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  • May 26, 2017

    Oil Groups Change Mind On Intervening In Kids' Climate Suit

    Two more industry groups have asked an Oregon district court to remove them from the federal government’s bid to certify questions for appellate review in a youth-driven climate change suit, a move that comes after a magistrate judge recommended the Ninth Circuit not take the case.

  • May 26, 2017

    FERC Stands By Limit Of ETP Pipeline Drilling Work

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday refused to alter its prohibition of certain drilling activities as part of Energy Transfer Partners LP's construction of its $4.2 billion Rover Pipeline in Ohio until the company addresses recent spills of drilling fluids, rejecting ETP's bid to reopen two areas to construction.

  • May 26, 2017

    Enviros Press Pruitt Not To Revise EPA Methane Leak Regs

    A coalition of environmental, health, faith and labor groups on Friday urged U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt to abandon plans to put on hold and revise methane regulations for new and modified oil and gas infrastructure, saying that any delay would be both environmentally harmful and economically wasteful.

  • May 25, 2017

    Navajo Council Weighs Legislation To Keep Coal Plant Open

    The Navajo Nation Council on Wednesday introduced legislation that would approve an agreement to allow the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station on the tribe’s reservation in Arizona to keep its doors open through the end of 2019, as the tribe faces a July 1 deadline to make a decision on the deal.

  • May 25, 2017

    Sioux Say They Belong In Dakota Access Pipeline Suit

    A group of Sioux tribe members on Wednesday pressed a D.C. federal judge to let them take part in a challenge to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ approvals for the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota, saying that they may be needed in the suit to preserve claims that the pipeline violates their religious rights.

  • May 25, 2017

    House Dems Tell Zinke Trump Can't Touch Monuments

    A group of 86 Democratic U.S. representatives told Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke on Thursday that Congress, not the president, has the authority to revoke or shrink national monuments, meaning that his ongoing review of certain monuments at President Donald Trump’s direction is a waste of time and money.

  • May 25, 2017

    Enviros Add Endangered Species Claim To Keystone Suit

    Environmental organizations on Wednesday added new claims against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in their suit against the U.S. Department of State and other agencies over the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a Montana federal court the service hasn’t seriously considered the project’s threat to whooping cranes and other endangered species.

  • May 25, 2017

    Lawmakers Seek Answers After Toxic Storage Tunnel Collapse

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers on Wednesday asked the U.S. Government Accountability Office to take a look into cleanup work being done at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, which recently had one of its tunnels that stored mixed radioactive waste partially collapse.

  • May 25, 2017

    Exxon, Shell Seek Nigerian Bank Docs In $1.8B Award Suit

    Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiaries trying to confirm a $1.8 billion arbitration award against a Nigerian state-owned oil company have urged a New York federal judge to deny an attempt from the country’s central bank to hold on to records related to its foreign accounts.

  • May 25, 2017

    Pipeline Foes Crash FERC Nominees' Confirmation Hearing

    An otherwise sleepy U.S. Senate confirmation hearing for two Federal Energy Regulatory Commission nominees was roused by several protesters of the agency's pipeline review and approval policies who angrily shouted for FERC to be shut down before they were forcibly removed.

  • May 25, 2017

    Energy Co. Wins $24M In Indonesian Oil Field Investment Case

    A United Nations arbitration tribunal has awarded a Singapore-based subsidiary of PT Medco Energi Internasional $24 million in a dispute with two other energy companies over investments in an Indonesian oil field, a Jakarta news outlet reported Wednesday.

  • May 24, 2017

    Regulator Won't Rethink $12.2B Great Plains-Westar Merger

    Kansas utility regulators on Tuesday doubled down on their previous rejection of Great Plains Energy Inc.'s proposed $12.2 billion acquisition of Westar Energy Inc, restating their findings that the merger is not in the public interest.

  • May 24, 2017

    Perkins Coie Gets Ex-FHWA Chief Counsel For Enviro Group

    Perkins Coie LLP said on Tuesday it had picked up a former Federal Highway Administration chief counsel to help grow the firm’s environment, energy and resources practice.

  • May 24, 2017

    EPA Drilling Waste Suit Deal Is Invalid, ND Tells DC Circ.

    North Dakota urged the D.C. Circuit on Tuesday to undo a settlement in which the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency agreed to review and potentially update its oil and gas drilling waste disposal rules, arguing the deal is unlawful because it isn't consistent with federal solid waste laws.

  • May 24, 2017

    Fla. Port Wins Approval For $438M Expansion

    Port Everglades near Fort Lauderdale, Florida, received approval on Wednesday for a planned $437.5 million expansion project that will add capacity and infrastructure for large cargo ships, the biggest expansion in the port’s history.

  • May 24, 2017

    Landowners Denied Cert. In Union Pacific, Kinder Morgan Row

    A California federal judge declined Tuesday to certify a class of landowners challenging Union Pacific Railroad's and Kinder Morgan's use of a railroad right of way to lay pipelines, finding that the named plaintiffs had not shown their claims were typical of the claims of the proposed class, among other things.

