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Ninth Circuit Rejects Use of Preemptive Litigation to Validate Federal Approvals

Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., v. Center for Biological Diversity, (11/12/14, No. 13-35835) The Ninth Circuit has rejected a “novel litigation strategy” that Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., employed in an effort to preempt a...more

Ninth Circuit Rebuffs Shell’s Declaratory Judgment Act Suit

The Ninth Circuit recently rejected “a novel litigation strategy” under the Declaratory Judgment Act (DJA). Shell Gulf of Mex. v. Ctr. for Biological Div., 13-35835 (9th Cir. Nov. 12, 2014) (Slip Op.). According to the Ninth...more

The Substance of Property Tax Rule 474, Relating to the Assessment of Refineries, Was Appropriate, Valid and Consistent with...

The State Board of Equalization (“Board”) enacted a rule that the valuation of petroleum refinery property should assess the land, improvements, and fixtures as a single appraisal unit because they are generally bought and...more

U.S. District Court Vacates SEC’s Rule Requiring Public Disclosure of Energy Companies’ Payments to U.S. and Foreign Governments

On July 2, 2013, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia vacated a rule promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") that would have required energy companies to publicly disclose payments to...more

US District Court vacates SEC’s Resource Extraction Rule

On Tuesday, the US District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the Securities and Exchange Commission on a motion for summary judgment related to the SEC’s resource extraction rule. A copy of the court’s...more

Court Vacates SEC Rule on Disclosure of Government Payments by Resource Extraction Issuers While Similar EU Requirement Is...

On July 2, 2013, a US court vacated the new SEC rule requiring resource extraction issuers to file annual reports with information about government payments for the commercial development of oil, natural gas or minerals....more

Independent Natural Gas Producers Challenge EPA Air Rules

On October 15, 2012, Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC filed suit in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of the Independent Petroleum Association of America (“IPAA”) and six other state-level oil and gas associations (PA,...more

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