Energy

  • September 28, 2021

    Shell Moves To Confirm $14.1M Arbitration Award

    Shell Pipeline Company LP has asked a Texas state court to confirm a $14.1 million arbitration award in its favor, stemming from a dispute with Rosen USA Inc. in which Shell alleged the company breached a pipeline inspection contract and committed negligence and fraud.

  • September 28, 2021

    Schlumberger Unit Ponies Up $1.4M To Settle Sanctions Case

    A Texas subsidiary of Dutch energy giant Schlumberger Ltd. has agreed to pay over $1.4 million to settle charges that it flouted U.S. sanctions on Russia through its support for an Arctic offshore oil project.

  • September 28, 2021

    Centerra Asks Arbitrator To Block Kyrgyz Acts At Gold Mine

    Centerra Gold Inc. is seeking emergency relief in an international arbitration proceeding against Kyrgyzstan, saying the country's government has been mishandling operations at Centerra's gold mine since seizing the facility in May.

  • September 28, 2021

    CIT Rebuffs Commerce Dept. Over S. Korean Steel Pipe Duties

    The U.S. Court of International Trade ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to recalculate anti-dumping duties levied on imports of steel pipe from South Korea, finding that the agency botched calculations when it adjusted production costs and drove dumping margins higher.

  • September 28, 2021

    Senate Bill Calls For Study Of Global Crypto Mining, Usage

    A bipartisan pair of U.S. senators on Monday floated a bill that would require federal agencies to study global trends in virtual currency use and mining operations and to submit their findings to Congress, including on whether cryptocurrency mining could disrupt supply chains.

  • September 28, 2021

    Canadian Gold Miner Merger Forms Co. With $24B Market Cap

    Agnico Eagle Mines and Kirkland Lake Gold will merge to create a single Canadian gold miner with a market capitalization of about $24 billion, the companies said Tuesday, in a transaction built by respective legal advisers Davies Ward and Cassels Brock.

  • September 27, 2021

    ArcelorMittal Defends Bid To Get $1.4B Essar Award In NY

    Steel giant ArcelorMittal told a New York federal judge that Essar Group must face its $1.4 billion award suit, arguing it doesn't matter that ArcelorMittal is trying to enforce the award in other jurisdictions because award enforcement proceedings can happen concurrently in more than one venue.

  • September 27, 2021

    Sempra, SoCalGas Cut $1.8B Aliso Canyon Gas Leak Deal

    Southern California Gas and its parent, Sempra Energy, have agreed to pay up to $1.8 billion to settle personal injury and property damage claims by more than 35,000 victims of the 2015 Aliso Canyon gas leak, following roughly $5.7 million in discovery sanctions levied against SoCalGas, according to plaintiffs' counsel.

  • September 27, 2021

    Gensler Warns Panel About Costs Of Going Public Via SPACs

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Chair Gary Gensler on Monday cautioned a small business-focused committee that mergers with special-purpose acquisition companies are costly ways of going public that may not benefit young businesses and their investors.

  • September 27, 2021

    NYC Strikes $51M Deal To Reduce School Boiler Emissions

    New York City has resolved allegations that its public school system was slow to comply with monitoring and control protocols to minimize harmful emissions from schools' oil-fired boilers, agreeing Monday to pay a $1 million fine and spend an estimated $50 million on equipment upgrades. 

  • September 27, 2021

    Devon Energy Pays $6M To End Federal Royalty Claims

    Devon Energy Co. on Monday agreed to pay the federal government $6.15 million to put behind it allegations that it underpaid and underreported royalties from its extraction of natural gas on federal lands in Wyoming and New Mexico.

  • September 27, 2021

    NJ Justices To Hear Widow's Union Carbide Asbestos Case

    The New Jersey Supreme Court will review a state appeals panel's ruling giving Dow Chemical unit Union Carbide another trial in a widow's case alleging that asbestos the company supplied for her husband's work led to his illness and death.

  • September 27, 2021

    Japan's JERA To Invest $1.58B In Philippine Energy Producer

    Japanese energy company JERA said Monday it would take a 27% stake in Aboitiz Power, a power producer in the Philippines, through a $1.58 billion investment aimed at promoting clean and renewable energy in the country.

