Energy

  • July 15, 2019

    Chinese Co. Wins $1.15M Arbitral Award In Power Plant Row

    A Chinese state-owned contractor has won a more than $1.15 million arbitral award in a dispute with a Malaysian construction engineering company over an agreement to supply equipment for an Indonesian power plant, according to a Friday announcement.

  • July 15, 2019

    Trump Keeps Up 'Buy American' Efforts With New Rules

    President Donald Trump inked an executive order Monday aimed at boosting the government’s purchases of U.S.-made products, marking the president's latest effort to advance his 'Buy American' initiative. 

  • July 15, 2019

    DOT Must Redo Railroad Hazmat Plan Rule, DC Circ. Told

    A new U.S. Department of Transportation rule ensuring railroads are prepared to handle oil spills and other accidents involving trains carrying hazardous materials must be retooled to safeguard railroads' confidential information, Union Pacific told the D.C. Circuit on Monday.

  • July 15, 2019

    GAO Says EPA Skirting Advisory Board Selection Rules

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to ensure that nominees for its advisory committees met ethics requirements and skipped a key step in vetting members of two important science committees, the U.S. Government Accountability Office said in a Monday report.

  • July 15, 2019

    FERC Tax Policy Change Hurts Pipeline MLPs, DC Circ. Told

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission misinterpreted a 2016 D.C. Circuit ruling that scrapped a pipeline income tax allowance to craft an unlawful policy removing a tax perk for pipeline master limited partnerships, a pair of pipeline companies told the appeals court Friday.

  • July 15, 2019

    Minn. Grid Law Is Toast After High Court Ruling, 8th Circ. Told

    The U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling that Tennessee can't limit liquor licenses to resident businesses should doom a Minnesota law that gives in-state utilities a right of first refusal before out-of-state companies can build new transmission lines, the Eighth Circuit heard Friday.

  • July 15, 2019

    Kirkland, Baker Botts Steer Callon's $1.2B Carrizo Oil Tie-Up

    Callon Petroleum Co. on Monday said it will take over Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. in a $1.2 billion all-stock tie-up between the Houston-based energy companies, with Kirkland and Baker Botts steering the deal.

  • July 15, 2019

    Energy Cases To Watch In The Second Half Of 2019

    Climate change will dominate the energy-related court cases attorneys will watch in the second half of 2019, while fights over FERC's bankruptcy authority and state-level disputes over energy partnerships and oil and gas rights will draw plenty of eyeballs. Here are seven cases that energy attorneys will be watching in the second half of the year.

  • July 13, 2019

    Trump Spares Uranium Imports From National Security Duties

    President Donald Trump declared late Friday that U.S. reliance on foreign uranium does not pose a national security threat and declined to set new tariffs on those imports, marking a rare instance of restraint from a White House that has aggressively and creatively enforced the nation’s trade laws.

  • July 12, 2019

    Enviros Urge Justices To Uphold 9th Circ. Groundwater Ruling

    Green groups on Friday urged the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the Ninth Circuit's holding that Clean Water Act permits may be required for pollution sources that discharge contaminants via groundwater.

  • July 12, 2019

    Atty Slams Order To Pay $5M For Fraud That Snared NBA Star

    A well-known Alabama attorney and businessman vowed Friday to appeal a Georgia federal judge's order requiring him to pay the Securities and Exchange Commission $5 million for defrauding former NBA star Charles Barkley and other investors out of millions of dollars.

  • July 12, 2019

    Fracking Supply Co. Hits Ch. 11 With $128M In Debt

    A fracking industry supplier has filed for Chapter 11 in a Texas bankruptcy court, saying heavy competition and unpredictable energy prices have left it unable to sustain its nearly $128 million in debt.

  • July 12, 2019

    DOI Tells DC Circ. It Has Authority To Nix Old Oil & Gas Leases

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has told the D.C. Circuit that it properly concluded that an oil and gas lease on land important to the Blackfeet Tribe had been issued in violation of environmental and cultural preservation laws and a lower court shouldn't have reinstated it.

  • July 12, 2019

    Environmental Policy To Watch In 2019: Midyear Report

    The Trump administration will continue to forge ahead with headline-making regulatory changes in the rest of 2019, with a final rule redefining the limits of the Clean Water Act topping the list. Here's a look ahead at the biggest environment-related regulations to watch in the second half of 2019.

  • July 12, 2019

    Texas Oilman Gets 18-Year Sentence For Defrauding Investors

    A Texas oilman who pled guilty to defrauding investors who thought their money was going toward drilling projects was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Friday by a state district court judge in Wichita County.

