• November 14, 2023

    Ohio Justices Urged To Adopt Broad Utica Shale View

    Gulfport Energy and Ohio oil and gas rights owner Tera LLC sparred before the Buckeye State Supreme Court on Tuesday, with the former telling the justices that a state appellate court rendered the language of the parties' oil and gas lease contracts "superfluous" by containing its drilling rights to the Utica Shale. 

  • November 14, 2023

    Austin Public Utility Co. Didn't Pay Ex-Worker OT, Suit Says

    A power utility run by the City of Austin, Texas, failed to pay a former customer service representative overtime wages despite requiring her to work 50-hour workweeks, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2023

    Apollo Launches 'Hydria' Amid $50B Energy Transition Push

    Apollo Global Management Inc. and its majority-owned Composite Advanced Technologies LLC said Tuesday they have acquired Kelley Leasing Partners to launch a gas storage and transport platform called Hydria, part of the New York-based private equity firm's $50 billion energy transition strategy.

  • November 14, 2023

    Gibson Dunn Is The Latest Firm To Tout Saudi Arabia Launch

    After a year's worth of expansion in the Persian Gulf region, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced Tuesday that it's becoming the latest of a growing number of firms to launch in Saudi Arabia.

  • November 14, 2023

    Glencore-Led Group To Buy Teck's Coal Unit In $9B Deal

    Commodities and mining giant Glencore PLC and two other companies have agreed to acquire the steelmaking coal business of Teck Resources Ltd. of Canada in a $9 billion deal, the companies announced Tuesday.

  • November 14, 2023

    Norfolk Southern Hit With $500M Suit Over Train Derailment

    Norfolk Southern Railway Co. is facing a $500 million lawsuit from the owner of a manufacturing and fabrication company who claims the February train derailment in Ohio decimated his livelihood, forcing him to shutter his business as his customers and workers fled.

  • November 14, 2023

    Energy Biz To Buy German Gas Distributor For €160M

    DCC Energy said on Tuesday that it has agreed to buy Progas, a German distributor of liquefied petroleum gas, for €160 million ($172 million) in cash, as the Irish company seeks to expand into European markets.

  • November 14, 2023

    Alston & Bird Hires Pallas Lawyer In Litigation Boost

    Alston & Bird LLP said it has appointed Will Hooker, formerly of Pallas Partners LLP, as a partner in its international arbitration and dispute resolution team in London, a move the firm said will increase its litigation presence in the City.

  • November 13, 2023

    Oil Rail Project Rejection Should Stick, DC Circ. Told

    The Surface Transportation Board argued that the D.C. Circuit made a factually incorrect decision but did not flout precedent when it threw out federal approval for a rail line designed to transport crude oil from Utah, joining the Biden administration, a Colorado county and environmental groups in urging the court not to reconsider its decision en banc.

  • November 13, 2023

    Pipeline Builder Says It's Owed $4 Million For Done Deal

    A Mississippi-based pipeline construction company told a Denver jury Monday that a Marathon Petroleum Corp. subsidiary manufactured an excuse not to pay the final $4.1 million of a roughly $40 million project, denying allegedly unfinished work was part of the deal.

  • November 13, 2023

    Justices Urged To Turn Away Venezuela's Debt Challenge

    Six major creditors of Venezuela are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to disturb a Third Circuit ruling that affirmed the country's state-owned oil company is liable for the country's massive debts, rebutting an argument that the appeals court "broke new ground" in its sovereign immunity analysis.

  • November 13, 2023

    Macquarie Warns Justices Of 'Crippling' Disclosure Litigation

    Macquarie Group affiliates told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that shareholders should not be allowed to sue companies that remain silent on subjective measurements of financial performance, arguing that lawsuits based on disclosure omissions could "open the floodgates to potentially crippling private securities fraud liability."

  • November 13, 2023

    WH Aims To Boost Semiconductor Manufacturing In Indonesia

    The Biden administration on Monday announced it will work with Indonesia to grow semiconductor production in the country, saying the partnership promises to feed a supply chain that supports digital technologies that are transforming the global economy.

  • November 13, 2023

    Capstone Wins Ch. 11 Plan Confirmation After Goldman Deal

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Monday said she would confirm the Chapter 11 plan and final $27 million debtor-in-possession financing package for generator manufacturer Capstone Green Energy after it reached a deal with its lender Goldman Sachs on its debt-equity swap and exit financing.

  • November 13, 2023

    9th Circ. Judge Doubts Jurisdiction In Montana Mine Case

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday questioned whether it was proper for it to decide a mining company's standing challenge to environmentalists opposed to the company's strip mine expansion, with one judge noting the decision under review was non-final.

  • November 13, 2023

    Trina Solar Looks To Pause Appeal Until High Court Decision

    Trina Solar is asking the Ninth Circuit to pause its appeal in a $100 million contract breach suit filed by a TotalEnergies unit until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether arbitration is the right venue in a putative class action against cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase, which would provide key guidance for its case.

  • November 13, 2023

    Polsinelli Bolsters Public Policy Practice With 2 Hires

    Polsinelli PC is continuing an expansion of its public policy practice with the addition of two attorneys: one a former senior counsel for a U.S. senator and the other a former senior director at the world's largest retail trade association.

  • November 13, 2023

    Energy Regulators Urge Texas Justices To Restore Uri Pricing

    Failing to restore emergency orders that helped keep the power on during a deadly winter storm two years ago would provoke energy market chaos and weaken authorities' response to future crises, Texas companies and regulators have told the state's supreme court.

