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Energy

  • July 17, 2018

    SC Nuke Plant Workers Earn Cert. In WARN Suit

    Five thousand construction and engineering workers who were abruptly fired when the infamous Virgil C. Summer nuclear reactor project crumpled under the weight of its overexpenditures and delays won official class status Tuesday in South Carolina federal court.

  • July 17, 2018

    FERC Chair Denies Reports Of LNG Project Review Delays

    Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Kevin McIntyre on Tuesday denied published reports that the agency has informed liquefied natural gas developers that they face year-plus delays in FERC's review of their project applications and said FERC is putting the finishing touches on ways to accelerate the LNG review process.

  • July 17, 2018

    Lilis Energy Sues Another Ex-Exec To Get Back Compensation

    Lilis Energy Inc. filed a suit in the Supreme Court of New York on Tuesday to claw back benefits from its former chief operating officer, alleging that the executive purposefully hid from the company his personal financial interest in two of its vendors.

  • July 17, 2018

    Energy Dept. Kicks Off $2B Tribal Loan Guarantee Program

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday launched a loan guarantee program worth up to $2 billion that is intended to help spur energy development and attract private lending in Native American communities, according to a department statement.

  • July 17, 2018

    Steel Producer Must Pay Fine, Upgrade Emissions Equipment

    The federal government on Tuesday filed a proposed consent decree in Michigan federal court that would require Gerdau Specialty Steel, North America to pay a $325,000 fine and upgrade its facilities in response to inspections that showed its steel mini mill violated Clean Air Act standards.

  • July 17, 2018

    Mo. High Court Orders Redo Of $2.3B Electric Line Review

    The Supreme Court of Missouri on Tuesday said that the state’s public service commission got it wrong when it rejected Grain Belt Express Clean Line LLC’s application to build a $2.3 billion interstate electric transmission line, deciding that the regulatory body incorrectly thought affected counties first needed to consent.

  • July 17, 2018

    House To Vote On Resolution Opposing Carbon Tax

    The U.S. House of Representatives could vote as early as Wednesday on a nonbinding resolution expressing the view that a carbon tax would be harmful to the economy and to American families.

  • July 17, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Backs USPTO Nix Of Cold Fusion Patent Apps

    The Federal Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a Virginia federal judge’s rejection of a suit against the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by a man who claims to have invented cold fusion, a hypothetical type of room-temperature nuclear reaction that most scientists believe is impossible, finding that the lower court did not err in dismissing his challenge.

  • July 17, 2018

    Pa. PUC Sues Nonprofit Over Unspent Development Funds

    Pennsylvania utility regulators have filed suit against a Philadelphia-area nonprofit seeking to claw back the unspent balance of a $21 million pool of ratepayer funds it says were awarded to the group nearly two decades ago for economic development programs, but have since gone unused.

  • July 17, 2018

    Iran Sues US Over Renewed Sanctions At World Court

    Iran asked the United Nations' International Court of Justice to force the U.S. to roll back trade sanctions, including on oil, imposed after President Donald Trump pulled out of an Obama-era pact meant to curtail Tehran's nuclear ambitions, the court said Tuesday.

  • July 17, 2018

    Sunoco Pans Contractor's $55M Claim For Axed Pipeline Deal

    A Sunoco Inc. unit said Monday in Pennsylvania court it had the legal right to terminate an agreement with a contractor who is now claiming some $55 million worth of damages after seeing its deal to work on a section of the 350-mile Mariner East 2 pipeline in the state suddenly canceled last February.

  • July 17, 2018

    Tatneft Gets OK To Enforce $112M Ukraine Award In England

    A London judge has shut down Ukraine's bid to overturn an order allowing the Russian energy company PAO Tatneft to enforce a $112 million arbitral award against it, rejecting the Eastern European country's arguments that it was immune from suit as a foreign sovereign nation.

  • July 17, 2018

    Enviros Press DC Circ. To Halt EPA Truck Emissions Rollback

    A trio of environmental groups urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to halt the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent decision to cease enforcing Obama-era greenhouse gas emissions standards for certain heavy-duty trucks outfitted with engines from older trucks, standards the agency plans to repeal.

  • July 17, 2018

    DC Circ. Backs Narrow FERC Review Of US-Mexico Pipeline

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected an environmental group's challenge of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a portion of a Texas gas pipeline leading to the U.S.-Mexico border, saying the agency correctly determined an expanded environmental review of the entire pipeline wasn't necessary.

