Energy

  • May 28, 2020

    Ex-GE Engineer Cops To Stealing Trade Secret

    A research engineer who worked for General Electric Co. for more than eight years admitted Thursday to swiping trade secrets from his previous employer in hopes of using the information to start his own venture.

  • May 28, 2020

    Shareholders Say Canadian Mining Co. Lied About Problems

    A Canadian gold mining company boasted about nonexistent improvements in its mining operations in Ghana only to reveal "a laundry list of issues" later on that caused share prices to plummet, a proposed class of investors is alleging in California federal court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Anadarko Can't Duck Wyoming Landowners' Antitrust Suit Yet

    Anadarko Petroleum Corp. hasn't mounted a strong enough case to convince a Wyoming federal court to dismiss claims that the company has been collecting drilling permits it doesn't intend to use in order to keep others from profiting off certain swaths of land.

  • May 28, 2020

    Chevron Awarded More Than $15.6M In Trademark Dispute

    Chevron has gotten a Texas jury's award of $1.1 million boosted to a final judgment of more than $15.6 million against a company that infringed its trademark to dupe other companies into doing business with it.

  • May 28, 2020

    Virtual Auction Leads To $53M Ch. 11 Sale For Southland

    Oil and gas driller Southland Royalty Co. LLC received bankruptcy court approval Thursday for a $53 million sale of its assets in the San Juan Basin of Colorado and New Mexico to stalking horse bidder Morningstar Operating LLC following a virtual auction.

  • May 28, 2020

    9th Circ. Bars Pipelines From Water Permit During Appeal

    New oil and gas pipeline projects can't use an expedited Clean Water Act permitting process while the federal government and Keystone XL pipeline developer appeal a judge's order barring the use of the permit, the Ninth Circuit said Thursday.

  • May 28, 2020

    Clean Energy Tax Credit Delays Give Builders Breathing Room

    The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday formally announced an extension of eligibility deadlines for renewable energy tax credits, easing the minds of coronavirus-impacted wind and solar developers worried that blowing project milestones might cost them some or all of their credits.

  • May 28, 2020

    IRS Proposes Storage Rules For Carbon Capture Tax Credit

    The IRS on Thursday proposed long-awaited rules detailing how companies can qualify for carbon capture tax credits by demonstrating that they have securely stored or disposed of carbon that has been captured from the atmosphere.

  • May 28, 2020

    Pulling Up Stakes: Sidley Austin, Baker McKenzie, Orrick

    In Law360's latest roundup of deal-makers on the move, Sidley Austin nabbed Shearman & Sterling's former head of global leveraged finance and private capital; Baker McKenzie added a banking and finance pro in Hong Kong; and Orrick picked up an M&A and private equity partner in Paris.

  • May 28, 2020

    Energy Groups Fight 5th Circ. Revival Of Rig Worker's OT Suit

    Energy industry groups urged the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to revisit en banc a ruling that a former Helix Energy Solutions offshore oil rig employee wasn't exempt from overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act, arguing the panel's decision violates a U.S. Supreme Court directive.

  • May 28, 2020

    Green Groups Take $10B LNG Project Fight To DC Circ.

    Several environmental groups want the D.C. Circuit to force the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reconsider approving a $10 billion liquefied natural gas export project in Oregon, after the state said the project wouldn't meet its environmental standards.

  • May 28, 2020

    Bondholder Seeks To Force Venezuelan Oil Co. To Pay $132M

    Engineering company Dresser-Rand Co. urged a New York federal court Wednesday to order a subsidiary of Venezuela's state-owned oil company to pay $132.3 million owed under a defaulted bond, saying further delay will leave it at a disadvantage when trying to compete with other creditors.

  • May 28, 2020

    Tribal Power Co. Says Cryptocurrency Miner Owes $3.7M

    Two cryptocurrency mining companies and their founder racked up a $3.7 million tab powering their servers and haven't settled up, a tribal-owned power company has told a Montana federal court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Gerdau Says Travelers Owes Some Of Wrongful Death Verdict

    Gerdau Ameristeel US Inc. said a Travelers Companies Inc. subsidiary breached its insurance contract when it refused to foot a portion of a $4.75 million verdict against the steel company and others for the death of an apprentice electrician, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Georgia federal court.

  • May 28, 2020

    Truck Biz Wants Price-Fix Suits Against Oil Cos. Linked

    A trucking company accusing two oil-trading firms of fixing gas prices is asking a California federal judge to tie three more recently filed but similar suits to its own complaint, saying the proposed class actions belong together.

