A pair of recent megadeals that will see Dynegy Inc. and Calpine Corp. exit the independent power producer stage signals a wave of consolidation about to hit a sector struggling with flat electricity prices and the growing impact of state clean energy policies on regional wholesale electricity markets, experts say.
The city of Gulfport, Florida, urged a Florida federal court Monday to strike evidence environmental groups and citizens presented in their suit claiming the city discharged untreated sewage into Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, arguing the statements are merely hearsay.
After a trial court said that TDY Industries Inc. had to shoulder all the costs of cleaning up chemicals at a San Diego site where the company had built military equipment, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP stepped in as TDY’s counsel and convinced the Ninth Circuit to reverse the lower court and make the government pay a share of an $11 million cleanup tab.
Three insurance companies told a Michigan federal court Monday that Cooper Industries’ recently successful New Jersey suit against them over environmental cleanup costs was a violation of a 1989 settlement.
Members of Pennsylvania’s business and agricultural communities told Republican lawmakers during a hearing on Tuesday that a proposed ban on hydraulic fracturing inside the Delaware River basin threatens to rob landowners of their rights and close the door on much-needed economic growth in the region.
Environmental groups on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to halt a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order granting a certificate for the Atlantic Sunrise pipeline aimed at delivering natural gas from northern Pennsylvania to markets farther south, saying the environment has already been harmed by construction.
Federal prosecutors’ latest catch in the case of a notorious Massachusetts fisherman pled not guilty on Monday to smuggling cash to Portugal for “The Codfather,” maintaining he was an innocent bystander when the industry magnate allegedly took advantage of a Thanksgiving charity trip abroad.
Morrison & Foerster LLP on Monday resolved its fee dispute with bankrupt rooftop solar firm Sungevity Inc.’s buyer and post-petition lender, agreeing to reduce its bid by $25,000 and clearing the way for its total request of about $2.5 million for the roughly six-month-long case.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday said Millennium Pipeline Co. LLC may start building a natural gas pipeline feeding a New York power plant, over the objections of the state's Department of Environmental Conservation.
The Yurok Tribe told a California federal court on Friday that the Resighini Rancheria can't escape a suit claiming one of its members was fishing in a portion of the Klamath River reserved to the Yurok, because the litigation has gone too far for the tribe to claim sovereign immunity now.
Auto parts maker Robert Bosch GmbH Inc. on Monday lost its bid to dodge a suit over its alleged role in the Volkswagen diesel emissions scandal, as a California federal judge found certain dealerships showed they have suffered concrete injuries due to Bosch’s role in developing engine components that helped certain cars fool emissions regulators.
The Yerington Paiute Tribe, its chair and its tribal court pushed back in Nevada federal court Friday against a bid by two BP units to bar the tribe from suing them in the tribal court over environmental damage at an abandoned copper mine.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a Louisiana flood protection board's bid to revive its multibillion-dollar suit alleging the oil and gas drilling activities of 80 energy companies, including BP PLC, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., had damaged the state's coastal ecosystems.
The FBI is investigating a now-canceled $300 million contract to restore power in Puerto Rico that was granted to a fledgling power company from U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke's hometown, after lawmakers raised concerns over how the deal was procured, according to media reports Monday.
Illinois' plan to subsidize struggling nuclear power plants is a legitimate exercise of its authority over environmental and electricity policy and doesn't usurp the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's exclusive authority over wholesale power markets, the state told the Seventh Circuit on Friday.
The D.C. Circuit on Friday granted a request by a truck-trailer manufacturers trade association to delay the implementation of a federal rule meant to limit greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty truck trailers.
President Donald Trump has picked a top FedEx safety official to serve as the next head of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the White House announced Friday.
In the wake of reports that President Donald Trump promised Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, that he would shrink Bears Ears National Monument, environmental groups criticized the move and said they would sue if the president took action.
Lead class counsel representing residents in a $375 million settlement with Dow Chemicals Co. in a nuclear pollution suit have told the Tenth Circuit that three individual attorneys who say they were denied a share of $150 million in fees have filed a frivolous claim.
Congressional leaders made their suspicions known Thursday about a $300 million contract to restore Puerto Rico's power in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, work that was awarded to a fledgling company from U.S. Secretary of Interior Ryan Zinke's hometown.
Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.
What makes the practice of law so stressful? Our thesis is that it comes from being terrible to each other. As a plaintiffs lawyer and a defense lawyer, we asked what we believed our opposition thought about us and how our opposition judged us — and then we compared notes, say Daniel Karon of Karon LLC and Philip Calabrese of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP.
What if, after a storm like Hurricane Harvey or Irma, a small business finds itself liable for hundreds of thousands (or even millions) of dollars of environmental contamination that spilled out during the storm? This is a very real concern for businesses that store and use chemicals, but there are ways to establish protections, says Kevin Daehnke of Daehnke Cruz Law Group LLC.
Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.
The U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration uses its Risk Ranking Index Model to determine the frequency with which pipelines must be inspected. But a new report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office, questioning the assumptions behind the model, seems likely to lead to changes in pipeline inspection procedures, say Laura LaValle and Hana Vizcarra of Beveridge & Diamond PC.
Imagine going to a restaurant and ordering your steak medium-rare. The steak arrives burned. You expect the kitchen to bring you another one properly done, right? And you don’t expect to pay for two steaks, do you? Paying a vendor for document review should be no different, says Lisa Prowse, an attorney and vice president at e-discovery firm BIA Inc.
As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts. The most recent lawsuits show that extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Harvey and Irma likely will intensify this trend, say Michael McDonough and Stephanie Amaru of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
With the regulations it issued last month, Massachusetts maintains its leadership position among states seeking to achieve ambitious clean and renewable energy goals. The Clean Energy Standard will create major new investment opportunities and impact the wholesale power markets in significant ways, says Eric Runge of Day Pitney LLP.
California’s Senate Bill 632 seeks to impose a seven-hour limit on depositions in asbestos cases at the expense of defendants’ due process rights. All defendants maintain an interest in properly and fairly preparing their defense, and no party should be required to jeopardize that right, says Freddy Fonseca of Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP.
Although the Trump administration has completed the vetting and confirmation of a cabinet and White House staff, thousands of senior positions remain unfilled throughout the executive branch. More than ever, people selected for those posts find themselves under close scrutiny, say Adam Raviv and Reginald Brown of WilmerHale.