Energy

  • March 01, 2024

    Jury Awards Midwest Energy $57M On Refined Coal Patents

    A Delaware federal jury on Friday awarded Midwest Energy Emissions Corp. more than $57 million after finding that numerous affiliated companies willfully infringed its patents on technology for refining coal to reduce mercury in emissions from power plants.

  • March 01, 2024

    Wash. Tribe Asks Judge To Revisit 'Cultural Resources' Ruling

    A tribe is urging a Washington federal judge to reconsider a ruling that it can't pursue millions of dollars of "tribal service loss" claims stemming from Upper Columbia River pollution, saying its claims were misconstrued as "cultural resource damages" that can't be recovered under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act.

  • March 01, 2024

    DC Circ. Says EPA Went Too Far In Voiding State Air Plans

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday handed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency a mixed bag regarding its authority to veto state air pollution plans, finding some state policies that exempt polluting facilities during startup, shutdown and malfunction phases are acceptable under the Clean Air Act, while others are not.

  • March 01, 2024

    Energy Dept. Halts Crypto Mining Survey To End Industry Suit

    The crypto industry group challenging a U.S. Department of Energy survey on crypto mining has reached an agreement that will see the government offices destroy any data they've already collected and circulate the survey for comment from stakeholders — a step the crypto players say the government improperly bypassed the first time around.

  • March 01, 2024

    Tort Report: $42M Med Mal Award; Hot Coffee Suit In The Air

    A suit over hot coffee spilled at 40,000 feet and the affirmation of a $42 million medical malpractice verdict in Illinois lead Law360's Tort Report, which compiles recent personal injury and medical malpractice news that may have flown under the radar.

  • March 01, 2024

    9th Circ. Won't Stay Oregon Kids' Climate Case, For Now

    The Ninth Circuit has shot down the U.S. Department of Justice's attempt to pause an Oregon federal judge's decision to allow a lawsuit brought by youths alleging the government's energy policies imperil their future by exacerbating climate change. 

  • March 01, 2024

    Joint Venture Wins $45B DOE Nuclear Deal Again After Protest

    The U.S. Department of Energy has again awarded a $45 billion nuclear waste management contract to a BWXT, Fluor and Amentum joint venture, after a previous award to the company was vacated over its failure to follow a federal registration requirement.

  • March 01, 2024

    Ky. Sees $74M Boost For Abandoned Mine Cleanup Work

    The U.S. Department of the Interior said it is awarding Kentucky another $74 million in funding to help the state address dangerous and polluting abandoned mines.

  • March 01, 2024

    Enviro Group Loses Challenge To NJ Wind Farm Plan

    A New Jersey federal judge has tossed a challenge by a Garden State advocacy group and its founder to two offshore wind projects, including Orsted A/S' now-scrapped plan, ruling that the group failed to show how it is actually injured.

  • March 01, 2024

    Levi & Korsinsky Gets Nod To Lead Nikola Investor Action

    An Arizona magistrate judge has recommended Levi & Korsinsky LLP to lead an investor suit alleging hydrogen-electric vehicle manufacturer Nikola Corporation failed to disclose that its safety and structural controls were deficient for its battery manufacturing, which made its vehicles unsafe to operate.

  • March 01, 2024

    Oil Trader Gunvor To Pay $665M For Ecuadorian Bribe Scheme

    Gunvor Group on Friday admitted to conspiring to bribe officials of the Ecuadorian government in order to win business for the energy commodities giant and agreed to pay $665 million as part of criminal resolutions with the Department of Justice and Swiss authorities.

  • March 01, 2024

    Taxation With Representation: Pillsbury, Cleary Gottlieb

    In this week's Taxation with Representation, First Advantage Corp. acquires Sterling Check Corp., International Game Technology spins off two subsidiaries, Disney merges its media operations in India with Reliance Industries and Atlas Energy Solutions purchases Hi-Crush.

  • March 01, 2024

    UK Litigation Roundup: Here's What You Missed In London

    This past week in London has seen a legal battle between confectionary heavyweight Mars Wrigley UK and a frozen food manufacturer, a trademark infringement claim by Abbott Diabetes Care over glucose monitoring meters, Mercedes-Benz Group hit with two commercial fraud disputes, and the Mediterranean Shipping Company tackle a cargo claim by an insurance company. Here, Law360 looks at these and other new claims in the U.K.

  • March 01, 2024

    Squire Patton Boggs Grows IP Team With Eaton Corp. Atty

    Squire Patton Boggs has added a patent and trademark attorney fresh off an in-house role at the power management firm Eaton Corp. to its intellectual property and technology practice group in Cleveland, where she will be of counsel.

  • February 29, 2024

    Worley Pays Ecuador $6M To Resolve Oil Refinery Dispute

    The Ecuador attorney general's office has reported that Worley International Services Inc. fully paid a $6 million award to reimburse the country for fees and costs it incurred in an international arbitration over bribes the engineering firm made to secure oil refinery contracts.

