Project Finance

  • August 22, 2017

    Canadian Miner Slams Venezuela's Bid To Duck $1.2B Award

    Rusoro Mining Ltd. doubled down on its bid for a D.C. federal court to enforce an award of more than $1.2 billion issued to the Canadian company after its Venezuelan investments were nationalized allegedly without prompt and adequate compensation, arguing that the country is trying to relitigate issues the court cannot touch.

  • August 22, 2017

    Dakota Access Owner Accuses Greenpeace Of 'Eco-Terrorism'

    The company behind the Dakota Access pipeline hit Greenpeace and a roster of other environmental groups with a racketeering suit in North Dakota federal court on Tuesday, claiming the project was targeted by “eco-terrorism” that ultimately interfered with the pipeline’s construction and cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from lost investors and reputational ruin.

  • August 22, 2017

    Utility Says FERC Can't Halve Recoupment Of $31M Outlay

    The San Diego Gas & Electric Co. on Monday told the D.C. Circuit that it is entitled to recoup all — not half — of the $31 million it spent on a transmission project if it is abandoned for reasons outside the utility’s control, asking the court to toss a conflicting Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order.

  • August 22, 2017

    5th Circ. Puts EPA Power Plant Effluent Rule Fights On Hold

    The Fifth Circuit on Tuesday granted the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's request to delay industry challenges to portions of an Obama-era rule limiting toxic metal levels in wastewater discharged from steam-powered electricity plants while the agency revises them, a move opposed by environmental groups.

  • August 22, 2017

    FERC Denies Bid For Stay On Northeast Pipeline Facilities

    The Federal Energy Regulation Commission on Monday denied various requests to yank its order allowing the developers of the Atlantic Bridge pipeline project to build pipeline and compression facilities in New York and New England, saying it fully considered its staffs’ environmental assessment of the project.

  • August 22, 2017

    DC Circ. Says FERC Botched Review Of $3.5B Fla. Pipeline

    A divided D.C. Circuit panel said Tuesday that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission failed to adequately analyze the greenhouse gas emissions impacts of a $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline to Florida it approved and ordered the agency to redo its environmental review of the project.

  • August 21, 2017

    2nd Circ. Ruling Encourages State-Level Pipeline Fights

    The Second Circuit’s recent ruling backing New York state’s denial of a water quality permit for a natural gas pipeline previously approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission affirmed the ability of states to have a say in whether projects go forward and will embolden pipeline opponents to pursue challenges at both state and federal levels, experts say.

  • August 21, 2017

    Why Midsize Firms Run The Gamut On Diversity

    Midsize firms on average are the least racially and ethnically diverse, but the level of diversity also varies widely among firms in this group, according to the latest Diversity Snapshot. Here’s a look at how a few of these firms are faring.

  • August 21, 2017

    Law Firms Head Back To School For Diversity Guidance

    A handful of law firms have agreed to put themselves under the lens of academia in an effort to root out structural inequalities and implicit bias. Here’s a look at what they’re finding.

  • August 21, 2017

    CliniComp Sues Gov't Over Cerner's VA Contract

    CliniComp International Inc., which provides electronic health record systems for U.S. Department of Defense health care facilities, filed a bid protest in the Court of Federal Claims on Friday, saying the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs improperly awarded a contract to Cerner Corp. in June without a competitive bidding process.

  • August 21, 2017

    GCs Find New Urgency In Longtime Push For Diversity

    In-house attorneys are intensifying long-standing efforts to diversify their outside counsel, and they’re looking to create a critical mass of law department leaders that will bring about meaningful change.

  • August 21, 2017

    Slovakia Shakes Off Claim Over Talc Mining Rights

    Slovakia on Friday prevailed in a World Bank arbitration initiated by American and Canadian investors who claimed that the country had wrongly terminated their rights to one of the world's largest talc mines.

  • August 21, 2017

    ND Tells DC Circ. It Wants In On EPA Drilling Waste Suit

    North Dakota told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that it had every right to intervene in a case between environmental groups and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that established a schedule for the review of oil and gas drilling waste disposal rules.

  • August 21, 2017

    Journalists Allowed To Pursue Info From Puerto Rico Board

    An organization of investigative journalists in Puerto Rico on Friday was granted the right to pursue litigation to divulge financial statements, reports, minutes from meetings and other information provided to the federally appointed board overseeing the territory's historic restructuring that has not been made publicly available.

  • August 21, 2017

    Consol Ruling Hints At Future Of Pa. Enviro Permit Battles

    When Pennsylvania's Environmental Hearing Board last week threw out a permit issued to Consol Energy Inc. for the expansion of the largest underground coal mining operation in North America, it also gave a look at how a state Supreme Court decision reaffirming the constitutional right to clean air and pure water could make landing permits tougher for energy companies in the state.

