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Project Finance

  • June 15, 2018

    Minority Lawyers On Why They Left BigLaw

    Despite the proliferation of diversity committees and inclusion initiatives, corporate law firms remain overwhelmingly white and male, especially at leadership levels. Here, minority attorneys discuss their reasons for leaving a large firm.

  • June 15, 2018

    Taking On The ‘Petri Dish’ Of BigLaw Bias

    The often-informal processes for deciding matters like compensation at law firms can create, as one expert put it, a “petri dish” for the effects of unconscious bias. Here’s how some firms are looking to shake up the system.

  • June 15, 2018

    The Best Firms For Minority Attorneys

    While U.S. law firms have long vowed to make their ranks more diverse and inclusive, the industry has long failed to deliver on those promises. Here are the firms making some headway, according to this year’s Diversity Snapshot.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Diversity Snapshot: By The Numbers

    Efforts to increase diversity have again yielded few meaningful changes in law firm demographics, according to Law360’s annual headcount survey, even as law schools continue to enroll students of color in increasing numbers.

  • June 15, 2018

    Law360’s Pro Say: What BigLaw Should Do About Diversity

    For years law firms have had programs aimed at increasing attorney diversity, but nothing is working. On this week’s Pro Say podcast we take a look at our latest survey of diversity at law firms, and unpack what experts say are the things that could actually move the needle on this issue.

  • June 15, 2018

    Climate Split Persists As FERC Upholds $3.5B Pipeline OK

    A divided Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said on Friday that it would not reconsider its approval of Mountain Valley Pipeline LLC's controversial $3.5 billion natural gas pipeline, with the five commissioners once again split along partisan lines over the agency's obligations to consider the climate change impacts of pipeline projects.

  • June 15, 2018

    DC Circ. Won’t Let Energy Cos. Recoup Cold Weather Losses

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday sided against Duke Energy Corp. and Old Dominion Electric Coop., deciding in two cases that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission did not improperly block their efforts to recoup millions in losses suffered during the 2014 polar vortex.

  • June 15, 2018

    Tribal, Green Groups Sue DOI To Force Plan For Mine Closure

    The SIerra Club and three groups including Navajo and Hopi tribe members asked an Arizona federal court Thursday to order the U.S. Department of the Interior to figure out how to clean up a coal mine that feeds the Navajo Generating Station, saying it violated federal law by failing to do so in anticipation of the plant’s closure late next year.

  • June 15, 2018

    EPA Cost-Benefit Review Signals Big Concessions To Industry

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently said it is considering altering its approach to regulatory cost-benefit analyses to reflect industry groups' concerns that the process is weighted against them, something experts say would be tough to implement as a one-size-fits-all rule and would surely invite legal challenges from environmental and other public interest groups.

  • June 15, 2018

    EPA, Corps Close To Clean Water Rule Replacement Proposal

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers moved closer on Friday to officially proposing a replacement for a controversial Obama-era rule defining the Clean Water Act's reach.

  • June 15, 2018

    SD Justices Skirt Merits In Nixing Tribes' Keystone XL Appeal

    South Dakota's high court has tossed an appeal from two Native American tribes and an advocacy group in their fight against the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but did so on jurisdictional grounds instead of reaching the merits of the case.

  • June 14, 2018

    Nigeria Looks To Exit Suit Over $9B Arbitration Award

    Nigeria has asked a D.C. federal court to dismiss an engineering company’s effort to enforce a nearly $9 billion arbitration award issued against the country after it abandoned a gas-processing facility project, saying it wasn’t properly notified of the litigation.

  • June 14, 2018

    ND Health Dept. Gives Thumbs Up To Oil Refinery Near Park

    The North Dakota Department of Health has given Meridian Energy Group Inc. a permit to build a proposed crude oil refinery in Billings County, not far from the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.

  • June 14, 2018

    Jury Must Decide If Shell, Alon Breached Easement: Judge

    A California federal judge refused Thursday to grant property owners a win on claims that pipelines owned by Shell Pipeline Co. and Alon USA Paramount Petroleum Corp. interfered with the landowners' use of their property and violated an easement contract, saying a jury should decide the matter.

  • June 14, 2018

    White & Case Snags King & Spalding Atty For Oil, Gas Group

    White & Case LLP announced Wednesday that it has boosted its global oil and gas industry group and global project finance practice by snagging a partner from King & Spalding LLP who will be based in Houston.

  • June 14, 2018

    Pa. Regulator Gives Sunoco Go-Ahead To Restart A Pipeline

    The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission has given Sunoco Pipeline LP a partial win by allowing it to restart operations at a natural gas pipeline in the state, but also dealt the company a blow by continuing a halt on the construction of two others.