  • February 29, 2024

    Exxon Protected From Plant Fire Suits, Texas Court Rules

    Providing workers' compensation insurance to its subcontractors shielded ExxonMobil Corp. from personal injury lawsuits brought by workers hurt in a fire at one of its petrochemical plants, a Texas appellate court said Thursday, overriding a trial court ruling against the oil giant.

  • February 29, 2024

    EPA Puts Off Key Component Of Power Plant GHG Rule

    When highly anticipated regulations intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants are finalized this spring, existing gas-fired facilities won't be addressed because separate, broader regulations are being crafted just for them, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    'ComEd Four' Bribery Sentences Must Wait For Justices' Input

    An Illinois federal judge on Thursday granted a request to stay sentencing hearings for a former Commonwealth Edison CEO and three lobbyists convicted of carrying out a legislative bribery scheme at Illinois' capitol until after the nation's top court decides a case reviewing federal bribery law later this year.

  • February 29, 2024

    Lordstown To Pay $25M In SEC Probe Of Overhyped EVs

    Bankrupt automaker Lordstown Motors Corp. has agreed to return $25.5 million to shareholders who were allegedly drawn in by false assurances that the company had secured tens of thousands of pre-orders for electric trucks that it didn't even have the parts to build, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Mexico Must Close Mine To Fix Labor Violations, US Says

    Shuttering a Grupo Mexico-owned mine until management negotiates with workers' lawfully designated labor union is the only way to resolve rights violations at the facility, the United States told an international dispute settlement panel in its closing remarks Wednesday.

  • February 29, 2024

    Sierra Club Pushes For Survey On Crypto Grid Impacts

    The Sierra Club is urging a Texas federal judge to consider how the public stands to be harmed if a survey to gauge the growing cryptocurrency mining industry's impacts on the electric grid isn't completed soon to better inform utilities, grid operators and regulators.

  • February 29, 2024

    Mass. High Court Revises 'Complex' Anti-SLAPP Guidance

    The Massachusetts anti-SLAPP statute can't shield a company from being sued over years of litigation allegedly aimed solely at thwarting a potential competitor, the state's highest court said Thursday as it issued new guidance intended to make it easier for judges to resolve such disputes.

  • February 29, 2024

    Biden Floats 3 Nominees To Return FERC To Full Strength

    President Joe Biden on Thursday unveiled a trio of nominees to fill vacant commissioner slots at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including the solicitor general of West Virginia and a former Massachusetts energy official.

  • February 29, 2024

    Diamondback Board Conflicted In OK'ing $26B Deal, Suit Says

    Shareholders of Diamondback Energy Inc. have hit the company and its directors in Delaware's Chancery Court with a proposed class action, claiming its board members wrongfully voted in their own self-interest when approving Diamondback's $26 billion acquisition of another energy company with terms that will give the board members control over their reelection.

  • February 29, 2024

    Deals Rumor Mill: Springer Nature, Warner Bros., ExxonMobil

    Springer Nature's IPO could be valued at $9.7 billion, Warner Bros. has pulled back on Paramount negotiations, and ExxonMobil could fetch $1 billion for Argentinean assets. Here, Law360 breaks down the notable deal rumors from the past week.

Expert Analysis

  • Strategies For Single-Member Special Litigation Committees

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    The Delaware Supreme Court's recent order in the Baker Hughes derivative litigation allowing testimony from a single-member special litigation committee highlights the fact that, while single-member SLCs are subject to heightened scrutiny, they can also provide unique opportunities, says Josh Bloom at MoloLamken.

  • 10th Circ. Ruling Means More Okla. Oilfield Pollution Litigation

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    By applying Oklahoma's statutory definitions of pollution to a private landowner's claim for negligence for the first time, the Tenth Circuit's recent decision in Lazy S Ranch v. Valero will likely make it harder to obtain summary judgment in oilfield contamination cases, and will lead to more litigation, say attorneys at GableGotwals.

  • How Firms Can Ensure Associate Gender Parity Lasts

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    Among associates, women now outnumber men for the first time, but progress toward gender equality at the top of the legal profession remains glacially slow, and firms must implement time-tested solutions to ensure associates’ gender parity lasts throughout their careers, say Kelly Culhane and Nicole Joseph at Culhane Meadows.

  • Proposed RCRA Regs For PFAS: What Cos. Must Know

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    Two rules recently proposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would lead to more per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances being regulated under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and would increase the frequency and scope of corrective action — so affected industries should prepare for more significant cleanup efforts, say attorneys at Alston & Bird.

  • 7 Common Myths About Lateral Partner Moves

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    As lateral recruiting remains a key factor for law firm growth, partners considering a lateral move should be aware of a few commonly held myths — some of which contain a kernel of truth, and some of which are flat out wrong, says Dave Maurer at Major Lindsey.

  • 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.

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