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Changing MSHA Penalties: What’s on the Horizon for Mine Operators?

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) is in the process of reviewing proposed new civil penalty regulations following multiple hearings in which stakeholders offered their comments. Civil penalties for safety...more

Global Mining and Metals Industry Group: Kazakhstan push for reform

Kazakhstan’s new legal and regulatory changes are part of a push for progress and are a step in the right direction in creating a simpler, more transparent and attractive environment for international investment in the mining...more

What is your broker up to? Broker found to have authority to enter into a fixture and guarantee

Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd v Salgaocar Mining Industries Private Ltd (2015) (Unreported) - After extensive negotiations, London brokers fixed a 10-year charterparty on behalf of their principals, the Charterers. The Charterers...more

Religious Objections to Biometric Scanning: Jury Verdict for Employee Is a Cautionary Tale for Employers

A Virginia federal jury recently awarded $150,000 to a miner who refused on religious grounds to use his employer’s biometric hand scanner that was installed to track attendance. Such scanners read each person’s unique hand...more

Air Emissions May Give Rise to CERCLA Liability

The Pakootas decision appears to be the first in which any federal court has directly addressed this issue. On December 31, 2014, in a case of first impression, Judge Lonny Suko of the U.S. District Court for the...more

Corporate and Financial Weekly Digest - Volume X, Issue 3

In this issue: - SEC Chair Directs Staff to Review Commission Rule Excluding Conflicting Proxy Proposals - SEC Comments on FINRA's Proposed Rule Amendment to Increase Pricing Disclosure - CFTC Grants...more

$300,000 In Punitive Damages Upheld In Sexual Harassment Case Despite Nominal Damages Award

Angela Aguilar who worked in a copper mine for approximately 11 months claimed she was sexually harassed, retaliated against, subjected to intentional infliction of emotional distress and was constructively terminated from...more

Amendments to the Kazakhstan Legal Regime for the Mining Industry

The Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan “On introduction of amendments and additions to certain legislative acts on subsoil use matters” No. 271-V 3PK was adopted on 29 December 2014 and, save for the specified provisions,...more

California Employment Law Notes - January 2015

$300,000 In Punitive Damages Upheld In Sexual Harassment Case Despite Nominal Damages Award - State of Arizona v. ASARCO LLC, 2014 WL 6918577 (9th Cir. 2014) (en banc). Angela Aguilar who worked in a copper mine...more

The Glencore giant, the law’s Lilliputians, and the mining and metals markets: Glencore-Rio Tinto II: Can it negotiate the merger...

James Killick, John Tivey, Rebecca Campbell, Jan Jeram and Anthony Elghossain of global law firm White & Case examine the process and the issues that may arise should such a deal come to fruition. The market’s been...more

Mining & Metals: Opportunity & Risk— From bust to boom? Positioning for the future

With an ongoing malaise in the mining and metals markets, industry participants have continued to anticipate, identify and respond to risks differently. Some participants have elected to retreat from emerging economies,...more

Congress Passes Major Public Lands Package

For the first time in nearly six years, Congress passed a major package of public lands and natural resource bills, which was signed into law by President Obama on December 19, 2014. The package combined dozens of bills...more

Conservation Easements Are Not Required As Mitigation For Permanent Loss Of Farmland

In Friends of the Kings River v. County of Fresno, the California Fifth District Court of Appeal upheld the County of Fresno’s adoption of an Environmental Impact Report for a mining operation that will result in a permanent...more

Fresno County Aggregate Mine Fends Off Court Challenge

In Friends of the Kings River v. County of Fresno, No. F068818 (Cal. Ct. App. 5th Dist., Dec. 8, 2014), the Fifth Appellate District upheld Fresno County’s (County) approval of the Carmelita Mine and Reclamation Project...more

Changes To Iron Ore Royalties In Western Australia

On 28 November 2014, the Western Australian Government made changes to the manner by which iron ore royalties payable to the Government are calculated. These changes more clearly prescribe the scope of permissible deductions...more

Fifth District Rejects CEQA Challenge to Fresno County Aggregate Mine Project EIR In Partially Published Decision, Clarifies State...

In a lengthy, 65-page opinion filed December 8, 2014 (of which fully two-thirds was unpublished), the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the Fresno County Superior Court’s judgment upholding the EIR, Conditional Use...more

Nevada Construction Law Developments in 2014

This is an off year for Nevada’s biennium legislative session; but even though the Legislature was quiet, Nevada’s electorate was not. Nevadans approved State Question No. 1 at the ballot box. This measure amends the Nevada...more

Supreme Court to Clarify the Liability of Canadian Corporations for Acts of their Foreign Affiliates

The Supreme Court of Canada today heard argument in a case that will clarify whether a judgment obtained in a foreign country against a foreign corporate entity can be enforced in Canada against a Canadian affiliate of that...more

How to use annual leave to respond to market conditions

Mining company Glencore recently reacted to a depressed coal price by announcing a three week shutdown during which employees would be asked to take annual leave. As the Christmas period approaches, all organisations should...more

The Great East/West Divide

I was honored to address the recent annual meeting of the American Exploration and Mining Association (AEMA) in Reno, Nevada. Coming out west serves as a reminder of the chasm that exists between those Americans who earn...more

PA Tax Law News - December 2014

In This Issue: - Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities - Focus on Pennsylvania Corporate Taxes - Application and Sale of Restricted Tax Credits -...more

Important Changes to Offerings to Existing Security Holders and Rights Offerings and their Impact on the Mining Sector in Canada

Two important developments were announced today that affect how Canadian reporting issuers can raise capital from their existing security holders: - The Ontario Securities Commission (“OSC”) announced the introduction...more

Explore: Insights from the DLA Piper Mining Sector (Global)

In This Issue: - Editorial - About our mining sector - Mirabela Nickel restructuring – An Australian first - EU import duties and the mining supply chain - Indonesia – An update on the ore and minerals...more

Focus on Pennsylvania Corporate Taxes

With the November 4th election of Democrat Tom Wolf as Pennsylvania’s next Governor, Pennsylvania corporate taxpayers face an interesting budget season in 2015. During the campaign, Wolf advocated for a severance or...more

Recent PA Sales Tax Guidance Concerning Natural Gas and Other Mining Activities

With all of the natural gas mining activity in Pennsylvania, the Department of Revenue has issued various guidance on what machinery, equipment and supplies falls within the "mining" exemption under Pennsylvania's sales and...more

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