Project Finance

  • March 2, 2018

    Venezuela Loses Bid To Nix Enforcement of $1.2B Award

    A D.C. federal judge on Friday shot down Venezuela's attempt to block enforcement of a $1.2 billion arbitral award issued to Rusoro Mining Ltd. after the Canadian company's Venezuelan investments were nationalized without compensation, rejecting arguments that the award had been improperly calculated. 

  • March 2, 2018

    Feds, Md. Slam Group's Challenge To Purple Line Rail Funding

    Federal and Maryland transportation officials told a D.C. judge Thursday that local residents seeking to derail construction of the $5.6 billion Purple Line do not have standing to challenge the federal funding agreement for the project.

  • March 2, 2018

    Pa. DEP OKs Permits For Birdsboro Natural Gas Power Plant

    Environmental regulators in Pennsylvania on Friday said that they had signed off on permits clearing the way for construction of a new Birdsboro Power LLC 450-megawatt natural gas power plant to be located about 50 miles outside of Philadelphia.

  • March 2, 2018

    Enviros Urge NJ High Court To Review $225M Exxon Deal

    Environmental groups on Thursday urged the New Jersey Supreme Court to review a state appellate court's refusal to second-guess the Garden State’s controversial $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil Corp. over contamination from its refineries and gas stations, which the green groups were barred from contesting.

  • March 2, 2018

    Feds Urged For View On Where To Hear Climate Tort Claims

    The California federal judge who refused to remand to state court San Francisco and Oakland's climate change torts against Exxon, BP and others asked the U.S. government late Thursday to weigh in on whether the cities' claims should be governed by federal common law, a question he's already certified for interlocutory appeal. 

  • March 1, 2018

    Wrist Wear Co. Hits Ch. 11 With Plans To Sell IP, Sue Apple

    A developer of high-tech wrist wear that allows users to track their physical activity and signal when they are in distress filed for bankruptcy on Wednesday, saying it plans to liquidate in Chapter 11 and potentially pursue patent infringement and other claims against Apple Inc. over its product technology.

  • March 1, 2018

    Communications Trade Group Devoted 2017 To Disaster Relief

    Communications companies in the U.S. spent much of 2017 engaging in disaster relief and restoration efforts following hurricanes that rocked the Gulf Coast and Caribbean and wildfires that ripped through California, according to a report by the Communications Sector Coordinating Council.

  • March 1, 2018

    Pa. DEP Chief Defends Hike In Gas Well Permit Fees

    The head of Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Thursday defended a proposed increase for oil and gas well permitting fees, telling state legislators the hike to $12,500 is designed to promptly provide the necessary staffing to process permit applications.

  • March 1, 2018

    Attys Vital As Miami Turns To Transit-Oriented Development

    With the Miami area's population climbing and available land on the decline, transit-oriented development is emerging in the market as an attractive means both for tackling the resulting challenges and keeping up with market preferences — and lawyers are positioned to play a central role in its advancement.

  • March 1, 2018

    Novel Ruling Redraws Battle Lines Of Climate Change Suits

    A recent ruling that the alleged global warming liability of Exxon, BP and other fossil fuel producers is a question of federal law creates a new avenue for climate change tort litigation and sets the stage for proponents and critics of climate science to cross swords before federal judges, experts say.

  • March 1, 2018

    EPA Eases Methane Standards, Eyes Relaxed Coal Ash Rule

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday eased methane standards for new oil and gas industry sources and took steps to relax a coal ash disposal rule, the latest in a series of moves undoing regulations imposed by the Obama administration.

  • March 1, 2018

    Maui Asks 9th Circ. To Revisit CWA Groundwater Finding

    The county of Maui, Hawaii, on Thursday asked the Ninth Circuit to reconsider a panel finding that wastewater injections whose pollution reaches navigable U.S. waters via groundwater are subject to Clean Water Act permitting requirements.

  • March 1, 2018

    Orrick, Shearman & Sterling Nab 22 Andrews Kurth Attys

    In the latest round of departures from Andrews Kurth Kenyon LLP amid its decision to merge with Hunton & Williams LLP, Shearman & Sterling LLP announced on Thursday that it has opened an Austin, Texas, office with eight partners joining, and Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe picked up 14 lawyers from Andrews Kurth's public finance team.

  • March 1, 2018

    Nat’l Monument Cut Benefited Utah Lawmaker, Watchdog Told

    A conservation group said Thursday it is asking the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general to conduct a formal investigation into the modified boundaries of the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, claiming a Utah state legislator is personally profiting from the changes.

  • March 1, 2018

    Pipeline Co. Urges Judge To Delay Block On La. Project

    The developer of a crude oil pipeline connected to the controversial Dakota Access pipeline urged a Louisiana federal judge on Thursday to put on hold her ruling blocking its construction while the company challenges that decision at the Fifth Circuit.

