Sarah Casey

Sarah Casey

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New Offshore Well Control Regulations Unveiled to Mixed Reviews

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement announced final well control regulations for offshore drilling last week. The rules will purportedly make offshore drilling safer and...more

4/22/2016 - Deepwater Horizon Department of the Interior Energy Sector Final Rules Offshore Drilling Oil & Gas Outer Continental Shelf

NLRB, Social Media and the Right to Complain

The National Labor Relations Board recently ruled that Chipotle Mexican Grill violated the law when it forced an employee to delete certain posts on his Twitter account. James Kennedy had tweeted some unflattering statements...more

3/18/2016 - Chipotle Grill Corporate Counsel Employment Policies NLRB Online Platforms Popular Social Media Social Media Policy Twitter

Florida Considers Competing Bills Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing

A regulatory framework for hydraulic fracturing, or fracing, currently does not exist in Florida. Actually, neither does fracing itself, but both of those things could change soon. The State Affairs Committee passed a...more

2/9/2016 - Drilling Waste Disposal Energy Sector Florida Fracking Hydraulic Fracturing Study Oil & Gas Proposed Legislation

Canada’s Energy Politics

Canada’s energy sector may be significantly impacted by the recent election of liberal Justin Trudeau as Prime Minister. The last nine years have seen conservative Stephen Harper at the helm. A known ally of the energy...more

10/29/2015 - Canada Climate Change Crude Oil Energy Sector Justin Trudeau Oil & Gas Tax Exemptions

Talks Resume in Ongoing Refinery Worker Strike

Representatives of the major oil companies and the United Steelworkers Union returned to the table on March 9, 2015 to resume talks regarding a three-year labor contract during a strike by workers that has now entered its...more

3/11/2015 - Contract Negotiations Oil & Gas Refineries Strike Unions United Steelworkers

Nationwide Refinery Worker Strike Continues to Spread

The current United Steelworkers strike is the first national strike called by the union since 1980. After contract negotiations with Shell Oil Company failed, 3,800 workers stopped work at nine sites on February 1, 2015. The...more

2/10/2015

Consequences of the Falling Price of Oil and LOGA's Perspective

The last six to seven months have seen an approximate 70 percent drop in crude oil prices, from $115 per barrel in June to just $45 as of January 14. There are multiple factors contributing to the significant drop in price,...more

1/22/2015 - Energy Sector Natural Gas Oil & Gas

Women's Initiative Newsletter - Issue 3, 2014

The Baker Donelson Women’s Initiative is pleased to present the latest issue of our newsletter. Our Newsletter Chairs, Jennifer Keller and Amy Mahone, have done a fantastic job and I know that you will find it useful and...more

9/29/2014 - Career Development Client Services Professional Development Professional Networking Women in the Law

Women's Health Tip – Is Sitting the New Smoking?

Here is the simple truth – we are spending an inordinate amount of time sitting and it may be killing us. The average person sits more than 64 hours a week, contributing to a myriad of health problems and resulting in the...more

9/29/2014 - Women in the Law

District Court Dismisses $265 Billion OCSLA Suit Against BP

A U.S. District Court Judge in Houston dismissed a lawsuit by a former contractor on behalf of the United States against BP alleging claims under the False Claims Act that had been pending since 2009. In U.S. ex rel. Abbott...more

9/4/2014 - BP Department of the Interior Dismissals False Claims Act (FCA) Oil & Gas Outer Continental Shelf

Promoting Company Culture: Harnessing Happiness or Discriminating on the Basis of Religion?

Does an employer discriminate against employees when it requires them to participate in corporate wellness programs? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has taken the position that it does if the wellness program...more

8/22/2014 - Corporate Culture Discrimination EEOC Hiring & Firing Religious Discrimination

EEOC Cracks Down on Employer English-Only Rules

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recently filed suit against Wisconsin Plastics Inc., accusing the manufacturer of discriminating against its workers on the basis of national origin. The suit centers on the 2012...more

6/20/2014 - EEOC Employer Liability Issues English-Only Rules

Making a Reasonable Accommodation: Walgreens and the $1.37 Question

A California federal court denied Walgreen Co.’s motion for summary judgment on April 11, 2014, in a disability discrimination case brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC v. Walgreen Co., 2014 U.S. Dist....more

4/18/2014 - Disability Disability Discrimination EEOC Reasonable Accommodation Walgreens

U.S. Department of Energy Grants Long-Term Contract to Cameron LNG

On February 11, 2014, the U.S. Department of Energy issued an order conditionally granting long-term contract authorization to export liquefied natural gas by vessel to non-free trade agreement nations from the Cameron LNG,...more

3/19/2014 - DOE Energy Exports Liquid Natural Gas Oil & Gas

Yoga and Yogurt: All in a Day’s Work

Question: Is an employer liable for the damage caused by its employee when that employee is involved in an automobile accident outside of work hours and on a personal errand? Answer: As with most things, it...more

11/6/2013 - Car Accident Employer Liability Issues Going and Coming Rule

Texters, Beware: New Jersey Court Opens Door to Liability of Senders of Text Messages

If a driver who was distracted by viewing or responding to a text message causes an accident, could the individual who sent the text be liable to a third party who was damaged by the accident?...more

10/14/2013 - Distracted Driving Texting

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