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Lack of Proof Dooms Pugh Clause Defense

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

There are specific requirements for proving that an oil and gas lease has survived past its primary term. Fail to hit them all when the lease is challenged at the courthouse, wand disappointment will be order of the day....more

Attorney General Electricity Battle Over PPAs in Alberta Comes to a Close

The Attorney General of Alberta (AG) and ENMAX have recently settled the legal proceedings brought in 2016 (AG Action) by the provincial government against several former buyers of power purchase arrangements (PPAs). The AG...more

SCOTUS Rules United States May Pursue Its Interstate Water Compact Claims in Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado

by K&L Gates LLP on

On February 12, 2018, we issued an alert analyzing two interstate water compact disputes before the United States Supreme Court: Texas v. New Mexico and Colorado and Florida v. Georgia. On March 5, the Court ruled that the...more

Federal Court in California Denies Remand of Climate Change Litigation

by Jones Day on

The Situation: In what may portend the beginning of the end to the latest chapter of U.S. filed state law "global warming" or climate change litigation against industry, a federal court in San Francisco denied a motion to...more

Regional Haze/Arkansas: 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Motion to Stay

The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit addressed a Motion to Stay related to litigation involving application of the Clean Air Act Regional Haze requirements to Arkansas. The Order was issued on March 7th....more

Definition of Solid Waste/RCRA: U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit Addresses Petition for Rehearing/Challenges to 2015...

The United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (“Court”), addressed in a March 6th Opinion petitions for Panel Rehearing of a July 7, 2017 decision addressing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...more

Global Warming Public Nuisance Actions Will Stay In Federal Court

On February 27, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California rejected motions filed by the cities of Oakland and San Francisco to remand two global warming public nuisance lawsuits filed by the cities in...more

Patronage capital case dismissed

Pennsylvania’s REA Energy Cooperative, Inc. obtained dismissal of a putative class action lawsuit last year, a decision that was recently confirmed by the US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. The...more

Federal Circuit Breathes Life Back into Clean Coal Technology Suit

After a series of “Dead on Arrivals” from the Northern District of Illinois, the Federal Circuit on Tuesday resuscitated a patent infringement suit filed by Nalco Company against Chem-Mod, LLC, and others in the Northern...more

FERC Has Options If Court Of Appeals Seeks To Shut Down An Operating Interstate Pipeline

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Can an interstate natural gas pipeline continue to operate if a court vacates its certificate authorizations? On January 31, 2018, in Sierra Club v. FERC, No. 16-1329 (D.C. Cir.), the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

Supreme Court Decides Texas v. New Mexico

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On March 5, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Texas v. New Mexico, No. 141 Orig., holding that the United States may pursue the Rio Grande Compact claims it has pleaded as an intervenor in a water rights...more

Missouri Court of Appeals Conflict on Issue of County Assents and Transmission Line Certification

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District has revived the hopes of the Grain Belt Express Clean Line Energy (GBX) transmission project; a high-voltage, direct-current transmission line which would bring wind power from...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - U.S. Supreme Court lets stand EPA's permit exemption for water transfers - Reuters - Feb 26 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously declined to review a challenge led by states and environmental groups to a...more

Federal Common Law Controls California Climate Actions: Never a Dull Moment

Earlier this week, Judge William Alsup denied a motion by Oakland and San Francisco to remand their public nuisance claims against some of the world’s largest fossil fuel producers to state court. However, I’m not sure that...more

February 2018: Attaching Debts Due Under Letters of Credit in the UK

Introduction - The case of Taurus Petroleum Limited v State Oil Marketing Company of the Ministry of Oil, Republic of Iraq [2017] UKSC 64 involved Taurus Petroleum Ltd. (“Taurus”), a Geneva-based oil trading company, and...more

No parent company duty of care for Niger Delta claims

by Allen & Overy LLP on

The Court of Appeal has ruled that the English courts do not have jurisdiction over claims by victims of oil leaks from pipelines in the Niger Delta. The judgment comes after the Lungowe & ors v Vedanta Resources Plc [2017]...more

Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Texas Finds That Preferential Rights Are Unenforceable in a Debtors Proposed Asset...

by Reed Smith on

On February 13, 2018, the Hon. Marvin Isgur (United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Texas) considered whether preferential rights – such as a party’s “Right of First Refusal” – were enforceable in a sale...more

Defining Trade Secrets: Texas Supreme Court May Soon Decide How Particular Trade Secrets Owners Must Be In Court

In every trade secrets case, the plaintiff faces the same fundamental dilemma: In order to enforce their rights in court, they must identify (at least to some degree) the trade secrets at issue. ...more

Common-Law Contamination Action/Oil and Gas Production: Was Landowner Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before...

The United States District Court (Mississippi-Western Division) (“Court”) issued a February 16th Memorandum Opinion and Order (“Opinion”) addressing whether a landowner’s common-law contamination claim related to oil and gas...more

BLM Changes Policy; A Court Says Its Reasons Aren’t Good Enough

As I’ve noted previously, the fight over the Trump Administration’s effort to change course on a number of Obama environmental initiatives is going to focus in significant part on FCC v. Fox Television Stations, in which the...more

Feeling Underwater? A Brief Look at Recent Clean Water Act Developments

by Holland & Hart LLP on

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the regulated community to stay abreast of state and federal environmental regulatory developments, particularly as they are decided in court. The following alert summarizes some...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Expands Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Over Groundwater Discharges

A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, Oregon and several other western states, potentially extends Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction to require permits for point source discharges...more

Attorney Fees Recoverable Even When Contract Voided

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

California-American Water Co. v. Marina Coast Water District, et al. - Court of Appeal of the State of California, First Appellate District, Division One November 15, 2017 - The California-American Water Company, a...more

DRM Win for Renewable Energy at Vermont Supreme Court

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

On January 12, 2018, the Vermont Supreme Court decided in favor of Stowe Cady Hill Solar LLC and reversed the Vermont Public Utility Commission’s sua sponte dismissal of a petition for a net-metered solar facility. The...more

Weighing the Costs and Risks of Litigation

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Citgo Petroleum received a Valentine’s gift of sorts from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on February 14, in United States v. Citgo Petroleum Corporation. The Court affirmed an $81MM civil penalty assessed by the district...more

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