Energy

  • September 09, 2020

    5th Circ. Told Oil Rig Worker Can't Get OT Despite 'Day Rate'

    A Fifth Circuit panel heard during oral argument Wednesday that it created a circuit split when it ruled in April that a former Helix Energy Solutions offshore rig employee wasn't exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

  • September 09, 2020

    Nigeria Says Don't Kill Doc Bid Request In $10B Award Fight

    Nigeria has urged a New York federal judge not to quash his earlier order allowing the country to seek information it claims will prove bribery underpinning a nearly $10 billion arbitral award against it, pointing to a recent decision in England that allows related litigation to proceed.

  • September 09, 2020

    Deutsche Bank To Pay $583K To End Ukraine Sanctions Probe

    Deutsche Bank Trust Co. America agreed Wednesday to pay $583,100 to resolve the U.S. Department of the Treasury's investigations into the bank's apparent violations of Ukraine-related sanctions, a drop in the bucket compared to the maximum statutory penalty of $75.7 million.

  • September 09, 2020

    Chevron, Exxon Want 5th Circ. Coastal Drilling Ruling Reheard

    Chevron Corp., ExxonMobil Corp. and other energy companies have asked the Fifth Circuit to reconsider its decision to keep lawsuits alleging they unlawfully drilled along Louisiana's coast for decades in state court, saying the court inappropriately determined their removal request came too late.

  • September 09, 2020

    Phillips 66 Owed Coverage Of Suit Over Truck Driver's Death

    A Texas federal judge ruled Tuesday that Canal Indemnity Co. breached its duty to defend Phillips 66 Co. in a suit filed by the family of a truck driver who died from cancer allegedly caused by exposure to toxins in the company's gasoline, concluding that pollution exclusions in the insurer's policies do not bar coverage.

  • September 09, 2020

    Stephenson Harwood Snags Commodities Partner In London

    Stephenson Harwood LLP has welcomed a new partner with commodities expertise in its London office, according to an announcement from the firm.

  • September 09, 2020

    Shell Subsidiary To Pay Up To $200M For Kosmos Asset Stake

    A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell PLC has agreed to pay as much as $200 million to acquire interests in offshore assets owned by Dallas-based international oil and gas exploration company Kosmos Energy Ltd., the companies said Wednesday.

  • September 09, 2020

    15 State AGs Join Arctic Refuge Drilling Fight

    Fifteen state attorneys general and several Native American tribes on Wednesday sued the U.S. Department of the Interior over its approval of a plan for oil and gas drilling in a pristine section of Alaska, saying there was an insufficient review of the environmental consequences.

  • September 09, 2020

    SC High Court Powers Down Renewable Energy Rate Dispute

    The South Carolina Supreme Court shot down three advocacy groups' challenges to renewable energy rates Wednesday, ruling two groups lack standing and a third's claims were mooted when a new rate was implemented.

  • September 09, 2020

    Southern Co. To Pay $87.5M To End 'Clean Coal' Investor Suit

    Southern Co. has agreed to pay $87.5 million to settle claims it misled shareholders about a botched plan to build a "clean coal" plant in Mississippi, according to a settlement agreement filed in Georgia federal court.

  • September 09, 2020

    Convenience Store Chain's Blank-Check Deal Forms $1.4B Co.

    The Israeli holding company that owns convenience store chain GPM, the seventh-largest of its kind in the U.S., said Wednesday that it has inked a merger with a blank-check company to create a business worth $1.4 billion, not including debt, in a deal guided by five firms.

  • September 09, 2020

    Electric Co. Can't Pull The Plug On Ex-CFO's Bonus Suit

    A New York federal judge rejected Spark Energy's push to sink a suit from a former executive who claims he was wrongfully denied a bonus, saying that adopting the electricity and natural gas service provider's arguments would translate to "absurd results."

  • September 09, 2020

    Tribe Says Ore. LNG Project Review Falls Short

    A planned $10 billion liquefied natural gas export project in Oregon threatens Native American cultural land and protected wildlife and needs to be more carefully reviewed, an area tribe has told the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • September 09, 2020

    Duracell Sues Energizer In Ongoing Battery Advertising War

    Battery maker Duracell is suing rival Energizer in federal court over accusations that it violated federal false advertising laws by claiming its Max batteries last "up to 50% longer," the latest salvo in an ongoing legal war.

