• September 22, 2023

    Ex-FBI Field Office Boss Inks Plea Deal Over Albania Payouts

    The former head of the FBI's New York counterintelligence office has agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors resolving accusations he concealed a friendship with a former Albanian intelligence operative as well as the $225,000 in payments he received from him, according to an agreement filed Friday.

  • September 22, 2023

    Citgo's Parent Puts 'Missing' Certificate Risk At $1.5B To $2.5B

    An attorney for Citgo Petroleum's indirect parent told a Delaware vice chancellor Friday that the court should consider a $1.5 billion to $2.5 billion value if it orders a pre-sale bond to protect the company if it replaces a "missing or destroyed" linchpin stock certificate.

  • September 22, 2023

    Judge Won't Toss Water Damages Claims In La. Pollution Suit

    A Louisiana federal judge denied two companies' attempt to escape claims for state Groundwater Act damages by hundreds of property owners who allege their now-closed pipe valve manufacturing facility in Rapides Parish caused widespread contamination.

  • September 22, 2023

    How Robins Kaplan Helped Protect Minn. Wilderness Area

    Attorneys with Robins Kaplan LLP recently helped an environmental group defeat a suit brought by a mining company seeking to extract copper and nickel upstream from a massive, federally protected Minnesota wilderness area including some of the most pristine waterways in North America.

  • September 22, 2023

    EPA Plans Tougher Air Pollution Limits On Downgraded Plants

    Federal environmental regulators have moved to toughen a Trump-era rule that could let industrial facilities emit more harmful air pollution after downgrading to a less severe pollution source category.

  • September 22, 2023

    States Sue EPA For Inaction On Wood Stove Emissions

    Attorneys general for New York, Alaska and eight other states claim the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has failed to take required steps to review or update its air pollution performance standards for residential wood heaters or correct a flawed certification program for the appliances.

  • September 22, 2023

    Chevron Doctrine Supporters Flock To High Court In Key Case

    Health groups, scientists, a labor union, small businesses and environmentalists are urging the U.S. Supreme Court not to strike down a nearly 40-year-old precedent that allows judges to defer to federal agencies' interpretations of law in rulemaking disputes, arguing it's a valuable and reliable tool in administrative law cases.

  • September 22, 2023

    Enviro Cases To Watch This Supreme Court Term

    The U.S. Supreme Court has already agreed to review two cases with important implications for environmental and administrative law during its 2023 term, and several more litigants are seeking the justices' attention on issues ranging from financial responsibility for Superfund cleanups to whether the federal government properly estimated the social costs of greenhouse gases.

  • September 22, 2023

    Green Groups Ask 5th Circ. To Save Gulf Whale Protections

    Conservation groups filed an emergency Fifth Circuit appeal Friday to block a Louisiana federal judge's order for U.S. regulators to strip protections for endangered whales recently added to an imminent Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale.

  • September 22, 2023

    EV Maker Says Richards Layton Can Represent It In Ch. 11

    Lordstown Motors is defending its proposed retention of Richards Layton & Finger PA as its bankruptcy co-counsel, disputing the federal bankruptcy watchdog's contention that a conflict exists that should disqualify the Delaware firm from representing the electric-truck maker in its Chapter 11.

  • September 22, 2023

    Pa. Public Utility Commission Atty Elevated To Top Counsel

    The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has named a new top lawyer, elevating its acting executive deputy chief counsel to the role of chief counsel.

  • September 21, 2023

    Texas Judge Won't Block Biden Admin's ESG Investing Rule

    A Texas federal judge Thursday refused to block a rule allowing retirement advisers to consider issues such as climate change and social justice when choosing investments, holding that the rule does not violate the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

  • September 21, 2023

    Shell Says Proposed ERISA Class Too Broad To Be Certified

    Shell Oil urged a Texas federal court not to certify classes of over 10,000 retirement benefit participants alleging the company mismanaged its employee 401(k) plan in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, arguing a magistrate judge's recommendation is too broad and based on improperly considered evidence.

  • September 21, 2023

    Former Texas Oil Co. CEO Ducks SEC Fraud Claims For Now

    Cannon Operating's former CEO defeated claims he solicited investors for a proposed oil well using misleading offering materials, after a Texas federal judge ruled Thursday that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission vaguely alleges he sent materials to investors without describing whom he sold interests to, as well as when, where and how.

  • September 21, 2023

    Climate Week: Spotlight On International Climate Cases

    As Climate Week continues in New York City and the United Nations General Assembly discusses the issue of climate change on the heels of Earth's hottest recorded August, international courts with different jurisdictions are being pushed to articulate what concrete actions should be expected of nations that have signed on to climate and environmental treaties.

  • September 21, 2023

    FERC Muddles Through Gas Project Votes Amid Climate Split

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday greenlit a quartet of gas infrastructure projects whose votes had previously stalled, but postponed another pair of votes for at least another week amid a stubborn commissioner split over the scope of the agency's climate change reviews.

  • September 21, 2023

    GE Says Co. Took $17M But Didn't Recycle Turbine Blades

    General Electric Co. has sued a Texas company for allegedly inducing it to sign agreements worth $16.9 million based on a fraudulent promise to recycle discarded wind turbine blades.

  • September 21, 2023

    Biden Directs Agencies To Consider Climate Costs In Budgets

    U.S. executive agencies will start considering the economic and social impacts of climate change in budget and procurement decisions and environmental reviews, according to a Thursday instruction from the Biden administration.

