Energy

  • 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.

  • September 23, 2019

    BP, Koch Can't End Superfund Suit With 'Petroleum Exclusion'

    An Illinois federal judge on Friday said a "petroleum exclusion" in the federal Superfund law doesn't bar claims against Koch Industries, BP and other businesses over the release of hazardous substances near a crude oil factory in Illinois, but did dismiss some parts of the case.

  • September 23, 2019

    TechnipFMC Settles SEC's Bribery Claims For $5M

    French oil and gas company TechnipFMC PLC agreed to pay more than $5 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims the business bribed Iraqi government officials, according to an administrative proceeding filed by the regulator Monday.

  • September 23, 2019

    Maui County Votes To Settle High Court Clean Water Act Case

    The Maui County Council has voted to settle an important Clean Water Act case scheduled for oral arguments in November before the U.S. Supreme Court, potentially yanking from the docket a highly anticipated fight over whether the law covers pollution that travels through groundwater.

  • September 23, 2019

    Vaping Co. Seeks To Block Duracell's Optimum Batteries

    A New Jersey vaping company has asked a federal judge to order Duracell to stop using the Optimum name for its batteries, arguing it has held trademarks on the name for more than a decade. 

  • September 23, 2019

    Don't End Fight Over FERC Pipeline Approval, DC Circ. Told

    There's no reason why the Fourth Circuit's invalidation of a U.S. Forest Service authorization for the $7 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline should scuttle challenges to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the controversial project, the D.C. Circuit has heard.

  • September 23, 2019

    NJ Energy Co. Can't Duck $1.1M In Penalties In Securities Row

    A New Jersey state appeals court will let stand roughly $1.1 million in penalties leveled against a green energy company for selling unregistered securities and misleading investors with false statements that the business would go public and had filed a federal registration form.

  • September 23, 2019

    Hunton's Boston Office Adds Its First Environmental Lawyer

    The former in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 natural gas company joined Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP this month, becoming the first environmental lawyer in the firm's Boston office.

  • September 23, 2019

    Attys Seek $15M In Fees From $74M SunEdison Settlement

    The lead counsel in a class action claiming SunEdison Inc. misled shareholders about its financial health before filing for bankruptcy is asking a New York federal court to approve more than $15 million in attorney fees for its work in reaching a $74 million settlement with the company.

  • September 23, 2019

    Banks, Insurers Commit To Global Climate Action

    Banks from 46 countries with more than $47 trillion in assets have adopted new United Nations-backed principles on “responsible banking” to fight climate change and increase focus on sustainable finance.

  • September 20, 2019

    Norfolk Southern Liable In Coal Shipping Dispute, Jury Finds

    The Norfolk Southern railroad could owe a coal seller millions after a federal jury found that the shipper had frozen the Alabama importer out of selling coal to East Coast power plants.

  • September 20, 2019

    Whitefish Power Co. Objects To PR Utility Restructuring Deal

    A power company whose contract to restore hurricane-damaged electric lines in Puerto Rico was canceled amid controversy in 2017 said Friday the island's utility can't restructure until it explains how it's going to pay the $126 million the company says it's owed.

  • September 20, 2019

    King & Spalding Adds Former DOI Attorney In DC

    King & Spalding LLP brought on board a former U.S. Department of the Interior senior counselor who also has a background in private practice, adding an experienced partner to the firm's government matters group.

  • September 20, 2019

    EEOC Nets Nearly $1M In Wave Of Disability Bias Deals

    Over the past week, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission scored court approval for settlements totaling almost $1 million that end disability bias suits the agency filed on behalf of workers and job applicants, including a refinery worker with vision loss and a paraplegic PacSun applicant.

  • September 20, 2019

    FERC Says Its Authority Preempts New Hampshire Power Law

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has said a recently enacted New Hampshire law forcing utilities to purchase power from waste and biomass generators at a set rate infringes on its exclusive authority over wholesale electricity sales.

  • September 20, 2019

    FERC's Lone Dem Warns Of Climate Whitewashing On Orders

    The lone Democrat serving on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has suggested the agency is writing climate change out of its gas infrastructure project decisions, with the commission split along party lines in approving a Colorado gas pipeline and Florida liquefied natural gas project.

  • September 20, 2019

    Elk Petroleum Reaches Ch. 11 Deal With Equityholders

    Elk Petroleum Inc. told the Delaware bankruptcy court Friday it has hashed out a deal as to how assets will be divvied up among its affiliated entities to resolve a challenge to its Chapter 11 waged by preferred equity holders during a long hearing that got off to a tense start.

  • September 20, 2019

    EPA May Have Picked A Clean Air Fight With Calif. It Can't Win

    The Trump administration is on shaky legal ground and faces a difficult road ahead against a 23-state challenge to its bid to establish primacy over California in regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cars and other vehicles, experts say.

  • September 20, 2019

    DOI Can't Stop Utah Oil Lease Challenge, Enviros Say

    Environmental groups said the U.S. Department of the Interior can't rid itself of a consolidated challenge to dozens of oil and gas leases even after it decided to reexamine their environmental impacts, arguing the suit targets more than what the DOI is addressing.

  • September 20, 2019

    King & Spalding Adds Ex-Hunton Andrews Litigator In Texas

    King & Spalding LLP has added to its ranks a business litigator who previously served as managing partner of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s Austin, Texas, office, the firm has announced.

