Energy

  • October 14, 2021

    US Solar Cos. Warn Of China Blowback If Anonymity Dashed

    U.S. solar companies urged the U.S. Department of Commerce to investigate whether their Chinese rivals were bypassing steep solar tariffs, but also to shield their names from the public out of fear of potential blowback from Beijing.

  • October 14, 2021

    Orrick, Cleary Hit With $310M Malpractice Suit

    Renewable energy company TerraForm Power slapped Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP and Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP with a legal malpractice suit Wednesday, alleging the firms botched an M&A deal resulting in damages worth more than $300 million.

  • October 14, 2021

    Polsinelli Adds Energy Pro To Ranks In Chicago

    Polsinelli has hired an attorney with significant experience representing developers of renewable energy projects to join its energy law practice group, the firm announced.

  • October 14, 2021

    McDermott Continues Energy Hiring With Baker McKenzie Atty

    McDermott Will & Emery LLP continued snapping up lateral hires in the energy space with the recent addition of the former head of Baker McKenzie's North American energy transition practice.

  • October 13, 2021

    Judge Blocks Mont. Law That Restricts Coal Plant Closures

    A Montana federal judge blocked a newly enacted state law from being enforced Wednesday after determining the statute, which allegedly intended to make it harder to shut down coal-fired power generators in the state, likely unconstitutionally interferes with a decades-old contract.

  • October 13, 2021

    Biden Admin. Plans 'Ambitious' Wind Farms On US Coastline

    U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Wednesday said her agency is working on an "ambitious roadmap" to develop wind farms along almost the entire U.S. coastline, as part of the Biden administration's goal to increase renewable energy production.

  • October 13, 2021

    Lyondell Strikes $53.4M Deal To Settle Texas Clean Air Suit

    LyondellBasell and two of its subsidiaries have agreed to take several compliance steps and pay a $3.4 million fine in order to settle allegations that its emissions of toxic chemicals violated the Clean Air Act.

  • October 13, 2021

    Calif. County's Ban On Oil, Gas Wells Struck Down

    A California appeals court has killed a ballot initiative that would've banned new oil and gas wells and phased out waste fluid disposal in a county south of San Francisco, saying the initiative was preempted by state oil and gas laws.

  • October 13, 2021

    Pipeline Cos. To Pay $8.7M To End Ill. Oil Spill Suit

    The owner and operator of an oil pipeline in northeast Illinois agreed Wednesday to pay $8.7 million to end a suit seeking to hold them financially liable for damage to the environment after thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled out of the line more than a decade ago.

  • October 13, 2021

    EPA Will Broaden Asbestos Risk Review Under Settlement

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday agreed to broaden its ongoing assessment of the risks asbestos can pose to human health in order to settle litigation filed by health and environmental groups that alleged the review was lacking.

  • October 13, 2021

    Crypto Miner, Winery Launch Plans For 2 IPOs Totaling $175M

    Alternative energy cryptocurrency miner Stronghold Digital Mining Inc. and California winery Winc Inc. joined a crowded initial public offerings pipeline Wednesday, setting price ranges on IPOs that could raise $175 million combined, guided by four law firms.

  • October 13, 2021

    Vale Says Steinmetz Has Ignored Year-Old Discovery Request

    Brazilian mining company Vale SA told a New York federal judge that Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz has ignored an 18-month-old discovery request related to a $2.2 billion award confirmation suit and asked the judge for an order compelling a response.

  • October 13, 2021

    ITC Lifts Restrictions On LG Attys In Solar Safeguard Review

    The U.S. International Trade Commission granted LG Electronics lawyers full access to confidential materials in an ongoing solar safeguard review Wednesday, quietly resolving a legal dispute over restrictions placed on senior attorneys at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP.

  • October 13, 2021

    CEQ Leader Touts NEPA Reviews As Key To Climate Agenda

    Ensuring clean energy projects pass robust environmental reviews is essential to fulfilling the Biden administration's climate change goals and shouldn't be seen as an impediment to quick progress, the leader of the White House Council on Environmental Quality said Wednesday.

