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EPA Given Additional Time to Ponder Next Steps on Clean Power Plan as Court Grants Another Stay

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Over the last week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit stayed two high-profile litigations concerning the regulation of carbon dioxide emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. By...more

D.C. Circuit Upholds DOE’s Authorization of LNG Exports from the Freeport LNG Terminal

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rejected Sierra Club’s petition for review of a U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) order authorizing long-term exports of liquefied...more

Third Circuit Ruling Impacts Oil & Gas Industry

by McCarter & English, LLP on

The United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit issued a decision that significantly affects the rights of upstream producers. Applying Delaware law, the Third Circuit explained that the upstream producers...more

Federal Courts’ Dismissal of Pre-emption Challenges to Illinois and New York ZEC Nuclear Subsidies Returns Focus to FERC

On July 14, 2017, and July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, respectively, dismissed challenges to the Illinois and New...more

Supreme Court of Canada clarifies when regulatory bodies may be relied on to fulfill the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal...

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As the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) explained in Haida and Carrier Sekani, it is open to legislatures to empower regulatory bodies to play a role in fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult Aboriginal peoples. Carrier Sekani...more

The Social Cost of Carbon: Not Too Speculative for NEPA

Earlier this week, the Judge Donald Malloy of the District Court for the District of Montana granted summary judgment to the Montana Environmental Information Center on several of its claims alleging that the Office of...more

Does Texas Have a New “Rule” in Conveyancing?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Subject-to, reservations-from, and exceptions-to problems have been lurking in the shadows of Texas jurisprudence for a while now, and the courts have been all over the map in recent holdings....more

The UK Shorter Trials Scheme: Tried & Tested - Energy case under new trial regime, intended to trim time and costs, gets Court of...

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The Shorter Trials Scheme—a time-sensitive case management process for quicker and less costly access to justice—was introduced in September 2015 for cases in the commercial, technology and construction courts, the chancery...more

New Groundwater Contamination Case: TVA Ordered To Excavate Large Quantities of Coal Ash Waste

On August 4, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee issued a very significant ruling in the case of Tennessee Clean Water Network, et al., v. Tennessee Valley Authority. The District Court has ordered...more

Strong Dissent Warns of “Devastating Economic Repercussions” of Second Circuit’s Decision in Oil & Gas Case

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In Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., the Louisiana Second Circuit upheld a trial court’s ruling that Wells Fargo, a mortgage lender with a security interest in a mineral lease, was solidarily liable with its...more

Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA

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The High Court has handed down Judgment in Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA [2017] EWHC 1734 (Comm) highlighting the importance of ensuring that communication and conduct for the purpose of accepting repudiatory breach is clear...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2017

by King & Spalding on

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control - In light of their long term objectives and potential future transactions, parties should consider the...more

Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Liability – An Increasingly Hot Topic

by Reed Smith on

Three recent California lawsuits against some of the country’s largest energy companies represent the latest effort by civil litigants to obtain legal relief for damages allegedly sustained because of climate change. Although...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Limit On "Pay First, Dispute Later" Principle

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In a recent decision in Talisman Energy Inc v Questerre Energy Corporation, 2017 ABCA 218 [Talisman], the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Court of Queen's Bench, to place limits on the "pay now, dispute...more

Owner Means Owner: Tenth Circuit Finds US Liable Under CERCLA Based on Title in Lands Subject to Unpatented Mining Claims

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The Tenth Circuit on July 19, 2017, in Chevron Mining, Inc. v. United States, reversed a decision by the District Court for the District of New Mexico and held that the United States is liable as an “owner” under the...more

California Supreme Court Rejects Attorney General's Challenge to SANDAG's Transportation Plan

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The California Supreme Court, in a 6-1 ruling, in Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) ___ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No. 5223603 held that San Diego Association of...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2017 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - California Supreme Court ruling bolsters bullet train foes - ABC News - Jul 27 - Federal law does not completely preempt application of California’s strict environmental...more

Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that CERCLA Violation Is Not Negligence Per Se

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

A federal district court in Oklahoma has held that CERCLA may not be used as a regulatory standard to state a claim for negligence per se. The plaintiffs in Bristow First Assembly of God, et al. v. BP, p.l.c., et al., N.D....more

A Court Divided: Judges File Widely Varying Opinions on CBM Review Eligibility

by McDermott Will & Emery on

The standards used by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) for determining what qualifies as a covered business method (CBM) patent under AIA § 18(d)(1) and 37 CFR 42.301(a) have not always been consistent (see, for...more

SCC Confirms the Role of Regulatory Tribunals in Aboriginal Consultation

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released two decisions on the role of the National Energy Board (NEB) and other regulatory tribunals in aboriginal consultation: Clyde River (Hamlet) v. Petroleum...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

Third Circuit Rejects Unsecured Oil Producers’ Claims of Automatic Perfection

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On July 19, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit (the “Court”) issued an opinion, upholding a district court’s ruling that downstream purchasers took oil purchased from a bankrupt intermediary, SemGroup L.P....more

Uncertainty Looms with Delays to Resolution of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Two recent developments in the interrelated legal challenges commonly known as POET I and POET II may create additional uncertainty for the future of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program (LCFS). Earlier this year, the...more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses Partnership Verdict: Preliminary Agreements Precluded Partnership

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On Tuesday, July 18, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals reversed a $535 million judgment against Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise), finding that unfulfilled conditions precedent in Enterprise’s written agreements...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

by Jones Day on

A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

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