Project Finance

  • February 17, 2017

    Army Corps Says Pipeline Camp Cleanup Needs To Speed Up

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said in a statement Thursday that the cleanup of North Dakota camps used by opponents of the Dakota Access pipeline isn’t on track to be finished before the agency fully closes the camps on Feb. 22.

  • February 17, 2017

    Oakland's Justified In Banning Coal Shipments, Enviros Say

    A pair of environmental organizations filed motions in California federal court on Thursday, asking to intervene to defend the city of Oakland against a suit alleging it violated the commerce clause when it passed an ordinance aimed at preventing the export of coal, and pushing for the dismissal of claims.

  • February 17, 2017

    Nigeria Lists $1B Bond On LSE To Fund Infrastructure

    The Federal Republic of Nigeria on Friday listed a $1 billion, 15-year bond on the London Stock Exchange, the longest ever maturity for an international Nigerian bond and the country’s first international bond offering since 2013, according to a press release from the London Stock Exchange Group.

  • February 17, 2017

    Texas High Court To Hear $42M Atty-Client Fee Dispute

    The Texas Supreme Court on Friday granted a request from the owner of a water supply company, who argued a lower court ignored a jury's findings and wrongly granted a new trial to his two former lawyers in a contingency fee dispute lawsuit involving their right to a stake in his company.

  • February 17, 2017

    FERC Can't Justify Refusal-Rights Ruling, High Court Told

    Ameren Services Co. this week told the U.S. Supreme Court that the federal government's assertion that federal rights of first refusal giving incumbent transmission owners first crack at building new projects aren't subject to legal protection because they're collusive and anti-competitive is unfounded and the rights must be restored.

  • February 17, 2017

    Exxon, Shell Defend Docs Request In $1.8B Award Row

    Subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell PLC pushed further for access to a Nigerian state-owned oil company’s documents Thursday, telling a New York federal judge they are key to confirming a $1.8 billion arbitral award over a production sharing contract.

  • February 17, 2017

    El Paso Pipeline Stuck With $1M Appeal Bond Fee

    The Delaware Chancery Court on Thursday told El Paso Pipeline Partners LP that it will have to pay $1 million in appeal bond premiums it incurred after successfully challenging a $100 million class judgment in an investor dispute over a Kinder Morgan merger.

  • February 17, 2017

    FERC Can't Defend Shorter Hydro Project License, Duke Says

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission hasn't given any plausible reason why it relicensed a Duke Energy Corp. unit’s hydroelectric project in the Carolinas for 40 years instead of 50 and relies on an unsupportable "we know it when we see it" rationale, Duke told the D.C. Circuit on Friday.

  • February 17, 2017

    With Trump In The Ex-Im Fold, Dem Lawmaker Seeks Action

    Now that President Donald Trump has changed course and decided to support the U.S. Export-Import Bank, he should move quickly to submit nominations to the bank’s board so it can regain its full lending capacity, Rep. Denny Heck, D-Wash., said Thursday.

  • February 17, 2017

    Senate Confirms Pruitt As EPA Chief

    Scott Pruitt, a frequent critic and legal opponent of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency during the Obama administration, was narrowly confirmed Friday by the Senate as the EPA’s administrator, a development that heralds a rollback of several of Obama’s regulatory initiatives.

  • February 17, 2017

    Enviros Denied Halt To Newly Approved Sunoco Pa. Pipepline

    The Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board on Friday denied a bid by environmental groups to immediately halt Sunoco Logistics' work on its Mariner East 2 pipeline, which received the go-ahead from state regulators earlier this week.

  • February 17, 2017

    FCC Told Proposed Subsidy Cuts Could Widen Digital Divide

    Two mobile carriers that service rural communities have cautioned the Federal Communications Commission that a proposed cut in federal subsidies could cause companies such as theirs to scale back operations, endangering communications for local residents.

  • February 16, 2017

    Sioux Official, Dakota Access Exec Trade Blows Over Pipeline

    A Standing Rock Sioux Tribe official and an executive for the Energy Transfer Partners unit behind the Dakota Access pipeline gave dueling accounts of the history of the project to a House subcommittee on Wednesday, as the tribe battles a recent federal decision that paves the way for its completion.

  • February 16, 2017

    Port Authority OKs $32.2B Capital Plan For Transpo Projects

    The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey on Thursday signed off on a $32.2 billion, 10-year capital plan, advancing plans to fund a new bus terminal on Manhattan's west side, the long-awaited third tunnel under the Hudson River, and the ongoing redevelopment of LaGuardia Airport.

  • February 16, 2017

    DOI Urges Supreme Court To Refuse Noble's Well-Plug Row

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has pressed the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Noble Energy Inc.’s request to review a D.C. Circuit decision upholding the department’s order to plug and abandon an oil well off the coast of California.

