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  • November 21, 2018

    DOI Wants Migratory Bird Policy Reversal Suit Tossed

    The U.S. Department of the Interior said a New York federal court should throw out challenges to its opinion loosening enforcement on the incidental killing of migratory birds, saying that the coalition of conservation groups and states can't show they have been injured.

  • November 20, 2018

    Siemens Accuses NYC Of 'Reckless Conduct' In $143M Suit

    New York City owes a Siemens AG unit at least $143 million for "grossly negligent and reckless conduct" during the construction of a water treatment plant in the Bronx, the company said in a state lawsuit filed Monday.

  • November 20, 2018

    Revised Puerto Rico Sales Tax Plan Cleared For Creditor Vote

    A plan to restructure nearly $18 billion in debt carried by the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Corp., or COFINA, will go to a creditor vote, the judge presiding over the U.S. territory’s bankruptcy-like proceedings ruled Tuesday, putting the agency on track to confirm its debt adjustment scheme by mid-January.

  • November 20, 2018

    Enviro Says DOI Ignoring FOIA Request For Grant Review Info

    Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility on Tuesday sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court accusing it of failing to produce documents related to the department’s grant evaluation process that the group had requested under open records law.

  • November 20, 2018

    Strasburger & Price Win Over $161M Malpractice Suit Affirmed

    A Texas appeals court on Monday declined to revive a $161 million malpractice suit against Strasburger & Price LLP and another firm, saying the firm hadn't established an attorney-client relationship when the statute of limitations ran out in the underlying suit it allegedly bungled, and that the firm likely could not have prevented that suit's failure.

  • November 20, 2018

    BLM Looks To Clear Oil, Gas Drilling In Alaskan Reserve

    The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday said it intends to open up currently off-limits areas of Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve for oil and gas exploration and study the possibility of other development in the area.

  • November 20, 2018

    House Dems Press EPA For Info On Climate Rule Rollbacks

    Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee demanded Tuesday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency turn over information on its efforts to undo climate change-related regulations, a preview of Trump administration scrutiny to come once Democrats gain control of the chamber in January.

  • November 20, 2018

    Pa. Justices To Review If Trespass Rule Applies To Fracking

    The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Tuesday agreed to take up a Southwestern Energy Corp. unit’s question of whether hydraulic fracturing operations that potentially draw oil and gas from across property lines are shielded from trespass liability by a long-established rule that protects traditional drillers.

  • November 20, 2018

    Northern Dynasty Nabs Right-Of-Way For Pebble Mine Project

    Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd. said Tuesday it has reached a final right-of-way agreement with Alaska Peninsula Corp. to allow for a transportation corridor across the tribal group's lands in support of the Canadian company’s disputed Pebble Mine gold and copper project.  

  • November 20, 2018

    States, Dem Legislators Back Monument Suits Against Trump

    Democratic lawmakers and several states urged a D.C. federal court Monday to hear out challenges by environmental groups and tribes to President Donald Trump's decision to shrink national monuments in Utah, joining a host of others questioning Trump's authority under the Antiquities Act.

  • November 20, 2018

    DOT Updates High-Speed Passenger Rail Design Regulations

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Tuesday updated rail safety regulations intended to give railroads more flexibility in using different rail car designs to eventually roll out the next generation of high-speed passenger rail trains that can travel up to 220 miles per hour.

  • November 20, 2018

    Insurer Sues Over Unpaid Gas Facility Construction Bills

    Great American Insurance Co. says a contractor left it holding the bill for $3.4 million in unpaid costs for the construction of a natural gas facility, and sued in Pennsylvania federal court Monday to compel the contractor to put down some collateral and open its books for inspection.

  • November 19, 2018

    2nd Circ. Won't Take New Look At EPA Cooling Water Ruling

    The Second Circuit has declined a request by a coalition of environmental groups to revisit a decision that upheld the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s rule requiring power plants and manufacturers to minimize damage to aquatic life caused by the intake of water.

  • November 19, 2018

    DOI Says Move To Lift Coal Leasing Ban Didn't Violate NEPA

    The U.S. Department of the Interior has reiterated its argument to a Montana federal court that its move to lift a moratorium on federal coal leasing did not violate any environmental laws, saying the action did not cause the environmental and Native American groups that sued any direct harm.

  • November 19, 2018

    Enviro Groups Sue To Save W.Va. Ridgeline From Coal Co.

