Energy

  • June 28, 2019

    Chemours Sues DuPont Over 'Lowball' Cleanup Tab

    Chemours Co. has opened a potentially multibillion-dollar suit against DowDuPont Inc. and affiliates for "massively" understating environmental cleanup indemnification burdens as part of the Chemours spinoff in 2015, in a Delaware Chancery Court complaint unsealed late Friday.

  • June 28, 2019

    Texas Supreme Court To Hear Oil Rig Co. Franchise Tax Case

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the state's appeal of a case over whether an offshore drilling rig repair company could exclude subcontractor payments from its revenue to lower its franchise tax liability.

  • June 28, 2019

    Conservative Justices Cross Over To Create Unusual Lineups

    Members of the conservative majority on the U.S. Supreme Court had some surprises for court watchers this term, with one of the newer — and generally most conservative — justices becoming a particularly strange bedfellow to liberals.

  • June 28, 2019

    US Steel To Pay $2.7M In Deal Over Pa. Coal Plant Emissions

    U.S. Steel Corp. will pay $2.7 million and make $200 million in improvements to reduce emissions at its Clairton Coke Works in Pennsylvania, under a proposed settlement announced by the Allegheny County Health Department on Friday.

  • June 28, 2019

    4 Oil & Gas Cases Texas Supreme Court Will Hear This Term

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday added several new energy cases to its calendar, agreeing to review disputes over how widely conveyances of royalty interests should be interpreted and when the Texas Citizens Participation Act should apply to lease disputes.

  • June 28, 2019

    Italy Can't Dodge Claim Over Offshore Oil Project

    Italy has come up short in its bid for an international tribunal to nix arbitration initiated by Rockhopper Exploration PLC related to an offshore oil project, the British oil and gas company confirmed Thursday.

  • June 28, 2019

    The Sharpest Dissents Of The Supreme Court Term

    The dozens of dissents the U.S. Supreme Court issued this term outpaced those in the prior term, and their tone is growing harsher as justices vie for control of a court that is still reeling from the retirement of swing Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • June 28, 2019

    SEC Accuses 4 Execs Of Masterminding Accounting Fraud

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday hit four former executives of Blue Earth Inc. with a suit alleging they repeatedly lied about the defunct clean energy company's prospects to investors and the Nasdaq to raise nearly $30 million.

  • June 28, 2019

    Texas Justices OK Alexander Dubose, Chevron Fees Deal

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday ended a dispute between Alexander Dubose Jefferson & Townsend LLP and Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LP over who should keep $494,000 paid as sanctions in a real estate suit after the parties said they reached a settlement.

  • June 28, 2019

    Sotomayor, Breyer Vie For Chattiest High Court Justice

    On the U.S. Supreme Court's famously "hot" bench, Justice Sonia Sotomayor stood out once again as the most active questioner this term, speaking up more often than any of her colleagues.

  • June 28, 2019

    National Fuel Wants Pipeline Appeal Sent to DC Circ.

    Two National Fuel Gas Co. subsidiaries urged the Second Circuit on Thursday to transfer to the D.C. Circuit a dispute over a ruling that found New York state environmental regulators waived their authority to deny a Clean Water Act permit for a $455 million natural gas pipeline project.

  • June 28, 2019

    Texas Justices Back Carrizo In $28M Drilling Contract Fight

    A divided Texas Supreme Court on Friday affirmed an appellate ruling that wiped out a $27.7 million judgment against Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. in a drilling farmout agreement dispute, saying the agreement's language shows the company didn't breach its deal with Barrow-Shaver Resources Co.

  • June 28, 2019

    Chevron Tells 9th Circ. To Ignore Baltimore Climate Ruling

    A Maryland federal judge's decision remanding to state court a Baltimore suit alleging Chevron and other companies caused climate change-related damage should be ignored in the oil giant's legal battle with California cities and counties pursuing similar claims, Chevron told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday.

