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  • October 19, 2020

    Chevron, Saudis Spar Over $18B Arbitral Award At 9th Circ.

    Chevron and Saudi families fought before the Ninth Circuit on Monday over reviving a lawsuit seeking to enforce a $17.9 billion arbitration award against Chevron over oil land leases, with the families arguing that the case was erroneously tossed for lack of jurisdiction, while Chevron said they never had a contract.

  • October 19, 2020

    Tribes Say Dakota Access Pipeline Must Halt For NEPA Review

    Four Native American tribes have urged a D.C. federal judge to shut down the Dakota Access pipeline during a court-ordered environmental review, saying the judge can either clarify an earlier ruling or issue a permanent injunction to do so.

  • October 19, 2020

    Oil Co. Will Pay $2.1M To End Okla. Royalty Interest Class

    A Colorado-based oil and natural gas company has agreed to pay $2.1 million and change its interest payment practices to settle allegations it wrongfully withheld interest on late royalty payments to a proposed class of thousands of Oklahoma interest owners.

  • October 19, 2020

    Montana Judge Sets Aside Acting Land Bureau Head's Acts

    Land management plans approved by William Perry Pendley while he unlawfully served as the acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management were vacated on Friday by a Montana federal judge who sided with the state's governor on the question.

  • October 19, 2020

    Ill. Judge Axes Ex-Merrill Lynch Trader's Spoofing Charge

    An Illinois federal judge has narrowed the government's case against two former Merrill Lynch traders accused of deceptive trading in the precious metals futures market, throwing out the criminal spoofing charge facing one of the traders after ruling it can't be prosecuted as a scheme.

  • October 19, 2020

    Valero To Pay $2.85M To Settle Refinery Pollution Allegations

    Valero Energy Corp. agreed Monday to pay a $2.85 million civil penalty and install pollution controls to settle claims it violated the Clean Air Act at 12 of its oil refinery facilities in Texas and elsewhere.

  • October 19, 2020

    10 Firms To Steer 8 IPOs Exceeding $2B As October Stays Hot

    A life sciences research company and an oncology firm set price ranges for initial public offerings on Monday, joining a busy lineup of eight IPO prospects set to go public this week and potentially raise $2.3 billion combined, guided by 10 law firms total.

  • October 19, 2020

    Preparing The Next Generation Of Female Trial Lawyers

    To build the ranks of female trial attorneys, law firms must integrate them into every aspect of a case — from witness preparation to courtroom arguments — instead of relegating them to small roles, says Kalpana Srinivasan, co-managing partner at Susman Godfrey.

  • October 19, 2020

    Mentorship Is Key To Fixing Drop-Off Of Women In Law

    It falls to senior male attorneys to recognize the crisis female attorneys face as the pandemic amplifies an already unequal system and to offer their knowledge, experience and counsel to build a better future for women in law, says James Meadows at Culhane Meadows.

  • October 19, 2020

    What BigLaw Can Do To Actually Retain Female Attorneys

    Even as BigLaw firms are recruiting women into their ranks in larger numbers, their presence in leadership and equity partnerships remains stubbornly low. Here’s a look at why this is happening — and what firms can do.

  • October 19, 2020

    Female Attorneys Gain Ground In Battle For Clerkships​

    More female attorneys are landing highly sought-after U.S. Supreme Court clerkships, and the experience can turbocharge their careers.

  • October 19, 2020

    These Firms Have The Most Women In Equity Partnerships

    At most U.S. law firms, equity partnerships are still overwhelmingly male, but women at some firms are starting to shake up that reality and smash the glass ceiling that has prevented them from advancing to the uppermost ranks. Here are this year’s Ceiling Smashers — the firms that are outpacing their peers as the legal industry works toward closing the gender gap in its top ranks.

  • October 19, 2020

    Wearing Natural Hair In BigLaw

    In this video, four Black women share their thoughts about wearing natural hair as BigLaw attorneys. In order of appearance, the attorneys are: Rukayatu Tijani, founder of Firm for the Culture and a former BigLaw associate; Delilah Clay, legislative & regulatory advisor at Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP; Rachel Boyce, associate at Cooley LLP; and Crystal Nwaneri, associate at Fenwick & West LLP.

  • October 19, 2020

    Tribes Denied In Bid To Block Keystone Pipeline Construction

    A Montana federal judge has rejected tribes' efforts to stop construction on the Keystone XL pipeline, saying they "blurred" key distinctions between a small cross-border segment and the controversial pipeline's full length in the United States.

  • October 19, 2020

    Biden-Trump Contest Has Fate Of Green Regs At Stake

    The 2020 presidential election will determine whether the country gets four more years of environmental deregulation or a concerted effort to tighten existing pollution controls and be part of global efforts to curb climate change.

  • October 19, 2020

    Targa Must Repay $129M In Failed Crude Processing Deal

    Midstream resource management company Targa Channelview LLC will have to return $129 million plus interest that energy company Vitol Americas Corp. paid it to build a crude oil storage and processing facility, after a Texas state court ruled that Targa breached a construction agreement.

  • October 19, 2020

    Justices Urged To Turn Away Religious Accommodation Case

    A Tennessee utility asked the U.S. Supreme Court not to review a Sixth Circuit ruling that sank a bias suit from a Jehovah's Witness who couldn't get the work schedule he wanted, arguing that the high court's precedent on how far an employer must go to accommodate employees' religious beliefs was sound.

