Energy

  • February 28, 2024

    Skeptical DC Circ. Probes Treaty's Arbitration Applicability

    A D.C. Circuit panel on Wednesday seemed dubious about efforts by Spain and Romania to escape the enforcement of substantial arbitration awards based on the contention that European Union law prohibits arbitration between member states and European investors.

  • February 28, 2024

    Judge Asks When Feds Will Consider Climate In Oil Leases

    A D.C. federal judge on Wednesday voiced frustration at the Bureau of Land Management's inability to account for the total impact of carbon emissions from six western oil and gas leases, but cautioned that previous circuit courts have upheld federal agencies' reluctance to block projects based on climate change predictions.

  • February 28, 2024

    Energy Dept. To Give Tribes $25M For Clean Energy Tech

    The U.S. Department of Energy has said it is paying out $25 million in funds to Indigenous tribes for clean energy technology on tribal lands as part of an approximately $366 million Biden administration plan to support community-driven energy projects in rural areas.

  • February 28, 2024

    Drilling Services Co. Must Face Suit Over Worker's Injury

    A company that provides power to oil drilling operations must face an indemnification lawsuit after a worker was electrocuted while fixing a downed line, according to a Colorado federal judge's order finding that the case wouldn't interfere with the worker's injury suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Green Groups Pan Colorado's Monitoring Deal With Suncor

    A group of environmental advocacy organizations told a Colorado state judge that state environmental regulators and Suncor Energy gave them too little time to review a settlement about enforcement of air quality monitoring regulations, but said they saw enough to spot some concerning flaws.

  • February 28, 2024

    SPAC Investor Says Energy Co. Merger Was Overhyped

    An investor of blank-check company Star Peak Energy Transition Corp. has sued several of its current and former directors and controllers, alleging the defendants protected their buy-ins while leaving public investors to suffer losses after the company merged with an energy storage company.

  • February 28, 2024

    No More Coverage For Aluminum Co.'s $165M Fire Damage

    A South Carolina federal judge on Wednesday snuffed out an aluminum company's $165 million fire damage suit, ruling that its insurers had already paid up to their limits of $10 million for the molten material damage.

  • February 28, 2024

    Tribes Urge Biden To Break Silence On Pipeline Dispute

    Great Lakes tribes are pressing the White House to break its "deeply concerning" silence on a fight to remove an Enbridge Energy Corp. pipeline from tribal lands in northern Wisconsin, saying the U.S. government is sitting on the sidelines as Canada and the energy company try to gut their sovereignty.

  • February 28, 2024

    8th Circ. Axes Federal Mine Agency's Win In Pay Bias Row

    A unanimous Eighth Circuit panel tossed a Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission ruling that a cement company discriminated against a worker by cutting bonuses she was to receive for helping federal inspectors at a mine, saying Wednesday the cut was not motivated by bias.

  • February 28, 2024

    Oil Co. Says It's Too Broke For Colo. Regulators' $130M Bond

    An oil and gas production company is asking a Colorado state judge to stay regulators' "exorbitant" order requiring it to pay $130 million in financial assurance on its obligation to plug and remediate oil and gas wells, arguing the company doesn't even have the cash for a $13 million installment due this month.

  • February 28, 2024

    Energy Cos. Urge Justices To Slam Brakes On Climate Suits

    Fossil fuel companies on Wednesday launched a fresh U.S. Supreme Court bid to put an end to climate change torts lodged by state and local governments, asking the justices to review and overturn a refusal by Hawaii's top court to dismiss Honolulu's suit.

  • February 28, 2024

    Fortum Files Multibillion-Euro Claim Against Russia

    Finnish energy company Fortum has said it is bringing a multibillion-euro arbitration claim against Russia, saying Moscow's "hostile action" in seizing its power plants in the country in 2023 deprived Fortum of its shareholder rights.

  • February 27, 2024

    F-35 Parts Supplier Says New Lockheed Claim Is Too Late

    Titanium parts supplier Howmet Aerospace Inc. says Lockheed Martin Corp. waited too long to accuse it of anticipatory breach of a contract to provide F-35 parts, saying Lockheed had long known of Howmet's plan to leave the market in 2025.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy Dept. Awards $45M For Tech That Stops Cyberattacks

    The U.S. Department of Energy said it is awarding $45 million to industry stakeholders and academic projects that look to reduce cybersecurity threats and help protect systems within the nation's power grid against cyberattacks.