  • November 13, 2023

    Endangered Whales Focus For 5th Circ. In Gulf Leasing Row

    A Fifth Circuit panel on Monday probed attorneys representing environmental groups and petroleum interests on whether nearly-extinct Rice's whales lived in the Western Gulf of Mexico and if restrictions on federal gas and oil leases in the area were justified to protect the imperiled species.

  • November 13, 2023

    Canadian Silica Maker, Singaporean AI Firm Ink SPAC Deals

    A Canadian silica producer and a Singaporean artificial intelligence business announced plans to go public in the United States on Monday by merging with special-purpose acquisition companies, under the guidance of at least eight law firms combined.

  • November 13, 2023

    Calif. Says Rail Lobby Can't Block Locomotive Emissions Rule

    The state of California has fired back at a trade group's lawsuit seeking to block a regulation requiring railroad companies to transition to zero-emission locomotives, arguing a decision to scrap the rule can only be made by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

  • November 13, 2023

    Creditors Say Puerto Rico Gov't Stopped Paying Utility Debt

    A pair of Puerto Rican electric utility bondholders have filed a suit against the island's government, claiming it has cost them millions of dollars by improperly interfering with the bankrupt utility's ability to pay back its bonds.

  • November 13, 2023

    Tribes' Claims Seeking To Block Lithium Mine Axed, For Now

    A Nevada federal judge dismissed claims from three Native American tribes seeking to block construction of the country's largest open pit lithium mine but will allow them to amend their complaint against the U.S. government, saying allegations of violations against historic preservation law and land policy are not adequately reflected in their arguments.

  • November 13, 2023

    Feds Insist They Can Approve Temp Nuke Waste Storage Sites

    The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday told the D.C. Circuit that it had the authority to issue a license for a proposed temporary nuclear waste site in New Mexico, doubling down on its disagreement with a recent Fifth Circuit ruling.

  • November 13, 2023

    Attys Seek $2.1M Award In Pebble Mine Buildout Suit

    Lawyers for Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. shareholders have asked a New York federal court to sign off on a more than $2.1 million class counsel compensation request, saying the nearly $6.4 million settlement they secured is an "excellent" result for clients, given that the company is "strapped for cash."

Expert Analysis

  • New 'Waters' Rule May Speed Projects, Spawn More Litigation

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    The Biden administration's new rule defining "waters of the United States" in accordance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will remove federal protection for some wetlands — which could both enable more development and lead to more legal challenges for projects, says Marcia Greenblatt at Integral Consulting.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • How Focus On Congruency Affects Corporate Political Activity

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    Congruency — whether the contributions made by a company-sponsored political action committee align with the corporation's public statements on issues of social responsibility — is undoubtedly the next frontier in the battle over corporate political activity, despite the limited success of shareholder proposals on the issue, says Carol Laham at Wiley.

  • Mont. Kids' Climate Decision Reflects 3 Enviro Trends

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    A Montana district court's recent ruling in Held v. Montana represents a rare win for activist plaintiffs seeking to use rights-based theories to address climate change concerns — and calls attention to three environmental trends that are increasingly influencing climate litigation and policy, says J. Michael Showalter at ArentFox Schiff.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Next Steps For Insurers After Ky. OKs Early 3rd-Party Claims

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    While insurers in Kentucky may face more statutory bad faith claims after a recent state Supreme Court decision clarified that third parties may bring these torts even before determination of coverage is finalized, insurers can adopt a variety of approaches to reduce their exposure, says Jason Reichlyn at Dykema Gossett.

  • Defense Practice Pointers In Venezuela Bribe Case Dismissal

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    A Texas federal court’s recent dismissal of charges in U.S. v. Murta — one of over two dozen prosecutions targeting bribes paid to a Venezuelan state-owned oil company — highlights the complicated issues presented by cross-border investigations, and provides lessons for defense counsel representing foreign clients in U.S. prosecutions, say attorneys at Steptoe & Johnson.

  • Strategies For Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns

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    When a large project or investment in a foreign country is unexpectedly expropriated by a new government, companies often prevail in arbitration — but if the sovereign refuses to pay up, collecting the arbitral award may require persistence, creativity, and a mixture of hard and soft approaches, say Gabe Bluestone and Jeff Newton at OmniBridgeway.

  • Calif. Protected Species Law Changes: Real Fix Or Red Tape?

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    California's recent amendments to its "fully protected species" statutes create a temporary permitting regime intended to accelerate the building of renewable energy, transportation and water infrastructure in response to climate change — but the new legislation could become another obstacle to the projects it purports to benefit, says Paul Weiland at Nossaman.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • What New Offshore Drilling Bond Rules Would Mean For Cos.

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    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recently proposed changes to when offshore oil, gas and sulfur lessees must post supplemental financial assurance related to their operations provides greater clarity for stakeholders, but some smaller operators may not satisfy the proposal's new credit rating requirements, say attorneys at V&E.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Insurers, Prepare For Large Exposures From PFAS Claims

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    With thousands of lawsuits concerning per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances pending across the country, several large settlements already reached, and both regulators and the plaintiffs bar increasingly focusing on PFAS, it is becoming clear that these "forever chemicals" present major exposures to insurers and their policyholders, say Scott Seaman and Jennifer Arnold at Hinshaw.

  • Inside The Changing Logic Of In-House General Counsel Hires

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    Though the growing phenomenon of small businesses hiring their own general counsel defies traditional business sense, companies in highly regulated and risky new technology industries, where serious legal resources are vital for growth and liability management, can benefit from recruiting in-house expertise early, say Jake Knowlton-Parry and Marlo Donato at Larson Maddox.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

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