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Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control

by King & Spalding on

The Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) is one of the most important documents to be considered in relation to a direct or indirect change in the ownership of interests in any oil and gas project, whether by way of (a) a...more

Host Country Benefits of Export Projects

by King & Spalding on

Hydropower, as an affordable, reliable and sustainable source of electricity, has played an important role in the growth and industrialisation of many emerging market economies, including Laos, Kenya, Sarawak (Malaysia),...more

New Report Identifies Cleantech Market Opportunities in Southern California

by Stoel Rives LLP on

If you’re looking for a new cleantech startup idea, the San Diego Regional Energy Innovation Network (SD-REIN) recently released a report that identifies cleantech market opportunities in the Southern California region....more

2016 California Energy and Climate Legislative Update

by Morgan Lewis on

California took legislative action in 2016 aimed at addressing climate change, advancing renewable energy, and maintaining the state’s emphasis on safety in the energy sector. In 2016, the California legislature took...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 290, Professor Samuel Buell on Capital Offenses

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Duke Law School Professor Samuel Buell about his book Capital Offenses-Business Crime and Punishment in America’s Corporate Age. We explore some of his theories on why corporations are so...more

FCPA Compliance Report-Episode 288-Alison Taylor on the future of stakeholder engagement

by Thomas Fox on

In today’s podcast I chat with Alison Taylor, Director of Advisory Services at BSR, a global nonprofit organization that works with its network of more than 250 member companies and other partners to build a just and...more

Freedom to Utilize Genetic Resources? The Nagoya Protocol Two Years Later

by WilmerHale on

Two years ago today, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity (“Protocol”) entered into international...more

EPA’s New Strategy for Addressing the Retail Sector under RCRA

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: EPA publishes new Retail Strategy in an attempt to address the unique challenges the retail sector faces in complying with RCRA’s hazardous waste regulations. The regulation of hazardous waste in...more

2016 Chemical Data Reporting submission extended

by Dentons on

On September 16, 2016, the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention extended the Chemical Data Reporting 2016 submission deadline from September 30, 2016 to October 31, 2016. ...more

Doing Business in Australia

by DLA Piper on

With 25 years of uninterrupted GDP growth, a robust regulatory environment and diverse, globally competitive industries, Australia remains an exceptional place to do business. As the fourth largest economy in the...more

Court Dismisses Public Nuisance Claims Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last week, a federal court dismissed claims brought by three California cities against Monsanto that were aimed at forcing Monsanto to pay for polychlorinated biphenyl (“PCB”) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The...more

FCPA Compliance and Ethics Report-Episode 266, Ben Locwin on people v. systems approach to compliance programs

by Thomas Fox on

In this episode, I visit with Ben Locwin on the different approaches in compliance around people v. systems. ...more

TSCA Reform Presents Solutions and Questions for Industry

On June 22, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, the first amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) since its passage in 1976. The amendments...more

Toxic Substances Control Act: Past, Present and Future

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) was enacted on October 11, 1976 to regulate certain chemical substances and mixtures being used in interstate commerce. 15 U.S.C. § 2601, et seq. TSCA delegated enforcement authority to...more

Implications of New Lautenberg Act’s Sweeping Changes to Toxic Substances Control Act

by Perkins Coie on

President Obama signed HR 2576, the Frank Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (Lautenberg Act), into law on June 22, 2016. The Lautenberg Act makes significant changes to the Toxic Substances Control Act...more

EPA Chemical Data Reporting Rule Brings Challenges and Opportunities

Every four years, companies that manufacture or import chemical substances in the U.S. in quantities greater than 25,000 lbs./year by site must submit detailed manufacturing, processing and use information on each of these...more

Environmental Compliance Basics - The Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act

by Miller & Martin PLLC on

Does your business use or handle chemicals? If so, then read on. EPA recently released its 2015 enforcement report, noting thousands of enforcement cases, tens of thousands of inspections, and hundreds of millions of...more

California Adopts Additional Phthalate Proposition 65 Safe Harbor Limit - Agency Rejects Calls for Higher (and Lower) Limit

by King & Spalding on

California’s Office of Administrative Law has amended the list of regulatory safe harbor levels under Proposition 65 to include the chemical diisononyl phthalate (DINP), setting the limit at 146 micrograms per day...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Modern Compliance Programs in an Age of New Threats

by WilmerHale on

In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Attorneys from across the firm will discuss issues ranging from environmental disclosures and risk...more

China's “RoHS 2” Regulation: What Manufacturers Must Know

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After years of deliberation and industry anticipation, China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (“MIIT”) promulgated the “RoHS 2” regulation on January 21, 2016, with the formal (translated) title “Management...more

European Commission Work Programme 2016: 'No Time for Business as Usual'

by DLA Piper on

According to the European Commission Work Programme 2016 entitled 'No time for business as usual', this year the European Union is facing new challenges to which the Commission wants to respond in an ambitious and fruitful...more

Compliance at the Tipping Point, Part V – Protection Afforded From a Compliance Program

by Thomas Fox on

Today, I wrap up my series on why I think compliance is at the Tipping Point. However as it is a Friday in October, I continue my tribute to the Man in the Shadows, producer Val Lewton, whose films for RKO had some of the...more

California Releases its First Draft of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide)

by Alston & Bird on

All manufacturers and sellers of consumer products into California should take note. California has just released its first draft of stage one of its Alternatives Analysis Guide (AA Guide). ...more

ESA Alert: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Initiates 12-Month Review for Listing

by Stoel Rives LLP on

Last week, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“Service”) announced its 90-day findings on various petitions under the federal Endangered Species Act. The Service found that 23 petitions presented substantial scientific or...more

Corporate Insurance Trends 2015

by DLA Piper on

Over the last 12 months, the insurance industry has seen speculation with respect to litigation funding regulation, resolutions of large class actions and consolidation in the form of acquisitions in the industry. There has...more

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