Energy

  • September 06, 2022

    TPC Pauses Disclosure Hearing For Settlement Talks

    Petrochemical maker TPC Group told a Delaware bankruptcy judge Tuesday that it was postponing the hearing on its Chapter 11 plan disclosure statement for a week, in part to try to settle proposed class action claims stemming from a 2019 plant explosion.

  • September 06, 2022

    Locke Lord Accused Of Malpractice Over Oil Project Deal

    An oil business has dragged Locke Lord LLP and a former firm attorney into New Jersey state court with a lawsuit alleging they took part in losing the company's $2.5 million escrow payment for a construction project financing deal after a Pennsylvania state court tossed similar claims.

  • September 06, 2022

    Catching Up With Delaware's Chancery Court

    Delaware's court of equity kept itself busy in the waning days of summer with a lively start to a 10-day trial involving Straight Path Communications and a heavy volley of discovery demands in Elon Musk's dispute with Twitter Inc.

  • September 06, 2022

    Judge Backs Postponement Of Wyoming Oil Lease Sales

    The Biden administration had the power to pause oil and gas lease sales in the first half of 2021, a Wyoming federal judge has ruled just a few weeks after another federal judge ruled that the administration can't pause lease sales in 13 states.

  • September 06, 2022

    CPA In $93M Case Says Email Warrant Too Broad

    A certified public accountant accused of hiding $93 million overseas has asked a Florida federal court to ignore evidence from more than 100,000 of his personal emails, saying the government's warrant to obtain them was unconstitutionally broad.

  • September 06, 2022

    MVP: Gibson Dunn's Hillary H. Holmes

    Hillary Holmes of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP guided the $5.7 billion merger of Contango Oil & Gas with a company owned by private equity giant KKR, and advised Aris Water Solutions in its stock offering and a groundbreaking bond offering, earning her a spot as one of Law360's 2022 Energy MVPs.

  • September 02, 2022

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To 188 Attys From 78 Firms

    The attorneys chosen as Law360's 2022 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • September 02, 2022

    NY Grants $6.5M For Climate Change Insurance Innovation

    New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced $6.5 million in funding Friday to develop new insurance policies and products to protect the state against climate change losses on the anniversary of Hurricane Ida, which killed dozens of people and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage in the region.

  • September 02, 2022

    Reed Smith Hires Fangda Arbitration Lawyer From Hong Kong

    Global law firm Reed Smith LLP said it has appointed an established international arbitration lawyer from Fangda & Partners to join the firm as a partner in the London office.

  • September 02, 2022

    Treasury Preps Russian Oil Price Cap Guidance

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury will issue interim directions for complying with restrictions on Russian fuel purchases in the coming weeks, the agency said Friday, signaling the Biden administration's enthusiasm for the Group of Seven leading industrial nations' new curb on trade with Russia.

  • September 02, 2022

    Religious Group Urges 9th Circ. To Rehear Ariz. Mine Case

    A group that advocates for religious rights asked the Ninth Circuit on Friday for a new hearing on a planned copper mine east of Phoenix, arguing that the court's previous decision misinterpreted the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

  • September 02, 2022

    Split 8th Circ. Upholds Coal Plant Air Pollution Permit

    A divided Eighth Circuit has upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's approval of an air pollution permit for a North Dakota coal-fired power plant, but the dissenting judge said the agency ignored the main argument raised by landowners challenging the permit.

  • September 02, 2022

    DuPont Retirees Seek OK For $7M ERISA Settlement

    Former employees of chemical giant DuPont asked a Delaware federal court Friday to sign off on a $7 million agreement that will settle a proposed class action alleging the company failed to provide adequate notice of workers' eligibility for early retirement.

  • September 02, 2022

    McCarthy Departs Top WH Climate Job As Podesta Signs On

    Gina McCarthy, the White House's first national climate adviser, is stepping down from her job counseling the president on domestic climate change polices, while Democratic fixture John Podesta has been tapped to lead the Biden administration's climate strategy team and oversee $370 billion in new clean energy spending.

