• February 07, 2024

    Aera Energy Valued At $2.1B In California Resources Merger

    California Resources Corp. on Wednesday agreed to buy oil and gas producer company Aera Energy at a $2.1 billion valuation, in a deal the companies say will create California's top oil and gas producer, led by Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and Latham & Watkins LLP, respectively.

  • February 07, 2024

    Fla. Utility Board Ignored Grid Upgrade Costs, Ratepayers Say

    Florida's electricity ratepayers on Wednesday told the state's high court that a public utility board misread a statute requiring it to evaluate companies' plans to strengthen the power grid against severe weather, saying the cost-effectiveness of upgrades wasn't considered before a vote to pass expenses onto customers.

  • February 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Pressed To Rethink Wipeout Of LNG Air Permit

    Developers of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast told the Fifth Circuit that project opponents are wrongly asserting federal law in opposing requests for the appeals court to reconsider a panel's ruling that scrapped an emissions permit issued by state environmental regulators.

  • February 07, 2024

    Colo. Urges Court To Reject Bid To Nix Delivery, Ride Fees

    A Colorado court should throw out a suit from a conservative group challenging new fees on deliveries and online ride-hailing services, attorneys for the state said, arguing that the transportation funding law that created them does not violate any state statutes.

  • February 07, 2024

    Duke Energy Rates Undercut NC Solar Incentives, Court Told

    Green groups on Wednesday urged the North Carolina Appeals Court to undo the state's revised energy rates for residents with rooftop solar power, saying state regulators glossed over a key step by failing to investigate the costs and benefits of solar before making their final call.

  • February 07, 2024

    4 Private Equity Firms Wrap Funds Totaling $1.45B

    Four private equity funds announced Wednesday that they have held final closings for investment vehicles that in total raised around $1.45 billion, the largest of which was a $900 million debut fund from Latham & Watkins LLP-led Coalesce Capital.

  • February 07, 2024

    Town's Taxes Would 'Punish' Green Tech, Conn. Justices Told

    Groton is the only community in Connecticut that has ever imposed taxes on FuelCell Energy Inc.'s power plants, and adhering to the town's interpretation of two exemption statutes would create an "absurd" result that discourages the manufacture of energy efficient systems in the rest of the state, the company told the Connecticut Supreme Court on Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Orrick Adds Ex-Greenberg Traurig Energy Pro In Chicago

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder has reunited with her mentor after jumping to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's energy and infrastructure team in Chicago.

  • February 07, 2024

    Energy Group Of The Year: Davis Polk

    Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP helped ExxonMobil Corp. pull off the largest deal of 2023 with a $60 billion acquisition of Pioneer Natural Resources Co., earning the firm a place among Law360's Energy Groups of the Year.

  • February 07, 2024

    Hunton Taps Mayer Brown Energy Ace As US Oil & Gas Leader

    Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP announced Wednesday that it has brought on the former leader of Mayer Brown LLP's Houston corporate group to lead the firm's U.S. oil and gas practice.

  • February 07, 2024

    Australian Energy Cos. Woodside, Santos Cancel Merger Talks

    Australian energy companies Woodside and Santos said Wednesday that they had called off talks to merge, ending for now the possibility of forming a $52 billion energy giant by combining the companies.

  • February 07, 2024

    Imerys, Cyprus Mines Get Extension For Ch. 11 Mediation

    A Delaware bankruptcy judge Wednesday gave bankrupt talc supplier Imerys Talc America and its former owner Cyprus Mines another three weeks in mediation to try to resolve what they said were outstanding insurance issues and prepare for a creditor vote on their Chapter 11 plans.

  • February 07, 2024

    EPA Says Stricter Soot Requirement Needed For Air Quality

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened federal standards for fine particulate matter pollution, touting the action's health and economic benefits.

  • February 06, 2024

    Exxon Wants Investor Climate Proposal Blocked For Good

    ExxonMobil Corp. wants a Texas federal court to ensure that a climate-focused investment firm and an advocacy group won't bring forward a shareholder proposal on emissions reductions this year, even though the groups withdrew the proposal last week.

