In this week’s Taxation With Representation, T-Mobile and Sprint unveiled plans for a $59 billion merger, Hellman & Friedman bought Financial Engines for $3.02 billion and Marathon snapped up Andeavor for $23.3 billion.
A Wisconsin state judge on Friday threw out a state agency's decision to approve permits allowing Meteor Timber LLC to fill in wetlands to build a facility to process sand used for hydraulic fracturing, saying the agency didn't get the information it needed to assess the project's environmental impact.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has rescinded construction and operating licenses held by Duke Energy Florida LLC related to a $24.7 billion nuclear power plant, putting a lid on the company’s now-failed venture with bankrupt Westinghouse Electric Co.
Bankrupt Mammoet-Starneth LLC, the entity hired to design and build the world's largest observation wheel in New York City, announced a resolution Friday allowing the developer to transition to a new contractor and get financing to finish the project while allowing the Chapter 11 case to continue in Delaware.
The Tenth Circuit on Thursday refused to grant attorneys’ fees to a trio of energy companies in a proposed class action against them and others, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs, over allegedly improperly approved oil leases.
Arbitrators have dismissed a $14.5 million claim brought by a German solar investor who had accused the Czech Republic of expropriating its investment in violation of an international treaty, the country's finance ministry said Wednesday.
The Third Circuit on Thursday barred a Swiss commodities trader from targeting the co-owner of a New Jersey chemical company to enforce a more than $925,000 arbitral award stemming from a dispute over a joint venture, affirming that he had never agreed to personally guarantee his company's debts.
The operator of the tribal-owned Mohegan Sun casino in Connecticut said it will spend $101 million to buy out its South Korean partner’s stake in a "first-of-its-kind, multibillion-dollar," 1,350-room resort and 215,000-square-foot casino planned for development at Incheon International Airport outside Seoul.
Democratic attorneys general from California, New Jersey and Washington on Thursday threw their weight behind Oakland's and San Francisco's bids to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, in a direct riposte to several Republican state attorneys general who support the companies' bid to nix the suits.
Perkins Coie LLP said it has hired a former DLA Piper partner who has represented startups and technology clients in the health care, e-commerce, biotech and renewable energy industries to head Perkins Coie's emerging companies and venture capital practice in Arizona.
Accusers bringing sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein say a Wednesday-night notice by the Weinstein Co. in Delaware bankruptcy court for the handover of creditor communications regarding the Chapter 11 sale of the studio is meant to silence their support for a late bid that creates a fund for abuse victims.
A mining company urged a Wisconsin federal judge Wednesday to toss a tribe’s challenge to Michigan’s authority to review the company’s wetlands permit application, arguing that neither the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency nor the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shirked a mandatory duty by not taking over the review.
Oakland and San Francisco on Thursday urged a California federal judge to keep alive their suits seeking to hold oil giants liable for climate change-related infrastructure damage, saying federal law makes a place for their claims and the companies' activities can be sufficiently tied to the Golden State.
An administrative law judge on Wednesday urged a California utility regulator to reject San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s proposed $639 million natural gas pipeline project, saying the project isn't needed in light of declining demand and the Golden State's apparent intent to move away from fossil fuel use.
Jones Walker LLP said Wednesday it has beefed up its energy industry practice in New Orleans by hiring a partner with three decades of experience representing oil and gas companies at Liskow & Lewis.
West Virginia environmental regulators on Wednesday said Energy Transfer Partners LP could resume construction of a portion of its $4.2 billion Rover natural gas pipeline after the company submitted a plan to correct violations of its water pollution control permit.
Hanergy America Solar Solutions' bid to be paid about $7.2 million under a contract for a solar power project it developed and sold to a PSEG Inc. unit has been approved by a California federal judge, who said there's no dispute that Hanergy lived up to its side of the deal.
Slawson Exploration Co. Inc. on Thursday notified a North Dakota federal court it was ending its suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior after an administrative hearing favored the company and allowed it to continue oil and gas drilling in the state in the face of a challenge by the Mandan Hidatsa and Arikara Nation.
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission voted Thursday to allow a Sunoco Inc. unit to restart operations on the Mariner East 1 natural gas pipeline two months after it was shut down for an investigation into sinkholes that were discovered along a portion of its route outside of Philadelphia.
A division of Canadian energy provider Enbridge Inc. is looking to put an end to an ongoing squabble with a Massachusetts town so it can build a federally approved natural gas compressor station there, according to a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Justice's 2017 memo ending the previous administration's common practice of paying various nongovernmental, third parties as a condition of settlement with the U.S. is an important change of course that will meaningfully impact the contours of future judicial civil consent judgments with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, says Raymond Ludwiszewski, former EPA general counsel and partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2017 "sue and settle” directive embraces a nascent process to post online notices of intent to sue, complaints and petitions for review. For some this is sufficient for planning purposes and strategic undertakings, but for others it provides interesting opportunities, says Avi Garbow, former EPA general counsel and partner at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP.
When it comes to climate change, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Administrator Scott Pruitt is undeniably less aggressive than under its immediate predecessor. However, for the current EPA, one area that sharply conflicts with this pattern is Superfund, says Donald Elliott, former EPA general counsel and chairman of the environmental practice group at Covington & Burling LLP.
In one of his first official acts, President Donald Trump ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to rescind and replace the Obama administration's Clean Water Rule. Regardless of the outcome of Trump’s effort, the controversy over the meaning of the phrase “waters of the United States” is likely to continue for many years, says Larry Jensen, former EPA general counsel and shareholder at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck LLP.
Late last year, the Sedona Conference released the third edition of its principles addressing electronic document production, updated to account for innovations like Snapchat and Twitter. It may be necessary for these principles to be updated more often in order to keep pace with technology, says Charles McGee III of Murphy & McGonigle PC.
Last week, the District of Delaware raised eyebrows by ruling that documents provided to a litigation funder and its counsel in connection with their due diligence are categorically not attorney work product. Acceleration Bay v. Activision Blizzard seems to be a case of bad facts making bad law, says David Gallagher, investment manager and legal counsel for Bentham IMF.
Artificial intelligence tools can empower attorneys to work more efficiently, deepen and broaden their areas of expertise, and provide increased value to clients, which in turn can improve legal transparency, dispute resolution and access to justice. But there are some common pitfalls already apparent in the legal industry, say Ben Allgrove and Yoon Chae of Baker McKenzie.
I have often suggested at arbitration conferences that the writing of any more articles on how to draft an arbitration clause should be outlawed. Yet, as an arbitrator, I continue to encounter cases in which inartfully drafted dispute resolution clauses cause confusion. At the risk of contributing to the scourge of online clutter, I will share a few brief thoughts on clause misfires, says David Huebner, a JAMS panelist and former U.S. ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa.
In "Justice and Empathy: Toward a Constitutional Ideal," the late Yale Law School professor Robert Burt makes a compelling case for the undeniable role of the courts in protecting the vulnerable and oppressed. But the question of how the judiciary might conform to Burt’s expectations raises practical problems, says U.S. Circuit Judge Allyson Duncan of the Fourth Circuit.
As litigation funding becomes more widespread, greater complexity and variability in funding deals are to be expected. All claimants should consider certain key questions on the economics of single-case funding when considering or comparing funding terms, says Julia Gewolb of Bentham IMF.