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  • May 24, 2018

    EPA Extends Comment Period On Scientific Review Revamp

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced on Thursday that it is extending the public comment period on a controversial proposal to require the publication of data underlying scientific studies that are considered when promulgating regulations, and will also hold a public hearing on the matter.

  • May 24, 2018

    Global Warming Fight Heats Up As Big Oil, Cities Face Off

    The U.S. Justice Department joined Chevron, BP, Exxon Mobil and other oil companies Thursday in attacking suits by San Francisco and Oakland seeking damages for climate change-related infrastructure needs, arguing before a California federal judge that the litigation would flout congressional intent, muddle international policy and outlaw energy production.

  • May 24, 2018

    Border Wall Contractor Nabs $18.7M Texas Highway Project

    Sterling Construction Co. said Thursday that its Texas subsidiary, already contracted to produce wall prototypes for President Donald Trump’s pending southern border wall project, was selected for an $18.7 million project to upgrade and expand the frontage roads along a highway near Winnie, Texas.

  • May 24, 2018

    Pa. PUC Judge Orders Shutdown Of Sunoco Pipelines

    An administrative law judge for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has ordered Sunoco LP to shut down operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state and halt construction on two others, siding with a Pennsylvania state senator who claimed the projects were fraught with environmental and safety issues.

  • May 24, 2018

    Conservationists Lose Suits Over Dominion Va. Power Line

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday nixed suits by conservation groups challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' allowing a Dominion Energy Inc. electricity transmission project to cross the James River in Virginia, saying the Corps' review and approval of the project was by the book.

  • May 24, 2018

    Judge Confirms Cardno's $15M Award Over Deal Gone Bad

    A Florida federal judge on Wednesday confirmed a nearly $15 million arbitral award for Australia's Cardno International Pty Ltd. in a dispute over its soured acquisition of an Ecuadorian engineering firm, saying the owners of the target company didn't offer a valid reason for refusing to enforce the award.

  • May 24, 2018

    Ill. DOT Retains Quick Win In Enviros' Tollway Appeal

    An Illinois appeals court Wednesday backed a lower court’s grant of a quick win to the Illinois Department of Transportation in environmentalists' challenge to the proposed Illiana Tollway project, even though the agency has said there currently are no plans to construct the expressway in the state.

  • May 24, 2018

    India Wants $3.8B From Reliance, Shell Unit In Royalty Row

    India has demanded that a consortium that includes energy giant Reliance Industries Ltd. and a Royal Dutch Shell PLC subsidiary pay $3.8 billion in oil and gas royalties allegedly owed under an arbitral award that was remanded last month by an English court, Reliance said on Thursday.

  • May 24, 2018

    Enviros Challenge Feds' About-Face On Migratory Bird Kills

    Environmental groups launched challenges in New York federal court on Thursday to the federal government’s recent decision not to criminally prosecute individuals and companies for accidentally killing or injuring migratory birds, a move that departs from decades of precedent.

  • May 24, 2018

    Fla. Power Buyers Say FPL Can't Recoup $1B For Solar Builds

    The Florida Industrial Power Users Group told the Florida Supreme Court on Wednesday that Florida Power & Light Co. should not be allowed to recover nearly $1 billion in capital costs to build solar energy projects that the group said are not needed or cost-effective.

  • May 24, 2018

    Power Cos. Press FERC To Nix Mass. Gas Plant Rescue Bid

    A coalition of New England power producers on Wednesday urged the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reject regional grid operator ISO New England's bid to keep an Exelon Corp. gas-fired plant near Boston open, claiming among other things that it would suppress electricity auction prices by as much as $642 million.

  • May 23, 2018

    Sens. Float Bill To Protect NM Lands Sacred To Tribes

    U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, both New Mexico Democrats, proposed a bill Tuesday that would prevent energy leasing or development on federal land around Chaco Canyon, an area that is sacred to New Mexico pueblos and the Navajo Nation.

  • May 23, 2018

    New Renewable Energy Standard Set For NJ Under Bill

    New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy on Wednesday signed legislation that would establish a new renewable energy standard and made several moves designed to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions in the state, including signing an executive order to reach 100 percent clean energy use by 2050.

  • May 23, 2018

    Big Oil, Calif. Cities Set To Clash Over Climate Change

    Climate change will be front and center Thursday morning in U.S. District Judge William H. Alsup's San Francisco courtroom as Big Oil squares off with Oakland and San Francisco over the future of the cities' suits seeking to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage. Here's a rundown of the hearing's key players as well as key issues to watch.

  • May 23, 2018

    Landowners Fight Kinder Morgan DQ Bid In Pollution Suit

    A group of landowners on Tuesday asked an Oklahoma federal judge to deny Kinder Morgan Inc.’s motion to disqualify Durbin Larimore & Bialick, the firm representing them in a lawsuit alleging injury and damages from historical refinery pollution, saying the company’s just trying to derail the case.

