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Sanctions Round-Up: First Quarter 2014

In this edition: - Implementation of the Joint Plan of Action with Iran - Additional US Iran-Related Sanctions and Licenses - OFAC Civil Settlements - US and EU Sanctions in Response to the Situation in...more

The First Dish is Served: Chairman Camp Unveils Comprehensive Tax Reform Discussion Draft

On February 26, 2014, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) unveiled his comprehensive tax reform proposal. Chairman Camp released his proposal in discussion draft form, and the bill was not officially...more

Update on Russia-Ukraine Sanctions – Multiple Legal Challenges

In response to Russia's actions relating to Crimea, the United States and the European Union have expanded their lists of sanctioned parties and their legal bases for broader sanctions. These sanctions are beginning to...more

2014 Legislative Session Preview

The Minnesota Legislature is scheduled to convene for the second year of its biennial legislative session on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at noon. Given the May 19, 2014, adjournment date and the forthcoming Election Day for...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - February 2014

In This Issue: - New Solar Case Filed To Close Enforcement Loopholes - China Ends Duties On Cars And Begins Implementing WTO Decision On Chicken Products - Shale Oil Production Leads To Fractured Debate On Crude...more

Ohio House Bill 375

On December 4, 2013 Ohio House Speaker Rep. William Batchelder, Speaker Pro Tempore Rep. Matt Huffman, Majority Whip Rep. Cheryl Grossman, Finance and Appropriations Committee chair Ron Amstutz, Agriculture and...more

Iran Nuclear Agreement & Sanctions Suspension

The November 23 "Joint Plan of Action" regarding Iran's nuclear program (the "Agreement") contemplates that the United States and the European Union ("EU") will suspend some sanctions measures regarding Iran. This advisory...more

UK's Labour party proposes regulatory reform to secure gas and electricity price freezes

In the UK, political campaigns for the next general election in May 2015 are gaining momentum. At a recent Labour party annual conference, Labour's leader, Ed Miliband pledged that gas and electricity bills would be frozen...more

Two Senate Bills Propose National Renewable Portfolio Standard

Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) sponsored legislation on October 29, 2013, that would institute a nationwide renewable portfolio standard for the country’s investor-owned utilities. The proposal, called the Renewable Electricity...more

Recent Developments: Mozambique—What Legal Options are Available to Investors in Oil, Gas and Mineral Resources?

Recent developments in Mozambique, including the announcement on October 21, 2013, by opposition party RENAMO (Mozambican National Resistance) that it would no longer abide by the 1992 peace pact that ended years of civil war...more

Controversial Assembly Bill 327 Jeopardizes Renewable Energy Investments: New Law Amends Net-Energy Metering Laws

Yesterday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Assembly Bill 327 (AB 327), the hotly debated net-energy metering (NEM) law that generated customer protests at utility headquarters throughout the state. Schools,...more

Energy Law Alert: California Net Metering Reform Passes California Legislature; Heads to the Governor for Signature

Originally introduced by Henry T. Perea (D) in February 2013, Assembly Bill 327 ("AB 327") cleared its second-to-last hurdle on September 12, 2013 when it was passed out of the California Assembly and on to Governor Brown for...more

Local Initiative Measures May Not Set Water Rates Lower than Amount Needed to Cover Required Costs under the Water Code

After a county water district raised its water and sewer rates, opponents of the rate hikes qualified two initiatives for the ballot to reverse the increase. The district filed a court action for declaratory relief, arguing...more

U.S. Court of Appeals Orders the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to Resume Yucca Mountain Licensing Proceeding, Upholding Rule of...

On August 13, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit took the rare step of granting a Petition for Writ of Mandamus compelling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (“NRC”) to resume the licensing...more

Court Rules Voter Initiative Cannot Force Water District to Set Rates Below Level Mandated by State Statute - Water Districts Must...

In Mission Springs Water District v. Verjil, a California appellate court invalidated voter initiatives that had proposed to reduce a water district’s recently adopted rate increases and limit the amount the district could...more

Washington Energy Update - June/July 2013

In This Issue: - Bipartisan Bill Seeks Short and Long-Term Solutions for Nuclear Waste Storage - President Announces Regulatory Approach to Reduce Carbon Emissions - FERC Extends Refund Obligations to...more

Vetoed Foreclosure Bill Will Return

All legislation is not good legislation. The good news is that some of it fails. Such is the case with H.B. 2590 passed by the 2013 Texas legislature but vetoed by the Governor. We mention it because it will be back in the...more

Bipartisan Group of Senators Requests Expedited LNG Export Approvals

The U.S. Senate is turning up the heat on Department of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on the subject of LNG exports. In a very unusual move, a bipartisan group of 34 senators has asked the Secretary to expedite approvals of...more

Recent Federal and International Developments Good for California Cap and Trade

Plans announced by the White House yesterday (June 25) show a credible pathway to meet targets pledged by the President pursuant to the Copenhagen Accord (reduction of greenhouse gas emissions 17% below 2005 levels by 2020)....more

PA Tax Law News -- June 2013

In This Issue: Home Stretch to a PA Budget; PA to Project Vendor Overpayments In Some Audits; Township Business Privilege Tax Rejected; and Pennsylvania Supreme Court Upholds IFTA Liability. Excerpt from Home...more

Under The Dome: Inside The Maine State House 4-19-13

A quiet week in Augusta. The House and Senate did not meet and only five Committees met to work on legislation. When the Legislature returns next week, there will be less than two months to go until the statutory adjournment...more

TRANSACTIONAL: Upstream Developments - Russia and former republics: Unconventional Russia

The unconventional hydrocarbon resource boom that hit the US and Europe had gone relatively unnoticed in Russia until recently. Ignoring the world’s fascination with the potential of unconventional resources, Russia...more

Regulatory Issues Cause ConocoPhillips to Join Shell Oil in Suspending its Drilling Program in Arctic Waters off Alaska

Today, ConocoPhillips announced that it is suspending its drilling program in the Chukchi Sea off the northwest coast of Alaska for 2014, due to uncertainty regarding the changing regulatory requirements. ...more

Treasury Releases Message on Impact of Sequestration on 1603 Cash Grants

On March 4, 2013, U.S. Treasury released guidance on the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts known as “sequestration” to the Section 1603 cash grant program. As stated in the message, payments under Section...more

Under the Dome: Inside The Maine State House Special Edition 1-24-13

With a population of roughly 1.3 million people, Maine is a small player in national markets. At the same time, Maine legislators have attempted to have an out-sized voice in the national marketplace of legislative policy by...more

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