  • September 09, 2020

    Interior Urges Tossing Tax Services Co.'s Suit To Shield Docs

    A Texas-based tax services and software provider's suit to prevent disclosure of its confidential information should be dismissed because the company brought claims in the wrong court, the U.S. Department of the Interior told a Texas federal judge.

  • September 09, 2020

    Oilfield Metals Biz Hits Ch. 11 With Over $100M In Debt

    Oilfield metals and services company Energy Alloys filed for Chapter 11 protection in Delaware on Wednesday with over $100 million in liabilities and less than $50 million in assets.

  • September 08, 2020

    SunTrust's $46M Suit Against Track Owner Gets Green Light

    A Florida federal judge on Tuesday denied International Speedway Corp.'s bid to dismiss a suit from SunTrust Equipment Finance & Leasing Corp. seeking $46 million in payments for solar generator rentals, finding the racetrack owner's arguments to be inaccurate or lacking support.

  • September 08, 2020

    Ex-Alstom Exec Seeks Early Release Over COVID-19 Concerns

    Former Alstom SA executive Lawrence Hoskins asked a Connecticut federal judge to keep him out of prison after months in pandemic-induced limbo awaiting the start of his 15-month sentence.

  • September 08, 2020

    Green Group Slams Bid To Pause Eminent Domain Suit

    A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rule granting pipelines the power to seize state-owned land through eminent domain must be tossed immediately because any delay could cause irreparable harm to communities across the U.S., environmentalists say.

  • September 08, 2020

    GM Gets $2B Stake In Electric Truck Co. In New Partnership

    General Motors said Tuesday that it received an 11% stake worth $2 billion in public electric truck maker Nikola as part of a new strategic partnership between the companies, in a deal steered by Pillsbury and Paul Weiss.

  • September 08, 2020

    Trump Extends Offshore Drilling Ban For Southeast States

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed a memorandum prohibiting offshore drilling for oil and natural gas off the coasts of Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for 10 years.

  • September 08, 2020

    Taiwanese Magnate Wants 5th Circ. To Toss $79M Judgment

    A Taiwanese shipping magnate told the Fifth Circuit he shouldn't have to pay a $79 million judgment to Wilmington Trust NA because a Texas judge wrongly reopened the case and held a hearing while the magnate was in a London prison.

  • September 08, 2020

    Williams Investor's Poison Pill Suit Fast-Tracked In Chancery

    A Delaware vice chancellor on Tuesday fast-tracked a proposed class action seeking to halt poison pill takeover defense measures adopted by The Williams Cos. earlier this year, rejecting the energy giant's argument that a rush to trial is not warranted given that the investor waited months to sue.

  • September 08, 2020

    Senate GOP Unveils 'Targeted' COVID-19 Relief Package

    The Senate's Republican leaders on Tuesday unveiled a "targeted" coronavirus pandemic relief proposal and scheduled votes for Thursday in an effort to jump-start stalled bipartisan negotiations and to portray Democrats as obstacles to new support for small business, $120 billion for schools and child care, unemployment aid and virus-related liability protections.

  • September 08, 2020

    Refiners Ask High Court To Review Biofuel Ruling

    A pair of refiners has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Tenth Circuit's decision to rescind U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exemptions that temporarily relieved them from having to blend renewable fuels into their products at three refineries.

Expert Analysis

  • Law Firms Must Note Pandemic's Outsize Impact On Women

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    In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, gender roles in many families have reverted to scenes from the 1960s, and law firms have a huge opportunity — indeed a business imperative — to avoid the mistakes of the past, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • The 'Rocket Docket' Show Goes On Despite Setbacks

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    After 11 years as the fastest civil trial court in the land, the Eastern District of Virginia rocket docket is now tied for second place among the nation's 94 district courts, but the court has moved swiftly to adapt to the COVID-19 crisis and continues to dispense justice safely and efficiently, says Robert Tata at Hunton.

