Energy

  • December 02, 2022

    Los Angeles City Council Approves 'Historic' Oil Drilling Ban

    The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted to ban all oil drilling in the city, signing off on an ordinance that council members and community advocates praised as "historic," particularly for a city that owes much of its early development and growth to the oil and gas industry.

  • December 02, 2022

    Embattled Ex-Vitol Oil Trader Hit With More FCPA Charges

    Prosecutors filed new Foreign Corrupt Practices Act charges on Friday against a former Vitol Group oil trader who's accused of funneling bribes to Petroecuador officials to secure a $300 million fuel contract, claiming he engaged in similar crimes with Mexican officials as well.

  • December 02, 2022

    DC Circuit Sends Grid Connection Cost Order Back To FERC

    A D.C. Circuit panel ruled Friday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission needs to better explain why it allowed Midwest transmission owners to choose how needed upgrades are funded when new power generation projects connect to the grid.

  • December 02, 2022

    ABB To Pay $327M To End S. Africa Power Plant Bribery Probe

    Swiss industrial giant ABB Ltd. has agreed to pay $327 million to end probes from U.S., South African and Swiss authorities into claims that it bribed a high-ranking official at the South Africa-owned energy company Eskom Holdings Ltd. in order to land contracts for multiple projects.

  • December 02, 2022

    Jet Spat Could Resolve Choice-Of-Law Qs, High Court Hears

    The U.S. Supreme Court must resolve a split among the Courts of Appeals over how to interpret general choice-of-law provisions in contracts subject to the Federal Arbitration Act after the Eleventh Circuit refused to vacate a $1 million award to Gulfstream Aerospace Corp., an Australian company urged in a recent petition.

  • December 02, 2022

    Mexico's New Economy Secretary Seeks Improved US Talks

    Mexico's new secretary of the economy has met with U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and proposed another round of talks over energy suppliers, according to the USTR ambassador's office.

  • December 02, 2022

    EPA Nets Deal With Ohio Steel Plant Over Lead Emissions

    An Ohio steel manufacturer has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in civil penalties and install emission-reducing devices at a plant in Canton after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency accused it of polluting the surrounding air with high levels of lead.

  • December 02, 2022

    Nigeria Seeks Contempt In $10B Award Fight As Trial Looms

    Nigeria on Friday asked a court to hold VR Advisory Services Ltd. in contempt for ignoring a discovery order, calling out the asset manager for its "outrageous" conduct as the country gears up for a high stakes trial in England to set aside an allegedly fraudulent $10 billion arbitral award.

  • December 02, 2022

    Energy Co. Asks Texas Justices To Undo $13M Royalty Loss

    Samson Exploration urged the Texas Supreme Court to grant its petition for review and reverse a judgment ordering it to pay more than $13 million in contract late fees in an oil and gas lease dispute, saying the justices should rightly align Texas with the majority of states in regard to how interest is imposed.

  • December 02, 2022

    Calif. Agency Approved Oil Wells Without Review, Group Says

    An environmental group says California's oil and gas regulator did not conduct any new reviews for 17 wells it greenlit in Los Angeles and Kern counties, urging a state court to void the approvals that the nonprofit says relied on decades-old, inadequate analyses.

  • December 02, 2022

    Interest Rates Doom Lender, Crypto Winter Persists

    Rising interest rates forced a reverse mortgage lender into Chapter 11, cryptocurrency platform BlockFi succumbed to the downfall of exchange FTX Trading, and FTX itself faced calls for an examination of its collapse. This is the week in bankruptcy.

  • December 02, 2022

    EPA Steps Closer To Blocking Pebble Mine

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's northwest regional office on Thursday moved closer to blocking a proposed Alaska mine, sending a plan to prohibit or restrict the use of land in Bristol Bay to headquarters for final approval.

  • December 02, 2022

    Shell Faces Religious Bias Suit Over COVID Vaccine Mandate

    A Shell worker hit one of the oil giant's subsidiaries with a Texas federal court suit claiming his religious rights were violated when the company refused to grant him an exemption to its requirement that all offshore workers get vaccinated against COVID-19.

