Energy

  • August 29, 2019

    Schlumberger Unit Dodges Sanctions In Fracking Patent Suit

    A Texas federal judge has refused to sanction Cameron International Corp. after an oilfield services company accused the Schlumberger subsidiary of filing frivolous patent infringement litigation.

  • August 29, 2019

    EPA Dials Back Methane Regs For Oil And Gas Sector

    The Trump administration on Thursday proposed major rollbacks of Obama-era rules clamping down on methane emissions from new and modified oil and gas infrastructure, a move that could preclude broader methane action on existing infrastructure.

  • August 28, 2019

    C&J Energy To Pay $2.1M In Deal To End Worker Death Case

    A unit of C&J Energy Services Inc. will pay $2.1 million and submit to special monitoring to end a criminal case that charged the Houston-based oilfield company with contributing to a worker's death by ignoring workplace safety regulations, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

  • August 28, 2019

    Colombia On The Hook For $19.1M In Glencore Mining Fight

    An international tribunal has ordered Colombia to repay Glencore $19.1 million following a dispute over royalties due under a coal mining concession, while rejecting the Anglo-Swiss commodities giant's alternative claim for $575 million.

  • August 28, 2019

    'Plagiarized' Climate Suit Stayed Until Kids' Suit Resolved

    A lawsuit seeking to hold the U.S. government responsible for climate change was frozen by an Arizona federal judge on Tuesday, after attorneys in a similar case claimed its complaint was plagiarized in an attempt to harass them.  

  • August 28, 2019

    Baltimore Tells 4th Circ. Climate Suit Remand Should Stand

    Baltimore told the Fourth Circuit Tuesday that a lower court was right in concluding that the city's suit seeking to hold Chevron and other fossil fuel companies liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage belongs in state court.

  • August 28, 2019

    FAA Feeling Supersonic, But Green Groups Won't Acquiesce

    Green groups on Tuesday urged the Trump administration to step back from a plan that could reintroduce the use of supersonic aircraft like the Concorde, saying the fuel-guzzling jetliners from days gone by should stay gone for the sake of the environment.

  • August 28, 2019

    Investors Say Pa. Firm Was Asleep At Switch In Fraud Scheme

    Investors in a failed alternative energy company said attorneys at the law firm of Dodaro Matta & Cambest failed to warn them that their clients may have been involved in a securities fraud and threatened legal action against other disgruntled investors to prolong the alleged scheme, according to three lawsuits filed in Pennsylvania federal court. 

  • August 28, 2019

    Pretium Wants Suit Over Gold Mine Project Tossed

    Gold miner Pretium Resources Inc. told a New York federal judge Tuesday that it should not have to face claims that it misled investors about the prospects for its Brucejack Mine in Canada, saying the Second Circuit already ruled in its favor in a similar case in 2018.

  • August 28, 2019

    EPA Urges DC Circ. To Speed Up Power Plant Emissions Case

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to put the case challenging its replacement of the Obama-era Clean Power Plan on the fast track, with opponents of the rule already pushing back.

  • August 28, 2019

    Trump's China Tariff Hike Looms As Companies Urge Reversal

    The Trump administration on Wednesday formalized its plans to raise the pending tariffs on roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10% to 15%, prompting an outcry from more than 160 U.S. businesses that urged the White House to reverse course.

  • August 28, 2019

    Blackhawk's Ch. 11 Debt Swap Plan Confirmed In Del.

    Coal mining company Blackhawk Mining LLC received court approval Wednesday in Delaware for its prepackaged Chapter 11 plan of reorganization, which will swap more than $650 million in secured debt for the new equity of the company.

  • August 28, 2019

    Kinder Morgan Wants $20M Reimbursement For Tax Credits

    The U.S. government owes Kinder Morgan Inc. $20 million in alternative minimum tax refunds that it wrongly “sequestered,” the Texas energy company told a federal court.

  • August 28, 2019

    EdgeMarc Energy Gets OK For $50M Ohio Asset Sale In Ch. 11

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Wednesday approved the sale of bankrupt oil and gas producer EdgeMarc Energy's Ohio assets for $50 million to Diversified Gas & Oil Corp.

  • August 28, 2019

    5th Circ. Upholds EPA's Effluent Rule Delay

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision to postpone parts of an Obama-era rule that set limits on how much toxic metal can be discharged with power plants' wastewater, handing a loss to environmental groups that challenged it.