  • August 21, 2017

    DOT Asks DC Circ. To Bless $5.6B Purple Line Reviews

    The U.S. Department of Transportation told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that a federal judge overstepped when ordering the Federal Transit Administration to complete additional environmental reviews weighing how declining ridership on Washington's problem-plagued Metrorail would impact Maryland’s proposed $5.6 billion Purple Line rail extension.

  • August 21, 2017

    Energy Future Drops Berkshire Bid For Sempra's $9.45B Offer

    Bankrupt electric utility Energy Future Holdings Corp. told a Delaware federal judge Monday that it was dropping its pursuit of a $9 billion merger deal with Berkshire Hathaway in favor of a $9.45 billion offer from California natural gas provider Sempra Energy.

  • August 18, 2017

    How 5 Firms Are Building More Diverse Ranks

    Many are investing in recruitment and retention initiatives aimed at minorities, while at least one is finding that its hiring efforts naturally bring in diverse attorneys. Here’s a look inside a few of the firms that added 20 or more minority attorneys in 2016.

  • August 18, 2017

    The Top Firms For Minority Equity Partners

    The racial makeup of BigLaw’s equity partnership has barely budged in recent years, but some law firms are making notable strides on diversity at the top. Here are the firms with the most racially diverse equity tiers, according to Law360’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • August 18, 2017

    Racial Diversity Stagnating At US Law Firms

    The legal industry has again failed to make substantial progress on hiring and promoting minority attorneys, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, despite more minorities graduating from law school than ever before.

Expert Analysis

  • Can Trump's Infrastructure Order Speed Up Enviro Reviews?

    Felicia Barnes

    As President Donald Trump's recent executive order aimed at improving the environmental review and permitting process is implemented over the next few months, project sponsors will start to see how much it will improve the process. But there will likely be limits to how much relief the order can provide, says Felicia Barnes of Hunton & Williams LLP.

  • Diversity In The Legal Profession — A Stubborn Vision

    Robert Grey

    At the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, we want to see, as founding member and Microsoft chief legal officer Brad Smith once stated, “a legal profession as diverse as the nation we serve.” We are not there yet — far from it — but we are beginning to put some numbers on the board, says Robert Grey, president of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity.

  • Opinion

    New Salary History Laws Crimp Attorney Hiring Process

    Fredric Newman

    In prohibiting employers from asking potential hires about their previous salaries, lawmakers seek to "level the playing field." But there are real problems with the practicality, legality and enforceability of many of the salary history laws, says Fredric Newman, a founding partner of Hoguet Newman Regal & Kenney LLP.

  • Protecting The Privacy Of Privileged Internal Investigations

    Donna Fisher

    Despite the fact-dependent nature of privilege, complicated by the diversity of approaches across jurisdictions, corporations can take effective measures to best protect confidential attorney-client communications and attorney work product relating to internal investigations, say attorneys with Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • 5 Tips For A Successful Legal Blog

    David Coale

    David Coale, leader of the appellate practice at Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst LLP, shares his insights into what works — and what does not — when setting up and maintaining a legal blog.

  • Series

    What I Learned In My 1st Year: Lessons From Willy Wonka

    Thomas Ciarlone Jr.

    As a new associate faced with vexing facts and unfavorable case law, I confidently told a senior partner that there was no way to win. The partner's response taught me something vital about the legal profession, and reflected the wisdom of Willy Wonka's "105 percent" formula, says Thomas Ciarlone Jr. of Kane Russell Coleman Logan PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kopf Reviews Posner's 'Federal Judiciary'

    Judge Richard Kopf

    There is a wonderful sketch of Seventh Circuit Judge Richard Posner dressed in a black robe with arms outstretched as if they were the billowing wings of a lean vulture. He is kicking a human brain down a hallway and wearing a half-smile that looks for all the world like a sneer. That sketch is the perfect metaphor for both Judge Posner and his new book, "The Federal Judiciary: Strengths and Weaknesses," says U.S. District Judge Ri... (continued)

  • A Closer Look At EPA's Approach To CPP Rollback

    Paul Tanaka

    While the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has taken steps toward withdrawing the Clean Power Plan, the question remains whether and how the EPA will regulate carbon dioxide emissions from power plants in its place. Attorneys with Kirkland & Ellis LLP discuss various options and their potential impact.

  • The Use Of Special Masters In Complex Cases

    Shira Scheindlin

    Special master appointments can be very beneficial in resolving disputes quickly, streamlining discovery, handling delicate settlement negotiations, and — somewhat surprisingly — reducing cost and delay, says retired U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin, now with JAMS.

  • Roundup

    Notes From A Law Firm Chief Privacy Officer

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    As more law firms become the targets of major cyberattacks, more firms may consider appointing a chief privacy officer. In this series, CPOs at four firms discuss various aspects of this new role.