  • December 02, 2022

    FTC Scrutinizes $5.2B Purchase By Natural Gas Producer EQT

    The U.S. antitrust regulator is seeking more answers on EQT Corp.'s proposed $5.2 billion purchase of Tug Hill's upstream and XcL's midstream oil and gas assets, according to a Friday filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • December 02, 2022

    Calif. Jury Clears CPUC In Exec's $4.8M Whistleblower Trial

    A Golden State jury on Thursday cleared the California Public Utilities Commission of liability in a weekslong whistleblower trial over a former CPUC executive director's claims that she's owed $4.8 million for calling out the regulators' "fiscal and operational dysfunction," according to the executive's attorneys.

  • December 02, 2022

    EQT Seeks $13.5M From Defaulted Supplier Of Faulty Valves

    A representative of natural gas producer EQT detailed the company's demand for $13.5 million from the supplier of allegedly faulty emergency shutoff valves Friday, including more than $1 million to cover the costs of replacing the valves and taking active gas wells offline during the replacement process.

  • December 02, 2022

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

    The past week in London has seen Credit Suisse sue collapsed bank Greensill, a breach of contract claim from five former club managers kick off against Watford Football Club, and the Financial Services Compensation Scheme bring legal action against AXA. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • December 02, 2022

    Seasoned Litigator Joins Baker Botts In Dallas From Foley

    Baker Botts LLP has added a partner to its litigation department in Dallas who brings decades of combined experience as an in-house counsel and in private practice.

  • December 02, 2022

    Norton Rose Gains Energy Deal Pro From Porter Hedges

    Norton Rose Fulbright LLP has added a transactions lawyer to its energy, infrastructure and resources practice in Houston who brings considerable experience in the industry.

  • December 02, 2022

    Certain Solar Imports Found To Circumvent Tariffs On China

    The U.S. Department of Commerce made an initial determination on Friday that certain solar cell imports from Cambodia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam circumvented U.S. tariffs on Chinese-made solar modules.

  • December 01, 2022

    Spain Can't Get €42M Renewables Award Nixed

    Spain has lost its bid to annul a €41.8 million ($44 million) award issued to a renewable energy investor, after a committee pointed to crucial differences in a similar case where a tribunal had concluded that the claim was barred under European Union law.

  • December 01, 2022

    Wis. Container Firm Pays $1.6M For Clean Air Allegations

    A Wisconsin industrial container reconditioning company will pay $1.6 million to resolve federal allegations that it violated clean air laws and illegally stored hazardous waste at three of its plants in the state.

  • December 01, 2022

    Tribe's River Pollution Claims Aren't Ripe, Metal Co. Says

    The metals division of Teck Resources renewed its attempt to throw out damages claims in a river pollution suit by the state of Washington and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, calling the claims unripe because an investigation into remediation actions is still ongoing.

  • December 01, 2022

    Uniper Launches Arbitration Claim Against Gazprom Export

    German gas importer Uniper has launched arbitration proceedings against the export arm of Russian supplier Gazprom, alleging that the Russian energy giant's failure to deliver gas has cost Uniper billions of euros.

  • December 01, 2022

    EPA Boosts Biofuels In Proposed Renewable Fuel Regs

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday for the first time without Congress' guidance took a stab at determining how much biofuel must be blended into the nation's gasoline and diesel supply over the next three years, and also proposed working in new metrics related to electric vehicles.

Expert Analysis

  • Clean Hydrogen Developers Should Track Incentives, Risks

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    Clean hydrogen project developers and investors should be aware of new funding opportunities from the U.S. Department of Energy and tax benefits under the Inflation Reduction Act, but must also guard against risks associated with new and evolving technologies, say Pamela Wu and Kirstin Gibbs at Morgan Lewis.

  • Safeguarding Attorneys' Greatest Asset: Our Mental Health

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    Attorneys who understand that mental fitness is their most valuable characteristic should prioritize mental health care accordingly, including with certain activities they may not realize qualify as self-care, says Wendy Robbins at Holland & Knight.

