Project Finance

  • December 12, 2017

    Senate Dems Protest Energy Tax Provisions In Reform Bill

    A group of Senate Democrats on Tuesday denounced Republican tax reform legislation for removing incentives for renewable energy such as wind and solar while propping up the fossil fuel industry.

  • December 12, 2017

    Enviros Ask DC Circ. To Rehear EPA Highway Pollution Case

    The Sierra Club and three Denver-area community groups have asked for an en banc rehearing of their challenge of allegedly weakened federal guidance for air pollution tests on planned highway projects, saying a D.C. Circuit panel’s decision tossing the case for lack of standing conflicts with D.C. Circuit precedent.

  • December 12, 2017

    Uranium Mine Near Grand Canyon Can Stay, 9th Circ. Rules

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday backed a lower court’s decision rejecting challenges from a Native American tribe and environmental groups mounted against a uranium mining project near the Grand Canyon, the same day the court upheld a ban on new mining claims in the area.

  • December 12, 2017

    Pa. State Sen. Seeks To Increase Pipeline Safety

    A Pennsylvania state senator said Monday that he plans to introduce legislation to improve oil and gas pipeline safety in the wake of the damage to water sources from Sunoco Pipeline’s work on its controversial Mariner East 2 project.

  • December 12, 2017

    Calif., NM Urge Judge To Nix Challenges To BLM Flaring Rule

    California and New Mexico on Monday urged a Wyoming federal judge to deny a bid by several other states and industry groups to undo the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s rule aimed at limiting the release of methane from drilling operations on federal and Native American lands.

  • December 12, 2017

    AGL Fights Redo Bid On $7.4M Pipeline Row Jury Award

    AGL Services Co. urged an Atlanta federal court on Monday not to disturb a $7.37 million verdict against gas pipeline contractor Mistras Group Inc., saying expert testimony was properly barred in the contract dispute and that a jury agreed with AGL that no necessary damage-mitigation measures went ignored.

  • December 12, 2017

    Senate Dems Lob Plagiarism Charge At Trump Enviro Pick

    Senate Democrats on Tuesday accused President Donald Trump's controversial pick to lead the White House's Council on Environmental Quality of plagiarism, saying several written responses to their questions were directly lifted from answers previously given by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and EPA Assistant Administrator Bill Wehrum.

  • December 11, 2017

    Why Investors Are Taking The Leap To 3rd-Party Funding

    They often don’t know exactly what they’re buying, and there’s an ever-present chance they could come up empty in a given case. Here’s why investors are flocking to litigation finance anyway.

  • December 11, 2017

    Has Litigation Finance Shed Its Stigma?

    Once a taboo topic in the halls of BigLaw, litigation finance is winning over converts. And the peer pressure is building for rival law firms to join the bandwagon.

  • December 11, 2017

    What Your Colleagues Think Of Litigation Finance

    We asked, and you answered. Here are the results of Law360’s inaugural survey on third-party legal funding.

  • December 11, 2017

    Sinking Kids’ Climate Suit Would ‘Flood’ 9th Circ., Judge Says

    The Ninth Circuit’s chief judge said Monday the court would be “absolutely flooded with appeals” if it sided with the U.S. Department of Justice and reversed an Oregon federal judge's ruling that gave 21 children a green light to sue the executive branch for allegedly endangering them and future generations with policies that contribute to climate change.

  • December 11, 2017

    High Court Won’t Hear DTE Energy Emissions Case Appeal

    The Supreme Court on Monday declined to take DTE Energy Co.’s appeal of a Sixth Circuit decision that allowed suits brought by the government and an environmental group accusing the company of improperly modifying a major coal-fired power plant to proceed.

  • December 11, 2017

    FERC Nixes PJM Rate Plan After DC Circ. Rejects Changes

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Friday threw out an electric rate scheme proposed by PJM Interconnection that it called unjust and unreasonable, five months after the D.C. Circuit said FERC overstepped its authority when it made changes to PJM's proposal.

  • December 11, 2017

    9th Circ. Tosses Challenges To Ariz. Highway Project

    The Ninth Circuit concluded Friday that the Federal Highway Administration and the Arizona Department of Transportation conducted proper environmental reviews before greenlighting a Phoenix-area road project, rejecting challenges raised by environmentalists and a tribe.

  • December 11, 2017

    Detroit Residents Fire Back At Sanctions Bid In Arena Suit

    Michigan residents looking to block $56.5 million in tax dollars from funding the NBA's Detroit Pistons' relocation to a new arena fired back at an "unethical" bid to sanction and compel a deposition that the residents claim has already been agreed upon.

