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Energy

  • August 15, 2018

    State Dept. Must Do New Study For New Keystone XL Route

    A Montana federal judge Wednesday ordered the U.S. Department of State to supplement an environmental review it submitted for an old version of the Keystone XL pipeline’s planned route through Nebraska, while declining to vacate the permit of approval issued by President Donald Trump.

  • August 15, 2018

    Calif. Court Rejects Enviros' Bid To Close Injection Wells

    A California state appeals court on Tuesday denied the Center for Biological Diversity's petition to order the immediate closure of oil and gas wells injecting fluids into certain underground aquifers, finding that the Safe Drinking Water Act does not require such an action.

  • August 15, 2018

    US Trustee Backs Ex-CEO's Bid To Convert Level Solar Ch. 11

    The ousted former CEO of Level Solar Inc.’s long-simmering bid to convert the defunct residential solar company’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy to a Chapter 7 liquidation began heating up again on Wednesday, as the federal bankruptcy watchdog echoed his concerns while a creditor objected to them.

  • August 15, 2018

    EEOC Litigation Wave Continues With Grand Hyatt Bias Suit

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission hit Grand Hyatt New York with a disability bias suit Wednesday, marking at least the 16th new discrimination or harassment suit the agency has filed in the first 15 days of August.

  • August 15, 2018

    Ukrainian Energy Co. Pursues $50M Award Against Moldova

    A Ukrainian energy company urged a D.C. federal court on Wednesday to reopen its lawsuit seeking to confirm an approximately $50 million arbitral award against the Republic of Moldova over an energy supply agreement, just over four months after the award was reinstated by France's highest court.

  • August 15, 2018

    Energy Dept. Promises $9M For Tribal Energy Projects

    The U.S. Department of Energy said Wednesday it would supply more than a dozen energy projects on tribal lands with nearly $9 million, claiming it is the first time the agency has conducted the process on an "entirely fuel and technology-neutral basis.”

  • August 15, 2018

    Deals Rumor Mill: Blackstone, Pátria, Cerberus

    Blackstone is discussing a deal to buy part of Jet Airways’ loyalty program, Pátria Investimentos is mulling a deal for electricity producer Companhia Energética de São Paulo, and Cerberus Capital Management is one of the suitors discussing a deal to buy part of HNA Group’s Swissport Group.

  • August 15, 2018

    Rusoro Looks To Spark Action On $1.2B Venezuela Award

    Canadian miner Rusoro Mining Ltd. pressed a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to further facilitate the enforcement of the company's more than $1.2 billion arbitral award against Venezuela, angling itself to become the latest of the cash-strapped nation's award creditors to pin down shares in Citgo Petroleum Corp.

  • August 15, 2018

    Pipeline Operator Seeks Easements For $220M Project

    Spire STL Pipeline LLC filed a complaint in Illinois federal court against various property owners and mortgage holders on Wednesday, asking the court to grant it easements to allow construction on its 65-mile natural gas pipeline for the St. Louis market that is expected to cost $220 million.

  • August 15, 2018

    Suniva Can Move Forward With Creditor Equipment Eviction

    Bankrupt solar cell maker Suniva Inc. can begin eviction proceedings against its largest unsecured creditor after a Delaware judge denied the creditor's bid Wednesday for a temporary restraining order that would have allowed its production equipment to remain in the debtor's Georgia facility.

  • August 15, 2018

    8th Circ. Allows ND, Energy Cos. $1.3M In Fees In Minn. Row

    The Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court’s decision to award $1.3 million in attorneys’ fees and costs to North Dakota and a coalition of coal and energy companies that prevailed in a fight against Minnesota's restriction on carbon-intensive out-of-state power plants, deciding that the full award was reasonably imposed.

  • August 15, 2018

    ETP Exec Wants Co. Kept Out Of His $20M Fraud Suit

    The CEO of Energy Transfer Partners LP has moved to quash a subpoena seeking documents from the company in his personal $20 million fraud suit against Advanced Particle Therapy LLC, saying the material is irrelevant to the case and the subpoena is harassment against the company.

  • August 15, 2018

    Influential Women In Energy Law: Joanne Katsantonis

    McGuireWoods LLP’s Joanne Katsantonis has spent decades counseling energy clients in behemoth mergers and acquisitions, including Dominion Energy Inc. in its proposed $14.6 billion merger with SCANA Corp., earning her a spot on Law360's list of Influential Women in Energy Law.

  • August 14, 2018

    Exxon Investors' Climate Suit Beats Dismissal Bid

    A Texas federal judge denied Exxon Mobil Corp.’s bid to nix a putative securities fraud class action accusing the oil giant of concealing its climate change knowledge, ruling Tuesday that investors sufficiently pled alleged misstatements and mostly met the heightened pleading standard for bringing the suit.

  • August 14, 2018

    How One Firm Moved The Needle On Disability Inclusion

    This global law firm has recently focused on creating opportunities for people with disabilities across its ranks, and its efforts are already showing results. This article is part of our special report on disability inclusion in the legal industry.