  • October 13, 2021

    FERC Split Opens Door For Southeast Power Market Plan

    A controversial plan from Southern Co., Duke Energy Corp. and other utilities to create a Southeast regional electricity market is now a reality as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to take action on the proposal because commissioners are split over its legality.

  • October 13, 2021

    Eco-Friendly Home Marketplace GoodLeap Valued At $12B

    Environmentally friendly home improvements marketplace GoodLeap said Wednesday it's valued at $12 billion for its latest funding round, which included MSD Partners, BDT Capital Partners LLC and Davidson Kempner.

  • October 13, 2021

    EPA Wants DC Circ. To End Suit Over Okla. Coal Ash Rules

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the D.C. Circuit to toss a challenge to its approval of Oklahoma's coal ash permit plan, saying it had broad discretion and acted within those bounds.

  • October 12, 2021

    5th Circ. Upholds SEC Win In Fresh Test Of Liu Decision

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's decision to issue a $2.4 million win to the U.S. Securities and Exchange in a case concerning an alleged penny stock fraud, marking a first-of-its-kind ruling on one of the elements of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Liu v. SEC.

  • October 12, 2021

    Zinc Biz Wants Out Of $25M Cleanup Fight

    A zinc producer told an Oklahoma federal court Tuesday it can't be held liable for what an aerospace parts maker did with raw materials purchased from the chemical company's predecessor, so it doesn't owe any portion of a $25 million contamination cleanup bill.

  • October 12, 2021

    Donziger Launches 2nd Circ. Appeal With Vladeck On Team

    Chevron foe Steven Donziger is beginning an appeal of his six-month prison sentence for contempt, with constitutional law scholar Steve Vladeck part of an expanded legal team that urged the Second Circuit to grant bail pending appeal.

  • October 12, 2021

    US Says Wind Farm Developers' Lies Deserve Sanctions

    The United States asked an Oklahoma federal court on Monday to sanction a group of wind farm developers for breaking promises to keep records related to its suit opened on behalf of Osage Nation alleging that the companies trespassed on the tribe's lands.

  • October 12, 2021

    HollyFrontier Shareholder Sues Over $2.5B Energy Biz Buys

    A HollyFrontier Corp. shareholder alleges in a Texas state court suit that the petroleum company's proposed $2.5 billion acquisition of refining and marketing businesses from Sinclair Oil Corp. is "grossly unfair" because the assets are overvalued by $200 million.

  • October 12, 2021

    DLA Piper Snags King & Spalding Global Arbitration Partners

    Former King & Spalding arbitration enforcement partners James Berger and Charlene Sun joined DLA Piper on Monday, becoming the latest additions to the firm's international arbitration practice in New York.

  • October 12, 2021

    Oglala Sioux Tribe Won't Help Army Corps' DAPL Review

    The Oglala Sioux Tribe announced that it is no longer helping the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers create an environmental impact statement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying the contractor developing the review is biased in favor of the pipeline company.

  • October 12, 2021

    Supreme Court Won't Revisit Equitable Mootness Doctrine

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday denied a petition for a writ of certiorari in a case seeking to test the viability of the equitable mootness doctrine, which allows bankruptcy appeals to be dismissed once a reorganization plan has been consummated.

Expert Analysis

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    The DOJ Should Ramp Up FCA Focus In PPP Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice should utilize qui tam actions more in its Paycheck Projection Program enforcement efforts, both to maintain credibility with whistleblowers and to leverage the False Claims Act's lower burden of proof, which makes settlements easier to reach than criminal convictions, say R. Scott Oswald and Lydia Pappas at the Employment Law Group.

  • Lifting The Veil On The Supreme Court's Shadow Docket

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    Following headline-making U.S. Supreme Court emergency orders on Texas’ new abortion law, COVID-19 restrictions and more, Vetan Kapoor, counsel to Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, examines the court's so-called shadow docket and its decision-making procedures, including questions around transparency, timing and precedential effect.

