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Brazil's Developing Gas Marketing: Opportunities for Arbitration

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Historically, natural gas did not play a significant role in Brazil’s energy mix, never exceeding 4% of Brazil’s primary energy supply until the late 1990s. Today, natural gas accounts for 12% of Brazil’s primary energy...more

DOJ Challenges Illegal Antitrust “Gun Jumping” In Energy Transaction

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The Department of Justice Antitrust Division recently brought a civil antitrust lawsuit against Duke Energy Corporation, alleging that the electric power generator engaged in illegal “gun jumping” by obtaining beneficial...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

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Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United Kingdom

by White & Case LLP on

1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Government policy - Following the EU Referendum held on 23 June 2016, a new prime minister was appointed...more

USITC To Study the U.S. Aluminum Industry

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The U.S. International Trade Commission recently heard testimony that global markets for aluminum and aluminum products are being distorted by Chinese subsidies. On September 29, 2016, the Commission held a public hearing in...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

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Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy - Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

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In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

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What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

The Eighth Circuit Extinguishes Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

Before plaintiffs could light the pilot on antitrust claims against two propane tank distributors, a split Eighth Circuit panel cut the gas. In doing so, the majority espoused a narrow view of the applicability of the...more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such...more

Antitrust Lessons from Oil Giants’ Proposed Merger

In perhaps an unsurprising move, last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes, the first and third largest oilfield services companies in the...more

A Global Corruption Crackdown

An interview on CNBC's Power Lunch (April 1, 2016), where I exchange views with Frank Vogl, Co-founder Transparency Intl and the Partnership for Transparency Fund, and author of "Waging War on Corruption - Inside the movement...more

9th Circuit Erects Statutory Standing Bar to Appeals Challenging FERC Section 211A Orders

On August 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in Northwest Requirements Utilities v. FERC, denied several petitions for review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders requiring...more

Competition News July-August 2015

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French merger control: The Competition Authority agrees to approve the prospective acquirer of assets sold by the purchaser - On May 15, 2015, the Competition Authority authorized, subject to certain conditions, the...more

FTC Narrows Scope of HSR Reporting Exemption for Certain Acquisitions

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On July 20, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) released revisions to its interpretation of the rule, 16 C.F.R. §802.5, that exempts certain acquisitions of “investment rental property assets” from reportability under...more

US CHINA TRADE WAR JULY 2015 TPA, TPP, TRADE POLICY, TRADE AND CUSTOMS

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Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

[Event] Financial Distress in the Energy Sector: Managing Exposure and Leveraging Opportunities - July 23, Boston, MA

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Locke Lord is pleased to bring this important and timely discussion to Boston. By leveraging the extensive experience our lawyers bring to the table from the energy, restructuring & insolvency and private equity sectors, we...more

U.S. Supreme Court Lets Natural Gas Act Preemption Seep Away

In Oneok, Inc. v. Learjet, Inc., No. 13-271 (April 21, 2015), the U.S. Supreme Court held in a 7-2 opinion that state law antitrust claims against defendant natural gas pipeline companies did not fall within the field of...more

Antitrust & Competition Newsletter - April 2015

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That State Action Immunity Does Not Apply to State Boards If the Board Is Controlled by Active Market Participants - On Feb. 25, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court held, in a 6-3 decision, that a state...more

Harper Review: Implications for networks businesses

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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

Harper Review - Implications for wholesale electricity markets

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

FTC Consent Agreement with Par Petroleum Demonstrates Increased Agency Focus on Competitive Effects

by McDermott Will & Emery on

On March 18, 2015, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ordered Par Petroleum Corporation to terminate its storage and throughput rights at a key gasoline terminal in Hawaii. This action will settle FTC charges seeking to...more

European Competition Law Newsletter – March 2015

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A recent European Commission (EC) fining decision against UK-based broker ICAP confirms that companies which merely facilitate a cartel will be tarred with the same brush as those which actually engage in the cartel. The...more

Australia's Federal Court Mandates Greater Care When Offering Discounts on Energy Usage Charges

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The Federal Court of Australia has found that AGL South Australia Pty Ltd (AGL) made false or misleading representations and engaged in misleading or deceptive conduct, concerning the level of discount that residential...more

Trade & Manufacturing - January 2015

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In This Issue: - Trade-Related Energy Issues at Forefront of Political Debate in 2015 - Customs and Border Protection Issues Update of Enforcement Activities Related to Trade Orders - News of...more

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