  • May 24, 2017

    Sunoco's Use Of Eminent Domain For Pa. Pipeline OK'd Again

    A Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday threw out another challenge to a Sunoco Inc. unit’s ability to use eminent domain to claim a right of way for the construction of its controversial Mariner East 2 pipeline.

  • May 24, 2017

    Alaska Gov. Tells FERC To Approve $45B LNG Megaproject

    Alaska Independent Gov. Bill Walker wrote a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in support of an application filed by the Alaska Gasline Development Corp. to build a large-scale liquefied natural gas project that could cost upward of $45 billion.

  • May 24, 2017

    9th Circ. Culvert Decision Sows Uncertainty For Projects

    Judges on a Ninth Circuit panel that upheld an order directing the state of Washington to replace 1,000 culverts that infringed on tribal fishing rights said on Friday the ruling should be interpreted narrowly — but experts said the decision could fuel challenges to other wildlife-affecting projects based on a broader reading, and there’s a good chance the U.S. Supreme Court would be interested in reviewing it.

  • May 23, 2017

    Trump Energy, Enviro Cuts Will Raise Eyebrows In Congress

    The energy and environmental portions of the 2018 budget proposal released Tuesday largely stick to the blueprint the Trump administration laid out in March, calling for steep cuts to popular environmental protection and energy development programs that are sure to get a frosty reception on Capitol Hill. Here are four proposed moves that will likely face significant congressional pushback.

Expert Analysis

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 2

    Jill Dessalines

    In the second installment of this two-part series on disruptive innovation among mid-size law firms, Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former senior vice president at McKesson Corp., explores a number of ideas for keeping clients and maintaining market position.

  • My Milkshake Is Better Than Yours: Part 1

    Jill Dessalines

    As I sat there listening, incredulous to learn that "Milkshake" was not only a real song but also a chart-topper, it reminded me of Harvard Business School Professor Clayton Christensen’s work on disruptive innovation — and how it pertains to mid-size law firms, says Jill Dessalines, founder of Strategic Advice for Successful Lawyers and former assistant general counsel of McKesson Corp.

  • Attorneys, Your Input Is Needed On Deposition Rule

    Frank Silvestri, Jr.

    Every lawyer who’s handled a civil case in federal court knows about Rule 30(b)(6), governing deposition procedures. But for many real-world deposition dilemmas, the rule offers little guidance. Last year, an Advisory Committee on Civil Rules subcommittee began considering whether the rule should be amended. Now attorneys must advise the subcommittee how to proceed, says Frank Silvestri Jr. of Verrill Dana LLP.

  • Does FERC Delegation Authority Survive Loss Of Quorum?

    Harvey Reiter

    In Allegheny Defense Project v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the petitioner has raised three different arguments why its appeal is not premature — all of which go to the legal status of FERC's tolling orders. Therefore, it seems likely that the D.C. Circuit will have to address at least some aspect of the scope and lawfulness of FERC's delegation authority, say attorneys with Stinson Leonard Street LLP.

  • A Win For Sovereign Immunity

    Owen Pell

    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling in Venezuela v. Helmerich & Payne should make it easier for foreign states and their agencies and instrumentalities to avoid unfounded suits under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. And plaintiffs can no longer avoid dismissal of their claims by asserting that a factual finding on jurisdiction would also decide a merits issue, say attorneys with White & Case LLP.

  • How Client Feedback Programs Benefit Law Firms And Clients

    Elizabeth Duffy

    Despite an increase in engagement with client feedback programs over the last 15 years, law firms — and their clients — have a way to go before realizing the maximum benefits such programs can deliver, says Elizabeth Duffy of Acritas US Inc.

  • Foresight Is Key To Large-Cap Construction Projects

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    Developing and constructing a large-scale project is akin to a marathon that begins at the earliest stages of development and ends after years of work. Experienced and effective construction counsel should be able to reduce an owner’s exposure to cost and schedule slippage while providing proactive advice to overcome both expected and unexpected development challenges, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Solving The Legal Industry's Data Protection Breakdown

    Jeff Ton

    Most law firms today aren't using common security and data protection measures that other industries employ to protect sensitive data. Options like continuous data replication and backups have various pros and cons, but most importantly, law practices must understand the need for a two-tiered approach to data protection, says Jeff Ton of Bluelock LLC.

  • 5 Things To Know About Justice Gorsuch’s First 30 Days

    Charles Webber

    Justice Neil Gorsuch joined the U.S. Supreme Court a little more than 30 days ago, on April 7, 2017. And while it is too early for him to have written any opinions, Gorsuch participated in the final 13 oral arguments of the 2016 term. Charles Webber of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP offers five takeaways from his first month on the job.

  • 5 Mistakes That End Law Firms

    Randy Evans

    Although the end often comes quickly, law firms do not fail overnight. Randy Evans of Dentons and Elizabeth Whitney of Swiss Re Corporate Solutions review five mistakes that expedite law firm failures.