    A coalition of environmental groups asked a West Virginia federal court on Thursday to stop Republic Energy LLC from undertaking coal mining activities on one of the last Coal River Mountain ridgelines, saying the company lacks a valid mining permit.

  • November 19, 2018

    Calif. Panel Asks Lower Court To Justify Gas Leak Plea Deal

    A California state appellate court has ordered a lower court to explain why a decision denying restitution should not be struck down as violating the constitutional rights of residents living near a record-setting natural gas leak that went on for nearly four months who claim that they were shut out of a plea agreement between the gas company and the state.

  • November 19, 2018

    Tutor Perini JV Snags $800M Minn. Light Rail Contract

    Tutor Perini Corp. on Monday said a joint venture between a subsidiary and construction firm C.S. McCrossan secured a $799.5 million contract to expand and improve portions of Minneapolis' light rail system, a project Tutor Perini called "the largest public infrastructure project in Minnesota's history."

  • November 19, 2018

    3 Firms Steer $1.6B Cimarex Deal For Energy Co. Resolute

    Cimarex Energy Co. on Monday said it will take over fellow Denver-based oil and gas acquisition and exploration company Resolute Energy Corp. in a $1.6 billion deal, with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP guiding the buyer and Arnold & Porter and Wachtell Lipton Rosen & Katz steering the seller.

  • November 19, 2018

    Latham & Watkins Steers QEP's $735M Gas Asset Sale

    QEP Resources Inc., led by Latham & Watkins LLP, said Monday it will sell a handful of natural gas- and oil-producing properties and other assets to private investment firm Aethon Energy for $735 million, the energy company’s latest divestiture as it looks to reposition itself.

  • November 16, 2018

    More Info Needed In $134M Westinghouse Ch. 11 Row

    A New York bankruptcy judge said Friday that Brookfield Business Partners LP and the legal professionals winding down Westinghouse Electric Co.'s Chapter 11 estate need to provide more information before he can rule on a disputed $134 million transferred to Brookfield when it bought the distressed contractor.

Expert Analysis

  • Does Rule 45 Protect Nonparties From Undue Burden?

    Matthew Hamilton

    Interpretations of Rule 45 protections vary but what's clear is that "undue burden" does not mean no burden at all. To avoid the costs of compliance with a subpoena, a nonparty should be ready to demonstrate its disinterest in the litigation and the anticipated cost and burden of compliance, say attorneys at Pepper Hamilton LLP.

  • Energy Storage: Ready For Takeoff

    Stuart Solsky

    Energy storage has been called the “Swiss army knife” of the electric grid because of the many services it can perform, enhancing both traditional and renewable electric generation. Recent federal and state regulatory developments mean that energy storage is poised to be a major game changer in electric power markets, say attorneys with Baker Botts LLP.

  • How US And EU Sanctions Clash With Russian Antitrust Laws

    Stefan Weber

    U.S. and EU sanctions on Russia are forcing many international companies to carefully evaluate and restructure their contractual relationships with Russian counterparties. In this process, Russian antitrust law provides obstacles that may be difficult to overcome in some situations, say attorneys with Noerr Consulting AG.

  • 5 More GC Tips For Succeeding As A New Associate

    Jason Idilbi

    Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Block Reviews 'Tough Cases'

    Judge Frederic Block

    In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.

  • 8 Innovative Ways To Empower Jurors

    Christopher Campbell

    Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.

  • Cloud Computing Clearly The Future For Small Firms

    Holly Urban

    While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.

  • Key Trends In Midstream Oil And Gas Deals: Part 2

    Greg Krafka

    A deep dive into data on deal terms in midstream oil and gas acquisition agreements reveals significant insights on “what’s market” and what's not in such deals. As compared to a broad cross-section of agreements across industries, the midstream M&A acquisition agreements studied generally allocated more of the risks — especially unknown risks — to buyers, says Greg Krafka of Winstead PC.

  • Leveraging Today's Lateral Associate Market

    Darin Morgan

    With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.

  • Key Trends In Midstream Oil And Gas Deals: Part 1

    Greg Krafka

    The Private Target Mergers & Acquisitions Deal Points Studies prepared by the American Bar Association’s Business Law Section have been a key resource for M&A attorneys for over a decade. In this two-part article, Greg Krafka of Winstead PC examines data from the most recent study and other sources to systematically identify “what’s market” concerning deal terms in midstream oil and gas acquisition agreements.