  • September 02, 2022

    3rd Circ. Preview: J&J Unit, Pipeline Fights On Sept. Docket

    As the Third Circuit heads back to school this month, panels will be studying cancer patients' attempts to dismiss a J&J talc liability unit's bankruptcy as a bad-faith maneuver and fights by an order of nuns and a utility infrastructure company over natural gas pipelines.

  • September 02, 2022

    Crypto Mining CEO Asks 11th Circ. To Lift SEC Asset Freeze

    A Brazilian crypto mining promoter accused of fleecing investors out of $62 million in a yearslong scheme has urged the Eleventh Circuit to vacate an order that froze his assets, arguing that the lower court that granted the government's request lacks personal jurisdiction over him because he has not received a summons or complaint.

  • September 02, 2022

    Sears, Boy Scouts Each Move Closer To Ch. 11 Resolutions

    The yearslong dispute between Sears and its former CEO ended with a deal, the Boy Scouts of America took a giant leap toward confirmation, and crypto investment platform Celsius wants to release $56 million of digital assets. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • September 02, 2022

    FERC Urged To Smash State Grid Construction Law Barriers

    The Fifth Circuit's recent ruling that a Texas law limiting new transmission projects to incumbent developers is unconstitutional bolsters the case for the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to override other state right of refusal laws, an independent transmission developer told the agency.

  • September 02, 2022

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    The past week in London has seen blockchain fintech Blackfridge launch an intellectual property claim against rival crypto company Tether, Thames Valley Eggs crack open a competition claim against its former director, and Dechert’s former head of white-collar crime face fresh legal action after he lied about leaking clients’ confidential information. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • September 02, 2022

    Akin Gump Adds Project Finance, Energy Atty From Bracewell

    Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has hired a project finance attorney focused on energy regulations from Bracewell LLP who formerly worked as an advisor in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the firm said in a news release.

  • September 02, 2022

    Harsh Market Limits IPO Prospects For Autumn Listings

    More companies are gearing up for potential initial public offerings this autumn, albeit at a restrained pace compared with the traditional post-Labor Day surge given the choppy market conditions that have delayed many IPO timetables until 2023.

  • September 01, 2022

    Exxon's $57.5M Win Reinstated For La. Enviro Settlement

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday reinstated a $57.5 million jury verdict for ExxonMobil Corp. that requires the owners of Wagner Oil Co. to indemnify Exxon for a settlement reached in Louisiana over environmental claims for oil and gas interests it bought in the 1990s. 

  • September 01, 2022

    Magellan Gets Mixed Post-Trial Rulings In Sunoco IP Case

    A Delaware federal judge partially cleared Magellan Midstream, and a joint venture it runs, of infringing some claims of gasoline blending patents, but backed a jury's finding the duo infringed other claims and also tacked on additional payments to damages the jury awarded.

  • September 01, 2022

    Calif. Tackles Climate With Last-Minute Legislation Blitz

    A $1.4 billion bailout that will help keep California's last remaining nuclear power plant open headlines a slew of energy and climate change-focused legislation passed by Golden State lawmakers as their legislative session drew to a close.

  • September 01, 2022

    Calif. Corporate Climate Reporting Bill Fails In State Assembly

    A California effort to ramp up the climate-related disclosures of large private and public corporations has failed in the California State Assembly despite broader environmental legislative victories. 

Expert Analysis

  • The Widening Circuit Split On State Court Climate Claims

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    The U.S. Supreme Court has so far declined the opportunity to resolve a circuit split on whether climate change lawsuits brought under state laws can be removed to federal court, but a recent petition from defendants in Boulder County v. Suncor Energy gives the high court a new opportunity to clarify the issue, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • Agreement Among Litigants Key To Using E-Discovery Tech

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    Parties are increasingly using e-discovery technologies to control costs, but as a New York federal court order in Actos Antitrust Litigation shows, a well-drafted, negotiated protocol allows them to address potential objections prior to use and helps protect against later claims of incomplete production, say attorneys at McGuireWoods.