  • May 23, 2018

    German Law To Compensate Swedish Energy Co. Advances

    Germany's Federal Cabinet on Wednesday adopted a draft law allowing Vattenfall AB to seek compensation after the country decided to phase out nuclear energy, but an attorney for the Swedish energy company told Law360 that does not mean it has any intention of dropping a related arbitral proceeding.

  • May 23, 2018

    Enviros Say FWS Approval Of $2.2B Road Threatens Mussels

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been hit with a lawsuit claiming the agency approved a $2.2 billion toll road that will result in the destruction of more than 50 miles of an endangered species of mussels' habitat, according to a complaint filed in North Carolina federal court on Wednesday.

  • May 23, 2018

    K&L Gates Snags Ex-Baker Botts Arbitration Pro In Dubai

    Global law firm K&L Gates LLP has added an arbitration and dispute resolution partner from Baker Botts LLP to its office in Dubai, the firm said Tuesday.

  • May 22, 2018

    Okla. Judge Greenlights Class Action In Fracking Quake Suit

    An Oklahoma state judge on Friday certified a class action accusing an oil and gas company of contributing to earthquakes near a city in the state through its use of hydraulic fracturing wastewater disposal wells, one of several suits lodged against drillers over links between fracking and increased earthquake activity in the state.

  • May 22, 2018

    Stay Corps' $3.5B Pipeline Permit, Enviros Tell 4th Circ.

    Environmentalists urged the Fourth Circuit on Tuesday to suspend a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit for the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline while they challenge its legality, arguing that the developers have admitted they can't satisfy the permit's conditions.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Ways FERC Could Increase Pipeline Review Transparency

    Barbara Jost

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently solicited public comments on whether to revise its policies governing approval of new natural gas pipelines. This may not ultimately result in significant revisions to pipeline approval procedures. But a few simple changes could enhance public confidence in pipeline siting, says Barbara Jost of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP.

  • Introducing The Legal Industry To Millennial Business Owners

    Yaima Seigley

    ​The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.

  • Energy Firms Face NAFTA Investor-State Dispute Revamp

    Rachael Kent

    The North American Free Trade Agreement's Investor-State Dispute Settlement provision has helped the U.S. domestic energy industry protect its cross-border investments. But the Trump administration has indicated a desire to eliminate the ISDS provision. Energy firms must stay aware of the dynamics of NAFTA renegotiation — and consider how a post-ISDS world would affect their business, say attorneys with WilmerHale.

  • What's Next For EPA's Scientific Review Process?

    Elise Scott

    U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently issued a proposed rule titled "Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science," with the goal of ensuring that data and models underlying scientific studies pivotal to regulatory action are available to the public. However, if finalized, it's expected the rule would face legal challenges, say attorneys with Winston & Strawn LLP.

  • Opinion

    Why Won't Judicial Nominees Affirm Brown V. Board Of Ed?

    Franita Tolson

    On May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, recognizing a moral and legal truth that should be beyond question in American society. The refusal by some of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees to say whether they believe the case was decided correctly is indicative of the narrow-minded elitism they would bring to the bench, says professor Franita Tolson of the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law.

  • The Lawyers' Guide To Cloud Computing

    Daniel Garrie

    In deciding whether cloud computing is right for the organization or firm, an attorney must consider cloud computing’s significant impact on the electronic discovery process, say Daniel Garrie, managing partner at Law & Forensics LLC, and David Cass, chief information security officer at IBM Cloud.

  • Opinion

    Recovering Lawyers' Lost Position Of Independence

    Samuel Samaro

    In these politically divisive times, many ask whether our institutions and traditions can help us return to a greater consensus. In days long past, the legal profession could have been counted on to serve just such a function. But lawyers are now just as polarized as everyone else, says Samuel Samaro of Pashman Stein Walder Hayden PC.

  • 8 Reasons To Take A Fresh Look At Your Law Office Lease

    Tiffany Winne

    After moving into a new law office, tenants often file their signed leases away, figuring that the terms are set for a few years at least. However, leases can be very flexible instruments, and should be reviewed annually even if nothing seems amiss, says Tiffany Winne of Savills Studley Inc.

  • A General Counsel's Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Based on his experience as a BigLaw associate for six years and now as general counsel for a tech startup, Jason Idilbi of Passport Labs offers some best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Berzon Reviews 'We The Corporations'

    Judge Marsha Berzon

    My advice to prospective clerks will now include the suggestion that they read Adam Winkler's new book, "We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights," for the same reason I recommend taking a corporations course — appreciating the critical role of business corporations in American life and law, says Ninth Circuit Judge Marsha Berzon.