Energy

  • December 03, 2021

    5th Circ. Won't Enforce $18B Saudi Oil Award

    The Fifth Circuit has refused to enforce an $18 billion arbitral award against state-owned Saudi Aramco on sovereign immunity grounds, although it opted not to opine on the alleged "shenanigans" that plagued the underlying arbitration.

  • December 03, 2021

    Chinese Oil Co. Subsidiary Gets $558M From Occidental Deal

    A New York federal judge has ordered Occidental Petroleum Co. to pay over $588 million to the subsidiary of a Chinese state-owned oil company for its share of a $1 billion settlement with Ecuador over an expropriated oil field.

  • December 03, 2021

    Sauk-Suiattle Tribe Loses Challenge To Seattle Dam, For Now

    A Washington federal judge has tossed a lawsuit that the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe brought against Seattle seeking to block the operation of a hydroelectric dam in order to protect fish on the Skagit River, ruling that she doesn't have jurisdiction over the matter.

  • December 03, 2021

    Matsuo Agrees To Midtrial Capacitor Antitrust Payout Of $5M

    Matsuo Electric Co. Ltd. agreed to pay $5 million midway through a California federal antitrust trial to end claims that it participated in a decadelong global conspiracy to fix capacitor prices, causing direct purchasers to be overcharged by $427 million, the company announced Friday. 

  • December 03, 2021

    Hunton Nabs Ex-Shearman Derivatives Partner

    A seasoned financial services attorney with a knack for all things derivatives has joined Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP after spending more than a decade at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

  • December 03, 2021

    Lloyd's, NYC Jeweler Seek $2M For Damaged Ruby Ring

    Certain Underwriters at Lloyd's London sued a Texas jeweler in New York state court Friday, accusing him of gross negligence after a $2 million ruby ring became damaged while he courted prospective buyers.

  • December 03, 2021

    EPA Promises $44B For Water Projects To States, Tribes

    A $44 billion slice of the recently passed $1.2 trillion federal infrastructure package will soon be available to replace lead pipes and ensure clean drinking water nationwide, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency administrator told state, tribal and territorial leaders, stressing that disadvantaged communities must get priority.

  • December 03, 2021

    2nd Circ. Upholds Dismissal Of City's Gas Price Antitrust Suit

    The Second Circuit backed a lower court's decision to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit by the city of Long Beach, California, against energy provider Total Gas & Power North America Inc., finding that the city lacked standing.

  • December 03, 2021

    Energy M&A Roared Back To Life In 2021

    A rebound in oil and gas prices heading out of likely the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic led to a banner year for energy deal-making, with billions of dollars splashed out for both conventional and renewable energy assets. Here are six energy M&A trends that stood out to attorneys in 2021.

  • December 03, 2021

    Fla. Judge OKs $188M Award Against Venezuelan Mining Co.

    A Venezuelan state-owned mining company has lost its bid to block enforcement of a $188 million arbitral award issued to a British Virgin Islands commodities firm on corruption grounds after a Florida judge said Thursday that the mining company waited too long to raise its argument.

  • December 03, 2021

    3rd Circ. Won't Revive Retaliation Suit Against Rice Energy

    A former Rice Energy employee who lost a federal court case claiming he was fired in 2016 because of his age and nationality and in retaliation for reporting his employer's conflict of interest has lost an attempt to revive his complaint at the Third Circuit.

  • December 03, 2021

    Oil & Gas Co. Hit With OT Suit By 'Day Rate Workers'

    An oil and gas driller was hit with a proposed collective action on Friday in West Virginia federal court alleging it illegally deprived employees of overtime pay by designating independent contractors as day rate workers.

  • December 03, 2021

    Texas Panel Wipes Out Drilling Co.'s $1.6M Jury Win

    A Texas appellate court has undone a jury's $1.6 million award in favor of oil and gas operator Alpha Hunter Drilling LLC, agreeing with White Star Pump Co. LLC that the recovery is barred by the companies' contract for a pump that later malfunctioned.