  • June 28, 2019

    Del. And Md. Can't Force EPA Action On Smog, DC Circ. Told

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has urged the D.C. Circuit to dismiss a challenge brought by Maryland and Delaware seeking to force the agency to crack down on emissions from power plants blowing in from other states, arguing their original petitions demanded that it go beyond what is required under federal law.

  • June 28, 2019

    CSV Pays $359M For Gas Facility, Gets Bought By PE Firm

    Canada's Paramount Resources said it will sell a natural gas facility in a CA$470 million ($359 million) deal on the same day the buyer, Bennett Jones-guided CSV Midstream, agreed to be acquired by Torys-led investment firm Northleaf Capital Partners.

  • June 28, 2019

    The Funniest Moments Of The Supreme Court Term

    While general audiences may have a hard time finding the humor, there were several moments of legal levity in the Supreme Court this term that made the justices and the courtroom laugh.

  • June 28, 2019

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

    The past week has seen an investor sue financial law specialists Jirehouse, Lloyds Bank file a claim against the trustees of its pensions system and a number of luxury London hotels hit Visa and Mastercard with competition claims. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • June 28, 2019

    Texas Justices Take On ETP, Enterprise $535M Pipeline Fight

    Energy Transfer Partners has a second chance to win back a $535 million judgment stemming from a soured pipeline deal, after the Texas Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a ruling that wiped out the victory.

  • June 27, 2019

    The New 'Roberts Court' Finds Its Footing

    Chief Justice John Roberts is presiding over the most conservative Supreme Court in years. But as the 2018 term showed, the reality is more complicated and the new majority is far weaker than expected.

  • June 27, 2019

    GM's Claim It Didn't Know Of Defect Faces Skeptical Judge

    A California federal judge pressed back Thursday against General Motors' claim that it didn't know it was selling Americans cars with incompatible European-made engine pumps despite customer complaints to federal regulators, asking the automaker whether it had "a responsibility to stay up to date on safety."

  • June 27, 2019

    Platinum CIO Says No Evidence Of Misdeeds In 'Bogus' Case

    Former Platinum Partners co-chief investment officer David Levy's attorney told a New York federal jury on Thursday in the securities fraud trial of the hedge fund manager's top executives that prosecutors' case is "bogus and flawed to the core," citing a lack of evidence that Levy engaged in any wrongdoing.

  • June 27, 2019

    Breaking Down The Vote: High Court Term In Review

    A new junior justice. A growing number of dissents. Tough talk on overturning precedent. Unusual lineups in 5-4 rulings. This term left court watchers wondering: “What’s next?”

  • June 27, 2019

    The Firms That Won Big At The Supreme Court

    Arguing one Supreme Court case is no mean feat, and only a handful of law firms tackled at least three during the latest high court term. Here’s a look at those high-profile battles, and which firms emerged victorious once the dust settled.

  • June 27, 2019

    Spectra Tells Chancery Bad-Faith Claims Not Supported

    Spectra Energy Partners DE GP LP told a Delaware Chancery Court judge on Thursday that a derivative action against the company should be tossed because the suing unitholder didn't adequately show it acted in bad faith when approving a transaction that extinguished the unitholder's earlier claims over a pipeline transaction.

  • June 27, 2019

    US Charges Ex-Venezuela Officials With Laundering Bribes

    The former head of Venezuela's state-controlled electricity company and another ex-company officer were charged Thursday with laundering millions of dollars they allegedly received as bribes in exchange for awarding work to U.S.-based companies, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

Expert Analysis

  • Refreshed Efficiency Regulations May Impact Appliance Cos.