  • September 27, 2021

    WTO Dispute Roundup: Panels Set In Agriculture, Steel Fights

    In Law360's latest roundup of the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body, panels are set to weigh disputes over Chinese restrictions on Japanese steel and Panama's curbs on Costa Rican food products, while the impasse over appeals judges continues to fester.

  • September 27, 2021

    Report Says Colo. Air Permitting Flaws Not Due To Foul Play

    Colorado's process for issuing air quality permits has flaws, but the evidence doesn't support allegations that mistakes were motivated by managers' bad intent or fraud, an independent probe by Troutman Pepper has found. 

  • September 27, 2021

    ERCOT Asks Texas Justices To Decide Immunity Status

    The Electric Reliability Council of Texas Inc. has again asked the Texas Supreme Court to decide whether it enjoys governmental immunity — which the court declined to answer earlier this year — as it seeks to end a lawsuit over the hike in energy prices during February's deadly winter storm.

  • September 27, 2021

    Ojibwe Tribe Wants Study Of Enbridge Environmental Damage

    The White Earth Band of Ojibwe urged a tribal appeals court to prevent the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources from issuing additional Enbridge Pipeline water permits before independent investigators can assess the ongoing damage created after pipeline crews ruptured an aquifer and repeatedly allowed drilling chemicals to leach into surrounding waters.

  • September 27, 2021

    Indian Co. Wins $32M Award For Rwanda Power Line Project

    Indian engineering and construction company Kalpataru Power Transmission Ltd. has confirmed it won a $32 million arbitration award against state-owned Rwanda Energy Group over price adjustments from a power transmission line project connecting the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda.

  • September 27, 2021

    National Grid To Pay $6M Over NY Electric Misrepresentations

    National Grid PLC has agreed to pay $6 million to put away allegations it knowingly underrepresented the amount of electricity delivered to New York homes and businesses on behalf of the Long Island Power Authority, the state's attorney general announced Monday.

  • September 27, 2021

    King & Spalding, O'Melveny Rep DL Unit's $2.5B Kraton Buy

    South Korea's DL Chemical plans to shell out $2.5 billion for Houston-based Kraton Corp., a pinewood-derived adhesives and coatings manufacturer, in a deal guided by O'Melveny & Myers and King & Spalding, Kraton said Monday.

  • September 27, 2021

    On Rehearing, PTAB Says Now It Will Review Solar Energy IP

    The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has granted Canadian Solar's request for rehearing, saying on second thought that it will review a solar cell patent owned by The Solaria Corp. that it previously declined to take a look at because of a parallel International Trade Commission investigation.

  • September 27, 2021

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear Turkish Steel Tariff Case

    The Federal Circuit has refused to revisit a panel ruling that affirmed the president's power to modify national security tariffs long after the timeline in the implementing statute has passed, dashing the hopes of Turkish steel interests.

  • September 27, 2021

    Paul Hastings Adds 2 Ex-Baker McKenzie Energy Partners

    Paul Hastings LLP has announced the addition in Houston of two former Baker McKenzie partners to its infrastructure and energy practice, who bring with them experience advising clients on mergers and acquisitions as well as divestitures.

  • September 27, 2021

    Sunoco Can't Hide Pipeline Rupture Assessment, Feds Say

    Sunoco Pipeline LP's concerns that releasing risk modeling data for its Mariner East 2 pipeline that bisects Pennsylvania would provide a road map for criminals and terrorists are unfounded because the information is too general to cause alarm, the government told a D.C. federal court Friday.

  • September 27, 2021

    PennEast Developers Abandon $1B Pipeline

    The developers of the $1 billion PennEast gas pipeline Monday said they're pulling the plug on the controversial project, despite a recent ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court that they could seize New Jersey-owned land for the pipeline.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    US Must Boost Solar Industry To Protect Human Rights, Jobs

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    Recent revelations that many solar panels are made using polysilicon from the Xinjiang province of China, allegedly the site of mass forced labor and other abuses, make it all the more urgent that Congress and the Biden administration enact policies that promote American solar manufacturing in place of dumped and artificially cheap Chinese products, says Tim Brightbill at Wiley Rein.

  • Attorneys Beware: Zoom Depositions Are Likely Inadmissible

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    As legal proceedings have moved online in light of the pandemic, lawyers may mistakenly believe that recorded Zoom video depositions can be entered as evidence, but without certain safeguards, the testimony is unlikely to be accepted by courts, says Phillip Zisook at Schoenberg Finkel.

