Energy

  • July 15, 2019

    Enviros Challenge BLM Approval Of Ariz. Oil And Gas Leases

    Environmental groups are accusing the U.S. Bureau of Land Management of improperly approving oil and natural gas leases on public land, saying Monday in Arizona federal court that the agency failed to conduct a new environmental review of the leases in question as required under federal law.

  • July 15, 2019

    Brookfield Depressed Energy Co. Value For Buy, Suit Says

    Private equity firm Brookfield Business Partners allegedly used a capital investment in offshore oil company Teekay to depress the company's market value so it could buy a controlling share at a cheap price, a proposed class of investors said Friday.

  • July 15, 2019

    Apache Loses Bid To Reduce $62M Verdict In Well Dispute

    Apache Corp. on Monday failed to land either a new trial or a $44 million reduction from a $62 million jury verdict it was hit with in April in a dispute over the construction of a processing facility and drilling of a gas well.

  • 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.

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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