  • February 16, 2017

    Northern Dynasty Lied About Pebble Mine Value, Investor Says

    Northern Dynasty Minerals LTD was hit with a proposed class action in California federal court on Wednesday by an investor accusing the mining company of making false and misleading statements about the value of its Alaskan Pebble Mine project, citing a Valentine's Day report that called the project commercially unviable.

  • February 16, 2017

    Landowners, Sierra Club Lose Challenge To Iowa DAPL Permit

    A state judge ruled against a number of landowners and the Sierra Club Wednesday in a dispute challenging the Iowa Utilities Board’s grant of a permit to Dakota Access LLC for its controversial $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline.

  • February 16, 2017

    Long-Term Surface Transpo Funding Fix Needed, Says GAO

    The Government Accountability Office said Wednesday that Congress’ failure to lock down a sustainable long-term plan to pay for U.S. surface transportation upgrades continues to be a “high-risk” public policy area that lawmakers must tackle.

  • February 16, 2017

    Anglers’ Bid To Halt $43M NY Wind Farm Lease Denied

    A D.C. federal court on Wednesday refused to block a $43 million wind energy lease for an area off the coast of New York, deciding the deal would not cause sufficient harm to a coalition of fishing groups and municipalities that argues the project poses a grave economic threat.

  • February 15, 2017

    Small Telecoms Decry FCC’s Proposed ‘Flash Cuts’

    A group of regional telecom companies told the new head of the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday that his plan to cut subsidies they receive for reaching rural customers and redirect the funds toward areas without wireless broadband would do more harm than good.

Expert Analysis

  • In Retrospect

    Relearning The Lessons Of Korematsu's Case

    Randy Maniloff

    Fred Korematsu’s U.S. Supreme Court case challenging President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive order that led to the incarceration of approximately 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry may sound like ancient history. However, Feb. 19 marks the 75th anniversary of the order's signing, and that it’s celebrating its diamond anniversary now is breathtaking timing, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 2

    Bruce J. Heiman

    General counsels face the challenging task of understanding how companies can navigate the rules surrounding uses of artificial intelligence. To get smart on AI, general counsels must ask the right questions about areas such as human resources, intellectual property, liability and insurance, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • How A General Counsel Should Think About AI: Part 1

    Bruce J. Heiman

    Though the Trump administration has yet to make an official statement regarding artificial intelligence, support for AI is consistent with its expressed desire to promote American business. As such, general counsel will inevitably have to navigate what big data and AI mean for compliance with current and future laws and regulations, say Bruce Heiman and Elana Reman of K&L Gates LLP.

  • A New Element In Awarding Calif. Public Works Contracts

    Anthony J. Samson

    Legislation recently proposed in California would require the disclosure of greenhouse gas emissions generated by the manufacture of certain “eligible materials” for public works projects. If passed, it could have the biggest effect on companies that manufacture construction materials, especially cement, flat glass, manufactured wool, steel and asphalt, say attorneys with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP.

  • FERC Could See Substantial Changes Under President Trump

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission oversees electric utilities and gas pipelines that account for about 4 percent of the U.S. gross national product. So the impact of FERC policy shifts can be significant. Under the Trump administration, FERC could revisit its stances on market manipulation, net metering and other key issues, say John Estes III and Timothy Mastrogiacomo of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.

  • 4 Fla. Water Law Issues To Watch In 2017

    Kathryn B. Rossmell

    While political changes in 2017 will impact issues across the board, one matter is of special interest to Floridians: water. Legislation and case law both indicate this year will see significant discussions on this vital resource, accompanied by updates to the policies and infrastructure that form the basis of our legal interactions with it, says Kathryn Rossmell of Lewis Longman & Walker PA.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Less Drink At A Time

    Jennifer Gibbs

    Lawyers are likely turning to alcohol to lessen stress and anxiety, to socialize, and even to sleep better. Unfortunately, many are unaware that their nightly pour could be causing or exacerbating the anxiety that is plaguing the legal profession, says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • Antitrust: A New Line Of Attack Against Pipelines

    David L. Wochner

    The Sierra Club’s recent filings with federal regulatory agencies asserting that two natural gas pipeline projects violate antitrust law are novel, and we believe they face substantial obstacles under established antitrust law, say attorneys with K&L Gates LLP.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Cannot Stay Silent While Trump Belittles The Courts

    Alexandra Wald

    This is not the first time that a president has criticized the judiciary. But what is unique about President Donald Trump's attacks is that they target not just a specific decision, but the judiciary and its decision-making power altogether. Every lawyer, regardless of political persuasion, must speak up, says Alexandra Wald of Cohen & Gresser LLP.

  • Marketing Basics For Solo Practitioners And Small Law Firms

    Matthew Horn

    There is no question that solo practitioners and small law firms need to spend the majority of time on legal work, but in order to achieve sustainable growth, marketing should not be a secondary task “put-off” until you have some free time, says Matthew Horn, founder of Legal Services Link LLC.