  • December 03, 2021

    3rd Circ. Preview: BLM Masks, $1.4B Award Fight End 2021

    A Pennsylvania mass transit operator, the commonwealth's banking regulator and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela are among the entities in December seeking the Third Circuit's input on such issues as thorny constitutional matters and a $1.4 billion arbitral award battle.

  • December 03, 2021

    Spire Pipeline Urges High Court To Undo Permit Revocation

    Spire Inc. on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a D.C. Circuit decision vacating a key permit for the now-completed $286 million, 65-mile natural gas pipeline that serves the St. Louis area, with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission saying later in the day the pipeline can remain open for now.

  • December 03, 2021

    Trade Leaders See Proof Of Concept In WTO Services Pact

    World Trade Organization leaders are pointing to a recent deal to soften the regulation of service providers in foreign countries as evidence that the WTO's lagging negotiating can still deliver results.

  • December 03, 2021

    US Steel Accuses Zurich Of Bad Faith In Injured Trucker Suit

    Zurich American Insurance Co. and a construction company contracted by U.S. Steel must cough up more than $560,000 in settlement and legal costs after a tractor-trailer ran over a trucker attempting to reach a weigh station the contractor built, the steel manufacturer told a Pennsylvania state court.

  • December 03, 2021

    Taxation With Representation: Skadden, Latham

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, insurance broker Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. will acquire the reinsurance broking arm of rival Willis Towers Watson, industrial 3D printing business Essentium will go public with blank-check company Atlantic Coastal, and Distributed energy firm Voltus will go public by merging with special purpose acquisition vehicle Broadscale Acquisition Corp.

  • December 02, 2021

    FERC Can't Claim Authority Over LNG Facility, DC Circ. Told

    New Fortress Energy Inc. on Wednesday urged the D.C. Circuit to undo the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's assertion that it had jurisdiction over the company's liquefied natural gas facility in Puerto Rico, saying the agency wrongly rewrote its own precedent.

  • December 02, 2021

    Alaska Enviro Groups Seek Early Win In Mining Road Fight

    Environmental groups have urged an Alaska federal judge to grant them an early win in their suit seeking to vacate permits for a mining road in a protected wilderness area, saying U.S. government agencies failed to carefully analyze the project when giving it the go-ahead.

  • December 02, 2021

    Trade Court Upholds Turkish Steel Exporter's Subsidy Rate

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Thursday denied a Turkish company's effort to quash a countervailing duty on steel rebars, supporting the Commerce Department's decision to carry forward findings of improper subsidies from a prior annual review.

  • December 02, 2021

    DC Circ. Skeptical Of Reversing FERC Power Storage Order

    D.C. Circuit judges on Thursday questioned why they should overturn a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that allowed a Midwestern power grid operator to designate only currently operating energy storage plants as "transmission-only" assets, giving them what critics call an unfair competitive edge over storage facilities not yet serving the electric grid.

  • December 02, 2021

    DOE Awards Verizon $34.6M To Modernize Comms Services

    Verizon Public Sector has secured two federal contracts to provide voice and data services to various U.S. Department of Energy locations for a total award of $34.6 million, the telecom company revealed Thursday.

  • December 02, 2021

    Green Group Petitions GSA To Issue Climate Rulemaking

    Environmentalists on Thursday petitioned the U.S. General Services Administration to set ambitious climate change goals, including transitioning all federal buildings to renewable energy by 2025.

  • December 02, 2021

    Texas Sees Boost In Oil And Gas Tax Revenue

    Texas natural gas production tax revenue totaled $291 million in November, a 282% increase compared with November 2020, the Texas comptroller said.

Expert Analysis

  • How To Fix Discrimination Issues In SE Power Market Plan

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    While the Southeast Energy Exchange Market recently received regulatory approval to proceed, concerns remain about discriminatory transmission access — but measures can be taken to promote balanced representation and independent oversight, say Carolyn Berry and Galen Erickson at Bates White.

  • Investors May Reconsider Arbitration Seats After ECJ Ruling

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    The European Court of Justice's recent Moldova v. Komstroy decision undermines the attractiveness of European Union-seated investment arbitration as it highlights to investors that such proceedings can be subject to interference from EU courts, says Tomas Vail of Vail Dispute Resolution.

