With an uptick in regulatory and bankruptcy work caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP says that it's opening a new office in New Orleans led by five partners the firm scooped up, yet again, from McGlinchey Stafford PLLC.
A Wyoming federal judge on Tuesday revived a challenge to an Obama-era rule restricting methane emissions from natural gas wells on public and tribal lands after a California federal judge tossed the Trump administration's move to rescind the rule.
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is at the center of a major public corruption scandal in which Commonwealth Edison Co. has agreed to pay a $200 million fine after admitting it arranged jobs and benefits for allies of the powerful lawmaker in exchange for his support of changing utility regulations.
Quinn Emanuel partner Kathleen Shih has supplied valuable advice to major energy sector companies, including offshore drilling companies, helping to bring in an award of more than $700 million to Vantage Energy Inc. among other deals, which landed her a spot as one of the energy law practitioners under 40 honored by Law360 as Rising Stars.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has said the acting director of the Bureau of Land Management is serving in violation of the U.S. Constitution and should be enjoined from exercising power in the agency.
Tribes on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit not to halt a court-ordered closure of the Dakota Access pipeline while it reviews the shutdown order, blasting claims of potential economic "devastation" from the Trump administration and the pipeline's operator as overblown.
The U.S. Department of Commerce said Tuesday it is investigating silicon metal imports from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iceland, Malaysia and Kazakhstan, after receiving a complaint from U.S. producers alleging the foreign products are hurting their businesses.
Nevada will require prepayment of the state mining tax and establish a tax amnesty program under a bill signed by the governor that aims to help address a $1.2 billion general fund shortfall caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
A Peruvian mine owner defended its decision to pay tax collectors more than $40 million following its takeover of Glencore's copper operation, telling a London judge on Tuesday that delaying ahead of a legal challenge could have strangled its cash-flow.
A New York judge on Monday allowed Brazilian mining company Vale SA to seek information on the whereabouts of $500 million it invested in a doomed Guinean mining project to be used in U.K. litigation accusing Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz of fraudulently inducing it to enter into the venture.
A D.C. federal judge on Friday increased a $173 million award issued against Venezuela to Tenaris SA to $256 million, after factoring in pre- and postjudgment interest in the dispute over an investment in a Venezuelan iron producer.
Several state attorneys general, environmentalists and a Native American tribe on Monday regrouped and took another stab at attempting to revive an Obama-era moratorium on federal coal leasing after a federal judge recently shot down their initial attempt.
A Thai steel producer sued the U.S. Department of Commerce for wrongly changing the scope of a more than 30-year-old anti-dumping duty on steel pipe imports from Thailand, alleging the agency doesn't have the authority to include dual-stenciled pipe products in the order.
Former Alstom SA executive and government cooperator Edward Thiessen was sentenced to time served Monday for his role in a scheme to bribe Indonesian officials to get Alstom business with the state-owned power company.
Federal prosecutors' $200 million bribery settlement with Commonwealth Edison Co. clearly identifies powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan as a target for potential prosecution and serves as an invite to others to cooperate against the lawmaker, white collar attorneys say.
The American arm of China's state-run aerospace corporation asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Fifth Circuit's affirmation of a ruling enforcing a $62.9 million arbitral award, arguing the process was unfair and based on the acts of nonsignatories.
The Ninth Circuit wrongly said Oakland, California, can't ban a cargo shipping terminal developer's proposed coal operation based on health and safety concerns and should either rehear the matter or let the state Supreme Court weigh in, an association of cities has argued.
Taylor Energy Co. LLC said the U.S. Coast Guard has no right to demand $43 million from the company to cover costs related to cleaning up an undersea oil spill, which began in 2004 and has not been contained.
ExxonMobil Corp. on Friday removed to federal court the District of Columbia's suit accusing the company and other global oil giants of deceiving consumers about climate-change-related risks, saying the suit aims to curb fossil fuel use, not address consumer fraud.
A contractor claims in a new lawsuit that Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy Inc. refused to adapt the timeline for work on a wind farm despite major weather-induced setbacks and should pay an extra $3 million for the additional costs the contractor faced to complete work on time.
Jonathan Ayre of Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP helped build the firm's oil and gas practice into a go-to adviser for major energy players and shepherded billion-dollar deals in the process, earning him a spot among the energy law practitioners under age 40 honored as Law360 Rising Stars.
Oil and gas storage tank business Permian Tank & Manufacturing Inc. hit Chapter 11 in Delaware, citing the decline in oil and gas prices connected to the COVID-19 pandemic as a primary reason for its trip into bankruptcy as it seeks to sell its assets.
Fracking company BJ Services filed for Chapter 11 protection in Texas bankruptcy court on Monday with over $500 million in assets and liabilities, citing volatility in energy markets and COVID-19's effect on demand.
Chevron Corp., the second-largest U.S. integrated energy company, said Monday that it has agreed to purchase independent energy business Noble Energy in a $5 billion all-stock transaction Paul Weiss, Shearman & Sterling and Vinson & Elkins, in the largest energy deal since the coronavirus pandemic started.
The warning to Commonwealth Edison Co. was clear: Continue to retain a certain law firm, regardless of how much work its lawyers actually did for the Illinois utility, or hear indirectly from the state's speaker of the house.
The New York Public Service Commission's recent order directing investor-owned utilities to rapidly review their distribution and local transmission infrastructure represents a turning point in the state's efforts to update its electric grid for green energy — so interested stakeholders must weigh in soon, says Kevin Blake at Phillips Lytle.
Although noncompete clauses often play a vital role in mergers and acquisitions, they are not immune from antitrust scrutiny — exemplified by three recent Federal Trade Commission challenges, say Joel Grosberg and Lisa Rumin at McDermott.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.
During the current pandemic, counsel for energy companies must be prepared for the market condition known as contango — where short-term and long-term energy prices operate differently — and with pressure from banks providing reserve-based lending facilities, says Cameron Kinvig at Lexis Practice Advisor.
Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.
To create jobs and address the country's $4.5 trillion infrastructure backlog, the federal government should enact coronavirus relief directed at infrastructure investment, leveraged by the allocation of funds for public-private partnerships, say Andrej Micovic and Eric Singer at Bilzin Sumberg.
A recent commitment from the European Union's commissioner for justice to introduce rules for mandatory corporate human rights due diligence next year may signal the arrival of this issue as a global business imperative, making it as fundamental as anti-corruption diligence, say attorneys at Paul Hastings.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is frequently asked to require natural gas pipelines to evaluate effects on greenhouse gas emissions, with implications for project approval, but it is not easy to calculate the climate impact of a given pipeline, says David Harrison at NERA.
Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.
Alexandre Lamy at Baker McKenzie proposes a common-sense framework for nonfinance companies, which in 2019 became subject to the Office of Foreign Assets Control's rejected-transaction reporting requirements, but have received little guidance about how to comply.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Atlantic Richfield v. Christian featured an expansive interpretation of property owners' liability for hazardous substances that come to be located on their land, and will have far-reaching implications for those whose property has been contaminated by offsite sources, say attorneys at Haynes and Boone.
Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.
The California Supreme Court's forthcoming decision in Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers v. Superior Court, which hinges on whether corporations can be held liable for the costs of investigating and fighting human-caused fires, could make forest restoration and wildfire prevention more expensive, say Ryan Waterman and Elisabeth Esposito at Brownstein Hyatt.
In-house counsel may assume that "elite" law firms will turn up their noses at the idea of contingent fees, but such arrangements, whether pure or hybrid, are offered by many firms — even to defendants — and may be the answer to tight litigation budgets, say attorneys at Fish & Richardson.
When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.