Energy

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump Exec Order Seeks To Expand Offshore Drilling

    President Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order that directs the U.S. Department of the Interior to review his predecessor’s restrictions on offshore oil and gas drilling, declaring that America is better when it takes full advantage of its natural resources.

  • April 28, 2017

    Texas High Court Upholds Taxes On $162M In Stored Gas

    A split Texas Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the right of Harris County to tax $162 million worth of stored natural gas belonging to Energy Transfer Partners subsidiary ETC Marketing Ltd., upholding lower court rulings and rejecting ETC's argument that the gas is part of interstate commerce and not under local government purview.

  • April 28, 2017

    DOT Raises Fines For Pipeline Safety Violations

    Entities that violate federal pipeline safety laws will face new, increased fines of $209,002 for each day the violation continues, or more than $2 million for a related series of violations, under revised maximum civil penalties that the U.S. Department of Transportation announced on Thursday.

  • April 28, 2017

    Paragon Offshore Pitches Fourth Ch. 11 Disclosure In Del.

    Paragon Offshore PLC positioned itself for a third Chapter 11 plan confirmation effort Friday, securing a Delaware bankruptcy judge’s approval for a revised disclosure and reorganization plan proposal that will give creditors control of the company and the oil-driller's right to sue its corporate parent.

  • April 28, 2017

    Duke Energy Wins Tax Refund For Nuclear Storage Systems

    Duke Energy Corp. does not have to pay more than $1 million in use taxes to South Carolina’s revenue department and will actually receive a refund following a court decision Friday finding that canister systems the company uses to store spent nuclear fuel rods are tax-exempt.

  • April 28, 2017

    FERC Commissioner Honorable Won't Seek New Term

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commissioner Colette Honorable will not seek another term when her current one expires at the end of June, she announced Friday, a move that could leave the already quorumless agency with just one commissioner.

  • April 28, 2017

    Pipeline Co. Fights Okla. Tribal Landowners' Sanctions Bid

    Enable Midstream Partners LP shot back Thursday against a group of tribal landowners' request that an Oklahoma federal judge force it to respond to discovery requests and sanction it for refusing to do so in their suit challenging the company’s use of a natural gas pipeline on their property.

  • April 28, 2017

    High Court Urged To Reverse 6th Circ.'s Waters Of US Ruling

    Several industry groups, states and environmental organizations on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse the Sixth Circuit’s ruling that it has sole jurisdiction to hear challenges to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule clarifying its ability to issue permits under the Clean Water Act.

  • April 28, 2017

    5 Firms Set To Launch May With 6 IPOs Surpassing $1.7B

    Five firms will steer six initial public offerings projected to raise more than $1.7 billion during the first week of May, including two energy issuers, three biotech companies and a private equity-backed real estate finance company, extending the IPO market's second-quarter momentum.

  • April 28, 2017

    BP Keeps Gas Well Lease, Texas Supreme Court Rules

    The Supreme Court of Texas on Friday overturned a lower court and ruled that BP America Production Co. did have the right to a natural gas well lease in the state, deciding that the plain language of the contract allowed it to secure its continuation with a payment.

  • April 28, 2017

    Holland & Knight DQ'ed From Suit For Repping Both Sides

    A New York federal judge on Friday disqualified Holland & Knight LLP from representing First NBC Bank in an upcoming trial against ethanol distributor Murex LLC, saying that the firm offered legal services to both parties concurrently despite preparing the bank’s lawsuit against Murex over alleged sham transactions.

  • April 28, 2017

    Mont. Sens. Float Bill To Extend Indian Coal Tax Credit

    The two U.S. senators from Montana on Thursday announced the introduction of legislation to permanently extend a tax credit for coal production on Native American lands, saying it will boost self-determination in Indian Country.

  • April 28, 2017

    Indiana Appeals Court Denies Utility’s 7-Year Plan Update

    The Court of Appeals of Indiana on Thursday affirmed a decision by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that partially denied a bid by a gas utility to add projects to its seven-year improvements plan, saying the rules did not allow it to make previously unmentioned updates.

  • April 28, 2017

    Navajo Power Plant Poses Test For Trump's Pro-Coal Stance

    The looming closure of a power plant vital to the Navajo Nation and the Hopi Tribe gives President Donald Trump a chance to save jobs, help rural America and support the coal industry by backing the Navajo's push to keep the facility online through 2029. Although extending the plant's life might dovetail with the Trump administration's priorities, experts say economic realities may make that a lost cause.