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    With the U.S. Department of Energy proposing to rewrite its process for determining energy efficiency standards under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act, appliance manufacturers and importers must understand how these changes may affect their products, say attorneys with Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • Del. Bankruptcy Court Reclaims Control Of Article III Suits

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    A Delaware bankruptcy court's recent decision in Paragon Litigation Trust v. Noble Corp. makes it more likely that fraudulent transfer claims can be finally adjudicated in bankruptcy courts, but sets up a potential circuit split, say Matthew Kelsey and Matthew Porcelli of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • The Future Of The USMCA: 3 Possible Scenarios

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    The Trump administration would like Congress to pass the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by June, but progress has been slow. The deal's fate will depend on cooperation from Democrats, support from Republicans and the strategy pursued by the president, says Robert Kyle of Hogan Lovells.

  • Ethical Social Media Marketing For Lawyers

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    Social media presents rich opportunities to reach prospective clients. Attorneys should not let those opportunities pass them by, but they should keep their ethical obligations in mind as they post, says Cort Sylvester of Nilan Johnson Lewis PA.

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Norton Rose Diversity Director Nina Godiwalla

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    In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Nina Godiwalla, director of diversity and inclusion at Norton Rose Fulbright.

  • What EU Investment Screening Will Mean For Dealmakers

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    Last week, the European Council approved a regulation to screen foreign direct investment into European Union member states on national security grounds. Dealmakers considering near-term transactions with a nexus to the EU will need to evaluate how the new regulations may impact deal timelines, disclosures, certainty and costs, say attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

  • 5 Mistakes Law Firms Make When Responding To RFPs

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    More and more corporations are now using requests for proposals to make data-driven decisions about which law firms to work with, so it is more important than ever for law firms to avoid common RFP mistakes, says Matthew Prinn of RFP Advisory Group.

  • Army Corps Guidance Could Speed Up Wetlands Permitting

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    Following new guidance from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, mitigation bank credits — approved forms of compensatory wetlands mitigation for permits issued under Section 404 of the Clean Water Act — may become more readily available to builders, developers and other permittees, says Jessica Merrigan of Spencer Fane LLP.

  • Jam Exposes International Orgs To New Litigation Risks

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Jam v. International Finance Corp. opens up international organizations to lawsuits over their commercial and nongovernmental actions. Previously, potential plaintiffs knew that such cases would have no chance of even getting past a pleading stage, says James Berger of King & Spalding LLP.

  • 9 Factors To Evaluate When Considering A SPAC

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    For private companies interested in going public, being acquired by a special purpose acquisition company could be a worthy alternative to a traditional initial public offering, say Gerry Spedale and Eric Pacifici of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.

  • Guest Feature

    Leon Panetta In The Courtroom, Langley And Area 51

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    Over the course of his career, Leon Panetta has served as a U.S. representative, director of the CIA and secretary of defense. But before all that, he was a lawyer. Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP asked him about his legal background — and about little men from outer space.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Finding A Voice, And A New Home

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    My Fulbright scholarship project developed after I talked to my grandmother in the Philippines about the cost of her medication. Drugs developed in the U.S. and Europe are typically sold there for prices beyond the reach of many Filipinos. So I advocated for compulsory licensing for lifesaving medicines, says Melissa Martinez of McGuireWoods LLP.

  • What Energy Cos. Can Expect From Cooperation With CFTC

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    The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission has demonstrated considerable commitment to its 2017 revised cooperation guideline for companies. As seen across recent enforcement actions against energy companies, "cooperation" is not merely a company meeting its legal obligations to respond to information requests, says Petal Walker of WilmerHale.

  • Constitutional Force-Pooling Arguments Face Uphill Battle

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    Opponents of oil and gas development in Colorado have brought constitutional challenges to the state's process for force-pooling mineral rights in federal court. But their Fifth and Fourteenth Amendment arguments were recently rejected by a federal court in Ohio in a separate case, say Ivan London and Zachary Fitzgerald of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Willett Reviews 'Guilty Pleasures'

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    Professor Laura Little’s new book, "Guilty Pleasures: Comedy and Law in America," will make you laugh and make you think — and to a federal circuit judge who reads the Constitution for the articles, it is ... appealing, says Fifth Circuit Judge Don Willett.

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