Energy

  • September 25, 2019

    17 States Sue Trump Over Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

    California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration Wednesday over Endangered Species Act rollbacks, saying the new rules violate the law's intent and leave animals, plants and habitats at risk.

  • September 25, 2019

    Pa. High Court To Weigh Coal Companies' Land Dispute

    The Pennsylvania Supreme Court said it will weigh whether a pair of coal companies were deprived of their right to mine land by a state Department of Transportation construction project that allegedly cut off their access to the property.

  • 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.

Expert Analysis

  • 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.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • PG&E Oversight Battle Looms For FERC, Bankruptcy Court

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    Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently reasserted its concurrent jurisdiction with the bankruptcy court over the disposition of Pacific Gas and Electric’s wholesale power contracts in bankruptcy, it is reasonable to assume that this clash between two governmental entities will ultimately be resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys at Blank Rome.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • Opinion

    NAFTA Update A Step Backward For US Investors

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    Under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, U.S. investors would lose the robust international law protections and dispute resolution mechanisms that they have relied on for years in the North American Free Trade Agreement, say Ian Laird and Melissa Morris of Crowell & Moring.

  • Traders At Risk Of DOJ Wire Fraud Charges For Spoofing

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    In U.S. v. Vorley, the U.S. Department of Justice has charged two commodities traders with wire fraud, based on an alleged spoofing scheme. The DOJ's approach could greatly expand potential criminal liability for spoofing activity, say attorneys at Mayer Brown.

  • 4 Ways State AGs Are Targeting Energy Sector

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    State attorneys general are playing an increasingly prominent role in regulating energy and environmental activity within their states. Energy sector participants should note AG priorities and take a proactive approach, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • How Del. High Court Sees Discussion Vs. Negotiation In M&A

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    Although there is still no bright-line test, last month's Delaware Supreme Court decision in Olenik v. Lodzinski clarified the difference between “preliminary discussions” and “negotiations” for purposes of the requirement set forth in the 2014 case Kahn v. M&F Worldwide, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

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