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Energy

  • January 18, 2019

    Oro Negro Ch. 15 Parties Agree To Mediate Rig Fight

    In an effort to streamline dual bankruptcy proceedings for Mexican oil rig company Perforadora Oro Negro in its home country and the U.S., a domestic mediator will join negotiations between the company and its creditors in a jack-up rig seizure dispute, a U.S. bankruptcy judge said.

  • January 18, 2019

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

    The last week has seen former Rabobank trader Anthony Conti sue his old employer, ArcelorMittal take Essar’s investment manager to court months after acquiring its steel business, and the managing director of AlixPartners sue a prominent Irish businessman and a British property tycoon. Here, Law360 looks at those and other new claims in the U.K.

  • January 18, 2019

    Orrick Adds Ex-Norton Rose Energy Tax Expert In NY

    Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP has announced that a former tax partner at Norton Rose Fulbright with a focus on renewable energy joined the firm in its New York office.

  • January 18, 2019

    Texas Justices Take Up Permian Basin Lease Ownership Row

    The question of whether an appeals court can overrule a contract dispute settlement between two oil companies that traded $3 million in potential damages for a 25 percent working interest in Permian Basin oil and gas leases will come before the Texas Supreme Court next month.

  • January 18, 2019

    6th Circ. Won't Rethink Decision On CWA's Reach

    A split Sixth Circuit has said it will not review a panel’s decision concluding the Clean Water Act does not regulate pollutants that travel from a source to navigable waters through groundwater.

  • January 18, 2019

    Wis. Tribe Appeals To 7th Circ. Over Mich. Mine Ruling

    The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has filed a Seventh Circuit appeal of a lower court ruling that dismissed its suit over a Michigan state permit for a proposed zinc and gold mine, saying the federal government has abandoned its obligation to exercise jurisdiction over the Clean Water Act.

  • January 18, 2019

    BLM Had No Right To Key For Tribal-Linked Wells: 10th Circ.

    The Tenth Circuit sided with a well operator and a pair of landowners in a dispute over oil and gas lease sites on land linked to an Indian tribe, saying the Bureau of Land Management lacked authority to demand a key to the locks on the sites' gates.

  • January 18, 2019

    Crunch Time For Wind Developers As Tax Credit Lapse Looms

    Time is growing tight for wind developers to grab the remaining slice of the federal renewable energy production tax credit before it phases out at year’s end and to complete existing projects in time to reap the full benefit of the credit, experts say.

  • January 18, 2019

    Judge Hits Pause Button On Atlantic Seismic Testing Permits

    A South Carolina federal judge on Friday barred the federal government from issuing permits that allow oil and gas companies to injure or otherwise disrupt whales and other marine mammals during seismic testing off the Atlantic coast until Congress restores funding to federal agencies.

  • January 18, 2019

    9th Circ. Upholds Calif. Low Carbon Fuel Standard

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Friday rejected a bid by a group of trade and energy organizations to sink California's low carbon fuel standard, saying their claims weren't different enough from those in prior challenges — which also failed — to warrant a different outcome.

  • January 18, 2019

    Consol Says Ex-Prez Can't Show Gender Played Role In Pay

    The changing structure and nature of the coal industry were behind a female Consol Energy Inc. executive’s termination, not her gender or her complaints about being paid less than her male counterparts, the company argued Thursday in an effort to toss her lawsuit from a Pennsylvania federal court.

  • January 18, 2019

    Gibson Dunn Snags Jones Day Energy Transactions Attorney

    Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP has added a former Jones Day attorney with experience in renewable, fossil fuel and other energy-related transactions as a partner in the firm's Denver office.

  • January 18, 2019

    Colo. Gov. Orders Move To Electric Vehicles Statewide

    Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order Thursday that outlines the steps the state must take to achieve 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040, a plan that would direct some of the $70 million settlement from Volkswagen's federal emissions case toward the promotion of electric vehicles.

  • January 18, 2019

    PG&E Equipment Caused Calif. Wildfires, Judge Finds

    A California federal judge has tentatively found that Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s equipment's vulnerability to falling tree limbs has been "the single most recurring cause" of the 2017 and 2018 California wildfires to which the company has been linked.

