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Identifying and Addressing Environmental Issues in Petroleum Marketing Agreements (“Presentation”)

The Arkansas Oil Marketers Association Environmental Workshop was held on August 30th in Little Rock. I undertook a presentation titled: Identifying and Addressing Environmental Issues in Petroleum Marketing...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick’s indefinite leave of absence just got a whole lot more definite with news late yesterday that, bowing to pressure from shareholders, Kalanick has resigned from his post altogether....more

News From the Vermont Statehouse - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - April 2017

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Trial Bar Proposes Anti-Ride-Sharing Amendments to Insurance Bill - The Senate Judiciary Committee considered amendments this week proposed by the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association that would likely force Uber out of...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Unfortunately enough for Deutsche Bank, 2017 isn’t starting off much better than the previous year. The German banking giant has agreed to pay a $425 million fine to NY state authorities (and another $204 million to the UK’s...more

FCC Fines Non-Telecom Companies for Lapse in Compliance with Wireless Rules

by Morgan Lewis on

FCC Fines Non-Telecom Companies for Lapse in Compliance with Wireless Rules August 19, 2016 The enforcement action highlights the importance of complying with FCC rules with respect to their wireless facilities and devices....more

Internet Service a Utility in Bankruptcy? It Might Be Now.

by Bryan Cave on

One of the many fascinating things about restructuring work is its willingness to evolve by borrowing from other areas of the law. Just as business practices change, new financing techniques evolve, and transactions become...more

Cal PUC Issues New Rules for TNCs

by Bryan Cave on

At the voting meeting on April 21, the California Public Utilities Commission approved new regulations impacting the operations of Transportation Network Companies (TNCs), such as Lyft and Uber, within California. The “Phase...more

Offshore Leaks and the New Transparency

Last week’s joint investigation by Huffington Post and Fairfax Media into oil intermediary Unaoil, which offered up revelations that seem to implicate a number of big oil and gas companies in grand corruption, quickly...more

Your daily dose of financial news The Brief – 1.25.16

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

So the bull market may be on its way out of town after a nearly 7-year stretch [care to jump on the “blame the Fed” bandwagon?], but even when combined with usual predictors like declines in industrial production and...more

States Have Jurisdiction Over ISP-Bound Traffic Says 3rd Circuit

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 25, the Third Circuit held that states have jurisdiction over Internet Service Provider (ISP) bound traffic exchanged between two competing local exchange carriers (CLECs). In 2008, Core billed AT&T for...more

D.C. Circuit Reaffirms Previous Conflict Minerals Decision: Disclosure Requirement Violates First Amendment

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In a 2-1 decision, a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit reaffirmed its previous decision striking down a narrow portion of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (“SEC”) conflict...more

CPUC Likely to Hold Verizon Responsible for its Share of Costs Related to Underground Communications Facilities

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The California Public Utilities Commission will decide whether Verizon is improperly shifting costs to California cities by refusing to pay its share of expenses related to the installation of underground service facilities....more

Municipal Cable Franchise Transfer Toolkit

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A cable operator generally cannot transfer control of its business or transfer its cable franchise without the prior approval of the franchising authority. This gives the franchising authority the opportunity to resolve...more

Mining Issuers: Ensure your Websites and Investor Presentations Comply with NI 43-101

by Dentons on

Mining issuers have their qualified persons (“QPs”) and occasionally legal counsel review technical disclosure, including news releases and technical reports, to ensure they comply with National Instrument 43-101 Standards of...more

Harper Review: Implications for networks businesses

by DLA Piper on

The Final Harper Competition Policy Review Report (Harper Review) was released on 31 March 2015. We set out below the key potential implications for networks businesses....more

Electricity Reform in Mexico: New Opportunities and Roles

by King & Spalding on

Although much of the buzz around Mexico's energy reform focused on the oil & gas sector, the Mexican power sector also underwent a fundamental change. Together with eight new and twelve amended federal laws, Mexico's...more

Of Buckeyes and Batons Rouges: Ohio and Louisiana Adopt Comprehensive Pole Access and Attachment Rules

In recent separate actions, the Public Utility Commission of Ohio (“PUCO”) and the Louisiana Public Service Commission (“LPSC”) adopted comprehensive pole attachment regulatory regimes intended to facilitate the deployment of...more

MoFo New York Tax Insights - Volume 5, Issue 8 - August 2014

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

In This Issue: - Department Releases New Nonresident Audit Guidelines to Address Gaied - Nuclear Power Plant That Produces Steam and Water to Generate Electricity Is Not Eligible for Investment Tax...more

Focus on Regulatory Law - July 2014

by McDermott Will & Emery on

In This Issue: - Regulation Authorities ..French Competition Authority ..Securities and Market Authority ..Audiovisual Council ..Authority for the Regulation of Electronic Communications -...more

North Carolina Court Issues First Decision Controlling Coop Pole Attachment Rates

This is a story of persistence and perseverance, if not patience. The cable industry finally obtained some control over skyrocketing pole attachment rates charged by cooperative utilities in North Carolina when the...more

Tax Law Alert: The 2nd Special Session of the 2013 Washington Legislature Adjourned on June 29

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The 2nd Special Session of the 2013 Legislature adjourned sine die on June 29, 2013. The accomplishment of this session was passage of a state budget, which had eluded state legislators through the Regular Session that ended...more

Competition Issues In Resources Projects: Marketing Agreements Between Joint Venture Partners (Australia)

by DLA Piper on

INTRODUCTION - Joint venture structures are frequently used to undertake large resources projects. A joint venture may be used to both develop a project and sell the output from a project. Such joint ventures...more

Tennessee Business Tax: Locally Imposed Tax Revamped

The Tennessee General Assembly recently passed a significant revision to the Tennessee Business Tax, a locally imposed gross receipts tax on the sale of goods and services (SB183/HB177). This change follows legislation...more

4th Circuit Issues Two Standing Opinions on the Same Day

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals had the opportunity to consider constitutional standing requirements in two very similar cases. The opinions offer some insight into the application of the Lujan test....more

U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit Upholds FCC’s April 2011 Pole Attachment Order

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

In a significant victory for cable and telecommunications providers, today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, in a unanimous opinion, upheld the FCC’s April 2011 decision (2011 Pole Order)...more

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