  • Opinion

    Climate Change Lawsuits Are Not 'The New Tobacco'

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    Plaintiffs filing suits against energy companies over climate change are hoping for a reprise of the tobacco litigation of two decades ago, but recent decisions in opioid cases that repudiated expansive use of public nuisance theories spell trouble for similar climate claims, says Donald Kochan at George Mason University Law School.

  • The Implications Of COP26 For Legal Practitioners

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    Developments at the recent United Nations Climate Change Conference will create both opportunities and risks for lawyers — with many new laws, regulations and industry best practices to track, and a growing pipeline of new energy and infrastructure projects to facilitate, say Caroline May and Charles Winch at Norton Rose.

  • Without Leadership Buy-In, Law Firm DEI Efforts Stand To Fail

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    A law firm's diversity, equity and inclusion strategies need the full attention and support of its top leadership to succeed, and requiring the firm's key decision makers to join the DEI committee can make the difference, says Noble Allen at Hinckley Allen.

  • Ad Rulings Offer Tips For Cos. To Avoid 'Greenwashing'

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    BBB National Programs' Laura Brett, who oversees the National Advertising Division, reviews recent NAD decisions that address green claims in advertising and that provide useful guidance for businesses seeking to avoid overstating the environmental benefits of their products and services.

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Self-Advocacy Tips For Attys

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    Female lawyers and lawyers of color have historically not been privy to the rules of the origination credit game, but they can employ various strategies to increase the chances of receiving the credit they are due, such as enlisting allies for support and tracking inequity patterns, says Marianne Trost at The Women Lawyers Coach.

  • As Climate Litigation Heats Up, More Cos. Face Liability Risk

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    The number, pace and sophistication of climate change-related suits are steadily increasing, both in the U.S. and abroad, and while plaintiffs face substantial hurdles under existing law and evidentiary burdens, liability risks to industry, and the scope of potential defendants, are also growing, say attorneys at Pillsbury.

  • A Real-World Guide To Staying Discovery In Federal Court

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    Pleas for stay of discovery under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure are often rejected when motions to dismiss are pending due to a tenacious tangle of case law, imposing financial and administrative burdens on parties, but some unambiguous rules of thumb can be gleaned to maximize the chances of a discovery stay, says Amir Shachmurove at Reed Smith.

  • How Green Amendments Protect Key Environmental Rights

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    New York's recently passed green amendment is part of a growing movement to give constitutional protection to environmental rights that are fundamental to human life, health and community, thereby addressing potential deficiencies in state and federal environmental laws and regulations, says Maya van Rossum at the Delaware Riverkeeper Network.

  • 3 Cases Could Influence Electric Vehicle SPAC Litigation

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    Several ongoing lawsuits concerning electric vehicle special purpose acquisition companies could eventually map out liability standards for forward-looking statements on issues such as green energy projections, say attorneys at Quinn Emanuel.

  • Mitigating Inflation's Impact On Commercial Contracts

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    As accelerating inflation threatens to turn many commercial contracts unprofitable for sellers, lessors and lenders, prospects of court relief are slim, but certain contract clauses and revisions can help, says Jonathan Hugg at Schnader Harrison.

  • Auto Cos. Must Prep For State AG Action On Fuel Efficiency

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    State attorneys general continue to demonstrate their active interest in fuel efficiency standards, so automotive companies should monitor state AGs' statements and activity to respond quickly to new regulatory and enforcement initiatives, say James Koukios and Nathan Reilly at MoFo.

  • How Infrastructure Act May Spur New Transmission Projects

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    The recently enacted Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act represents a major step in a new direction: direct funding for electric transmission investments, and rule changes that could serve to speed the often winding road to the successful construction of major transmission projects, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • M&A Rulings Provide Guidance On 'Bump-Up' Claim Coverage

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    As M&A activity continues to surge, several recent federal court decisions can guide companies in structuring their insurance programs and assessing whether so-called bump-up claims arising from particular M&A transactions may be covered, say Robin Cohen and Orrie Levy at Cohen Ziffer.

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