Energy

  • October 01, 2021

    Oil Services Giant Petrofac Cops To Failing To Stop Bribery

    British oil services company Petrofac pleaded guilty on Friday at a London crown court to seven counts of failing to prevent its employees in the Middle East from using bribes to win billions of dollars in contracts.

  • October 01, 2021

    Kavanaugh Tests Positive For COVID, Has No Symptoms

    Justice Brett Kavanaugh tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday evening and will be participating in the Supreme Court's first oral arguments of the term next week from home, a court spokesperson said. He has been fully vaccinated since January and has no symptoms.

  • September 30, 2021

    Chevron, ARG To Pay $900K Over Fuel Standard Violations

    Chevron Inc. and American Refining Group Inc. on Thursday agreed to pay a collective nearly $900,000 to settle allegations that they violated the Clean Air Act's fuel quality standards for motor vehicles, increasing pollution with compounds that contribute to smog.

  • September 30, 2021

    Path To Migratory Bird Permit Program Won't Be Smooth

    As the Biden administration looks to break new ground on how the federal government carries out its responsibilities under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act with a potential permitting program, a slew of industry and environmental groups will finally get a chance to influence how the long-discussed idea should be put into place.

  • September 30, 2021

    Infrastructure Bill In Limbo As House Continues To Mull Vote

    The fate of a $1.2 trillion bill in the House to rebuild the nation's crumbling infrastructure with modernized highways, roads, bridges, railways and transit systems was left in limbo late Thursday, raising questions on whether lawmakers will enact a stopgap measure to renew funding for highway and transit programs that expire at midnight.

  • September 30, 2021

    Energy Co. Says EU Court Ruling Doesn't Affect $58M Award

    A ruling from Europe's highest court concluding that a Ukrainian energy provider lacked standing to assert a claim that led to a more than $58 million arbitral award against Moldova shouldn't affect efforts to enforce the award, according to documents filed Wednesday in D.C. federal court.

  • September 30, 2021

    SEC Targets Energy Co. Owners For $7M Investor Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday launched securities fraud claims in Texas federal court against a Dallas-area man whom the agency described as a securities fraud recidivist and his business partner, accusing the two of defrauding investors out of $7 million over a two-year period.

  • September 30, 2021

    9th Circ. Told EU Fines Aid German Car Cos. Antitrust MDL

    Car dealerships accusing BMW AG, Volkswagen AG and other German automakers of conspiring to control diesel emissions system specifications and fix steel prices to unreasonably restrain trade, told the Ninth Circuit that a recent enforcement action by the European Union's antitrust watchdog confirms some of their antitrust allegations.

  • September 30, 2021

    Owners Alleging EQT Mooches Gas Storage Get Class Status

    A Pennsylvania federal judge agreed with more than 100 Pennsylvania landowners that a class action is the best way to resolve their claims that EQT Corp. has improperly stored natural gas beneath their homes without paying them.

  • September 30, 2021

    $115M Fight With Iron Ore Investor Isn't Over Yet, Egypt Says

    Egypt is urging a federal judge to keep litigation filed by a mining investor to enforce a $115 million arbitral award against the country on hold, saying a Dutch court is set to determine whether the tribunal wrongly shut down arguments about the investor's alleged Finnish nationality.

  • September 30, 2021

    Coke Wants To Throw Away '100% Recyclable' Dasani Suits

    Coca-Cola Co. has urged a California federal judge to throw out two lawsuits accusing it and other beverage companies of deceiving consumers by falsely marketing Dasani water bottles as "100% Recyclable," arguing those behind the lawsuits cannot sue since they never claimed they were harmed by the labels.

  • September 30, 2021

    Texas Justices Mull Pipeline Builder's Liability In Explosion

    The Texas Supreme Court questioned Thursday whether an operations fee paid to a company that built a gas pipeline that exploded shortly after changing hands established the company as a contractor that can be listed as a responsible third party in an injured worker's $1 million negligence lawsuit.

  • September 30, 2021

    Enviro Groups Allowed To Continue Colo. Mine Pollution Suit

    Environmental groups have standing to continue a suit accusing coal mine owners Arch Resources of violating environmental laws but haven't met the heavy burden necessary to win the case outright, a Colorado federal judge said Thursday.

