The federal government on Thursday again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to toss a youth lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a last-ditch effort to stave off a landmark trial that is less than two weeks away.
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US Presses High Court Again To End Kids' Climate Suit

The federal government on Thursday again urged the U.S. Supreme Court to toss a youth lawsuit accusing it of failing to protect future generations from climate change, in a last-ditch effort to stave off a landmark trial that is less than two weeks away. Read full article »

Baker Botts Guides $950M Valero Deal, Ending MLP

Valero Energy Corporation will acquire all of Valero Energy Partners LP’s outstanding public common units, worth about $950 million, in a deal ushered in by Baker Botts on Thursday that abandons the companies’ master limited partnership structure. Read full article »

Zinke Touts New Moves On Offshore Wind Development

The U.S. Department of the Interior will hold an offshore wind auction off the Massachusetts coast in December and is developing a first-ever Pacific offshore wind auction in California, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke said Wednesday. Read full article »

Fed. Circ. Tells PTAB To Consider Success Of Oil Invention

The Federal Circuit on Thursday threw out the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision that part of a LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. patent related to the transport of crude oil was obvious, saying the board needs to consider evidence of the invention's success. Read full article »

Noble Group Seeks US Protection During $3.5B Restructuring

Global commodity trader Noble Group Ltd. is asking a New York bankruptcy court to shield its U.S. assets while its plan to restructure $3.5 billion in debt works its way through English courts. Read full article »

NATURAL GAS

Spanish Co. Seeks OK Of $2B Egypt Natural Gas Plant Award

A Spanish natural gas company has sought enforcement from a D.C. federal court of its approximately $2 billion award against Egypt, issued after an international tribunal concluded the country was responsible for cutting off the gas supply to liquefaction facilities the company operated. Read full article »

PETROLEUM

Energy Co. Must Pay Long-Term Benefits To Fired VP: 5th Circ.

A Fifth Circuit panel on Thursday found a federal district court erred when it ruled a former CETCO Energy Services Company employee couldn’t get certain incentive payments outlined in his contract, remanding the case to determine how much in long-term incentive benefits he is owed. Read full article »

FAA OKs Drone Operation With Radar Beyond Line Of Sight

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved drone maker Avitas Systems' request to operate a commercial drone beyond visual line of sight in a Texas oil field without a second spotter, setting a new precedent for commercial drone operations, the company recently announced. Read full article »

Wash. Tells Justices Tribal Right Isn't Violated By Fuel Tax

The Washington State Department of Licensing told the U.S. Supreme Court to reverse a state Supreme Court ruling in favor of a tribal fuel distributor, saying a fuel tax does not violate the Yakama Nation’s right to travel on public highways and the company read a tribal treaty right too broadly while mischaracterizing state law. Read full article »

UTILITIES & POWER

Ill. High Court Says Ameren Can Take Land For Power Line

The Illinois Supreme Court sided Thursday with electric utility Ameren Corp. in its fight to take land from 35 property owners for a new power line, reversing a lower court’s ruling that a state eminent domain statute was unconstitutional. Read full article »

Ill. Class Sues Power Retailer Over 'Bait & Switch' Pricing

A new proposed class action in Illinois federal court takes aim at Sperian Energy Corp., accusing the retail electric supplier of a classic “bait and switch” scheme that fleeced consumers. Read full article »

METALS & MINING

Tariff Exemption Process Prompts Suit From Watchdog Group

A government watchdog group sued the U.S. Department of Commerce in D.C. federal court Thursday, alleging the agency has ignored the group’s effort to learn more about the Trump administration’s controversial process for importers to earn relief from its steel and aluminum tariffs. Read full article »

PEOPLE

Giordano Halleran Adds Ex-Fox Rothschild Energy Pro In NJ

Giordano Halleran & Ciesla PC has added as a shareholder a seasoned energy lawyer from Fox Rothschild LLP amid plans of launching an energy and public utilities practice group that would assist clients in making improvements to New Jersey’s energy infrastructure. Read full article »

EXPERT ANALYSIS

EPA's New Approach To Interstate Air Pollution Under CAA

Over the last two decades, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s efforts to address interstate air pollution under the Clean Air Act have yielded a series of complex federal regulatory programs. However, it's now signaling a method that involves greater deference to states’ analyses and determinations, says Norman Fichthorn of Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP. Read full article »

Series

Trade Wars: Top 10 Trump Trends

The inner workings of the Trump economics and trade team remain foggy, but the administration's trade strategy can be discerned from the public statements of the president and his advisers. Unpredictability, mercantilism, bilateralism and a willingness to accept collateral damage are among the most important patterns, says Charles Skuba of Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Read full article »

LEGAL INDUSTRY

Analysis

3 Takeaways From ABA's Firm Breach Disclosure Guidance

The American Bar Association's recent guidance on notifying clients about data breaches sets a high standard for lawyers striving to meet their ethical obligations and will likely prompt many law firms to take a harder look at their current incident preparation and response efforts, attorneys say. Here, attorneys flag three major takeaways from the new guidance. Read full article »

Heritage Foundation Suspends Law Clerk Training Program

The Heritage Foundation said Thursday that it was putting its training program for federal law clerks on hold, an announcement made in the wake of news articles disclosing that the conservative think tank told participants to keep the teachings of the donor-funded program a secret. Read full article »

White Collar Atty Named Interim White House Counsel

Veteran white collar lawyer Emmet Flood will serve as interim White House counsel until President Donald Trump's next choice for the role, Pat Cipollone, "comes on board," press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Thursday as the administration experiences another high-profile shakeup. Read full article »

Calif. Judges Want Clarification On High Court Recusal

Counsel for a class of over 3,000 California state appellate judges in an appeal involving $36 million worth of back wage and pension payments have asked the state's Supreme Court justices to clarify their decision to recuse themselves from the suit, saying that all judges may have a financial stake in the case. Read full article »

Sidley Austin Mourns Death Of LA Bankruptcy Partner

Sidley Austin LLP is grieving the loss of one of its attorneys, a 42-year-old bankruptcy partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office who died on Sunday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the local medical examiner-coroner. Read full article »

Duane Morris Partners With Cannabis Trade Association

Duane Morris LLP announced a partnership with the American Trade Association for Cannabis & Hemp on Thursday in what the parties are touting as the first ever partnership between a major law firm and trade organization for the drug. Read full article »

Law360's Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs

White & Case LLP earned the title of legal lion this week after the First Circuit overturned the certification of a class of buyers suing client Allergan over the price of its medication, while Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP landed on the lambs list after a federal judge sanctioned the law firm for engaging in “gamesmanship” while representing Purina in a patent fight. Read full article »

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