Energy

  • April 26, 2017

    FEC Urged To Investigate Citgo's Trump Inauguration Kick-In

    A democracy watchdog has asked the Federal Election Commission to immediately investigate President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee after it emerged that a U.S. subsidiary of a Venezuelan state-owned oil company chipped in $500,000 to the inauguration, saying the contribution violates a federal ban on foreign donations.

  • April 26, 2017

    Mo. High Court Calls Clean Energy Constitutional Scrap Moot

    The Missouri Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the dismissal of a suit accusing the Missouri Legislature of unconstitutionally interfering with a rule implementing renewable energy standards for the state's utilities, saying the suit was moot because state utility regulators have since issued a new rule.

  • April 26, 2017

    Senators Unveil Bill For Federal Regulation Reform

    A bipartisan pair of U.S. Senators on Wednesday announced they have introduced a piece of legislation aimed at federal regulatory agencies with the intent to reform the process by which those agencies analyze and formulate new regulations and guidance documents.

  • April 26, 2017

    Insurer Needn't Cover W.Va. Coal Co.'s $10M Royalty Suit

    A West Virginia federal judge on Tuesday granted an insurer's motion for an order that it need not cover a coal-company policyholder in a breach-of-contract suit, saying breach of contract is not an accident and thus is not an “occurrence” under the policy.

  • April 26, 2017

    Steel Co. Looks To Disqualify Attys In Product Defect Suit

    An Ohio steel service center argued in Pennsylvania federal court Monday that attorneys now representing an oil and gas service company in its suit against the center over allegedly faulty steel products should be disqualified, saying the attorneys’ representation of another party in the case poses a conflict of interest.

  • April 26, 2017

    DOE Greenlights LNG Exports From $10B Texas Terminal

    The U.S. Department of Energy on Tuesday approved exports from ExxonMobil Corp. and Qatar Petroleum International Ltd.’s proposed liquefied natural gas export facility on the Texas Gulf Coast to countries without free trade agreements with the U.S., removing the final, major federal regulatory hurdle for the $10 billion project.

  • April 26, 2017

    PG&E Hit With $8.3M In Fines Over Deadly Calif. Wildfire

    The California Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday announced the issuance of $8.3 million in fines against Pacific Gas and Electric Co., stemming from a massive 2015 wildfire in Northern California that resulted in the death of two people and the burning of more than 70,000 acres of land.

  • April 26, 2017

    Law Firm’s Docs Are Private, NYC Bar Association Says

    The New York City Bar Association on Tuesday told the Second Circuit that it supported Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP in its bid to block the disclosure of Royal Dutch Shell PLC documents for a planned environmental and human rights suit abroad, saying that handing them over could hurt attorney-client relationships.

  • April 26, 2017

    BHP Billiton Eyes Sale Of Fayetteville Shale Assets

    BHP Billiton said Wednesday it is again considering divesting its U.S. shale assets in its Fayetteville field, following a review that concluded less than a month after an activist investor pressured the Australia-based mining and petroleum giant to consider a series of strategic options.

  • April 25, 2017

    SunEdison Approved For New $640M Loan To Fund Ch. 11

    Bankrupt green energy giant SunEdison Inc. on Tuesday narrowly avoided defaulting on its debtor-in-possession loans and jeopardizing its chances to reorganize when a New York bankruptcy judge approved a $640 million replacement loan in light of a compromise reached with a tenacious group of unsecured creditors.

  • April 25, 2017

    Senator Lodges Complaint Over Pruitt Cameo On GOP Invite

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt violated federal law when he allowed his official title to be used in marketing materials for an Oklahoma Republican event that was charging $100 a plate, a senator said Tuesday in a complaint to the U.S. Office of Special Counsel.

  • April 25, 2017

    Trump Ordering Review Of Nat'l Monument Designations

    President Donald Trump will sign an executive order Wednesday directing the U.S. Department of the Interior to review designations of land and marine national monuments stretching back over 20 years, including former President Barack Obama's controversial designation of the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah in December.

  • April 25, 2017

    AGs Urge Trump To Back Paris Climate Agreement

    More than a dozen attorneys general called on President Donald Trump to reconfirm the United States’ commitment to the Paris Agreement on Tuesday, saying the threats posed by climate change to national security, economic stability and the health of the American people are best fought through global cooperation.

  • April 25, 2017

    DC Circ. Tosses Power Row Between Wind Farm, Utility

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected consolidated petitions challenging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s decision that Portland General Electric Co. must purchase all of a small Oregon wind farm’s power under a deal the parties inked.

  • April 25, 2017

    Southern Co. Investors Seek Board Shift Amid Project Woes

    Several investors in Southern Co. sent a letter Monday criticizing executive compensation at the utility company and urging fellow shareholders to vote against re-electing two board members at an upcoming meeting.