  • May 28, 2020

    Power Plant Co. Can't Nix All Claims In $24M Asbestos Row

    An asbestos abatement company can pursue some of its claims that a power plant owner is unfairly benefiting from its refusal to pay the extra costs for a project that ballooned from $8 million to nearly $24 million, a Michigan federal court said Thursday.

  • May 27, 2020

    Bipartisan Bill Proposes $100B In New Tech Funding

    House and Senate lawmakers on both sides of the aisle proposed $100 billion in new funding to boost U.S. science and technology research under a bill called the Endless Frontier Act unveiled Wednesday.

  • May 27, 2020

    Trade Court Keeps Solar Tariff Expansion Challenge Alive

    The U.S. Court of International Trade refused Wednesday to toss a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration's decision to place duties on double-sided solar panels that had previously been exempt, ruling that the government's recent move to issue a fresh determination on the exemption doesn't kill the case.

  • May 27, 2020

    Calif. Leads Coalition Challenging Trump Fuel Economy Rule

    A coalition of more than 20 states and local governments led by California challenged the Trump administration's new greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards in the D.C. Circuit on Wednesday, arguing they are an unlawful retreat on a major climate change policy that will make public health worse.

  • May 27, 2020

    5 Takeaways From The 9th Circ.'s Climate Suit Ruling

    The Ninth Circuit's rulings this week that federal law wasn't implicated in litigation seeking to hold fossil fuel companies accountable for climate-change-related infrastructure damage add to the legal momentum to keep the latest wave of climate torts in state courts. Here are five takeaways from the Ninth Circuit's decisions.

  • May 27, 2020

    PG&E's $58B Ch. 11 Confirmation Enters Final Stretch

    A bench trial on whether to confirm Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s $58 billion bankruptcy reorganization plan kicked off Wednesday with opponents raising questions about a possible conflict of interest by the consulting firm that solicited fire survivors' votes on the proposal.

  • May 27, 2020

    CIT Affirms Higher Dumping Margins On Korean Transformers

    The U.S. Court of International Trade affirmed significantly higher anti-dumping duties on Hyundai power transformers from South Korea after a U.S. manufacturer challenged the initial determination at 4.07% as too low.

  • May 27, 2020

    US Faces Difficult Choice In $1.2B Venezuela Award Fight

    A potential impediment to Crystallex's efforts to seize shares in Citgo's parent company to enforce a $1.2 billion arbitral award against Venezuela was removed after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the case, but the Canadian miner's legal woes are still far from over.

  • May 27, 2020

    July Too Soon For $165M Petrobras Jury Trial, 5th Circ. Told

    A Spanish company wants the Fifth Circuit to postpone a July trial start date in a $165 million dispute involving Petrobras, arguing a federal judge in Texas has disregarded pandemic-related safety concerns and the wishes of the parties with so soon a trial date.

  • May 27, 2020

    Oil Field Service Co. Says Claims It Overbilled $2.4M Are Weak

    A North Dakota oilfield services provider said it should not have to face accusations that it bilked an oil and gas driller out of roughly $2.4 million because the lawsuit doesn't back up its claims with supporting facts.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • Retail Investors Hit By Oil Price Drop May Turn To The Courts

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    The recent large drop in oil prices — and in the prices of futures contracts tied to oil — resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic has generated substantial losses for many retail investors, and precedent suggests this may lead to a wave of litigation against fund managers, say economists at Bates White.

  • New Trend In IPR Institution Appealability Demands Scrutiny

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    While a recent trend of federal courts holding that U.S. Patent and Trademark Office decisions instituting inter partes reviews are not appealable requires close following, there are two remedies practitioners can seek apart from appeal, say Brett Cooper and Kevin Schubert at McKool Smith.

  • Trial By Webcam: Tips From A Firsthand Experience

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    Initially incomprehensible, it turns out that conducting trial by video is reasonable and relatively convenient, as long as lawyers do not try to recreate the courtroom experience, say Wheeler Trigg attorneys Joel Neckers and Peter Herzog, who recently participated in an online bench trial in United Power v. Tri-State before the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • NY Order Kicks Power Grid Modernization Into High Gear

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    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.

  • FTC Continues To Zero In On Problematic M&A Noncompetes

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    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.

  • Justices' SEC Disgorgement Ruling May Shape FCPA Matters

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    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.

  • COVID-19, Contango And Energy's New Economic Reality

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    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.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    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.

  • Opinion

    COVID-19 Relief Should Include Federal Infrastructure Bill

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    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.

  • Human Rights Are Becoming A Compliance Issue

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    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 Challenge Of Measuring Pipelines' GHG Footprints

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    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.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    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.

  • A New Approach To OFAC's Rejected-Transactions Reporting

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    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.

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