  • September 21, 2023

    Utility Can't Recover $3M In Defense Costs, AIG Unit Says

    An AIG unit asked a Connecticut federal court to toss the Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative's bid to recoup $3 million in legal expenses, arguing that the cooperative is not considered an "individual insured" under the portion of the policy it attempted to invoke.

  • September 21, 2023

    Biden Holds Off On Disaster Declaration Over Ohio Derailment

    President Joe Biden has called on the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take steps to name a coordinator for long-term recovery efforts in the East Palestine, Ohio, area in the aftermath of the Norfolk Southern train derailment, but stopped short of declaring the region a disaster area.

  • September 21, 2023

    EPA Air Plan Disapproval Must Fail, Alabama Tells 11th Circ.

    Alabama and two power providers told the Eleventh Circuit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its authority in disapproving the state's implementation plan for federal ozone standards after wrongly finding Alabama's emissions are contributing to downwind air quality problems.

  • September 21, 2023

    Cozen O'Connor Adds Eckert Seamans Utilities Co-Chair In DC

    Cozen O'Connor has hired the former co-chairman for Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott LLC's utilities and telecommunications practice, who joins the firm as a member in Washington, D.C., according to a Thursday announcement. 

  • September 21, 2023

    Coal Opponents Want 9th Circ. To Uphold Federal Lease Ban

    Coal opponents have urged a Ninth Circuit panel to reject the mining industry's attempt to resume coal leasing on federal land, arguing the Trump administration failed to consider the dramatic environmental consequences when it lifted a leasing freeze.

  • September 21, 2023

    Ex-CFO Of Russian Gas Co. Gets 7 Years For Tax Crimes

    The ex-chief financial officer of Russian gas company Novatek who was convicted of lying to the IRS and failing to report foreign bank accounts that held $93 million was sentenced Thursday in Florida federal court to just over seven years in prison and ordered to pay more than $4 million in restitution.

  • September 20, 2023

    Ohio Justices Affirm Return Rate For Dominion Energy

    The Ohio Supreme Court has said state utility regulators did not err in approving a challenged return rate that will let Dominion Energy collect about $73 million from customers to pay for its past natural gas infrastructure upgrades.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • UN Climate Summit: What To Watch For In Dubai

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    The upcoming 28th Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, or COP28, may be remembered as a turning point in the emerging low-carbon economy — but only if conference commitments are successfully translated into new laws, business practices and financial support, say attorneys at DLA Piper.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • What FERC-PJM Negotiations Mean For The Energy Industry

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    Following the aftermath of Winter Storm Elliot, disputes associated with the PJM Interconnection settlement negotiations taking place at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have brought to the fore a potential legal minefield arising out of extreme weather events that could lead to commercial risks for power generating companies, say attorneys at Hogan Lovells.

  • Kentucky Tax Talk: Taking Up The Dormant Commerce Clause

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    Attorneys at Frost Brown examine whether the U.S. Supreme Court is likely to review Foresight Coal Sales v. Kent Chandler to consider whether a Kentucky utility rate law discriminates against interstate commerce, and how the decision may affect dormant commerce clause jurisprudence.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Australia

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    Clive Cachia and Cathy Ma at K&L Gates detail ESG-reporting policies in Australia and explain how the country is starting to introduce mandatory requirements as ESG performance is increasingly seen as a key investment and corporate differentiator in the fight for global capital.

  • What New EPA Enforcement Initiatives Mean For Industry

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    With the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent announcement that climate change, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, and coal ash will be major investigation and enforcement targets in the coming years, the oil and gas, chemical, and waste management sectors should anticipate increased scrutiny, say Jonathan Brightbill and Madalyn Feiger at Winston & Strawn.

  • Bat's Newly Endangered Status Likely To Slow Development

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    A recent change in the classification of the northern long-eared bat from "threatened" to "endangered" could have significant effects on development in large portions of the Eastern and Southeastern U.S. — and in the absence of straightforward guidelines, developers will have to assess each project individually, says Peter McGrath at Moore & Van Allen.

  • Corporate Compliance Lessons From FirstEnergy Scandal

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    Fallout from a massive bribery scheme involving Ohio electric utility FirstEnergy and state officeholders — including the recent sentencing of two defendants — has critical corporate governance takeaways for companies and individuals seeking to influence government policymaking, say attorneys at Wilson Sonsini.

  • Info Exchanges Must Stay Inside Now-Invisible Antitrust Lines

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    While the antitrust agencies recently withdrew long-standing enforcement policy statements for being "overly permissive" on information exchanges, we should not assume that all information exchanges are inherently suspect — they are still permissible if carefully constructed and vigorously managed, say attorneys at Nelson Mullins.

  • In Ga., Promptness Is Key To Setting Aside Default Judgments

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    The Georgia Court of Appeals' recent vacating of a lower court's decision to set aside a default judgment against Samsung Electronics America is a reminder of the processes and arguments provided by Georgia's statutes for challenging default judgments — including the importance of responding quickly, says Katy Robertson at Swift Currie.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Self-Disclosure Lessons From Exemplary Corp. Resolutions

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    With scant examples of corporate resolutions in the wake of U.S. Department of Justice self-disclosure policy changes last fall, companies may glean helpful insights from three recent declination letters, as well as other governmental self-reporting regimes, say Lindsey Collins and Kate Rumsey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Offshore Wind Auction Results Portend Difficulties In Gulf

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    Results of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recent auction of the Gulf of Mexico lease areas tell different stories about the future of offshore wind in the U.S., with the Gulf’s low interest suggesting uncertainty and the Mid-Atlantic’s strong interest suggesting a promising market, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

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