Connecticut-based Verde Energy USA was hit with a putative class action in Illinois federal court Wednesday in a suit claiming the company is price-gouging its customers by luring them in with false promises that it offers variable rates based on market conditions when the prices are based on its own inflated rate.
A Kentucky federal judge has revived a workers’ compensation benefit petition from a former painter and laborer who said he developed a respiratory disorder at a government uranium-production facility, saying a doctor’s report casts doubt on whether the U.S. Department of Labor gave all available medical records to the expert whose opinion torpedoed the claim.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said on Thursday its board of commissioners voted to authorize a host of agreements that settle a long-standing dispute with Jersey City, New Jersey, over property tax payments worth $400 million, with the understanding that the city will not contest the tax-exempt status of Port Authority properties located within the city for 25 years.
Pennsylvania tax officials on Wednesday withdrew their objection to Philadelphia Energy Solutions LLC's fast-track prepack Chapter 11 plan, saying the oil refinery agreed to amend the plan to preserve the state’s right to collect on a $3.8 billion tax claim.
Federal prosecutors in Switzerland on Thursday confirmed they’re investigating whether mining company Rio Tinto paid a former Mongolian finance minister millions in bribes in connection with the Oyu Tolgoi copper and gold mine, one of the world’s largest.
Two environmental groups urged a New York federal judge on Wednesday to reject the federal government’s attempt to send their lawsuit challenging the suspension of an Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act’s reach to Texas, saying the government failed to show events in Texas led to the rule's delay.
Carpatsky Petroleum Corp. on Wednesday urged a Texas federal court to dismiss a Ukrainian oil company's claims over a soured oil and gas development deal, arguing that arbitrators have already weighed the dispute, rejected the company's arguments and awarded it $147 million.
The Fourth Circuit on Wednesday nixed a challenge by environmental and public interest groups to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline because FERC hasn't yet acted on the group's rehearing requests, and rejected an emergency bid to halt construction of the project.
Congress has now approved a bill that would fund the government through September to the tune of $1.3 trillion, with the Senate voting 65-32 early Friday to send legislation that would avoid a government shutdown to President Donald Trump.
Congress answered the Trump administration's proposed cuts to the U.S. Department of Energy's research and development programs with funding boosts in its $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill, a sign of the bipartisan popularity of the DOE's cash that flows to lawmakers' states and congressional districts.
The $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by the House on Thursday rejected the Trump administration’s call for dramatic cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2018 budget, maintaining it at the current $8 billion and shifting money around to provide more for water projects and Superfund cleanups.
The IRS told a Texas federal court Wednesday to reject a quick-win request from Anadarko Petroleum Corp., saying the oil company is playing the victim, while Anadarko said the government is just restating the same arguments.
Two environmental groups on Wednesday challenged Consol Energy Inc.'s latest bid to expand the largest underground coal mining operation in North America, asking the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board to cancel a permit issued earlier this month by the state’s Department of Environmental Protection.
The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that an exclusion for petroleum substances in the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act precluded a woman’s claims that Chevron Capital Corp. was responsible for the pollution on her property, affirming a lower court’s dismissal of her case.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday gave Holland & Hart LLP a shot at wiping out sanctions levied against it in a Clean Air Act suit by a judge who said the firm went over a brief length limit, finding the judge had erred at least in part by ignoring his own updated threshold.
House and Senate leaders have reached an agreement Wednesday on federal spending for the next six months, kicking off a race to keep the government open ahead of a Friday funding deadline.
Native American Services Corp. urged a Texas federal court on Tuesday to toss a breach of contract claim brought against it by ENGlobal US Inc., saying the firm hasn’t shown it is entitled to damages for allegedly not being fully paid for work under a consulting and engineering contract for a biomass power plant project in the United Kingdom.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday filed suit against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in West Virginia federal court, alleging that two information requests it submitted last year concerning a mine and protected crayfish were ignored and asking for the court to force the agency to turn over the information.
Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP on Tuesday sought to reassure a New York bankruptcy court that the firm has no conflicts of interest as counsel for Chapter 11 debtor Breitburn Energy Partners LP and that its representation of a party affiliated with a large creditor is unrelated.
The California federal judge overseeing allegations that oil companies are liable for San Francisco and Oakland’s global warming-related infrastructure costs heard a five-hour tutorial on climate science Wednesday, with both sides agreeing human activity contributes to global warming, while an attorney for Chevron said a handful of companies shouldn’t take the heat.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission acted swiftly to respond to the recent United Airlines v. FERC decision regarding income tax allowances, as well as to implement changes stemming from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. FERC's actions are meant to ensure that ratepayers see the benefits of lower corporate tax rates, say attorneys with Husch Blackwell LLP.
Since passage of the Trump tax plan last year, companies have been touting bonuses they’ve handed down to rank-and-file employees. This highlights the trend of employers favoring bonuses over pay raises in the belief that variable, short-term rewards are less risky to the business than permanent increases in labor costs. But law firms have been using this strategy for years — and there are dangers, says Michael Moradzadeh of Rimon PC.
Next month, the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration will hold an interested parties meeting regarding a partial sales and use tax exemption for electric generation and distribution equipment. Attorneys from Eversheds Sutherland LLP explain how the exemption has changed this year and why stakeholders may want to weigh in.
Over the past few years, forward-thinking law firms have expanded their talent pools to include a chief innovation officer, whose responsibilities include spearheading the implementation of technology. It is a smart move, says Mark Williamson, co-founder and chief technology officer at Hanzo Archives Ltd.
Equity security holders are increasingly requesting the appointment of official equity committees to represent their interests in bankruptcy cases. Shivani Shah of Norton Rose Fulbright examines the bases for such appointments and the standard that courts apply in evaluating such requests.
Just last month, a number of legal groups asked the Northern District of California to strike its rule requiring that, before seeking federal court admission, attorneys first be licensed by the state of California. It is irrational to exclude seasoned federal practitioners from general admission due to state bar approval while allowing raw state lawyers who have never been inside a federal courtroom, says attorney EJ Hurst.
Despite the current momentum of federal deregulation, state agencies are buttressing consumer protections and ensuring there is no lapse in enforcement. State attorneys general are leading a charge into the perceived vacuum where federal agencies have retreated. The decentralization of oversight demands a more strategic, proactive approach to compliance, says Ashley Taylor of Troutman Sanders LLP.
The decision by Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA to pursue claims in the U.S. over an alleged bribery scheme raises a number of legal and strategic issues not just for the defendants named in the suit, but also for PDVSA’s bondholders and creditors of the republic, say Richard Cooper and Boaz Morag of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP.
Last month, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission revised its regulations to require all newly interconnecting generation facilities to install, maintain and operate equipment capable of providing primary frequency response. Because this order may impose significant costs and disadvantage new generation in the marketplace, legal challenges are likely, say attorneys with Bracewell LLP.
Proposed amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 23, which governs class actions, are set to take effect on Dec. 1, 2018, pending approval. The amendments would significantly alter class action litigation procedure from notice to settlement, says Niki Mendoza of Garden City Group LLC.