  • Air Emissions Ruling Undermines EPA Guidance On CERCLA

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    A Pennsylvania federal court's recent decision in Clean Air Council v. U.S. Steel Corp., holding that noncompliant emissions from a Clean Air Act permitted facility were still federally permitted, upends the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidance on and interpretations of the Superfund law, say Jonathan Martel and Chase Raines at Arnold & Porter.

  • Water Reg Suits May Offer Preview Of Likely NEPA Challenges

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    The ongoing litigation over the Trump administration's repeal and replacement of the Obama-era Clean Water Rule provides a road map for what to expect in likely forthcoming lawsuits challenging the White House Council on Environmental Quality's new National Environmental Policy Act regulations, says Christopher Thomas at Perkins Coie.

  • Opinion

    Pandemic Lays Bare The Inequities Inherent In The Bar Exam

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    The outrage over the life-altering consequences of decisions being made around state bar exams during the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the classism built into the exam, and the legal profession should take this moment to reevaluate how new attorneys are licensed, say Naomi Shatz and Katherine Dullea at Zalkind Duncan.

  • Understanding The 5 Stages Of Mediation In A Virtual World

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    Mediation is a process with defined stages, but the rise of virtual mediation may inject changes into each stage that may soon spread to in-person mediations and influence the expectations of participants, says Wynne Carvill at JAMS.

  • Mass. Project Enviro Review: A Green Light For Offshore Wind

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    Now that the supplemental environmental impact statement for the Vineyard Wind project off the coast of Massachusetts is complete, it presents a useful template for future offshore wind energy projects, say attorneys at Womble Bond.

  • Pandemic May Change The Way We Design Our Courthouses

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    With access to courthouses currently curtailed, it is worthwhile to reflect on the design considerations that go into making these buildings work for the legal profession, and how the COVID-19 crisis might leave its imprint on these public spaces, says Elisabeth Ross at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How Tribes Can Respond To Clean Water Act Review Limits

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    In light of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's new rule limiting the time and scope of tribal and state Clean Water Act permit reviews, tribal governments looking to assert their jurisdiction over projects should apply for treatment-as-state status, say attorneys at Brownstein Hyatt.

  • Mediator Confidentiality Promises Carry Serious Risks

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    A mediation agreement that promises to keep evidence confidential could result in a legal malpractice case for the mediator, and the risk has increased in the COVID-19 era of online sessions, says mediator Jeff Kichaven.

  • Despite 2nd Circ. Ruling, Discovery Statute's Reach Grows

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    The Second Circuit’s recent Guo ruling barring the use of cross-border discovery under Section 1782 in private, international commercial arbitration is the exception to the rule of broad circuit-level interpretation as this statute becomes an increasingly powerful tool for litigators, say attorneys at Dechert.

  • Opinion

    Dreamers Bring Important Perspective To Legal Industry

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    The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled to preserve the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for the time being, and at this critical time in our nation's history, there are several actions that every law firm can take to increase the visibility of Dreamers, say Regina Calcaterra, Isidora Echeverria and Montserrat Lopez at Calcaterra Pollack.

  • Shipper Liability Ruling Aligns Mich. With Federal Safety Reg

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    The Michigan Court of Appeals' recent decision in McMaster v. DTE Energy Co., absolving a shipper of liability for personal injuries arising from an unsecured load, brings the state in line with a key federal safety regulation, and may nudge other states to follow suit, say Eric Conn and Thomas Lurie at Segal McCambridge.

  • Helping Clients Overcome Financial Hurdles Mid-Litigation

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    In perilous economic times like these, abandoning litigation in progress could be a tempting cost-cutting measure for companies, but lawyers can help clients evaluate two alternative financial arrangements to stanch the bleeding from expenditures while preserving valuable litigation assets, say Charles Agee at Westfleet Advisors and Collin Cox at Yetter Coleman.

  • Force Majeure Drafting Considerations For The Future

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    The COVID-19 crisis has had more than a few recipients of services take a hard look at what is a force majeure and what happens when one occurs, which may result in more nuanced contract clauses to address future events, says attorney Joe Lincoln.

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