  • September 30, 2021

    Rail Car Coupler Makers Want Duties On Chinese Imports

    A coalition of U.S. producers asked the federal government to impose anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese imports of devices used to couple freight rail cars, alleging the foreign products are being subsidized and dumped in the U.S. at rates of up to 142.9%.

  • September 30, 2021

    5th Circ. Won't Rehear Liftboat Co.'s OT Row

    A mixed Fifth Circuit on Thursday denied a liftboat-operating company's request for a rehearing of a panel decision that found crane operators who load goods on and offshore aren't overtime-exempt under federal law, despite two judges saying the ruling threatens the liftboat industry.

  • September 30, 2021

    Court Orders Feds To Better Justify Colo. Lease Sale

    A Colorado federal court has ordered the U.S. Department of the Interior to reconsider leasing out roughly 58,000 acres of public lands for oil and gas drilling due to inadequate environmental review but stopped short of vacating the leases, finding the agency's mistakes were ultimately "minor."

  • September 30, 2021

    3 Firms Guide Apollo's $762M Deal For Emissions Control Biz

    Mitsubishi Chemical Corp. said Thursday it's selling an emissions control materials business for 85 billion yen (roughly $762 million) to Apollo Global Management Inc., in a deal steered by Anderson Mori & Tomotsune, Paul Weiss and Mori Hamada & Matsumoto.

  • September 30, 2021

    Commerce Wants Solar Tariff Seekers To Name Names

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday said domestic manufacturers seeking to extend China-based tariffs on solar cells and panels to three nearby countries should reveal who they are before the agency can decide whether further investigation or additional tariffs are warranted.

  • September 30, 2021

    Mass. Man Convicted In $50M Federal Energy Grant Scheme

    A Massachusetts man has been convicted for his role in a scheme to rip off $50 million from the federal government by obtaining tax-free energy grants for non-existent projects, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

  • September 30, 2021

    Nigerians Fight To Stay In Upcoming Shell Oil Spill Trial

    Counsel for 27,000 Nigerians urged a London appellate panel Thursday for more time to detail when they were allegedly affected by a 2011 oil spill, arguing that preventing them from doing so would keep all but a handful of individuals from pursuing their claims against Shell.

  • September 29, 2021

    Siemens Energy Settles GE's Trade Secrets, Bid-Rigging Suit

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday dismissed General Electric Co.'s trade secrets dispute with Siemens Energy over highly sought-after gas turbine contracts, after the companies said they have reached an undisclosed settlement.

  • September 29, 2021

    Senior DOJ Official Daniel Kahn To Rejoin Davis Polk

    Daniel Kahn, the acting deputy assistant attorney general of the Justice Department's Criminal Division, who supervised the fraud and appellate sections, will return to Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP as a partner in its white collar defense and investigations practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2021

    Split Conn. Top Court Affirms State's Power Plant Approval

    The Connecticut Supreme Court has backed the state's approval for NTE Energy to build a natural gas power plant, determining that state siting authorities acted lawfully when they excluded the environmental impacts of a gas pipeline that will be needed to be built to make the power plant operable.

  • September 29, 2021

    $54M Ponzi Schemer's Virus Release Bid Fails At 3rd Circ.

    The serious nature of a convicted fraudster's $54 million Ponzi scheme and his later dating service scam while out on bail justified denying his requests to get out of prison over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Third Circuit ruled Wednesday.

  • September 29, 2021

    US, EU Vow To Avoid New Trade Barriers For Critical Sectors

    The U.S. and the European Union pledged to resist setting unnecessary trade barriers on emerging technologies Wednesday as part of a broader reset of the transatlantic alliance that will cover a number of pressing policy areas.

Expert Analysis

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    Embracing ESG: Cigna Counsel Talks Employee Wellness

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    Building employee well-being into corporate environmental, social and governance priorities required our legal team to focus more closely on cross-functional collaboration within the company and increased communication with our board of directors and shareholders, says Julia Brncic at Cigna.

  • 5 Steps For Legal Teams To Mitigate Industrial Cyber Risk

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    While cyberattacks on critical infrastructure and other industrial systems present distinct legal risks from traditional enterprise cybersecurity, legal teams can draw upon familiar risk management practices to strengthen their industrial cybersecurity posture, say Stephen Lilley and Veronica Glick at Mayer Brown and Ben Miller at Dragos.

