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West Virginia Supreme Court Applies Ohio Mixed Dust Exposure Statute

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Recently, in State ex rel. American Electric Power v. Swope, the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of a number of mixed dust exposure cases. Dozens of persons brought claims alleging injuries as a result of...more

Does the Concept of Regulatory Takings Comport With Original Intent?

On June 23, 2017, the Supreme Court issued an important regulatory takings case, refining the test to be used to determine what is the appropriate unit of property to use to assess the impact of a regulation. It’s an...more

An Unusual Way To Hold an Oil and Gas Lease

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Here is what we believe is an unusual situation: A gas unit is formed. The gas well ceases to produce. Another gas well produces from an oil unit, but the lease at issue is not included in the oil unit. Is the lease...more

Enforcing awards against states – is it becoming more difficult?

by Hogan Lovells on

Enforcing awards against states – is it becoming more difficult? Energy companies frequently face disputes against states. If successful in such disputes, claimants have to enforce the award or judgment against the state's...more

Venezuela Mines for a Reversal in Federal Appeals Court

Venezuela is taking its fight over a $1.4 billion arbitral award to the District of Columbia’s federal court of appeals. The award capped a bitter dispute between Venezuela and Crystallex International Corporation, a...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: - SC19799 - Middlebury v. Connecticut Siting Council Neighbors unsuccessfully challenged the modification of an approval for a new power plant before the Siting Council claiming...more

Using An Old Hammer in a New Context: ONRR and DOJ Adopt Aggressive False Claims Act Strategy for Royalty Underpayments

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

The government is dramatically shifting its strategy for pursuing alleged underpayments of royalties owed on production from federal and Indian mineral leases. For decades, the Department of the Interior (“DOI”)’s Office of...more

Valuation Of “Different” Property In Condemnation — Does a Developed Market Exist?

When real property interests are acquired by the power of eminent domain, the owner is entitled to receive “just compensation” in the form of fair market value for the property taken....more

D.C. District Court Determines that Dakota Access Environmental Assessment was Inadequate

On June 14, 2017, the District Court for the District of Columbia issued a decision in Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Court found that the Army Corps of Engineers (“the Corps”) had not...more

The Stone Energy Bankruptcy: Lessons for the JOA

by Locke Lord LLP on

In 2011, Stone Energy Corporation and Triad Hunter, LLC entered into a development agreement for the exploration of about 4,200 acres in West Virginia under a 1989 form JOA. Each party owned 50% and Stone was designated as...more

A strict enforcement of time bar provisions

by White & Case LLP on

Time bar provisions are a relatively common feature of construction contracts, but often arouse concern because they are seen to be "harsh". A recent case from Northern Ireland confirms that notwithstanding any "harsh"...more

Energy Efficiency Resources — the Latest Battleground in FERC-State Jurisdictional Conflicts

by Cozen O'Connor on

The goals of restructured wholesale electric markets often conflict with state electric goals. In 2016, the U.S. Supreme Court addressed two of these conflicts; (1) regulation of demand response; FERC v. Electric Power Supply...more

Ninth Circuit Nixes Immediate Appeals of Denials of State Action Immunity

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Decision from largest judicial circuit establishes majority position that denials of state action immunity are not immediately appealable collateral orders. On June 12, 2017, the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit...more

High Court to Address Constitutionality of Inter Partes Reviews

On June 12, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (U.S. June 12, 2017) granted certiorari to decide next term if certain American Invents Act (AIA) review proceedings,...more

Life, Liberty, and…IPRs? SCOTUS to Weigh in on Constitutionality of Inter Partes Review Proceedings

by Bryan Cave on

Today, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group, No. 16-712 (June 12, 2017), to decide whether post-grant proceedings created under the America Invents Act (“AIA”) are...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Greenlights Contribution Action for Purely Economic Damages Under Oil Pollution Act (OPA)

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Settoon Towing, L.L.C. v. Marquette Transportation Company, L.L.C., No. 16-30459 (5th Cir. Jun. 9, 2017), the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals held for the first time that a Responsible Party under the Oil...more

The Supreme Court - June 12, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases today: Sandoz Inc. v. Amgen Inc., No. 15-1039: The Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act of 2009 (“BPCIA”), governs “biosimilar” drugs – a...more

Louisiana Second Circuit Finds Holder of Mortgage Encumbering a Mineral Lease Solidarily Liable with Mineral Lessees for Damages...

by Liskow & Lewis on

In Gloria’s Ranch, L.L.C. v. Tauren Exploration, Inc., the Louisiana Second Circuit upheld a trial court’s ruling that the holder of a security interest in mineral leases was solidarily liable for damages under the Louisiana...more

BREAKING NEWS: SCOTUS to Consider Whether AIA Review is Constitutional

by Goodwin on

The U.S. Supreme Court granted Oil States Energy Services’ petition for a writ of certiorari seeking review of the constitutionality of post-grant review proceedings by the USPTO’s PTAB. Oil States appealed to the U.S....more

Court Reissues LCFS Opinion Per ARB Petition For Reconsideration

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

As discussed in a previous post, the California Court of Appeal for the Fifth Appellate District (Court of Appeal) ruled on April 10, 2017 that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) had failed to properly follow a writ of...more

The Asia-Pacific Arbitration Review - 2018

by WilmerHale on

The Asia-Pacific region has seen a surge in the use of arbitration in recent years. Although it is difficult to draw general conclusions about a large and incredibly diverse geographical region that stretches from French...more

Supreme Court Decision on Statute of Limitations Governing SEC’s Recovery of Disgorgement Also Applies to FERC (but Practical...

On June 5, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court, in Kokesh v. SEC, unanimously held that the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) cannot seek disgorgement of unjust profits obtained outside of the five-year statute of limitations...more

Limitations Runs on Nuisance Claims

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

When must a neighbor sue for nuisance and trespass or else be barred by limitations? It’s a tricky question. In Town of Dish et al v. Atmos Energy et al, the Texas Supreme Court concluded that the claims were time-barred. The...more

Ozark Society Lacks Standing To Pursue Injunctive Relief

In Ouachita Watch League, et al., v. U.S. Forest Service, et al., decided May 30, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit dismissed for lack of jurisdiction an appeal of the District Court’s ruling that the plaintiff...more

West Virginia Court Pivots Toward Industry in Recent Post-Production Deduction Case

by McGuireWoods LLP on

A recent decision by the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has called into question its own precedent on the permissibility of post-production deductions and the calculation of oil and natural gas royalties, reversing...more

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