  • June 14, 2018

    BLM Must Revisit Enviro Analysis For NM Oil Leases

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management must set aside several oil and gas leases covering roughly 20,000 acres of the Santa Fe National Forest and redo part of its environmental analysis, a New Mexico federal judge said on Thursday, deciding its look at greenhouse gases was insufficient.

  • June 14, 2018

    'Buffalo Billion' Defense Denied Subpoena To Jailed Witness

    The Manhattan judge set to oversee the criminal trial of former State University of New York President Alain Kaloyeros and three other men accused of rigging bids in the state's so-called Buffalo Billion revitalization effort turned aside a defense subpoena Thursday that sought information about a jailed cooperating witness.

  • June 14, 2018

    SunEdison Investors Seek Class Cert. In Stock-Drop Suit

    Pension funds alleging bankrupt renewable energy developer SunEdison’s former executives and directors concealed liquidity and financing problems that ultimately caused share prices to drop asked a New York federal court Wednesday for class certification.

  • June 13, 2018

    Construction Contracts Can Survive Misdeeds: Mass. Court

    The high court in Massachusetts ruled Wednesday that an intentional breach of contract may not always undermine an entire construction agreement and resulting damages, allowing a local company that paid subcontractors late to pursue $10 million it says it is owed after laying a 1,200-mile fiber-optic network in western Massachusetts.

Expert Analysis

  • An Unprecedented Look Inside The FARA Unit

    Brian Fleming

    For close observers of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, the June 8 release by the U.S. Department of Justice of over 50 FARA advisory opinions was a watershed. These opinions offer an unprecedented glimpse into how the FARA Registration Unit interprets the law, say Brian Fleming and Andrew Herman of Miller & Chevalier Chtd.

  • 5 Takeaways From Tax Court's Solar Project Ruling

    David Burton

    In the matter of Golan v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue, the U.S. Tax Court sustained the taxpayer's energy credit and bonus depreciation deductions. In this unusual case where the IRS had the burden of proof, attorneys from Mayer Brown LLP discuss five interesting takeaways.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 2

    John Reed Stark

    The legal industry has already begun to feel the impact of anti-bribery and anti-money laundering requirements. When involved with cryptocurrency trading and remittance, law firms face more than the risk of being perceived as organizations that support money laundering practices, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • High Court Passes On New Chance To Clarify CWA Confusion

    Andrea Driggs

    With its recent decision in Hughes v. United States, the U.S. Supreme Court has passed on an opportunity to shed light on its prior rulings on the statutory reach of the federal Clean Water Act, long a source of confusion for lower courts and litigants alike, say Andrea Driggs and Christopher Thomas of Perkins Coie LLP.

  • Why Lawyers Shouldn't Accept Fees In Cryptocurrency: Part 1

    John Reed Stark

    Law firms are increasingly accepting cryptocurrency as payment for services. While this might seem innovative and forward-thinking, ironically it is much more of a throwback, says John Reed Stark of John Reed Stark Consulting LLC.

  • Highway Trust Fund Is Out Of Gas — Time For Mileage Fees

    Joshua Andrews

    Revenue from the federal gas tax — last increased in 1993 — continues to decline, leaving infrastructure critically underfunded. But pilot programs in multiple states have now proven that mileage-based road user fees can replenish the Highway Trust Fund and be implemented practically and fairly, say Joshua Andrews, Charles Stitt and Theodore Bristol of Faegre Baker Daniels Consulting.

  • Questions To Answer Before Investing In An Opportunity Fund

    Marc Schultz

    The opportunity zone program is an exciting new tax incentive offering substantial benefits for its participants. However, many questions about the program remain outstanding, most of which need to be resolved in order for opportunity funds to succeed as expected, says Marc Schultz of Snell & Wilmer LLP.

  • What To Know About Proposed Chemical Safety Reg Changes

    Shannon Broome

    Durable reform of existing regulations requires hard work. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recently proposed revisions of a core Obama administration midnight rule — the Risk Management Plan program for certain chemical, refining and general manufacturing facilities — demonstrate how this work is done, say attorneys with Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 2

    Craig Levinson

    I agree with the legal pundits speculating that NewLaw’s present and future disruptors will radically change the legal services industry, but that change may not come quite as rapidly as predicted. Regardless, now is the time for both the incumbents and the challengers to best position themselves for the eventual shakeup, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.

  • Impediments To Legal Industry's 'Inevitable' Future: Part 1

    Craig Levinson

    Legal pundits continue to make predictions that newer entrants into the industry — NewLaw firms, the Big Four and alternative legal service providers — will progressively seize greater amounts of market share from traditional law firms. But the BigLaw response has been underwhelming at best, and a glimpse at the market forces puts its lack of urgency into perspective, says Craig Levinson, founder of Levity Partners.