  • April 25, 2017

    Halliburton Says Supplier's IP Claims Vague, Seeks Sanctions

    Halliburton Energy Services urged a Texas federal judge on Tuesday to dismiss trade secrets claims brought by machine supplier Legacy Separators LLC and to issue sanctions, arguing that after litigating for three years and racking up millions in attorneys' fees, it still doesn't know what secret it allegedly stole.

  • April 25, 2017

    Adams Resources Gets Access To Portion Of $1.25M DIP Loan

    Bankrupt oil and gas driller Adams Resources Exploration Corp. received court approval Tuesday in Delaware to access a portion of a $1.25 million post-petition loan from its parent company to help cover the costs of administering its Chapter 11 case.

  • April 25, 2017

    Enviro Group Backs Push To Rehear NC-Alcoa River Dispute

    A conservation organization on Monday backed North Carolina’s bid for the Fourth Circuit to rehear en banc an unfavorable split panel ruling that affirmed a lower court’s decision to toss a suit by the state challenging an Alcoa unit’s right to land where the company had built four hydropower dams along the Yadkin River.

  • April 25, 2017

    Energy Atty Teams With Blank Rome As Partner In Houston

    Blank Rome LLP announced Tuesday that a former Haynes and Boone LLP energy attorney has joined as a partner in the firm’s rapidly expanding Houston office.

  • April 25, 2017

    Sierra Club, Dominion Can't Agree On Coal Ash Cleanup

    The Sierra Club told a Virginia federal court Monday that its negotiations with Dominion Virginia Power have stalled over how to deal with arsenic from coal ash waste that seeped into groundwater, adding that it was submitting its own alternative plan to the court.

Expert Analysis

  • Thinking Fast And Slow About Class Action Reform

    Michael Donovan

    Corporate interests lobbying for H.R. 985, the anti-class action bill recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, are the same ones that pushed the Class Action Fairness Act in 2005. That law caused most significant class actions to migrate to federal courts. Ironically, the new bill could return many class actions to state courts, says Michael Donovan of Donovan Litigation Group LLC.

  • The Challenges For CEA Price Manipulation Plaintiffs

    Mark Young

    The recent contrasting outcomes of the regulatory and private actions against Total Gas illustrate at least one significant difference between public and private price manipulation enforcement under the Commodity Exchange Act — private plaintiffs have a difficult, and sometimes insurmountable, hurdle to overcome, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • The 9-Year Winning Streak Of Virginia ‘Rocket Docket’

    Bob Tata

    Out of 94 district courts, the Eastern District of Virginia has been the fastest civil trial docket in the country for nine straight years. Without micromanaging the process, the EDVA's judges, magistrate judges, and clerks and staff continue to perform at a stunningly efficient level, says Bob Tata of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Opinion

    Let's Talk About Half-Hearted Innovation

    Michael Moradzadeh

    Allowing attorneys to telecommute may seem like a great fix for law firms. But without significant changes to the firm's culture, telecommuting is just a patch applied to the problem of attrition, says Michael Moradzadeh, founding partner of Rimon PC.

  • Trump’s Environmental Agenda: The 1st 100 Days

    Brian Israel

    The first 100 days of the Trump administration have been momentous for environmental policy. Brian Israel and Ethan Shenkman of Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP outline what we know so far about President Donald Trump’s environmental agenda, identify key unknowns, and discuss five major obstacles that Trump will face as he seeks to implement his environmental agenda.

  • Roundup

    Counsel To Counsel: Insights From Law Firm GCs

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    General counsel at four law firms share the biggest issues they face in an increasingly complex legal environment.

  • More EPA Financial Responsibility Rules On The Way

    Wray Blattner

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed a rule regarding financial responsibility requirements for the hardrock mining industry. The particulars on how it determined this formula may be a precursor for methods used in other upcoming industry regulations, say attorneys with Thompson Hine LLP.

  • Monthly Column

    Gray Matters: The Attorney-Client Team

    Robert Creo

    A 1979 study of attorney-client interactions revealed startling information: Despite years of education and training to hone their legal expertise, attorneys were not acting as independent counselors but rather allowing their clients to control them. Our experience is that this trend has accelerated, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.

  • Walking The Lone Pine Trail

    Alan Hoffman

    Lone Pine orders require plaintiffs to provide some prima facie evidence to support causation or other claims based on expert opinion. Such orders do not require plaintiffs to prove their case — only to demonstrate that they have one. Some examples from recent litigation illustrate how Lone Pine orders can benefit both sides, says Alan Hoffman of Husch Blackwell LLP.

  • Series

    Counsel To Counsel: Mama Said There'll Be Days Like This

    Peter J. Engstrom

    It's no longer enough for law firms simply to provide expert legal advice — we are expected to mirror clients' legal, ethics and social commitments and promises. For law firm GCs, the resulting job demands seem to grow exponentially, says Peter Engstrom, general counsel of Baker McKenzie.