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New Property Tax Exemption for All South Carolina Manufacturers

by McNair Law Firm, P.A. on

The South Carolina Infrastructure and Economic Development Reform Act, 2017 Act 40, was recently enacted and is designed to enhance South Carolina’s economic competitiveness. The Act, commonly referred to as the gas tax bill,...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

As expected, Wells Fargo has promoted former Fed governor and current vice chair Elizabeth Duke to succeed Board chair Stephen Sanger. Incredibly, the move makes Duke the first woman to hold the top spot at one of the...more

Blockchain Technology Could Extend To Oil and Gas Transportation

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

The oil and gas industry has seen huge advances in the extraction of resources, thanks to cutting edge technologies like fracking. But it hasn’t exactly been a leader when it comes to digital adoption....more

Does Texas Have a New “Rule” in Conveyancing?

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Subject-to, reservations-from, and exceptions-to problems have been lurking in the shadows of Texas jurisprudence for a while now, and the courts have been all over the map in recent holdings....more

Denial of Surface Access is Sufficient to Trigger Broadly Worded Force Majeure Clause in Oil and Gas Lease

by Reminger Co., LPA on

In a decision interpreting the force majeure clause of an oil and gas lease, the Seventh District Court of Appeals of Ohio in Haverhill Glen, LLC v. Eric Petroleum Corporation, Slip Opinion No. 2016-Ohio-8030, ruled that the...more

Russian Cyber Attack on US Nuclear Power Stations

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

A report from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warns of malware attacks targeting mainly nuclear power stations and energy facilities. The attacks started in May of this year....more

The UK Shorter Trials Scheme: Tried & Tested - Energy case under new trial regime, intended to trim time and costs, gets Court of...

by King & Spalding on

The Shorter Trials Scheme—a time-sensitive case management process for quicker and less costly access to justice—was introduced in September 2015 for cases in the commercial, technology and construction courts, the chancery...more

Third Circuit Holds that Automatic Perfection Provisions Are Not So Automatic

by Bracewell LLP on

Close to ten years have passed since the filing of the chapter 11 cases of Tulsa, Oklahoma-based SemCrude L.P., but this week, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a 2015 district court ruling that resolved a dispute...more

President Trump Signs New Sanctions Legislation into Law

by Jones Day on

On August 2, 2017, President Trump signed the "Countering America's Adversaries Through Sanctions Act" ("Act") into law. The Act, which codifies and strengthens sanctions against Russia and expands sanctions against Iran and...more

Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA

by Reed Smith on

The High Court has handed down Judgment in Vitol SA v Beta Renowable SA [2017] EWHC 1734 (Comm) highlighting the importance of ensuring that communication and conduct for the purpose of accepting repudiatory breach is clear...more

Energy Newsletter - August 2017

by King & Spalding on

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control - In light of their long term objectives and potential future transactions, parties should consider the...more

Forging ahead: US M&A H1 2017: Forging ahead: Oil and gas M&A stages cautious comeback

by White & Case LLP on

While oil prices continue to fluctuate, a pro-oil administration and midstream activity mean that M&A is gaining momentum. Oil & gas deal M&A activity is stabilizing somewhat in 2017. Deal value increased by 84.5 percent...more

Insurance Coverage for Global Warming Liability – An Increasingly Hot Topic

by Reed Smith on

Three recent California lawsuits against some of the country’s largest energy companies represent the latest effort by civil litigants to obtain legal relief for damages allegedly sustained because of climate change. Although...more

Practical Issues Under Joint Operating Agreements Relating to Withdrawals, Transfers and Changes in Control

by King & Spalding on

The Joint Operating Agreement (“JOA”) is one of the most important documents to be considered in relation to a direct or indirect change in the ownership of interests in any oil and gas project, whether by way of (a) a...more

How Not to Secure an Oil Well Lien in Louisiana

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Rozel Operating v. Crown Point Holdings, LLC, et al., reminds one of the need to understand and apply the meaning of terms used in a statute one is attempting to enforce. And imaginative theories don’t work without evidence...more

Land Owners Could Be Paying Proposed Severance Tax

by Barley Snyder on

Whether or not the latest natural gas severance tax proposal gets passed into law in Pennsylvania, House Bill 542 contains some interesting language land owners who have signed lease agreements with energy companies need to...more

ExxonMobil Fined $2 Million for Ukraine/Russia Sanctions Violations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

On July 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced a $2 million civil monetary penalty against Exxon Mobil Corp., including its U.S. subsidiaries ExxonMobil Development...more

Important Deadlines Looming for Illinois Power Agency’s Initial Forward Procurement of Renewable Energy Credits from Utility-Scale...

by Bryan Cave on

On July 19, 2017, the Illinois Power Agency (“IPA” or “Agency”) issued its Request for Proposals Process and Rules (“RFP Rules”) under which the Agency will solicit fifteen year contracts for the delivery of 1,000,000 ...more

Ukraine: Draft Changes to PPA for Renewables

by Dentons on

Please be informed that on 25 July 2017 National Commission on State Regulation of Energy and Utilities in Ukraine (the “Regulator”) has adopted the draft changes to the template (prymirnyy) PPA between producers of...more

SC utilities to suspend nuclear construction

by PretiFlaherty on

Two South Carolina utilities have announced their decisions to cease work on two new nuclear units under construction at the V.C. Summer Nuclear Station in Jenkinsville, South Carolina. The project to develop Units 2 and 3...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Limit On "Pay First, Dispute Later" Principle

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In a recent decision in Talisman Energy Inc v Questerre Energy Corporation, 2017 ABCA 218 [Talisman], the Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the Court of Queen's Bench, to place limits on the "pay now, dispute...more

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Under the Dome: Inside the Maine State House provides a high-level overview of recent activity at the Maine State House. Legislature Met on July 20 to Consider Bond Bills, Items from Special Appropriations Table - After...more

Lessons in Failures of Internal Controls

by Thomas Fox on

Last week’s announcement by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the resolution of its outstanding Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) enforcement action with Halliburton Company continues to resonate and provide...more

House Passes Bill Authorizing Additional Sanctions Against Russia, North Korea and Iran

by Dechert LLP on

After weeks of discussion and procedural uncertainty, the U.S. House of Representatives passed new legislation by a vote of 419–3 that, if enacted into law, will strengthen existing sanctions against Russia and also impose...more

Goodbye to Rocket J. Squirrel – Halliburton Resolves FCPA Enforcement Action

by Thomas Fox on

June Foray died this week. You may not think you have heard of her but let me assure you; you have heard her. Foray was the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel in perhaps the greatest cartoon show ever, Rocky and Bullwinkle....more

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