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California Lawmakers Making a Strong Push to Ban Hydraulic Fracturing
California Commercial Building Owners Must Disclose Energy Usage of the Building During Sale, Lease or Financing after July 1, 2013
Uncertainty Surrounds Illinois’s Nationally-Watched Collaborative Legislation On Fracking
Transbay Tower Groundbreaking
Consultant: BigLaw Growth is NOT Dead!
Weekly Brief: 78% of Law Schools Ignore ABA Rule
Local Governments Continue to Fight States for Right to Govern Fracking
Deryck Palmer on What’s Next for the Energy Sector
BigLaw's Banker: I've Got a "Robust" List of Firms That May Fail
Are EPA Regulations or Market Factors More to Blame for Potential Coal Plant Closures?
Regulatory Challanges When Bringing a Vehicle to Market in the United States
Obama Blocks Chinese-Owned Wind Project Out of Concerns for National Security
Pacific Northwest Positioned to Be Hub for Great Sustainable Transportation Economy
Stewart Baker, Former GC of NSA, on Why the Cybersecurity Act Failed & Threat of Tomorrow’s Terrorism
Who pays for road damage in Pennsylvania after ACT 13?
Marcellus gas fuels Natural Gas Vehicles
Vermont Becomes the First State to Outlaw Fracking—Stone Pigman's Keith Hall
Natural gas encourages industrial and large commercial end-users to revisit their operational plans
LXBN This Week, Episode 1: Brinker, NLRB Posting Rule, Fracking, SmithKline in the Supreme Court
Is Fracking Safe?
Over the last several years, a confluence of political and market developments have made capital for renewable energy projects harder to come by, which has affected the ability of unregulated affiliates of public utilities...more
The Treasurer has delivered the 2013-14 Budget. With the Treasurer noting that almost $170 billion has been wiped off tax receipts since the GFC, a series of measures increasing the tax burden of multinationals, foreign...more
The California Legislature adopted Section 25402.10 of the California Public Resources Code in 2007. The Code requires each nonresidential building owner throughout the state to document and disclose a building’s energy use...more
Lessors of tractors or trailers may be subject to California's regulations pertaining to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. California's regulations pertain to heavy-duty tractors and 53-foot or longer box-type...more
Beginning, July 1, 2013, all California commercial buildings with a total gross floor area of more than 50,000 square feet are required to disclose the building's energy usage in advance of any sale, lease, or financing of...more
Perhaps the most common type of off-take contract in a large scale energy project is the take-or-pay contract. A properly constructed take-or-pay contract provides the seller with an assured revenue stream that ensures an...more
On Thursday, March 28, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (the "CFTC") approved a final order that exempts certain non-financial energy derivative transactions between and amongst government-owned electric...more
The Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has launched an initiative to build an open-source database of real-world performance from solar facilities across the country. As part of DOE’s...more
On March 28, 2013, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission issued a final rule that largely affirmed its earlier proposal to exempt certain FERC and Texas PUC regulated transactions from CFTC jurisdiction and provided...more
The Mississippi Legislature recently passed two bills that should provide greater certainty to businesses and spur economic development in the Magnolia State. House Bill 892, signed into law by Governor Phil Bryant on March...more
Japan plans to launch the world’s first futures contract for liquefied natural gas, also known as LNG. This marks the country’s latest step toward creating a global market for fuel....more
Harvesting the sunlight as a source of “clean” energy is the dream of many. Although the energy provided by the sun is free, converting that energy into electricity continues to require significant financial resources. One...more
In this issue:
- NASDAQ Proposes Internal Audit Function Requirement for Listed Issuers
- FINRA’s Frequently Asked Questions on Electronic Blue Sheet Submissions Updated Regarding Order Execution Time
Budget 2013 was tabled on March 21, 2013. Heenan Blaikie’s National Tax Group has prepared the following overview of some of the more significant tax-related measures....more
The Ontario Superior Court of Justice recently awarded damages of just over $16 million against Thomas Weisel Partners Canada Inc. (now Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc.) for failing to close on a bought deal private placement...more
On March 15, 2013, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over natural gas futures contracts and that the Federal...more
The D.C. Circuit clarifies that FERC may prohibit manipulative trading only in markets outside of the CFTC's exclusive jurisdiction over commodity futures contracts.
On March 15, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the...more
The CFTC's Dodd-Frank swap reporting and recordkeeping requirements become mandatory on April 10, 2013, for all persons and companies engaging in swaps. These requirements include the agency's swap data reporting and...more
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit decided today that the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) has exclusive jurisdiction over all transactions involving commodity futures contracts and that the Federal...more
On March 7, 2013, the Québec government released a consultation paper containing its proposed changes to the Québec mining royalty and tax regime in anticipation of its forum on the proposed regime to be held on March 15,...more
On March 1, 2013, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice determined that Stifel Nicolaus Canada Inc. (formerly Thomas Weisel Partners Canada Inc.) breached its bought deal engagement letter with Stetson Oil &...more
The Office of Management and Budget has issued its Report to the Congress on the budget sequestration for federal fiscal year 2013 required by the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985, as amended by the...more
On March 4, 2013, U.S. Treasury released guidance on the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts known as “sequestration” to the Section 1603 cash grant program.
As stated in the message, payments under Section...more
Yesterday celebrated an auspicious anniversary as it was the 125th anniversary of the British newspaper, the Financial Times (FT), its first issue having been delivered on February 13, 1888. In England, and across the world,...more
A recent decision in the investment treaty case, Electrabel S.A. v. the Republic of Hungary, represents an important contribution to the rapidly-growing case law concerning the relationship between EU law and intra-EU...more
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