  • December 11, 2017

    DC Circ. Urged To Affirm FERC Has No Pro-Pipeline Bias

    The developers of the PennEast pipeline on Friday urged the D.C. Circuit to affirm that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's natural gas pipeline process isn't unconstitutionally biased in favor of industry, saying to accept an environmental group's argument otherwise would contradict a century's worth of due process legal theory.

  • December 11, 2017

    Private Equity Powered Energy M&A In 2017

    Energy dealmaking in 2017 saw private equity firms continue to shower the oil and gas industry with cash, while a pair of power sector megadeals highlighted the hazy future facing independent power producers. Here are five mergers and acquisitions trends that stood out to energy attorneys this year.

  • December 8, 2017

    The Law Firms Of The 2017 MVPs

    Law360's MVP award goes to attorneys who have distinguished themselves from their peers in litigation, deals and other complex matters. Find the MVPs at your firm here.

  • December 8, 2017

    Law360 MVP Awards Go To Top Attorneys From 78 Firms

    The elite slate of attorneys chosen as Law360’s 2017 MVPs have distinguished themselves from their peers by securing hard-earned successes in high-stakes litigation, complex global matters and record-breaking deals.

  • December 8, 2017

    FERC Member's Online Comments Unethical, Landowner Says

    A landowner affected by the proposed PennEast Pipeline Project said Thursday that a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission member and former chairman has been violating ethics rules by posting biased comments on Facebook and should be removed from his position.

Expert Analysis

  • Why You Should Consider Hyperlinking Your Next Brief

    Christine Falcicchio

    The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.

  • Asian-Americans Facing Challenges In The Legal Industry

    Goodwin Liu

    Asian-Americans are the fastest-growing minority in the legal profession, but recent studies confirm their underrepresentation among partners, prosecutors, judges and law school administrators. We must take action, say Goodwin Liu, associate justice of the California Supreme Court, and Ajay Mehrotra of the American Bar Foundation.

  • A BigLaw Ladies’ Guide To Becoming A 1st-Chair Trial Lawyer

    Sarah Rathke

    Judge Shira Scheindlin recently published an op-ed in The New York Times discussing the statistical truth that law firms have poor representation of female attorneys as first-chair trial lawyers. Backed by data collected by the New York State Bar Association, Judge Scheindlin’s observation is not merely anecdotal. But it doesn’t have to be inevitable, says Sarah Rathke, a partner and trial lawyer at Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • 5 Tips To Ensure Proper Deposition Behavior

    Brian McDermott

    If conducted properly, depositions can be a powerful tool. At times, though, opposing counsel employ tactics to impede the examiner’s ability to obtain unfiltered, proper testimony from the deponent. By knowing and effectively using applicable rules and case law, however, deposing attorneys can take specific steps to combat these tactics, say attorneys with Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tunheim Reviews 'Miles Lord'

    Chief Judge John Tunheim

    Litigator Roberta Walburn’s rollicking new book, "Miles Lord: The Maverick Judge Who Brought Corporate America to Justice," is a really good read — a fascinating story about a life lived in the heat of battle and usually at the edge of what might have been considered appropriate for a federal judge, says Chief U.S. District Judge John Tunheim of the District of Minnesota.

  • Technology Assisted Review Can Work For Small Cases

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    For as long as e-discovery lawyers have been using technology assisted review, a belief has persisted that it cannot be used economically or effectively in small cases. But TAR can be highly effective in small cases, typically reducing the time and cost of a review project by 60 to 80 percent, say John Tredennick, Thomas Gricks III and Andrew Bye of Catalyst Repository Systems LLC.

  • New Sedona Principles Stress Information Governance

    Saffa Sleet

    The Sedona Conference Working Group's updated Sedona Principles provides a timely reminder that the legal industry needs to be thinking more seriously about the interconnectedness between e-discovery and information governance, says Saffa Sleet of FTI Consulting Inc.

  • IRS Rejection Of Renewable Energy Tax Credits Is Puzzling

    Abraham Shashy

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service recently denied claims by tax equity investors for renewable energy tax credits, claiming the investors had effectively attempted to purchase the credits. Curiously, the IRS did so without deciding whether, for U.S. federal tax purposes, the investors were partners, the venture was a partnership or the transaction had economic substance, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • Opinion

    For More Value And Diversity In Outside Counsel, Go Small

    Sara Kropf

    Albert Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” That maxim applies to large companies that seek more value and diversity from their outside counsel by expecting big firms to change. There’s a simple solution to this problem, according to attorneys Margaret Cassidy, Sara Kropf and Ellen D. Marcus.

  • The Role Legal Finance Can Play In Firm Year-End Collections

    Travis Lenkner

    Payment collection delays have caused law firms to seek new options, one of which is litigation finance. In this context, litigation finance can offer alternative avenues to firms as they approach the end of a fiscal year or partnership distribution dates, says Travis Lenkner of Burford Capital LLC.