  • July 12, 2019

    Baker Botts, Goodwin Steer $429M In Solar, Health Care IPOs

    A provider of residential solar energy systems and a health care analytics company on Friday set price ranges for initial public offerings led by Baker Botts and Goodwin Procter, respectively, that could raise about $429 million.

  • July 12, 2019

    18 State AGs Call On House To Ban Asbestos

    A group of 18 attorneys general on Friday urged the House's Committee on Energy and Commerce to enact a full ban on making, importing and distributing asbestos within the U.S.

  • July 12, 2019

    SunEdison Settles With Investors For $74M

    SunEdison Inc. investors inked a $74 million cash deal to end their class action suit accusing the renewable energy company of maintaining faulty internal controls and filing inaccurate financial statements, they told a New York federal judge Friday.

  • July 12, 2019

    'OrderMyOil.com' Too Generic For TM Claim, Mass. Court Says

    A Massachusetts appeals court on Friday said the internet domain name “OrderMyOil.com” presents the “rare instance” in which a trademark claim was properly dismissed, saying the term is generic even though the company behind the website has promoted it for years.

  • July 11, 2019

    Claims Trimmed From Chemical Co. Atty's Sex Bias Suit

    A former in-house attorney at Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. who says she was fired after complaining about gender discrimination saw a New York federal court slash several claims from her lawsuit Thursday but deny the company's dismissal bid. 

  • July 11, 2019

    Ex-Dow Atty Confirmed To EPA Emergency Management Post

    The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm former Dow Chemical Co. managing counsel Peter Wright to the position of assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency's Land and Emergency Management Office after he failed to secure confirmation last year.

  • July 11, 2019

    Calif. Lawmakers Create $21B Wildfire Insurance Fund

    California legislators on Thursday passed a bill that would force California utilities to funnel $21 billion into a wildfire protection fund, a measure supported by two of the state's largest investor-owned utilities as well as fire victims and ratepayers.

  • July 11, 2019

    Full 5th Circ. Will Review Feds' Time-Barred CAA Suit

    The full Fifth Circuit has agreed to revisit a panel's ruling that the federal government can stop two Texas coal-fired power plants owned by a subsidiary of Vistra Energy Corp. from operating without Clean Air Act permits even though its claims were time-barred.

  • July 11, 2019

    BIA 'Inadequate' On Tribal Infrastructure, House Panel Told

    Leaders of two Native American tribes told a U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources subcommittee Thursday that the Bureau of Indian Affairs must do more to address a massive backlog of construction and maintenance work on tribal bridges, roads and buildings.

  • July 11, 2019

    Beechwood Needn't Post $250M Security, NY Judge Rules

    A New York federal judge has declined to force Cayman Islands reinsurer Beechwood Re Ltd. to put up $250 million in security as two insurers pursue claims they were swept up in a massive fraud involving now-defunct hedge fund Platinum Partners, saying the matter must be arbitrated.

Expert Analysis

  • M&A Checklists Should Include State-Level Antitrust Review

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    In light of recent lawsuits, every M&A attorney in the country should be aware that state attorneys general can and will use state antitrust laws to block the anti-competitive effects of nationwide mergers when local-market effects warrant action, say Seth Belzley and David Kully of Holland & Knight.

  • Patent Trends In The Expanding World Of Blockchain

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    The broadening implementation of blockchain technology across many industries means that even practitioners who do not handle fintech-sector patent filings should familiarize themselves with blockchain in order to help clients identify and capture related innovations, says Allison Gaul of Kilpatrick Townsend.

  • Recent Tax Equity Rulings And The Renewable Energy Sector

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    While mirror Federal Claims Court decisions last week in the Bishop Hill Energy and California Ridge Wind Energy cases were favorable for the renewable energy industry, companies seeking project development grants from the U.S. Department of the Treasury may want to reconsider some of their practices, say David Burton and Keith Martin from Norton Rose.

  • High Court May Take On Preemption In Superfund Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently agreed to review a Montana Supreme Court decision allowing common-law environmental cleanup claims at sites already subject to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency cleanup orders. The court may have taken the case because it addresses federal agencies' authority to preempt state-level claims, say Jeffrey Dintzer and Greg Christianson of Alston & Bird.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Ballard Spahr Diversity Chief Virginia Essandoh

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    In the final installment of this monthly series, legal recruiting expert Carlos Pauling from Major Lindsey & Africa talks with Virginia Essandoh about the trends and challenges she sees as chief diversity officer at Ballard Spahr.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: McMahon On 'Roosevelt For The Defense'

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    In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

  • AXA's New Bond Proposal May Expand Sustainable Finance

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    A recent call by AXA Investment Managers for market recognition of “transition bonds” reflects an evolution in how investors are grappling with bringing conventional businesses not seen as sustainable into the sustainable finance world, say attorneys at Latham.

  • 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.

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