  • COVID Rulings May Support Ransomware Insurance Denials

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    A recent spate of pandemic-related insurance decisions — where federal courts found that a temporary inability to use property doesn't qualify as physical loss or damage for coverage purposes — may be used as favorable precedent by cyber insurers denying ransomware loss claims for temporary inability to access data, say Thomas Caswell and Peter Kelly Golfman at Zelle.

  • Cos. Can Expect Tougher Climate Risk Disclosure Mandates

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    Recent developments in Congress and at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that point toward an expansion of corporate climate risk disclosure requirements beyond securities filings are a clear signal to publicly traded companies that they must further integrate climate considerations into strategic planning at all levels, say attorneys at Akin Gump.

  • Opinion

    NJ Fed. Court Should Ditch Litigation Funding Disclosure Plan

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    The District of New Jersey's wide-reaching proposal to require automatic disclosure of third-party litigation finance poses several problems for attorneys and litigants alike and should be nipped in the bud, say Sarah Williams and Marlon Becerra at Validity Finance.

  • How To Assess Price Volatility Changes In SPAC Class Actions

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    Adjusting for changing volatility over a special purpose acquisition company's life cycle, as well as changes in marketwide volatility, is crucial for proper evaluation of market efficiency, loss causation and damages claims in securities class actions, say Alok Khare and Erica Rose at FTI Consulting.

  • Bipartisan Support Shows Bright Future For Carbon Capture

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    Recent policy proposals — from the Biden administration as well as members of Congress from both parties — promoting carbon capture, utilization and sequestration suggest that this technology has a key role to play in reducing carbon dioxide emissions, says Kevin Poloncarz at Covington.

  • Law Firm Talent Must Reflect Shifting US Demographics

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    Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks and Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan analyze and project U.S. demographic trends to show that law firms that hope to succeed long-term must recruit, retain and advance female lawyers and lawyers of color, and they outline six steps for meeting these goals.

  • Wash. Clean Fuel Standard Hinges On Regs, Likely Litigation

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    Washington state's newly adopted clean fuel standard mandates reductions in greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels, but its impact may depend on yet-to-be-developed implementing regulations, and possible litigation over Gov. Jay Inslee's veto of a section of the law, say attorneys at V&E.

  • NY Solar Project Order Creates Uncertainty For Developers

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    A recent New York Public Service Commission order ending the requirement for separate deeds for tariff-supported solar projects is a major departure from the commission's prior orders, and raises new compliance and permitting questions for developers, say Kimberly Nason and Kaitlin Vigars at Phillips Lytle.

  • Opinion

    Judges Should Foster Diversity In MDL Leader Appointments

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    Through their powerful function as gatekeepers, judges should open the gate to minority practitioners when appointing leadership positions in widely influential multidistrict litigation and begin to correct the disparities that have long plagued the legal industry, say Majed Nachawati and Michael Gorwitz at Fears Nachawati.

  • A Gov't Contractor's Road Map To Biden Cybersecurity Order

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    Following President Joe Biden's recent executive order to improve U.S. cybersecurity, Justin Chiarodo and Sharon Klein at Blank Rome highlight how four key elements will particularly affect government contractors and their suppliers, and what contractors should expect as they prepare to operate in a new compliance environment.

  • A Biz Strategy Model To Improve Lateral Atty Hiring Diversity

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    Quantitative comparison tools commonly used by companies in evaluating merger targets will allow law firms to assess lateral hire candidates in a demographically neutral manner, help remove bias from the hiring process and bring real diversity to the legal profession, says Thomas Latino at Florida State University.

  • NextEra Ruling Could Support Initial-Bidder Expense Claims

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    The Third Circuit’s recent broad decision that NextEra's unsuccessful merger bid for Energy Future Holdings could nevertheless benefit EFH's bankruptcy estate provides future stalking horse bidders substantial leverage and may establish an alternative way for them to recover transactional expenses, says Ronit Berkovich at Weil.

  • The Future Of Climate Suits After Justices' Baltimore Ruling

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in BP v. Mayor and City Council of Baltimore left many questions about climate change litigation unresolved, but cases making their way through federal courts offer the high court more opportunities to decide whether climate suits in state courts are preempted or raise nonjusticiable political questions, says Oliver Peter Thoma at King & Spalding.

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