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Energy Newsletter - November 2017

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Choice of Law in Host Government Agreements - Choice of law stands as the second “pillar” of contract stabilization, together with stabilization clauses and international arbitration. In fact, choice of law provisions...more

ITC Proposes Tariffs in Solar Trade Case

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

After hearing days of arguments and considering dozens of filings from solar companies both opposed to and in support of trade action, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) today recommended tariffs on imported solar...more

Japan: De-Regulation, The Japan Fair Trade Commission and Take or Pay Disputes

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1. INTRODUCTION - Historically, the Japanese gas and electricity markets could best be described as a collection of regional monopolies, each with its own energy champion (the “Japanese Incumbents”). In more recent...more

France Moves Toward Ending All Regulated Tariffs for Natural Gas Sales

by Jones Day on

The Ruling: The Conseil d'État (France's Administrative Supreme Court) has ruled that the public service obligation to supply natural gas at regulated tariffs in France contravened EU law. In particular, it affirmed that no...more

ITC Decision Could Cloud Outlook for Solar Project Developers

by Jones Day on

A recent decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission ("ITC") could have long-term consequences for the U.S. solar industry. On September 22, 2017, the ITC found, by a vote of 4-0, that rising imports have caused...more

Japanese Report: LNG Sale and Purchase Agreement Destination Restrictions Likely Anticompetitive

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On June 28, 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") published a report based on a survey conducted from July 2016 to May 2017 ("Report"), concluding that destination restrictions provided in liquefied natural gas...more

Antitrust Alert: Federal Court Rejects Failing Firm Defense in Merger Case

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A new decision from a federal court in Delaware reinforces the high burden that parties face in insulating an otherwise anticompetitive merger based on the so-called "failing firm" defense. The Justice Department ("DOJ")...more

“No Shop” Clause Radioactive for Merger’s “Failing Firm” Defense

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Last week a Delaware federal district court unsealed its earlier opinion blocking the merger of two radioactive waste disposal companies. The court rejected the parties’ failing firm defense, citing the merger agreement’s “no...more

The Japan Fair Trade Commission Has Said No to LNG Resale Restrictions—What Does This Mean for Japanese and Non-Japanese LNG...

In June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (JFTC) issued its conclusion on an earlier market study on liquefied natural gas (LNG) resale restrictions and cautioned that (i) destination clauses, (ii) diversion clauses,...more

LNG for Japanese Buyers: End of the Road for Destination Clauses?

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A recent announcement by the Japanese antitrust regulator could spell the end of destination clauses in certain Asian LNG SPAs. Key Points: ..Asian LNG buyers are seeking to form a buyers’ club to negotiate better and...more

JFTC questions the validity of destination clauses in LNG SPAs

by White & Case LLP on

On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission ("JFTC") issued a report regarding its "Survey on LNG Trades" based on questionnaires and interviews with Japanese and non-Japanese buyers and sellers of LNG (the "Report")....more

Japan Fair Trade Commission Survey of LNG Trades

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On 28 June 2017, the Japan Fair Trade Commission (the “JFTC”) published its highly anticipated “Survey on LNG Trades” (the “Survey”) that reviews the impact of destination restrictions on long term LNG imports into Japan and...more

Brazil's Developing Gas Marketing: Opportunities for Arbitration

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Historically, natural gas did not play a significant role in Brazil’s energy mix, never exceeding 4% of Brazil’s primary energy supply until the late 1990s. Today, natural gas accounts for 12% of Brazil’s primary energy...more

DOJ Challenges Illegal Antitrust “Gun Jumping” In Energy Transaction

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The Department of Justice Antitrust Division recently brought a civil antitrust lawsuit against Duke Energy Corporation, alleging that the electric power generator engaged in illegal “gun jumping” by obtaining beneficial...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - February 2017

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Commerce Extends Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis System - On January 5, the Department of Commerce (Commerce) announced the extension of the Steel Import Monitoring and Analysis (SIMA) system until March 21, 2022....more

Getting the Deal Through — Electricity Regulation 2017: United Kingdom

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1 Policy and law - What is the government policy and legislative framework for the electricity sector? Government policy - Following the EU Referendum held on 23 June 2016, a new prime minister was appointed...more

USITC To Study the U.S. Aluminum Industry

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The U.S. International Trade Commission recently heard testimony that global markets for aluminum and aluminum products are being distorted by Chinese subsidies. On September 29, 2016, the Commission held a public hearing in...more

WTO Appellate Body Report: EU – Biodiesel (Argentina)

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Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has delivered a mixed verdict in Argentina's challenge to EU anti-dumping measures on biodiesel. The Appellate Body rejected Argentina's claims that part of the EU Basic Regulation on...more

Energy Sector Alert Series: Brexit and Energy - Leaving the EU While Staying Connected

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In this eight-week alert series, we are providing a broad look at current and emerging issues facing the energy sector. Lawyers from across the firm are discussing issues ranging from cybersecurity, antitrust and intellectual...more

Trade & Manufacturing - October 2016

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What the Next President Should Do About U.S. Manufacturing - Top industry executives, political leaders, small business and trade union leaders, researchers and policymakers are offering a blueprint for maintaining the...more

The Eighth Circuit Extinguishes Claims of Continuing Conduct in Propane Tank Conspiracy

Before plaintiffs could light the pilot on antitrust claims against two propane tank distributors, a split Eighth Circuit panel cut the gas. In doing so, the majority espoused a narrow view of the applicability of the...more

North Carolina Rejects Third-Party Sales of Solar-Generated Electricity

The North Carolina Utilities Commission recently ruled that third-party sales of solar-generated electricity violate state law. The Commission rejected a test case brought by an advocacy group seeking to legitimize such...more

Antitrust Lessons from Oil Giants’ Proposed Merger

In perhaps an unsurprising move, last week the U.S. Department of Justice filed a civil antitrust lawsuit challenging the merger of Halliburton and Baker Hughes, the first and third largest oilfield services companies in the...more

A Global Corruption Crackdown

An interview on CNBC's Power Lunch (April 1, 2016), where I exchange views with Frank Vogl, Co-founder Transparency Intl and the Partnership for Transparency Fund, and author of "Waging War on Corruption - Inside the movement...more

9th Circuit Erects Statutory Standing Bar to Appeals Challenging FERC Section 211A Orders

On August 10, 2015, the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, in Northwest Requirements Utilities v. FERC, denied several petitions for review of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders requiring...more

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