  • August 28, 2019

    EU Finance Ministers To Discuss Energy Taxation In Sept.

    European finance ministers will discuss energy taxation when they gather for their meeting in Finland next month, the Finnish government confirmed Wednesday.

  • August 27, 2019

    Publicizing Whistleblower Claims Doesn't Always Pay Off

    Frustrated with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's whistleblower award process, the man who exposed Bernie Madoff's multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme has sought to profit by other means, but it won't necessarily be easy for others to follow suit, experts say.

  • August 27, 2019

    Tribes, Groups Slam 'Anemic' Dakota Access Pipeline Review

    Fourteen Native American tribes and several groups have urged a D.C. federal judge to pull the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approval for the Dakota Access pipeline, saying the agency's “anemic effort” in a court-ordered revision of its environmental review for the project fell far short of the tribal consultation required by federal law.

  • August 27, 2019

    Breakaway Pa. Union Sues AFL-CIO To Recover Dues, Books

    The AFL-CIO should return books and membership dues it improperly held onto when a Pennsylvania water utility workers’ union split away from the national organization, according to a lawsuit filed in Pittsburgh federal court Tuesday.

  • August 27, 2019

    Dems Say Climate Neglected In White House's GHG Plan

    The Trump administration's proposal to narrow how federal agencies consider the greenhouse gas impacts of infrastructure, energy and other projects drew scathing criticism from Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists who said the plan shortchanges the effects of climate change.

  • August 27, 2019

    Chancery Asked To Revisit Energy Loan-To-Own Suit It Axed

    Delaware's Court of Chancery was asked late Monday to revisit its dismissal of a suit accusing private equity investors of exploiting loans and stock warrants to gain control of a clean-energy financing business, with the company’s founder and an early investor claiming the court erred by ruling they had no standing to bring claims.

  • August 27, 2019

    Transportation Co. Can't Ditch $5.3M Saudi Arbitration Award

    A Texas federal judge has told a Houston-based transportation and logistics company that its "backdoor" arguments were not good enough reasons to vacate a $5.3 million arbitral award against it in a contract dispute with a Saudi Arabian company.

  • August 27, 2019

    Agencies Meeting Fleet Emissions Rules Amid Challenges

    Government agencies have increasingly added alternative fuel vehicles to their fleets over the last decade, although higher costs and other issues have curbed efforts to lower petroleum use and greenhouse gas emissions, the Government Accountability Office said.

  • August 27, 2019

    Fisker Bankruptcy Estate Can't Claw Back $33M From BMW

    Bankrupt electric car venture Fisker Automotive has lost its bid to claw back $33 million paid to German automaker BMW in a failed engine-manufacturing deal, with a Delaware bankruptcy judge saying the contract entitles BMW to keep the money.

  • August 27, 2019

    Texas Utility's Liability Capped At $60M In Wind Farm Fight

    A federal judge on Monday capped a Texas utility's liability at $60 million for its decision to stop buying electricity from a wind farm, saying that's the only reasonable interpretation of the power purchase agreement between the parties.

Expert Analysis

  • 'Rocket Docket' Justifies Its Name For 11th Straight Year

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    The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia “rocket docket” is still the fastest federal civil trial court in the country despite some recent trends causing its median time to trial to grow to 13.2 months, says Robert Tata of Hunton.

  • Companies In Canada Must Prepare For Shareholder Activism

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    The trend of increased shareholder activism in Canada continues in 2019, with 10 public proxy contests launched since January. It is important that boards and management try to listen and understand the views of shareholders — including activists — in good faith, say Jonathan Feldman and Michael Partridge of Goodmans.

  • What May Be Ahead For PE Infrastructure Investment In Asia

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    Despite some softening in Asian infrastructure deal volumes in 2018 and the first part of 2019, both fundraising targets and long-term investment prospects remain strong for private equity sponsors, say Scott Jalowayski and James Jackson at Gibson Dunn.

  • Measuring The Value Of A Law Firm's Social Media Efforts

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    Most legal marketers struggle to show the return on investment of their social media efforts, but establishing and answering several key questions can help demonstrate exactly how social media programs contribute to a law firm's bottom line, say Guy Alvarez of Good2bSocial and communications consultant Tom Orewyler.

  • 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.

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