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Texas Supreme Court: Companies Shielded from Defamation Claims for Statements in Internal Investigation Reports

Last week, the Texas Supreme Court joined the majority of jurisdictions in holding that a company enjoys an absolute privilege when providing the Department of Justice (DOJ) with an internal investigation report containing...more

State Water Resources Control Board Gets New Tools to Fight Fraud on Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Fund

Senate Bill No. 445 ("SB 445"), signed into law by California Governor Brown late last year, makes several significant changes to the Barry Keene Underground Storage Tank Cleanup Trust Fund Act of 1989 ("The Fund Act"). The...more

EPA’s 2012 Enforcement Results – What Do They Mean?

Shortly before the end of the year, EPA released its annual review of its civil and criminal enforcement results for the Fiscal Year 2012....more

"BP's Settlement With DOJ: Lessons Learned Within the Congressional Investigations Arena"

On November 15, 2012, the U.S. Department of Justice announced that BP Exploration and Production Inc. (BP) has agreed to plead guilty to a 14-count criminal information and pay a record $4 billion in criminal fines and...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - April 2012: Safe Drinking Water Act enforcement By Chris Paul

The former mayor of Stover, Missouri, was sentenced in December 2011 to 10 years of probation and five months of home confinement, 30 days in a halfway house, and a $10,000 fine on charges related to violations of the Safe...more

Two Birds by the Pit: Courts Split Over Well Operator Liabilities under the Federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Introduction A recent federal court decision in North Dakota focuses on an issue of concern to oil and gas operators nationwide – whether unintended fatalities of migrating birds at well sites can give rise to...more

The Evolving State of Today's LNG Spot Market - "Where we are and how we got there"

The evolution of the global LNG market continues apace, influenced at a macro level most recently by the need for ever greater quantities of LNG in a post-tsunami, nuclear-power-short Japan, faced with massive...more

EPA Issues Notices of Violation of the RFS to Twenty-Four Parties

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued Notices of Violation of the Clean Air Act to parties who used Renewable Identification Numbers (RINs) generated by Clean Green Fuel LLC to satisfy their compliance...more

Commissioner Block Resigns; Eighty-Seven Apply for Appointment

On Thursday, October 6, 2011, Jerome Block Jr. submitted his resignation of his seat on the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission. The resignation becomes effective at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 7. The resignation was...more

Commissioner Block to Resign as Part of Plea Deal With New Mexico AG

On Wednesday, September 28, 2011, New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block, Jr. pled guilty to felony charges concerning misuse of campaign funds, misuse of his PRC gas credit charge and other offenses. The...more

August 30, 2011 - The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News

The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more

August 18, 2011 - The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News

The OFAC SDN Sanctions Legal News discusses current OFAC SDN issues written by a OFAC SDN Removal Lawyer....more

Matthew Secomb Explains How Oil And Gas Companies Can Deal With The UK’s move against bribery and corruption, and the implications...

Oil and gas companies do business in countries where bribery and corruption run rampant. Some of the most oil and gas-rich countries also find themselves at the bottom of Transparency International’s corruption perception...more

McAfee & Taft RegLINC - May 2011: BP Alaska to pay largest per barrel penalty to date

On May 3, 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Justice and the Department of Transportation’s PHMSA announced the penalty assessed against BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. for its crude oil spill in March...more

Federal Judge Rules That Officers of Foreign State-Owned Utilities Are Foreign Officials For Purposes of FCPA Liability

On an issue being closely watched by the white-collar bar, a federal judge in Los Angeles has handed down an important ruling on the definition of “foreign official” within the meaning of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices...more

Middle East Newsletter - Issue 3, February 2011

Welcome to our Newsletter Good morning and welcome to the third edition of our revitalised Middle East Newsletter. Please take the time to scan, or better still, dip in and out of it. The intention is that all readers...more

EU Suspends Carbon Trading After Almost $38 Million Stolen

The most recent theft of almost US$38 million in EU Emission Trading System carbon credits may shift political support in favor of centralization and abolition of national registries. On January 20, 2011, the European...more

I Perry Mason difensori dell'ambiente

Featured on the economic magazine "Valori". Green economy and environmental lawyers....more

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