  • IRS Starts Clock On Energy Projects' Labor Rule Exemption

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    A U.S. Department of the Treasury notice published this week started the 60-day clock for clean energy projects seeking to be grandfathered from having to meet new labor requirements to qualify for enhanced tax credits, and uncertainty about how the provisions will apply should be incentive for some investors to begin construction soon, say attorneys at Eversheds Sutherland.

  • Why The EPA Has Made Little Progress On EJ Litigation

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    Although the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken numerous steps to promote environmental justice goals, recent court cases show little progress in achieving those goals through judicial enforcement — and the lack of such cases may not be the agency's fault, says Jeffrey Corey at Parsons Behle.

  • How, And Why, To Become An Impact Investment Lawyer

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    The fast-evolving world of impact investing can offer fulfilling careers to corporate finance attorneys, but success requires an innovative mindset, intense focus on this interdisciplinary field and a genuine commitment to changing the world, says Chintan Panchal at RPCK Rastegar.

  • The DOJ Procurement Collusion Strike Force's Latest Steps

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    The Procurement Collusion Strike Force's recent expansion of its network of partner agencies is a further indication of the U.S. Justice Department's ongoing commitment to root out and expose anti-competitive behavior in government contracting, and bidders should expect greater scrutiny, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • How Cos. Can Shield Sensitive Docs From NY FOIL Requests

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    As a recent New York Committee on Open Government opinion letter demonstrates, businesses that share confidential, sensitive information with a state or local agency in New York risk disclosure if the agency is served with a request under the state's Freedom of Information Law — but there are steps companies can take to protect their information, says Matthew McLaughlin at Venable.

  • Cos. Can Bet On More Stringent Climate Regs At Every Level

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    The climate measures recently proposed at COP27, as well as emerging federal, state and local policies aimed at reaching aggressive carbon emissions reduction targets, make it clear that companies will have to adapt to the certainty of increased climate regulations at all levels of government, says John Watson at Spencer Fane.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Are Right To Steer Clear Of US News Rankings

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    By opting out of participating in the U.S. News & World Report annual rankings, law schools abandon a profoundly flawed system and free up their resources to adapt to the tsunami of changes overtaking the profession, says Nicholas Allard at Jacksonville University College of Law.

  • New FERC Affiliate Considerations For Public Utility Investors

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    Two recent orders from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission significantly broaden the scope of the terms "affiliate" and "change in control," which means that investors in public utilities should reexamine their status and compliance obligations, say attorneys at Latham.

  • Opinion

    Litigation Funders Seek Transparency In Disclosure Debate

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    Litigation funders want to correct the record on calls for funding disclosure in the name of transparency, as this purported justification obscures the disclosure's adverse effects — prejudicing plaintiffs' cases and discouraging the assertion of meritorious legal claims, say Dai Wai Chin Feman and William Weisman at Parabellum Capital.

  • Anticipating The New Congress' Private Sector Investigations

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    With Republicans claiming a new majority in the House of Representatives in the upcoming Congress, corporates and individuals should expect a sea change in Congress' investigative priorities and areas of focus — and private sector entities can take prudential steps in the near term to best prepare for and mitigate risk, say attorneys at Latham.

  • 5 Principles For Better Professional Development Programs

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    The pandemic and ensuing "great resignation" have resulted in a more transient legal work force, but law firms can use effective professional development programs to bridge a cultural gap with new associates and stem associate attrition, says Matthew Woods at Robins Kaplan.

  • Series

    My Favorite Law Prof: How I Learned To Practice With Passion

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    First Circuit Judge Gustavo Gelpí recalls how Suffolk University Law School's Joseph Glannon taught the importance of the law as both a tool and a profession, and that those who wish to practice law successfully must do so with love, enthusiasm and passion.

  • ESA Listing Change Shows Conservation Partnership Benefits

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    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recent decision to narrow the range of the gopher tortoise’s Endangered Species Act status demonstrates that public-private voluntary conservation partnerships can help leverage landowners' knowledge of their working lands to the benefit of species, the ecosystem and the landowners, say attorneys at Crowell & Moring.

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