  • March 1, 2018

    Landowners Can't Speed Up Pipeline Eminent Domain Suit

    A D.C. district judge on Thursday rejected a request to expedite a case brought by a group of landowners who live along the routes of two eastern pipelines and allege that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s permitting process allows developers to exercise eminent domain in an unconstitutional manner.

  • March 1, 2018

    Hudson Tunnel Funds In Question Under Infrastructure Plan

    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao indicated Thursday that the federal government won't bow to pressure to cover a larger share of the estimated $13 billion cost to build a new rail tunnel under the Hudson River connecting New York and New Jersey, casting a bleak outlook for the long-planned project.

  • March 1, 2018

    School Board Wants Pistons Arena Funding Fight Put To Rest

    Detroit Public Schools’ community district and its board of education on Wednesday urged a Michigan federal judge to toss the remaining claims from a suit brought by residents looking to block the use of $56.5 million in taxpayer funds for a new arena for the NBA's Detroit Pistons, after previously gutting the suit.

  • March 1, 2018

    Muni Bond Fraud Verdict Calls For Early Win, SEC Says

    A former Ramapo, New Jersey, town supervisor’s guilty verdict in what federal prosecutors have christened the first municipal bond fraud case should warrant a quick win for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in a related civil suit, a New York federal judge heard on Wednesday.

  • February 28, 2018

    Ambac's Puerto Rico Bond Payment Challenge Tossed

    Ambac Assurance Corp. cannot challenge the plans being used as blueprints to restructure Puerto Rico’s public finances, according to a ruling Tuesday in the commonwealth’s bankruptcy-like cases, enshrining the autonomy of the federal board overseeing the territory’s fiscal crisis to certify debt service proposals.

Expert Analysis

  • Exploring The Future Of China's Belt And Road Initiative

    Bo Zhou

    Improvements in global trade inevitably impact labor, and it’s expected that China's Belt and Road Initiative will undoubtedly impact labor conditions in the U.S. However, from a legal perspective, predicting how the law could evolve as a result of those changes may be more difficult, says Bo Zhou of Fangda Partners.

  • Rebuilding Texas: An Overview Of Public Procurement Issues


    Following Hurricane Harvey, the federal government committed substantial dollars toward reconstruction efforts in Texas. For members of the construction industry planning to engage in these public projects, there are important things to know about Texas public procurement law, say Brian Gaudet and Courtney Lynch of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Tymkovich Reviews 'Gorsuch'

    Timothy Tymkovich

    John Greenya’s new book, “Gorsuch: The Judge Who Speaks for Himself,” offers readers something the confirmation hearings did not — the backstory of Neil Gorsuch and a glimpse of who Justice Gorsuch is, says Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the Tenth Circuit.

  • Roundup

    5 Most-Read Legal Industry Articles Of 2017

    2017 Trends

    What business of law topics piqued reader interest in 2017? Take a look back at the year's five most-read legal industry articles from Law360 guest authors.

  • Spoliation Scrutiny: Disparate Standards For Distinct Mediums

    Robin Shah

    Two years ago, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 37(e) was amended to provide a clearer road map for courts analyzing whether to permit sanctions for the spoliation of evidence. Yet there is still no specific guidance for when a sanctions request relates to electronically stored and nonelectronically stored information, says Skadden associate Robin Shah.

  • Hearing The Need For More Women’s Voices In The Courtroom

    Carrie Cohen

    For many female attorneys, the results revealed in the New York State Bar Association’s recently adopted report on female litigators in the courtroom were not encouraging but not terribly surprising. Each stakeholder in the litigation process — judges, law firms and corporate clients — should contribute toward increasing female voices in the courtroom, says Carrie Cohen of Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • Roundup

    My Strangest Day In Court


    Every seasoned litigator has his or her fair share of courtroom stories. Check out the strange experiences that captured reader interest in this popular 2017 series.

  • How 2 Devices And 1 Domain Changed My Practice In 2017

    Paul Kiesel

    The question I ask about new technology is how can it improve the quality of my practice — and my life? This year, the iPhone X, the Apple Watch Series 3 and a .LAW domain have proven to be great investments, for professional and personal reasons, says attorney Paul Kiesel of Kiesel Law LLP.

  • Alternative Fees: My Experience At Bartlit Beck

    J.B. Heaton

    Bartlit Beck was a wonderful place to work for 18 years, and the lawyers there are not only excellent attorneys but also great people. That said, I can look analytically at the Bartlit Beck fee model and make some observations on its pros and cons, says J.B. Heaton, founder of investment analytics company Conjecture LLC.

  • Opinion

    Jurors Should Have An Active Role In Trials

    Judge Amos Mazzant III

    We tell jurors how important they are to the successful implementation of our judicial system, but oftentimes we don’t treat them with the reverence they deserve. U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III of the Eastern District of Texas, Lisa Blue of Baron and Blue, and Robert Hirschhorn of Cathy E. Bennett & Associates advocate three improvements to give jurors an active role in our civil and criminal jury trials.