  • September 20, 2019

    Commerce To Rethink Sparing Chinese Cupwheels From Duty

    The U.S. Department of Commerce improperly spared Chinese cupwheels from an anti-dumping duty order on diamond sawblades, the U.S. Court of International Trade ruled Thursday, sending the case back to the agency for a more thorough examination of the order's scope.

  • September 20, 2019

    Baker Botts Scores 2 Ex-Gov't Attys In NY, Texas

    Baker Botts LLP has added a pair of former government attorneys to its white collar and energy regulatory practices, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and an ex-deputy general counsel at the U.S. Department of Energy.

  • September 20, 2019

    Pillsbury Adds Former Clyde & Co. Int'l Arbitration Pro

    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP has gained a former Clyde & Co international arbitration partner who specializes in representing and advising clients in relation to complex cross-border disputes across a variety of industries, with a primary focus on Asia.

  • September 20, 2019

    Contractor Says Equistar Owes $30M For Texas Plant Project

    Performance Contractors Inc. has hit a Lyondell Chemical Co. subsidiary with a suit in Texas state court, claiming the subsidiary stiffed the Louisiana construction company out of more than $30 million for work it did building a polyethylene plant at a Texas manufacturing complex. 

Expert Analysis

  • How New State Laws Will Affect Power Plant Closure Costs

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    Many states are proposing and passing legislation in response to the economic impacts of coal and nuclear power plant closings. Some of the legislation would provide short time frames for recouping closing costs from ratepayers, so plant owners must track policy developments closely, say Bruce Baker and Libby Ford of Nixon Peabody.

  • Reports On USMCA Offer Industry-Specific Guidance For Cos.

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    Recent reports from the International Trade Commission and the U.S. Trade Representative have assessed the likely impacts of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement on the U.S. economy. By reviewing the reports' predictions for their industries, companies can be better prepared in case the USMCA is ratified, say Francesca Guerrero and Kayla Toney of Winston & Strawn.

  • Key Issues For Energy Cos. In EU Cybersecurity Guidance

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    The European Union's recently issued recommendations on energy sector cybersecurity are valuable input for industry stakeholders with a presence in the EU, because they take into account the sector's real-time requirements, the risks of cascading effects and the combination of legacy systems with new technologies, say Diletta De Cicco and Charles Helleputte of Mayer Brown.

  • Opinion

    Millennials Are Pushing Back Against Law Firm Sexism

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    A recent survey of millennial attorneys shows men and women are having very different BigLaw experiences, but share similar goals. It's imperative that partners recognize that they’re the ones in a position to change the culture, says Michelle Fivel of Major Lindsey.

  • 3 Law Firm Business Tactics To Support A Niche Practice

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    Once you've chosen a strategy for your law firm, what tactics will promote success? There are three tactical areas important to all firms, regardless of specialty or size, but particularly critical for today’s niche firms, say Yussuf Aleem and Jacob Slowik of Joseph Aleem.

  • Real-Life Lessons For Lawyers From 'Game Of Thrones'

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    What lessons can the various hands, maesters, council members and other advisers in "Game of Thrones" impart to real-life lawyers? Quite a few, if we assume that the Model Rules of Professional Conduct were adopted by the Seven Kingdoms, says Edward Reich of Dentons.

  • California Is Filling The Gaps In The Clean Water Act

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    As the Trump administration takes steps to shrink the scope of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction, California has issued regulations establishing stricter oversight of discharges to waters in the state. Members of the regulated community must understand the state's expansive new definitions of "waters" and "wetlands," says Joshua Bloom of Environmental General Counsel.

  • 5 Tips To Help Your Summer Associates Succeed

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    There are a number of ways that attorneys can ensure their summer associates successfully manage critical writing assignments and new types of professional interactions, says Julie Schrager of Schiff Hardin.

  • Challenges To Trump's '2 For 1' Order Face Difficult Road

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    Shortly after President Donald Trump took office, he issued an executive order directing agencies to eliminate two existing regulations for every new regulation adopted. Multiple lawsuits challenging this order are ongoing, but federal courts are poorly equipped to adjudicate claims that involve an agency’s failure to regulate, says Steven Gordon of Holland & Knight.

  • Keys To Communicating A Law Firm's Mission

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    Today’s law firm leaders are pretty good at developing a strategic vision for the enterprise, but there is often a disconnect between that road map and the marketing department’s rank and file, leading to a deliverable that does little to differentiate the firm, says José Cunningham, a legal industry consultant.

  • Opinion

    How Lawyers Can Help Save The Planet

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    Over a dozen major law firms have joined our effort to overcome the legal obstacles that states, cities and businesses face in fighting climate change. But more lawyers are needed, say Michael Gerrard of Columbia Law School and John Dernbach of Widener University Commonwealth Law School.

  • Directors Must Heed SEC On Cybersecurity And Social Media

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has made clear that it expects companies to take action to avoid and remediate cybersecurity breaches, and to carefully review information disclosed via social media. But many officers and directors remain underprepared for SEC enforcement in these areas, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Opinion

    Oil Cartel Bill's Passage Is Long Overdue

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    The No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act has been reintroduced in Congress, and the oil market conditions that spurred this needed legislation in 2000 are just as widespread today — but so are the inaccurate criticisms of this bill, says attorney Seth Bloom, who drafted the original version of NOPEC.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

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