  • Nuclear Energy And Environmental Justice In The Biden Era

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    While President Joe Biden's greenhouse gas reduction goals create a major opportunity for the nuclear energy sector, the administration's environmental justice initiatives mean that the industry must be conscious of its impacts on the communities where it operates, say Benjamin Wilson and Hilary Jacobs at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • Hybrid Work Models Are Key To Gender Parity In Law Firms

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    To curb the historically high rates of attrition among female lawyers, Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks suggest firms must normalize hybrid work schedules, and they recommend best practices to promote engagement among all attorneys, regardless of where they work.

  • 3 Roadblocks Facing Electric Vehicle Adoption In US

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    While a flurry of auto manufacturers recently committed to all-electric fleets in the coming decades, widespread electric vehicle adoption in the U.S. faces critical challenges, and addressing these issues will require both political will and funding at the federal level — neither of which is guaranteed, says Kevin Chen at Foley Hoag.

  • What G-7 Xinjiang Focus Means For UK And US Companies

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    Attorneys at King & Spalding consider the shifting legal and political landscape, highlighted at last month's G-7 summit, around eradicating forced labor in China’s northwest Xinjiang region, and what U.K. and U.S. businesses with supply chain exposure should do to mitigate their legal, financial and reputational exposure.

  • 3 Keys To Winning Your Next Oral Argument

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    To leverage the unique opportunity oral arguments provide to talk directly to judges and contribute to their decision making, attorneys must mind the three hallmarks of persuasiveness: projecting credibility, exuding likability and gaining the listener's trust, says Daniel Karon at Karon LLC.

  • Federal Loan, Grant Recipients Should Expect ESG Mandates

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    Organizations that receive certain grants, loans or contracts from the federal government should prepare for the possibility that the Biden administration may soon require them to conduct environmental, social and governance materiality assessments identifying nonfinancial risks, say attorneys at Faegre Drinker.

  • What Texas Ruling Means For Oil And Gas Operator Liability

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    A Texas appeals court’s recent decision in Apache v. Castex clarifies the meaning of willful misconduct in joint operating agreements and lowers the standard of proof to show liability, with critical implications for oil and gas operators facing financial mismanagement claims, say Aaron McLeod and Evan Moeller at Adams and Reese.

  • Keys To Efficient And Accurate Doc Review For E-Discovery

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    Attorneys involved in e-discovery can review information accurately and cost-effectively by understanding the data in a document collection and identifying its key pitfalls, drafting comprehensive review guidelines, and preparing ahead, says John Wertelet at Eckert Seamans.

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    Embracing ESG: Raytheon GC Talks Climate Change

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    Now that the climate crisis is seen as an existential threat, the stakes couldn't be higher — or the challenges more daunting — for the general counsel, who must enlist all parts of the company for support while providing both a legal and ethical road map on how to respond, says Frank Jimenez at Raytheon.

  • High Court Ruling Won't Stop States From Thwarting Pipelines

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    While the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that PennEast had the power under the Natural Gas Act to take right-of-way interests in land owned by New Jersey for construction of its pipeline, the decision eliminates only one means by which states can block such development, say ​​​​​​​Yvonne Hennessey and Mark McNamara at Barclay Damon.

  • Texas Tax Talk: Planning For Property Tax Break's Sunset

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    With the Texas Economic Development Act and its property tax benefits expiring on Dec. 31, 2022, developers considering a large project in the state should analyze the program's advantages and requirements and be prepared to apply well in advance of the sunset date, say attorneys at Baker Botts.

  • How Dutch Shell Carbon Emissions Ruling May Affect US Cos.

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    Although a Netherlands court's recent ruling that Royal Dutch Shell's greenhouse gas reduction plans failed to meet human rights obligations is unlikely to gain traction in U.S. courts, stateside companies may still face increased litigation risk, say attorneys at Foley & Lardner.

  • An Early Look At What State AGs Want From ESG Disclosures

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    As companies anticipate compliance obligations for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's upcoming environmental, social and governance disclosure rules, they must also consider that certain state attorneys general recently explained their expectations on climate-related financial risk and are already acting on them, say Jonathan Brightbill and Jennie Porter at Winston & Strawn.

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