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California Environmental Law and Policy Update - July 2014 #2

Environmental and Policy Focus: House holds hearing on proposed ‘Waters of the United States’ rule - Association of California Water Agencies - Jul 9: The House Science, Space, and Technology Committee held a hearing...more

Federal Court Rules Boilermakers Didn’t Decide All Issues And Orders Company To File A Form 8-K

At first glance, the plaintiff’s position in Bushansky v. Armacost, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88072 (N.D. Cal. June 25, 2014) seems a bit peculiar. The plaintiff had filed suit challenging Chevron Corporation’s adoption of an...more

Oil Regulation 2014 - United States

The US oil industry is divided into three sectors: upstream (exploration and production), midstream (processing, storage and transportation) and downstream (refining, distribution and marketing). Industry participants...more

What Happens In Ecuador Does Not Stay In Ecuador

In last week’s decision in Chevron v. Donziger, the court enjoined the enforcement of a $9.5 billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp. for environmental pollution, alleged to have been caused by its predecessor,...more

The Legality Of Corporate Giving

According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the top three corporate philanthropists (Wells Fargo, Walmart and Chevron) in 2012 gave nearly $900 million in cash in 2012. At the most fundamental level, do corporations have the...more

Update Regarding Chevron Forum Selection Litigation: Chevron Requests Delaware Supreme Court Certification

As discussed below, on June 25, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld the facial validity of forum selection bylaws unilaterally adopted by the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and FedEx Corporation. In...more

California Environmental Law and Policy Update - January 31, 2014

Environmental and Policy Focus: Ninth Circuit debates application of dormant Commerce Clause - CourtHouse News - Jan 22: A Ninth Circuit appellate panel’s rejection of a challenge to the “life-cycle analysis” approach...more

Lenity, Chevron Deference And Consumer Protection Laws

Several federal statutes, including the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (“RESPA”), the Truth in Lending Act (“TILA”) and the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (“SCRA”) permit the government to seek either civil or...more

Voluntary Withdrawal of Appeal in Delaware Exclusive Forum Bylaw Case

In response to the wave of strike suits filed outside Delaware in connection with mergers and acquisitions and executive compensation matters, boards of some Delaware corporations adopted exclusive forum bylaws. Those bylaws...more

Update Regarding Chevron/FedEx Forum Selection Litigation: Voluntary Dismissal of Appeal

As discussed below, on June 25, 2013, the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld the facial validity of forum selection bylaws unilaterally adopted by the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and FedEx Corporation. Last...more

Pa. Litigation Update

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

We Still Don’t Need No Stinkin Cooperative Federalism: The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Holds that GHG Sources Require PSD...

Last Friday, I posted about the limits to EPA’s cooperation with states in the name of “cooperative federalism” under the Clean Air Act. On the same day, in Texas v. EPA, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals only emphasized my...more

Delaware Court Upholds Exclusive Forum-Selection Bylaws

On June 25, 2013, Chancellor Strine of the Delaware Court of Chancery upheld bylaws adopted by the boards of directors of Chevron Corporation and FedEx Corporation that designated Delaware as the exclusive forum for...more

Boilermakers Local 154 Ret. Fund v. Chevron Corp., C.A. No. 7220-CS (Del. Ch. June 25, 2013) (Strine, C.) & IClub Inv. P’ship v....

The Delaware Court of Chancery held that bylaw provisions unilaterally adopted by a Delaware corporation’s board of directors and providing that Delaware is the exclusive forum for resolution of certain disputes involving the...more

California Court of Appeal Says Chevron Can Collect ZIP Code Information for Pay-at-the-Pump Transactions

On June 20, 2013, the California Court of Appeal affirmed the dismissal of a putative class action which alleged that Chevron violated California’s Song-Beverly Credit Card Act (“Song-Beverly”) by requiring California...more

Delaware Court of Chancery Upholds Validity of Board-Adopted Forum Selection Bylaws

Yesterday, the Delaware Court of Chancery issued a highly anticipated decision upholding the validity of forum selection bylaws adopted by the directors of Chevron Corporation and FedEx Corporation that designate Delaware...more

Iraq Oil and Gas Regime - Part 1

This article is part one of a two-part series on the Iraqi oil and gas licensing regime. This article serves as an overview of the political and legal issues affecting the current Iraqi oil and gas licensing regime. Part two...more

Supreme Court Upholds FCC's Authority To Impose Time Limitations on Land Use Approvals for Wireless Facilities

Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) had authority under the Telecommunications Act of 1996 to impose time limits for state and local governments to act...more

Southern District of New York Orders Chevron CEO and General Counsel to Testify in RICO Suit Related to $18 Billion Ecuadorian...

On May 14, 2013, Judge Lewis A. Kaplan of the Southern District of New York affirmed a magistrate judge's decision denying plaintiff Chevron Corporation's ("Chevron's") motion to quash deposition notices for Chevron CEO John...more

The Supreme Court Rules that the Fox Can Guard the Henhouse (Because the Fox Told Them He Can)

The Supreme Court of the United States has allowed federal agencies to interpret ambiguities in their implementing statutes and directed courts to defer to agency expertise when deciding cases. (Who, after all, knows a...more

Infobytes - A Weekly In-depth review of news & developments in the financial services industry - May 24, 2013

In This Issue: - FEDERAL ISSUES - STATE ISSUES - COURTS - MISCELLANY - FIRM NEWS - MORTGAGES - BANKING - CONSUMER FINANCE - SECURITIES - PRIVACY/DATA SECURITY - PAYMENTS - Excerpt from Consumer...more

City of Arlington v. FCC: Did the Supreme Court Just Expand the Scope of Chevron Deference? No.

On Monday, in City of Arlington v. FCC, the Supreme Court made clear that agency interpretations of ambiguous statutes are entitled to deference even where they involve questions relating to the scope of an agency’s authority...more

Not on the Rink in My Backyard - Ontario Court Rejects Bid to Enforce Ecuadorian Judgment Against Chevron Corp.

It is well-known that for 20 years Chevron Corp. has been engaged in litigation with residents of the Lago Agrio region of Ecuador over alleged environmental and health damage arising out of oil exploration activities by...more

When is the Meaning of a Statute Sufficiently Plain? The D.C. Circuit Restores EPA Authority to Withdraw Approval of Section 404...

In a decision on Tuesday that must have sent shivers down the spine of every coal company executive, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals restored EPA’s authority to withdraw the specification of streams for the disposal of...more

DISPUTE RESOLUTION: International Arbitration: Chevron Tribunal Declares Ecuador in Breach of Interim Awards

On February 7, 2013, an investment arbitration tribunal issued its third interim measures award in the Chevron vs. Ecuador case. The tribunal found Ecuador in breach of its previous award ordering Ecuador to take all measures...more

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