  • April 28, 2017

    Trump Taps Brownstein Hyatt Atty For DOI No. 2 Post

    President Donald Trump said Friday that he will nominate David Bernhardt, chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck LLP’s natural resource practice, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, the agency’s number two post.

  • April 28, 2017

    DC Circ. Pauses Clean Power Plan Litigation

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request to pause litigation over the Clean Power Plan and ordered briefing on whether the case should be remanded to the agency or just kept on hold.

  • April 27, 2017

    Trump To Sign Order To Review Offshore Drilling Limits

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Friday directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review his predecessor’s ban on offshore drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic oceans, the aim being to open up those protected waters to such activity.

  • April 27, 2017

    EFH Judge Again Rejects Del. Trust Bid To Boost Recovery

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Thursday again rejected a bid by Energy Future Holdings Corp. first-lien lender Delaware Trust Co. for a larger recovery share, ruling that even though the power giant had a new Chapter 11 plan confirmed, the relevant terms of the new strategy have not changed.

  • April 27, 2017

    Group Sues For Trump Transition's Climate Questionnaires

    A group formed by former White House attorneys filed two suits in D.C. federal court Thursday accusing the U.S. Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services of ignoring requests for records concerning Trump transition team questionnaires given to agency employees about their climate change and Affordable Care Act work.

  • April 27, 2017

    Feds Deny Responsibility For Platinum Partners Jury Leak

    Federal prosecutors told a New York federal judge on Wednesday that defendants accused of partaking in a $1 billion securities fraud scheme at Platinum Partners have no evidence that a government agent was behind purported grand jury leaks about the investigation into the hedge fund.

Expert Analysis

  • The Current State Of Renewable Energy Disputes: Part 1

    Justin Tschoepe

    As any industry grows, those within it are likely to face increased amounts of litigation both with private entities as well as sovereign bodies. In part one of this four-part series, Justin Tschoepe and William Wood of Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP address the most common types of environmental and land-use challenges that are being brought against utility-scale wind and solar projects.

  • NYPSC Shakes Up Net Metering Projects In New York State

    Peter Trimarchi

    The New York Public Service Commission recently issued an order creating a new means of compensating renewable energy projects connected to the state’s electric grid. By replacing the net metering system with a new, more complex scheme for project valuation, the order will quickly change the landscape of renewable energy development and financing in New York, says Peter Trimarchi of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • The Mediator’s Proposal As A Tool For Litigants

    Dennis Klein

    Mediators’ proposals, which call for an unconditional and confidential acceptance or rejection, are resolving high-value disputes on a regular basis. Dennis Klein of Critical Matter Mediation examines why this is happening and the tactical implications for litigants in anticipating that a mediator’s proposal could resolve litigation.

  • Expectations After The Trump Administration's First 100 Days

    Jim Flood

    In its first 100 days, the Trump administration has had mixed results and may be behind where it wants to be. The biggest threat to President Donald Trump’s domestic policy agenda beyond the first 100 days is the difficulty of reconciling the Freedom Caucus Republicans, moderate Republicans and Democrats, say Jim Flood and Cari Stinebower of Crowell & Moring LLP.

  • The Challenges For CEA Price Manipulation Plaintiffs

    Mark Young

    The recent contrasting outcomes of the regulatory and private actions against Total Gas illustrate at least one significant difference between public and private price manipulation enforcement under the Commodity Exchange Act — private plaintiffs have a difficult, and sometimes insurmountable, hurdle to overcome, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • Thinking Fast And Slow About Class Action Reform

    Michael Donovan

    Corporate interests lobbying for H.R. 985, the anti-class action bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, are the same ones that pushed the Class Action Fairness Act in 2005. That law caused most significant class actions to migrate to federal courts. Ironically, the new bill could return many class actions to state courts, says Michael Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group LLC.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Trump’s Environmental Agenda: The 1st 100 Days

    Brian Israel

    The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been momentous for environmental policy. Brian Israel and Ethan Shenkman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP outline what we know so far about President Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, identify key unknowns, and discuss five major obstacles that Trump will face as he seeks to implement his environmental agenda.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.