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How to Avoid Corruption Risks in China
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Bill on Bankruptcy: LightSquared, the Battle among Hedge Funds
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Transbay Tower Groundbreaking
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Is freedom to contract a good thing for everybody? First Baptist Church of Roswell v. Yates Petroleum Corp. says yes, and confirms that the public policy in New Mexico is freedom to contract. In this case, it was to avoid...more
In French vs. Occidental Permian, Ltd. the Texas Supreme Court held that costs associated with injection of carbon dioxide into a reservoir in a tertiary recovery operation were properly deducted from royalties.
In this issue:
- Background of dispute
- Tax reassessments
- Harassment of Yukos
- Settlement offers
- “Rigged” auction
- Harassment of PwC
On June 27, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in Marcia Fuller French, et al v. Occidental Permian Ltd., No 12-002 (Tex. June 27, 2014), a case closely followed by the oil and gas industry. In its unanimous...more
In reasons released on May 30, 2014, the B.C. Supreme Court set aside the B.C. Surface Rights Board’s compensation award to a landowner in northern B.C. and remitted the case back to the Board for reconsideration: Progress...more
Measure of Damages for Breach of a Contract to Drill Exploratory Oil or Gas Well -
U.S. and English Law. With recent increasing frontier exploration activity, greater attention has fallen on the value of work...more
FERC’s Order No. 745 requiring independent regional grid operators (RTOs and ISOs) in limited circumstances to compensate providers of state-authorized demand response services in the same amounts that they compensate...more
A Dallas jury recently reminded us why Mr. Volk lamented letters of intent. Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. is currently appealing that jury’s finding of $319MM in actual damages and $914MM for improper benefits due to...more
On March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury awarded Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (“ETP”) $319 million in damages after finding that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (“Enterprise”) had formed a binding partnership with ETP to build a...more
The Texas Supreme Court recently issued an opinion with implications for negotiating terms in power purchase agreements in the renewable energy market. In FPL Energy LLC, et al. v. TXU Portfolio Management Co., LP, the Court...more
FERC recently issued a decision in which, for the first time, it denied an oil pipeline's petition for a declaratory order seeking FERC's approval of the pipeline's proposed rate structure and terms of service, prorationing...more
The Supreme Court of Texas (“Court”) recently held that a liquidated damages provision in a contract for renewable energy was unenforceable because it operated as a penalty without having any reasonable relationship to actual...more
"Don't mess with Texas." Apparently the slogan even applies to liquidated damages clauses.
This morning, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a decision in a drawn-out fight between wind developer FPL Energy and the...more
On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, a Dallas jury found that Enterprise Products Partners, L.P. (Enterprise) had entered into a partnership with Energy Transfer Partners, L.P. (ETP) to jointly develop a crude oil pipeline from...more
With apologies for being absent for a week, ponder this question when you embark on a fight with the officers and directors of the energy company you own a part of: How does your subjective fear of harm factor into your right...more
The Fifth Circuit has taken steps to fine-tune the interpretation and implementation of the agreement BP negotiated to settle its massive liabilities arising from the April 2010 oil spill following the explosion of the...more
Forfeiture clauses are common in many legacy oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania and are often relied upon by oil and gas owners/lessors seeking to terminate their leases in order to seek more financially lucrative...more
This summer was anything but a sleepy period for decisions from Pennsylvania courts on issues important to the oil and gas industry. Here are summaries of four cases issued in July and August - one from the Third Circuit...more
This past June, the government of Canada announced plans to implement legislative changes to the four principle Acts which govern oil and gas activities in the Atlantic offshore and Arctic: the Canadian Petroleum Resources...more
We are pleased to present the latest edition of Quantum Quarterly, a publication of King & Spalding’s International Arbitration Group. This edition includes an interview with noted energy valuation expert Wayne R. Wilson,...more
The United Kingdom’s highest court, the Supreme Court, has confirmed that English courts may intervene to issue an “anti-suit” injunction to restrain a party from bringing court proceedings in violation of an arbitration...more
The Fifth Circuit’s affirmance last week of a $44.4 million trade secrets award in the Wellogix v. Accenture case is a weighty reminder of the power of circumstantial evidence in trade secrets cases, and the importance of...more
Recently, a California federal court blocked drilling on certain federal land located in California’s Monterey Shale Formation play. In reaching its decision, the court relied heavily on perceived risks of fracking, holding...more
On April 25, 2013, the Internal Revenue Service updated guidance issued on April 15, 2013, that explained how to satisfy the new “begun construction” requirement for the renewable energy section 45 production tax credit (PTC)...more
The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania in Butler v. Charles Powers Estate1 unanimously reversed the ruling of the Superior Court which held that an evidentiary hearing “complete with expert, scientific testimony” is necessary to...more
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