  • February 27, 2024

    PacifiCorp Faces $50M Ask In Latest Wildfire Trial

    Nine Oregonians and a summer camp for the disabled went to trial Tuesday in state court against PacifiCorp, asking a Portland jury to award at least $50 million after a cluster of 2020 wildfires left them with "nowhere to go, but nowhere to return to."

  • February 27, 2024

    SunZia Line Injunction Needed To Save Sites, Ariz. Tribes Say

    Two Native American tribes and conservation groups seeking to halt construction of a 550-mile power line have renewed their push for a preliminary injunction, arguing that without the order, important cultural and historical sites in the San Pedro Valley will be reduced to collateral damage.

  • February 27, 2024

    Passenger Rips United's Bid To Dump Sustainable Fuels Suit

    United Airlines can't hide behind federal statute to escape state fraud claims that it deceptively marketed its use of sustainable aviation fuels and its plans to be green and carbon-neutral, a customer suing the company told a Maryland federal judge Monday.

  • February 27, 2024

    Trial Over Ch. 11 Trustee In Eletson Bankruptcy Set For April

    A New York bankruptcy judge scheduled an April trial to determine whether to appoint a Chapter 11 trustee in the bankruptcy of Eletson Holdings, while directing the tanker company and its unsecured creditors to continue mediation.

  • February 27, 2024

    NH Power Plant Gets OK On Purchaser Settlement In Ch. 11

    Bankrupt New Hampshire power plant Burgess Biopower LLC will receive a $3.35 million payment from a power purchaser that allegedly withheld money it owed last year, reaching a settlement agreement between the parties that won a Delaware federal judge's blessing on Tuesday.

  • February 27, 2024

    States, Businesses Aim To Kill Feds' Revised Water Rule

    States and business groups have asked a North Dakota federal judge to force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revise regulations intended to define the scope of the federal government's authority under the Clean Water Act.

  • February 27, 2024

    Chevron's $53B Hess Buy Hits Snag Over Guyana Oil Dispute

    Chevron has revealed in a regulatory filing that Exxon Mobil Corp. and the China National Offshore Oil Corp. believe they have preemptive rights to buy Hess' stake in a lucrative oil project off the coast of Guyana, a hitch Chevron said could lead to failure to close its planned $53 billion acquisition of Hess. 

  • February 27, 2024

    Investors Can't Block $1.6B Oil Co. Merger, Chancery Says

    Warrant holders of deep-water oil producer QuarterNorth Energy who say they're being dragged unwillingly into its $1.6 billion merger with Talos Energy may not prevent the cashing out of their warrants because it could jeopardize the transaction and hurt QuarterNorth shareholders, Delaware's Court of Chancery has ruled.

  • February 27, 2024

    Energy Co. Asks 8th Circ. To Revive Lease Termination Suit

    A Denver-based energy company has told the Eighth Circuit that a North Dakota federal judge was wrong to dismiss its lease termination suit and hold that it had not exhausted its administrative remedies when its appeal of the Bureau of Indian Affairs decision had dragged on for nine-plus years.

  • February 27, 2024

    Ex-Ohio Speaker Urges 6th Circ. To Ax His 20-Year Sentence

    Former Ohio House Speaker Larry Householder told the Sixth Circuit that it must vacate his 20-year prison sentence for allegedly taking $60 million in bribes from FirstEnergy Corp., in part, because the presiding judge had a potential bias against him for opposing the judge's campaign to join the state's highest court.

  • February 27, 2024

    No Merit To Gas Pipeline Safety Rules Fight, Feds Say

    The U.S. Department of Transportation on Monday urged the D.C. Circuit to reject a gas pipeline industry group's challenge of a handful of new safety standards for transmission pipelines, saying it shouldn't be legally second-guessed over what amounts to a policy disagreement at the margins.

Expert Analysis

  • Proposed Hydrogen Tax Credit Regs May Be Legally Flawed

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    While the recently proposed regulations for the new clean hydrogen production tax credit have been lauded by some in the environmental community, it is unclear whether they are sufficiently grounded in law, result from valid rulemaking processes, or accord with other administrative law principles, say Hunter Johnston and Steven Dixon at Steptoe.