  • July 17, 2018

    FERC Fuel Pipeline Ruling Can't Be Fought, DC Circ. Says

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday nixed United Airlines Inc. and UPS Fuel Services Inc.'s challenge of a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission decision that it had no authority to force Enterprise TE Products Pipeline Co. LLC to continue shipping petroleum products, saying the companies lacked standing to challenge the decision.

  • July 17, 2018

    Ex-Oil Co. CEO To Pay SEC $180K Over Undisclosed Loans

    The former CEO of oil and gas exploration company Energy XXI Ltd. has agreed to pay the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission $180,000 in civil penalties after he was accused of receiving kickbacks including $10.5 million in undisclosed loans in exchange for offering a position on the board to a business associate.

  • July 16, 2018

    EFH Plan Trustee Can Decide Payments With Court Review

    The trustee appointed to oversee the plan administration trust of reorganized debtor Energy Future Holdings Corp. has the authority to make distributions from the trust, a Delaware bankruptcy judge ruled Monday, but the court reserved the right to determine if the trustee’s decisions were a reasonable exercise of that authority as parties fight over a request to pay legal fees for former directors and officers of EFH.

  • July 16, 2018

    Erin Energy Ch. 11 Case Converted To Liquidation

    A Texas bankruptcy judge Thursday ordered the bankruptcy of oil and gas exploration outfit Erin Energy Corp. be converted from Chapter 11 to Chapter 7 after the company told the court it will soon be out of money to sustain a court fight over a Nigerian oilfield.

  • July 16, 2018

    Venezuelan Ex-Official Pleads Guilty To Money Laundering

    One of several men indicted last year over an alleged bribery scheme involving Venezuela’s state-controlled energy company pled guilty in Texas federal court Monday, admitting that he helped funnel bribes from U.S.-based companies to Venezuelan government officials.

  • July 16, 2018

    Fed. Circ. Won't Rehear PTAB Ax Of WesternGeco Patents

    The Federal Circuit said Monday that it won’t rehear a panel’s decision upholding the cancellation of several of Schlumberger Ltd. unit WesternGeco LLC’s oil exploration patents, jeopardizing the company’s ability to collect more than $100 million over the infringement of those patents by one of its rivals.

Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    DOJ Should Encourage The Bid-Rigging Whistleblower

    Robert Connolly

    There are relatively few government contract collusion whistleblowers. The U.S. Department of Justice's Antitrust Division could roll out the whistleblower welcome mat by making a few changes that will not cost the government a nickel. Even if only one new case emerges, the efforts would be worth it, says former federal prosecutor Robert Connolly.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Investment Tax Credit Guidance Means Sunny Days For Solar

    Jon Nelsen

    Notice 2018-59, issued last month by the Internal Revenue Service, confirms that standards and safe harbors previously defined for wind energy projects can be used with solar energy projects. Project sponsors can now act with greater certainty in making solar investments, say Jon Nelsen, Michael Didriksen and Peter Farrell of Baker Botts LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.

  • A Path To New York's Energy Storage Goal

    Danielle Mettler-LaFeir

    New York state's recently issued Energy Storage Roadmap identifies the actions and initiatives that can help New York meet its energy storage goal of 1,500 megawatts by 2025. Danielle Mettler-LaFeir of Barclay Damon LLP looks at the road map’s recommendations and the opportunities they create.

  • 3 Top E-Discovery Case Law Lessons Of 2018 (So Far)

    Casey Sullivan

    The blockbuster e-discovery cases, with big sanctions and bigger controversies, have been few and far between this year. But that doesn’t mean the legal questions around e-discovery have been answered. Let’s take a closer look at three cases worthy of our attention, says Casey Sullivan, an attorney at discovery technology provider Logikcull.

  • Opinion

    Law Schools Must Take A Stand Against Mandatory Arbitration

    Isabel Finley

    Later this week, Harvard Law students will begin bidding on interview slots with the nation’s top law firms. Our institutions owe it to their students not only to require firms to disclose mandatory arbitration provisions in new associate contracts, but also to bar employers from on-campus recruiting if they require these provisions, says Isabel Finley, a third-year student at Harvard Law School and president of the Harvard Women’s Law Association.

  • Myths And Facts About Using TAR Across Borders

    John Tredennick

    Many legal teams involved in cross-border matters still hesitate to use technology assisted review, questioning its ability to handle non-English document collections. However, with the proper expertise, modern TAR can be used with any language, including challenging Asian languages, say John Tredennick and David Sannar of Catalyst Repository Systems.