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US: Supreme Court hears argument on constitutionality of inter partes review

by Hogan Lovells on

On November 27, 2017, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case that will determine the constitutionality of inter partes review, a proceeding before the United States Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Trial and...more

Is a Patent a Private or Public Right? -- Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments in Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's...

Leading up to the Supreme Court oral argument for Oil States Energy Services, LLC. v. Greene's Energy Group, LLC on November 27, 2017, there was a lot of discussion regarding whether patents were a private or public right. ...more

Centuries of Precedent are Little Help as IPR Constitutionality Divides Justices

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

This morning the Supreme Court heard arguments in the heavily anticipated case of Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC on the question of whether AIA trials at the patent office, such as inter partes...more

Supreme Court Justices’ Questions in Oil States Suggest Inter Partes Review Will Be Upheld as Constitutional

by Winthrop & Weinstine, P.A. on

On Monday, November 27, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court heard argument in Oil States Energy Services, LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group, LLC, No. 16-712. The case presents a direct challenge to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s...more

Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group: Supreme Court to Decide if Patents are Private or Public Rights

by Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP on

Rory P. Pheiffer, a partner in Nutter’s Intellectual Property Department and a member of both the Emerging Companies and Life Sciences and Medical Devices practice groups, addressed the Supreme Court Case Oil States Energy...more

House Committee Approves Bills that Would Repeal Conflict Minerals and Mine Safety Disclosure Requirements

by White & Case LLP on

On November 15, 2017, the House Financial Services Committee (the "Committee") approved two pieces of legislation that would repeal the conflict minerals and mine safety and health disclosure requirements promulgated under...more

Was a New Hampshire Development Authority Required to Obtain a Clean Water Act MS4 Permit?: September 26th Federal Court Opinion

A United States District Court (District of New Hampshire) addressed in a September 26th opinion whether a New Hampshire based development authority should have obtained a Clean Water Act Small Separate Storm Sewer System...more

Currents - Energy Industry Insights - October 2017 #2

EPA Moves to Repeal Obama's Clean Power Plan Coal Regs - "EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced Monday that the Trump administration is moving to scrap the Clean Power Plan, the Obama administration's signature...more

When Condemnation Actions Go Wrong

by Nossaman LLP on

In the vast majority of cases, when a public agency exercises eminent domain, the only issue in dispute is the amount of just compensation the agency must pay for the property being acquired. Even in situations where a...more

Fifth Circuit Denies Due Process-Based Request for Preliminary Injunction Against Intrastate Texas Gas Pipeline

On October 3, in the case of Boerschig v. Trans-Pecos Pipeline, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the lower court’s denial of request for a preliminary injunction to enjoin Texas state condemnation...more

Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and Administrative Law: Allan Gates (Mitchell Williams) National...

My law firm colleague Allan Gates undertook a webinar presentation for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) titled: - Shaking Things Up – The Trump Administration, Regulatory Change, and...more

Municipalities' Water Withdrawal: NEPA/National Forest Management Act Challenge to U.S. Forest Service Authorization

The United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit (“Court”) addressed in an October 23rd opinion Plaintiffs-Appellants Central Oregon LandWatch and WaterWatch of Oregon (collectively “Plaintiffs”) challenge to the United...more

Payments Clause in City Contract Deemed Unconstitutional When it Suspends the City’s Ability to Tax

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Russell City Energy Co. LLC v. City of Hayward - Court of Appeal, First District (August 7, 2017) - In Russell City Energy Co. LLC v. City of Hayward, the California Court of Appeals held that a payments clause in a...more

NY Federal Court Dismisses Case Against Subsidies for Nuclear Energy

On July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of New York dismissed a case brought by fossil fuel generators against New York’s recently established zero emission credit program....more

Federal Courts’ Dismissal of Pre-emption Challenges to Illinois and New York ZEC Nuclear Subsidies Returns Focus to FERC

On July 14, 2017, and July 25, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, respectively, dismissed challenges to the Illinois and New...more

Making a constitutional case out of constructing pipelines

by Dentons on

In recent years, one of the most significant challenges faced by major pipeline projects has been the constitutional question of whether governments have satisfied their duty to consult Aboriginal groups as required by...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

New York Federal District Court Decision Supports State’s Role in Furthering Clean Energy

by Holland & Knight LLP on

For the third time in the past month, a federal court has upheld a state program to pursue support for clean energy, including renewable energy certificates (RECs), and zero emission credits (ZECs) in New York and Illinois....more

The National Energy Board's Role in Crown Consultation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court released two seminal decisions that clarify the role of administrative tribunals, such as the National Energy Board ("NEB"), in fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult with Indigenous...more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation Are Constitutional

Late last month, the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals rejected a challenge to Connecticut laws intended to encourage use of renewable energy. Earlier this month, Judge Manish Shah, of the Northern District of Illinois, issued a...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Its Landmark Robinson Township Decision in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v....

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The "Environmental Bill of Rights" is now indisputably the law of the land in Pennsylvania. A majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed and extended its landmark decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, 83...more

PA Supreme Court Restricts General Assembly’s Right to Spend Oil & Gas Royalty Money

by Tucker Arensberg, P.C. on

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court continues to expand the reach of the Environmental Rights Amendment to the state Constitution. Adopted in 1971, the Environmental Rights Amendment recognizes that the people have a right to...more

The D.C. Circuit shows the way through the red tape in pipeline permitting dispute

by Hogan Lovells on

On June 23, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that Millennium Pipeline Company LLC lacked standing to bring a claim against the New York State Department of Environmental...more

Court Rejects Preemption and Dormant Commerce Clause Arguments and Upholds Connecticut’s Renewable Program

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On June 28, 2017, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

State Programs to Encourage Renewable Energy Are Constitutional (In Case You Were Worried)

Last week, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a District Court decision rejecting a challenge to Connecticut statutes intended to encourage renewable energy development in Connecticut. It’s a critical win, not just...more

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