  • August 14, 2018

    Italian Engineering Co. Must Arbitrate Power Plant Row

    A New Jersey federal judge ordered an Italian engineering contractor to arbitrate its defamation lawsuit against a U.S. manufacturer of steam condensers, rejecting arguments that the dispute stemming from a power plant project fell outside an underlying arbitration clause.

  • August 14, 2018

    Skadden-Led Chinese Electric Carmaker Files $1.8B IPO

    Chinese electric carmaker Nio Inc. filed an estimated $1.8 billion initial public offering on Monday, represented by Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, setting up the Tesla competitor to record the second-largest U.S. IPO from a Chinese issuer this year.

  • August 14, 2018

    Akin, Wachtell Assist On Diamondback’s $9.2B Energen Buy

    Diamondback Energy Inc. has inked a roughly $9.2 billion agreement to acquire Alabama-based oil and gas exploration company Energen Corp., the companies announced Tuesday, in a deal guided by law firms Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz.

  • August 14, 2018

    Feds Give Green Light For Proposed Alaska Gold Mine

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have signed off on a joint record of decision that provides key federal environmental approvals for a proposed Alaska gold mine, a move that was done under the direction of an executive order aimed at speeding up federal reviews.

  • August 14, 2018

    SEC Bans Oil Exec Accused Of ICO Fraud From Penny Stocks

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday barred the founder of an oil and gas company from serving in leadership positions and participating in penny stock offerings after making alleged misstatements related to an initial coin offering.

Expert Analysis

  • Unclear Which Way Wind Blows After Reversal Of Alta Wind

    Julie Marion

    The Federal Circuit recently reversed the U.S. Court of Federal Claims decision in Alta Wind v. United States, finding the trial court's method of valuing the wind farm properties did not accurately represent their fair market value. The decision was unclear, however, about how the lower court should determine the value on remand, leaving the renewable energy industry with a number of questions, say attorneys at Latham & Watkins LLP.

  • Interview Essentials For Attorneys On The Move

    Eileen Decker

    Across the country this fall, recent law school graduates, law firm associates and experienced professionals will interview for positions in private practice and government service. Sharing tips on how to stand out in this high-pressure, hypercompetitive process are Eileen Decker, former U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, and Keith Jacoby, co-chairman of Littler Mendelson PC’s class action practice group.

  • Roundup

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Clerking For Ginsburg

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joined the U.S. Supreme Court 25 years ago and is not planning to retire anytime soon — she has hired clerks through 2020. What's it like to assist Justice Ginsburg? In this series, former clerks reflect on the experience.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 3 Surprises

    David Post

    It had never occurred to me that judges don’t always love the way their appellate cousins review their work and tell them — in public — all the things they got wrong. I was frequently struck by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s acute awareness of the delicacy of this relationship, says attorney David Post.

  • What Cos. Must Know About The Return Of Iran Sanctions

    F. Amanda DeBusk

    President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Aug. 6 formally re-imposing certain sanctions with respect to Iran. Given the administration’s rapidly shifting approach to international trade and national security issues, businesses should plan for the worst — while continuing to advocate for a more pragmatic approach, say attorneys with Dechert LLP.

  • Top 5 NDAA Provisions On Energy And The Environment

    Rachel Jacobson

    On Monday, President Donald Trump will sign the 2019 National Defense Authorization Act. Buried deep within these acts are often-overlooked provisions that have a major impact on energy, environment and natural resources policy, say Rachel Jacobson and Matthew Ferraro of WilmerHale.

  • Delaware Court Offers Clarity On MFW Protections

    Scott Barshay

    The Delaware Court of Chancery's recent opinion in Olenik v. Lodzinski held that the parties to an acquisition had followed the road map for controller transactions to receive business judgment review under Kahn v. M&F Worldwide Corp. In so holding, the court provided helpful reminders about how best to achieve such protection, say attorneys with Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: A Superhero Supreme

    Burden Walker

    As a clerk for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, my job was to mirror my boss’ views and values in everything I did. Years later, I find that I am still striving to live up to the values Justice Ginsburg instilled in me, as both a lawyer and a spouse, says Burden Walker, an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Maryland.

  • Series

    Clerking For Ginsburg: 4 RBG Lessons On Having It All

    Rachel Wainer Apter

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is everything she is cracked up to be​ — f​eminist icon​, brilliant jurist​, fierce dissenter. She is also an incredible boss, mentor and friend.​ ​Her advice has shaped how I have tried to balance building a career and ​raising children, says Rachel Wainer Apter, counsel to the New Jersey attorney general.

  • Opportunity Zones Abound But Investors, Tread Carefully

    David Levy

    Opportunity zones, created under 2017’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, have the potential to be a powerful driver of investment activity in low-income communities throughout the U.S. But in order to benefit from the program’s capital gains tax exemption, investors must comply with a complex and somewhat unclear set of rules. Attorneys at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher and Flom LLP provide the details.