funding from California for failing to craft adequate pollution control plans, ratcheting up an air quality regulation war just days after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency limited California's authority to regulate vehicle emissions.

  • September 23, 2019

    7th Circ. Says Insurer Must Cover Biomass Co. Contract Fight

    Insurer Crum & Forster must provide coverage for a builder of facilities that convert cow manure into electricity after a Seventh Circuit panel ruled Monday that an errors-and-omissions policy it sold contained expansive carve outs that made it effectively useless.

  • September 23, 2019

    Wachtell Seeks NY Trial Against Carl Icahn's CVR, Touts Docs

    Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz on Monday told a New York trial judge that CVR Energy Inc. and Carl Icahn are ignoring substantial evidence that they misused Wachtell's internal documents in their bid to dodge the firm's lawsuit, saying the firm is ready to go to trial.

  • September 23, 2019

    Drilling Co. Urges Court Not To Block Mancos Shale Fracking

    An oil and gas drilling company urged a New Mexico federal court on Friday to reject environmental groups' bid to block fracking for oil and gas wells in the Mancos Shale, saying that the company’s technology prevents environmental harm and that an injunction would cost the company and Navajo landowners millions of dollars.

  • September 23, 2019

    Ignorance Of 3rd-Party Sales Irrelevant For Duties, CIT Says

    The U.S. Court of International Trade has upheld the government's decision that a Turkish steel maker's lack of knowledge of its products being shipped to the U.S. by a foreign third party is irrelevant to the determination of countervailing duties.

  • September 23, 2019

    2 Men Charged With Participating In $3M 'Boiler Room' Plot

    A chief executive and stock promoter have been charged in New York federal court in relation to an alleged scheme to artificially inflate the value of Renewable Energy and Power Inc. stock before selling the shares at a profit, according to an indictment made public on Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Kirkland Steers GSO's $350M Commitment To Soda Ash Biz

    Genesis Energy said Monday it will expand its soda ash production operations in Wyoming in a move financed by a $350 million preferred equity commitment from Kirkland-led GSO Capital Partners.

  • September 23, 2019

    9th Circ. Backs BIA Green Light Of Wind Farm Construction

    The Ninth Circuit on Monday upheld the Bureau of Indian Affairs' approval of the second phase of a California wind farm, saying the agency properly considered the project's potential to harm eagles before greenlighting a lease between the project developer and a California tribe.

  • September 23, 2019

    Enviros Say Colo. Mine Expansion Suit Not Barred

    Environmental groups challenging the planned expansion of Arch Coal's mine in western Colorado have told a federal court that, contrary to arguments put forward by the federal government, their bid to block the project is not precluded by prior litigation.

  • September 23, 2019

    House Dems Question Trump, DOJ On Car Emissions Probe

    House Democrats are launching a formal inquiry into whether the Justice Department’s antitrust arm has been politicized by the White House for use against automakers that struck a deal with deep-blue California over emissions standards for vehicles.

  • September 23, 2019

    $1.2B Award Against Mining Co. Must Be Enforced

    An Israeli billionaire’s mining company has failed to convince an English judge to nix an order enforcing a nearly $1.25 billion arbitral award issued to its former joint venture partner following a dispute over a stymied Guinean mining project.

  • September 23, 2019

    Pause $112M Arbitral Award For Justices' Input, Ukraine Says

    A D.C. Circuit ruling allowing litigation over a $112 million arbitral award essentially rewrote the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, the government of Ukraine said, asking the panel to pause the case while it seeks U.S. Supreme Court review.

Expert Analysis

  • An Analytical Approach To Defending Securities Class Claims

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    A recent analysis indicates that 33 securities class action complaints filed in the last year contain at least one alleged stock price drop that does not surpass the standards of indirect price impact. Verifiable absence of indirect price impact can help directors and officers execute a successful defense to negate class treatment, says Nessim Mezrahi of SAR.

  • Offshore Rig Ruling Checks State Claims At Shore

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's broad ruling in Parker Drilling v. Newton that federal — not state — wage laws apply to offshore oil workers is an important win for companies with operations on the Outer Continental Shelf, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.

  • DOJ's Citgo Case Highlights Reach, And Limits, Of FCPA

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    The bribes a Miami businessman recently admitted paying to executives of gasoline retailer Citgo violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, because Citgo is owned by the Venezuelan government. But there is scant case law for the U.S. Department of Justice to rely on in a case against Citgo itself, says Timothy Belevetz of Ice Miller.

  • Shippers Look To High Court For 'Safe Berth' Resolution

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    A charterer that nominates a “safe berth” to load and discharge cargo may or may not be obligated to guarantee the berth’s safety for the vessel, depending on where the issue is being litigated. The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to resolve the question in its upcoming ruling in Frescatti Shipping, says Andrew Stakelum of King & Spalding.

  • 5 Ways Law Firms Can Improve Their Job Interviews

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    When evaluating potential new hires, law firms should utilize structured interviews in order to create a consistent rating system that accurately and effectively assesses candidates' skills and competencies, says Jennifer Henderson of Major Lindsey.

  • Colo.'s New Oil And Gas Law Shifts Rulemaking Landscape

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    A new Colorado law dramatically changes the regulation of oil and gas development in the state. Oil and gas development opponents and proponents should prepare for years of complicated rulemaking and public comment opportunities at the Colorado agencies, say Zachary Fitzgerald and Ivan London of Bryan Cave.

  • How To Streamline Virtual Law Team Mass Tort Defense

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    A primary benefit of the virtual law team in mass tort litigation is creative collaboration. A "company case" approach is essential to breaking down the silos between team members, say attorneys at FaegreBD and Reed Smith.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: A Fateful Phone Call

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    When I was growing up, my mother was always the more mild-mannered parent. But during a trans-Atlantic phone call in 1991, when I told her I wanted to go to culinary school instead of law school, she started yelling — at a volume I had never heard from her, says Jason Brookner of Gray Reed.

  • Law Firms Can Do Better With Their Mentoring Programs

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    There are a few practical, proactive steps law firms can take to create a mentoring program that pays dividends — instead of creating a mediocre program that both parties see as an obligation, says Kate Sheikh of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • How To Comply With NYC's New Climate Mobilization Act

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    Even though compliance is not mandated until 2024, New York City building owners should begin taking steps now to prepare for the Climate Mobilization Act's new limits on buildings' greenhouse gas emissions, say YuhTyng Patka and David Miller of Duval & Stachenfeld.

  • The Latest Developments In Criminal Cases Against Execs

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    This spring, there was some noteworthy news in white collar government investigations impacting executives, including the first successful prosecution in the opioid bribery scheme and the first criminal charges for failure to report under the Consumer Product Safety Act, say attorneys at Miller & Chevalier.

  • 'Rocket Docket' Justifies Its Name For 11th Straight Year

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia “rocket docket” is still the fastest federal civil trial court in the country despite some recent trends causing its median time to trial to grow to 13.2 months, says Robert Tata of Hunton.

  • Companies In Canada Must Prepare For Shareholder Activism

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    The trend of increased shareholder activism in Canada continues in 2019, with 10 public proxy contests launched since January. It is important that boards and management try to listen and understand the views of shareholders — including activists — in good faith, say Jonathan Feldman and Michael Partridge of Goodmans.

  • What May Be Ahead For PE Infrastructure Investment In Asia

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    Despite some softening in Asian infrastructure deal volumes in 2018 and the first part of 2019, both fundraising targets and long-term investment prospects remain strong for private equity sponsors, say Scott Jalowayski and James Jackson at Gibson Dunn.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

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