  • February 06, 2024

    Disney Settles Job Offer Dispute Linked To Fla. LGBTQ Law

    The Walt Disney Co. told a California federal judge Tuesday that it has settled a lawsuit by a former British Petroleum executive claiming Disney withdrew a job offer after it criticized Florida's so-called Don't Say Gay law.

  • February 06, 2024

    SEC May Seek Default Judgment In $3.4M Stock Scam Suit

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is urging a federal district court to reject a stay bid by a Native American microcap company, arguing that it intends to ask for a firm date on which it may move for a default judgment in the $3.4 million stock scam suit.

  • February 06, 2024

    Investment Report Shows Cost Of Delaying Climate Action

    Insurers could face billions of dollars in losses if they continue with their current courses of investments that contribute to climate change, according to a new analysis by insurance regulators from California, Oregon and Washington.

  • February 06, 2024

    Siemens' $13.2M Verdict Upheld In Coal Equipment Dispute

    A Florida federal judge has upheld a $13.2 million award in favor of Siemens Energy Inc. after the Eleventh Circuit revived a dispute over coal gasification equipment, saying the company wasn't being unfair in its agreement with a Canadian oilfield services business.

  • February 06, 2024

    DC Circ. Unsure FERC Can't Order NextEra To Cover Plant Costs

    NextEra Energy's request to be made whole for upgrades to its New Hampshire nuclear power plant's circuit breaker seemed to get a frosty reception from the D.C. Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    Report Shows Fragile US Solar Growth Under Safeguard

    The U.S. solar energy industry has grown despite bumpy conditions since 2020 and is on track to expand into photovoltaic cell production before the end of the year, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • February 06, 2024

    Ex-Pemex Exec Tells Jury Of Vitol Bribes For $200M Gas Deal

    A former executive of a unit of Mexico's state-owned oil and gas company on Tuesday told a Brooklyn federal jury of how he and a colleague agreed to accept hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes from Vitol Group, in exchange for confidential information to help the Geneva-based energy-trading giant win a $200 million gas contract.

  • February 06, 2024

    Suncor Energy Must Pay $10.5M For Air Pollution, Colo. Says

    The state of Colorado said Suncor Energy Inc. must dish out at least $10.5 million toward penalties and improvement projects as a result of its Commerce City refinery's air pollution violations between July 2019 and June 2021.

  • February 06, 2024

    Judge Plans Field Trip To Dam Tribe Says Kills Protected Fish

    A Washington federal judge is planning a field trip to a rock dam and sheet pile wall on the Puyallup River that a Washington tribe says is harmful to endangered wild salmon, saying Tuesday from the bench that it's been difficult to see "what's going on out there" from photos and courtroom arguments.

  • February 06, 2024

    Energy Firm Sued By Investors After $5M SEC Fraud Fine

    United Arab Emirates-based Brooge Energy Ltd. has been hit with a proposed class action, alleging it lied to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the public during the agency's investigation into the company's faulty accounting practices, which resulted in a $5 million fine last year.

  • February 06, 2024

    Trade Commission Reverses Course, Calls Off Tin Mill Probes

    The U.S. International Trade Commission determined Tuesday that tin mill products from Canada, China and Germany are not harming the domestic industry unfairly, freeing the imports from looming anti-dumping and countervailing duties set by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Expert Analysis

  • Analyzing 1 Year Of Comments On FTC's Green Guides

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    A review of over 7,000 comments submitted in the year since the Federal Trade Commission requested feedback on its Green Guides reveals widespread concern over how the existing guidelines leave room for interpretation, putting businesses in a challenging position when marketing products, say Mark Levy and Emma Lombard at Eckert Seamans.