  • Series

    Cheering In The NFL Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Balancing my time between a BigLaw career and my role as an NFL cheerleader has taught me that pursuing your passions outside of work is not a distraction, but rather an opportunity to harness important skills that can positively affect how you approach work and view success in your career, says Rachel Schuster at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Unpacking The New Russia Sanctions And Export Controls

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    Although geographically broad new prohibitions the U.S., U.K. and EU issued last week are somewhat underwhelming in their efforts to target third-country facilitators of Russia sanctions evasion, companies with exposure to noncompliant jurisdictions should pay close attention to their potential impacts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • Args In APA Case Amplify Justices' Focus On Agency Power

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    In arguments last week in Corner Post v. Federal Reserve, the U.S. Supreme Court justices paid particular importance to the possible ripple effects of their decision, which will address when a facial challenge to long-standing federal rules under the Administrative Procedure Act first accrues and could thus unleash a flood of new lawsuits, say attorneys at Snell & Wilmer.

  • Mitigating Whistleblower Risks After High Court UBS Ruling

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    While it is always good practice for companies to periodically review whistleblower trainings, policies and procedures, the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent whistleblower-friendly ruling in Murray v. UBS Securities helps demonstrate their importance in reducing litigation risk, say attorneys at Arnold & Porter.

  • What Recent Setbacks In Court Mean For Enviro Justice

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    Two courts in Louisiana last month limited the federal government's ability to require consideration of Civil Rights Act disparate impacts when evaluating state-issued permits — likely providing a framework for opposition to environmental justice initiatives in other states, say attorneys at King & Spalding.

  • New Hydrogen Regulations Show The Need For IP Protections

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    The introduction of hydrogen regulations, such as the IRS' proposed tax credit for clean hydrogen under the Inflation Reduction Act, are reshaping the competitive landscape, with intellectual property rights an area of increased emphasis, say Evan Glass and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

  • Series

    ESG Around The World: Gulf Cooperation Council

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    The Gulf Cooperation Council is in the early stages of ESG policy implementation, but recent commitments by both states and corporations — including increases in sustainable finance transactions, environmental commitments, female representation on boards and human rights enforcement — show continuing progress toward broader ESG goals, say attorneys at Cleary.

  • Steps For Companies New To Sanctions Compliance

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    Businesses newly required to implement compliance programs due to the increased breadth of mandatory sanctions and export controls, including 500 additional Russia sanctions announced last Friday, should closely follow the guidance issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Control and other regulators, say Jennifer Schubert and Megan Church at MoloLamken.

  • 6 Pointers For Attys To Build Trust, Credibility On Social Media

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    In an era of information overload, attorneys can use social media strategically — from making infographics to leveraging targeted advertising — to cut through the noise and establish a reputation among current and potential clients, says Marly Broudie at SocialEyes Communications.

  • Why Biz Groups Disagree On Ending Chevron Deference

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    Two amicus briefs filed in advance of last month's U.S. Supreme Court oral arguments in Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo highlight contrasting views on whether the doctrine of Chevron deference promotes or undermines the stable regulatory environment that businesses require, say Wyatt Kendall and Sydney Brogden at Morris Manning.

  • A Look Ahead For The Electric Vehicle Charging Industry

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    This will likely be an eventful year for the electric vehicle market as government efforts to accelerate their adoption inevitably clash with backlash from supporters of the petroleum industry, say Rue Phillips at SkillFusion and Enid Joffe at Green Paradigm Consulting.

  • A Post-Mortem Analysis Of Stroock's Demise

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    After the dissolution of 147-year-old firm Stroock late last year shook up the legal world, a post-mortem analysis of the data reveals a long list of warning signs preceding the firm’s collapse — and provides some insight into how other firms might avoid the same disastrous fate, says Craig Savitzky at Leopard Solutions.

  • Opinion

    Exxon Court Should Clarify Shareholder Proposal Exclusion

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    ExxonMobil last month took the unusual action of asking a Texas federal judge whether a proposal from climate activists seeking to limit oil and gas sales could be excluded from its 2024 proxy statement, and the court should use this opportunity to reevaluate SEC policy and set clear limits on when shareholder proposals can be included, says Stephen Bainbridge at UCLA School of Law.

  • Challenges Remain In Financing Energy Transition Minerals

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    COP28, the latest U.N. climate conference, reached a consensus on a just and equitable transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, but more action and funding will be needed to ensure that developed countries responsibly source the minerals that will be critical for this process, say attorneys at Watson Farley.

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