  • EU Carbon Border Fee Plan Could Spark Trade Wrangling

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    The Europe-wide carbon border adjustment mechanism that the European Commission recently proposed would affect industries and supply chains around the globe, posing financial and trade-related regulatory and contractual challenges for companies, and possibly leading to disputes at the World Trade Organization, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

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    Embracing ESG: United Natural Foods GC Talks Bottom Line

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    In prioritizing environmental, social and governance initiatives as strategic value drivers, corporate general counsel can leverage meaningful ESG progress to benefit both the business's bottom line and the wider world, says Jill Sutton at United Natural Foods.

  • 3 Attorney Ethics Considerations For Litigation Funding

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    The growth of the litigation finance industry has generated questions on the obligations of counsel when their clients are seeking outside capital to fund litigation, which litigators must understand when providing information to a third-party funder and discussing legal strategy with a client, says Matthew Oxman at LexShares.

  • The Difficult Art Of Advertising Carbon Reductions

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    Advertising carbon emission reductions allows businesses to show their commitment to addressing climate change, but such claims can open companies to legal risk — so it is crucial to accurately quantify the emissions, and verify carbon offsets before purchasing them, say Linda Goldstein and Randal Shaheen at BakerHostetler.

  • How ABA Opinion Shifts Alternative Biz Structure Landscape

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    A recent American Bar Association opinion approving lawyers' passive investment in nonlawyer-owned firms eliminates a hurdle for law firms wishing to scale their practice through alternative business structures, but aspiring investors should follow a few best practices, say Hilary Gerzhoy and Deepika Ravi at Harris Wiltshire.

  • Plaintiff Fact Sheets In Mass Tort Discovery: Keys To Success

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    Plaintiff fact sheets can be an essential part of discovery in mass tort multidistrict litigation, but making them work depends on productive, willing collaboration between all parties from the beginning, and effective management and organization of the large amounts of data they may yield, say Julia Jiampietro, Alexandra Origenes and Katie Insogna at DLA Piper.

  • Texas Tax Talk: Alarming Redefinition Of Nontaxable Services

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    In a concerning trend following two rulings from the Texas Comptroller, taxpayers in a variety of industries are facing audits that attempt to reclassify traditionally nontaxable service agreements as taxable equipment rentals, thereby unexpectedly increasing businesses' sales tax exposure, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

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    Embracing ESG: HPE Counsel Talk Effective Board Oversight

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    Governance teams can more effectively shape board oversight of environmental, social and governance issues by ensuring organizationwide agreement on the most relevant issues, building a materiality framework that reflects stakeholder input, and monitoring the integration of ESG into operations, say Rishi Varma and Derek Windham at Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

  • Bankruptcy Courts' Equitable Discretion May Be In Danger

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    The Eighth Circuit’s recent equitable discretion decision in VeroBlue sends a warning to practitioners and the bench that courts' overuse of this bankruptcy doctrine in dismissing post-plan confirmation appeals may result in elimination of the useful tool altogether, say Brian Shaw and Mark Radtke at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Opinion

    Justice Gap Demands Look At New Legal Service Models

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    Current restrictions on how lawyers structure their businesses stand in the way of meaningful access to justice for many Americans, so states should follow the lead of Utah and Florida and test out innovative law firm business models through regulatory sandboxes, says Zachariah DeMeola at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System.

  • Despite Risks, Venezuela May Rekindle Investor Interest

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    Even in the face of stringent international sanctions against Venezuela, and the country's withdrawal from an investor-state dispute convention, hints of thawing relations between the Maduro regime and the U.S. offer hope for investors with a high risk tolerance, say Stephanie Limaco and Leigh Crestohl at Zaiwalla & Co.

  • How SPAC Investors Might Rethink Material Adverse Effect

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    Buyers in special purpose acquisition company transactions involving early-stage technology companies should consider allocating key business risks in an acquisition agreement outside the construct of material adverse effect, due to the difficulty of proving a material adverse effect on a pre-revenue target company in Delaware court, say attorneys at White & Case.

  • Biden Climate Push Means Fossil Fuel Cos. Must Innovate

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    The Biden administration's strong focus on climate change puts unprecedented pressure on oil, gas and coal companies to strategically embrace new clean and low-emission technologies, predict and minimize environmental impacts, and prioritize innovation in order to sustain long-term viability, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

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