  • January 17, 2019

    Contractor Seeks $10M After Pa. Pipeline Project Goes Awry

    A Houston-based Williams Partners LP pipeline unit delayed the reconstruction of a Pennsylvania natural gas facility that exploded two years ago, then improperly fired the company hired to do the job, the contractor claimed in a federal lawsuit seeking more than $10 million.

  • January 17, 2019

    Pa. PUC Won't Revive Bid To Shut Down Sunoco Gas Pipelines

    The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday agreed that a group of Philadelphia-area residents had failed to show that safety concerns warranted an emergency shutdown of Sunoco LP's controversial Mariner East natural gas pipelines.

  • January 17, 2019

    Industry, Utah Urge DC Circ. To Uphold EPA Permit Order

    PacifiCorp, Utah and an industry group on Wednesday told the D.C. Circuit that environmentalists can't sustain claims that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency order instituted a nationally applicable change to the way certain Clean Air Act permits are issued without proper public notice and comment.

  • January 17, 2019

    Wilson Elser Picks Up Maritime Attys From Fowler Rodriguez

    A team of maritime law-focused attorneys from recently shuttered Fowler Rodriguez has joined Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP in Louisiana and Alabama, adding international and domestic expertise in marine casualty, environmental and energy law, as well as in regulatory and commercial litigation, the firm said.

  • January 17, 2019

    House Dem Floats Bill To Undo Land Swap For Mining Project

    The chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee reintroduced legislation Thursday that would undo a land swap authorized by Congress, which gave a mining company owned by Rio Tinto PLC and BHP Billiton access to Arizona land sacred to Native Americans for the construction of a copper mine.

  • January 17, 2019

    Appeal In $80M Brazil Oil Co. Suit Was Premature: 11th Circ.

    The Eleventh Circuit on Wednesday agreed to send an $80 million fraud and racketeering case against Banco Itaú International and EFG Capital International Corp. back to Florida federal court, finding the appeal in an oil investments dispute had been filed too soon.

Expert Analysis

  • Automated Vehicles In 2019: Predictions And Suggestions

    Melody Drummond Hansen

    As the automated vehicle industry continues to grow and expand in 2019, innovators will face novel questions concerning data privacy, open source compliance, advertising claims, and local, state, federal and international regulations, say attorneys with O'Melveny & Myers LLP.

  • Settlement Counsel Key For Efficient Mass Tort Resolution

    J. Stephen Bennett

    Team-based specialization in mass tort litigation defense allows each member to draw on individual strengths, maximizing their contribution. A core tenet of this approach is using settlement counsel to focus on strategic initiatives and end-game resolution efforts, separate from the heated battle lines of the litigation, say attorneys at Faegre Baker Daniels.

  • Diversity's Next Step: Developing Minority Partners

    Chris King.jpg

    The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.

  • TSA Pipeline Cybersecurity Road Map: Key Points

    Norma Krayem

    Pipelines are a crucial aspect of the nation's economic and national security. But no one agency has officially been in charge of pipeline cybersecurity — until last month, when the U.S. Transportation Security Administration's cybersecurity road map made clear that the TSA will take the lead role in this area, says Norma Krayem of Holland & Knight LLP.

  • A Closer Look At CFTC's Loss In Market Manipulation Case

    Michael Brooks

    While the New York federal court's decision in U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission v. Wilson may embolden defendants in CFTC and Federal Energy Regulatory Commission enforcement matters, the circumstances surrounding it should continue to serve as a caution to market participants, say Michael Brooks and Robert Pease of Bracewell LLP.

  • Arbitrators And Mediators Should Reflect Society's Diversity

    James Jenkins

    Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.

  • Why AFAs Are Key To The Future Of Legal Practice

    Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul

    Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.

  • What To Expect In Environmental Law In 2019

    Forrest Smith

    From a business perspective, the environmental law developments that are likely to have the most immediate domestic consequences in the coming year are air- and water-related litigation and regulations, say attorneys with Reed Smith LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Barron Reviews 'The Clamor Of Lawyers'

    Judge David Barron

    Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.

  • Constitutional Challenges To Pipeline Takings Face Obstacles

    Clay Massey

    In a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court, the plaintiffs in Berkley v. Mountain Valley Pipeline claim the Natural Gas Act does not preclude district court review of constitutional objections to the law. However, their arguments are at odds with Supreme Court precedent, says Clay Massey of Alston & Bird LLP.