  • Opinion

    Animal Rights Are About Saving Nature, And Our Own Future

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    The climate crisis makes it clear that animal law — conceived of as an ecocentric approach to protecting the most vulnerable nonhumans who depend on the natural environment — is essential to restoring the Earth and safeguarding the future of humanity, says Carter Dillard at the Fair Start Movement.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

  • Top 10 Whistleblowing And Retaliation Events Of 2023

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    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and federal and state courts made 2023 another groundbreaking year for whistleblower litigation and retaliation developments, including the SEC’s massive whistleblower awards, which are likely to continue into 2024 and further incentivize individuals to submit tips, say attorneys at Proskauer.

  • Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Still Murky After A Choppy 2023

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    This year brought several important Clean Water Act jurisdictional developments, including multiple agency rules and a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that substantially altered the definition of "waters of the United States," but a new wave of litigation challenges has already begun, with no clear end in sight, say attorneys at Nossaman.

  • Series

    Children's Book Writing Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Becoming a children's book author has opened doors to incredible new experiences of which I barely dared to dream, but the process has also changed my life by serving as a reminder that strong writing, networking and public speaking skills are hugely beneficial to a legal career, says Shaunna Bailey at Sheppard Mullin.

  • Parsing 2023's Energy Markets Enforcement

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    A review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's and Commodity Futures Trading Commission's recently released fiscal year 2023 enforcement reports highlight the significant energy market enforcement activities, litigation pursued and settlements reached by both agencies, as well as their respective strategic goals and focus areas, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • A Review Of 2023's Most Notable Securities Litigation

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    There is much to be learned from the most prominent private securities cases of 2023, specifically the Tesla trial, the U.S. Supreme Court's Slack decision and the resolution of Goldman Sachs litigation, but one lesson running through all of them is that there can be rewards at the end of the line for defendants willing to go the distance, say attorneys at Fried Frank.

  • 'Brownfields' Definition Key To Energy Community Tax Credits

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    As the IRS rolls out guidance for claiming community energy tax credits under the Inflation Reduction Act, a review of the long-standing statutory definition of "brownfields" reveals that it continues to serve the goal of creating opportunities for investment in abandoned properties, says Louise Dyble at Sheppard Mullin.

  • ESG Investing Caught In Culture War Crosshairs In 2023

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    As 2023 draws to a close, ESG investing remains a raging battleground in the U.S. culture wars, as illustrated by the array of legislative efforts across the country aimed variously at restricting or promoting the use of ESG investing — but it remains to be seen what practical impact, if any, these laws will have, say Amy Roy and Robert Skinner at Ropes & Gray.

  • Inside CFTC's Latest Push To Regulate Carbon Markets

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    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's newly proposed guidance for voluntary carbon credit derivative contracts is among several recent moves it has taken to address climate-related financial risk, and although the guidance is less robust than it could be, it should foster discussion toward a regulatory framework for this market, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis.

  • How Clients May Use AI To Monitor Attorneys

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    Artificial intelligence tools will increasingly enable clients to monitor and evaluate their counsel’s activities, so attorneys must clearly define the terms of engagement and likewise take advantage of the efficiencies offered by AI, says Ronald Levine at Herrick Feinstein.

  • 7 Enforcement Predictions For US Export Controls, Sanctions

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    Federal agencies' assertions of coming increases in export-control and sanctions-violations enforcement are not new, but recent improvements in resources and inter-agency cooperation allow for certain predictions about how the administration’s latest approach to enforcement may be applied going forward, say attorneys at Akin.

  • Energy Sector Takeaways From Biden's AI Executive Order

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    While the U.S. Department of Energy begins to establish rules in accordance with President Joe Biden's recent executive order on artificial intelligence, in-house counsel can work with business lines and executive teams to consider implementing their own AI governance process, say Joel Meister and James De Vellis at Foley & Lardner.

  • Lessons From This Year's Landmark Green Energy IP Clash

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    In this year's Siemens v. General Electric wind turbine patent dispute, a Massachusetts federal court offers a cautionary tale against willful infringement, and highlights the balance between innovation, law and ethics, as legal battles like this become more frequent in the renewable energy sector, say John Powell and Andrew Siuta at Sunstein.

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