  • FERC Interconnection Revamp Plan: Some Pain, Big Gains

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    While the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent proposal for major changes to electric generator interconnection procedures will likely cause some initial complications for transmission providers and generation developers, the reforms should ultimately make the process faster and more efficient, say attorneys at Day Pitney.

  • Opinion

    Law School Admissions Shouldn't Hinge On Test Scores

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    The American Bar Association recently granted law schools some latitude on which tests it can consider in admissions decisions, but its continued emphasis on test scores harms student diversity and is an obstacle to holistic admissions strategies, says Aaron Taylor at AccessLex.

  • What Latest Ruling In FERC, Bankruptcy Court Turf War Means

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    While the decades-old jurisdictional battle between the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the bankruptcy courts has led to inconsistent outcomes, the Fifth Circuit’s recent decision in Ultra Petroleum is one of two rulings to hold that FERC should play some role, with potential implications beyond FERC contracts, says Sara Abner at Frost Brown.

  • Texas Suit Highlights Oil And Gas Antitrust Concerns

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    Converge Midstream v. Magellan, a suit between two oil companies filed recently in Texas state court, puts a spotlight on competition issues in the oil and gas sector that could end up drawing increased federal scrutiny of some companies' business practices, says A.J. Ferate at Spencer Fane.

  • Embracing Revenue Operations For Strong Law Firm Growth

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    The concept of revenue operations — a management strategy commonly used in high-growth sectors that involves integrating all departments to address and fulfill client needs — can help law firms develop their own growth strategies, including strengthening client relationships, says Dave Southern, a business development and marketing professional.

  • How Federal Data Privacy Bill Would Affect Businesses

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    The proposed American Data Privacy and Protection Act represents a needed step toward federal protection of individual privacy rights, but businesses should expect additional amendments as it works its way through passage, with significant deference toward Federal Trade Commission rulemaking, say Brandon Robinson and Kelsi Long at Balch & Bingham.

  • Make Room For Serendipity In Your Legal Job Search

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    Landing your dream legal job gets easier when you cultivate serendipity — which involves expanding and deepening your network, while being flexible, authentic and engaged with the world around you, says Anna Sanders at VOYLegal.

  • Opinion

    SEC Should Reject Climate Rules Over First Amendment Issue

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's proposed rules imposing mandatory climate-related disclosures on publicly traded companies likely do not pass constitutional muster — for three reasons, say Thomas Berry and Jennifer Schulp at Cato.

  • Reining In Overbroad M&A Noncompetes Amid FTC Scrutiny

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    The Federal Trade Commission's recent move to limit noncompete provisions in an acquisition agreement for 60 gas stations reaffirms the importance of narrowly tailoring an M&A noncompete with a scope that is needed to reasonably protect the investment, say Greg Heltzer and Alex Grayson at McDermott.

  • Ethics Considerations For Attorneys Joining Nonprofit Boards

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    Many charitable organizations offer attorneys board positions to benefit from their specialized legal knowledge, but there are ethical considerations and liability dangers that demand lawyers set boundaries about their roles and responsibilities, says Patrick Sturm at LexisNexis.

  • Questions And Answers About The Uyghur Forced Labor Law

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    Attorneys at Jenner & Block answer 10 key questions about how the newly effective Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act affects companies, best practices for monitoring supply chains and how to overcome presumed noncompliance if U.S. Customs and Border Protection withholds goods on entry.

  • Trust, But Verify: Building A Global Carbon Credit Market

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    A number of public and private carbon offset credit schemes are in the works, but creating a global market on which credits can be traded will require verifying that offsets are genuine and have not been double-counted, and establishing common qualifications, rules and procedures for valuing credits, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Investment Adviser ESG Lessons From BNY Mellon Case

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    With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's recent $1.5 million settlement with BNY Mellon over environmental, social and governance disclosure violations, we appear to be at the dawn of a new era of enforcement — which means investment advisers should take new compliance steps, say attorneys at Saul Ewing.

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