  • October 19, 2020

    Trade Court Says Asian Steel Import Duties Are Unlawful

    The U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday ordered the U.S. Department of Commerce to reevaluate duty adjustments on steel imports from Thailand and South Korea, finding that the agency unlawfully disregarded the countries' production costs in its calculations.

  • October 19, 2020

    States, Greens Ask For Reversal Of EPA's HFC Regs Rollback

    The Trump administration failed to present a good and legal reason to rollback repair and maintenance rules for refrigerants like hydrofluorocarbon, the Natural Resources Defense Council and states including New York and Illinois have told the D.C. Circuit.

  • October 19, 2020

    Man Who Fell Into Chevron's Unmarked Well Wants $1M

    Chevron Corp. was hit with a lawsuit for injuries a man says he suffered when he fell 15 to 20 feet into a concealed sinkhole surrounding an old unmarked Chevron well while clearing land in West Texas.

  • October 19, 2020

    6 Russian Officers Indicted Over Massive Cyberattack

    A Pennsylvania grand jury has indicted six Russian military officers for cyberattacks, including the destructive 2017 NotPetya malware attack, from the same intelligence unit accused of interfering with the 2016 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.

  • October 19, 2020

    Scheef & Stone Settles Claims Tied To $80M Fraud Scheme

    Scheef & Stone LLP and two attorneys have tentatively settled allegations that they were a key part of self-described "frack master" Christopher Faulkner's alleged $80 million securities fraud scheme.

  • October 19, 2020

    Justices Won't Disturb $63M Award In Wind Development Row

    The U.S. Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb a Fifth Circuit's ruling upholding the enforcement of a $62.9 million arbitral award in favor of investors in a failed wind energy project who said a partner in the venture breached an exclusivity provision.

  • October 19, 2020

    GAO Says Boston Co. Responsible For Losing Motor Contract

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office on Friday rejected a Boston-area motor manufacturer's challenge to a Defense Logistics Agency contract for armored vehicle motors, concluding that the company didn't make an adequate effort to become an approved contract supplier.

  • October 19, 2020

    2 Firms Craft $13B ConocoPhillips-Concho Resources Merger

    ConocoPhillips, counseled by Wachtell, has agreed to combine with Sullivan & Cromwell-guided Concho Resources in a $13 billion deal that stands to form a single Texas-based energy giant with an enterprise value of about $60 billion, the companies said Monday.

Expert Analysis

  • How A Biden Administration Would Shape IP Policy

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    While Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's intellectual property agenda would likely strengthen patent rights and international trade secret enforcement, proposals to drastically reduce employee noncompete and no-poach agreements could weaken protections domestically, say Charles Barquist and Maren Laurence at Maschoff Brennan.

  • Environmental Policy And The Election: Part 1

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    Attorneys at Akin Gump outline both presidential candidates' key environmental and energy policy goals, and identify recent Trump administration environmental rules that may be invalidated through the Congressional Review Act if Democrats win control of both the House and Senate.

  • Guest Feature

    5 Ways Firms Can Avoid Female Atty Exodus During Pandemic

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    The pandemic's disproportionate impact on women presents law firms with a unique opportunity to devise innovative policies that will address the increasing home life demands female lawyers face and help retain them long after COVID-19 is over, say Roberta Liebenberg at Fine Kaplan and Stephanie Scharf at Scharf Banks.

  • Facing Policy Shifts, Oil And Gas Cos. Need Depreciation Help

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    As cost and policy considerations accelerate the shift away from oil and gas, legacy energy companies need the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to reevaluate depreciation schedules for assets such as pipelines and gas-fired power plants, say attorneys at Sheppard Mullin.

  • UK Pandemic Recovery Offers Opportunities For Green Cos.

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    The U.K. government's plans to use regulations and funding to accelerate the transition to a green economy after the COVID-19 pandemic promise significant opportunities for companies and investors focused on clean technologies, says Samantha Deacon at Goodwin.

  • Opinion

    Lawyers Must Fight Voter Suppression This Election Season

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    Lawyers should use their unique skill sets, knowledge and spheres of influence to fight burdensome ID requirements and other voter suppression tactics that may influence the 2020 elections, and to participate in potential post-election litigation, say CK Hoffler and Allyce Bailey at the National Bar Association.

  • Why Sustainable Finance Is On The Rise

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    With green bonds, green loans and sustainability-linked debt instruments appearing with increasing prevalence in the bond and loan markets, opportunities within sustainable finance look set to continue their upward trajectory as environmental, social and governance factors increase in importance for both companies and investors, say attorneys at Vinson & Elkins.

  • Why Online Mediation May Be Here To Stay

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    Videoconferenced mediation offers several advantages and helps cases settle faster and more cordially, making it hard to imagine going back to logistically difficult in-person dispute resolution after COVID-19 restrictions are gone, says Sidney Kanazawa at ARC.

  • Calif. Order Shows Power Act's Enviro Liability Shield At Work

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    The recent federal order permitting gas-fired power plants in California to generate electricity in exceedance of air quality limitations during a power shortage illustrates how companies can draw upon special liability protection under the Federal Power Act when an order to operate might result in an environmental violation, says Frederick Eames at Hunton.

  • Early Takeaways From SEC's FY 2020 Fraud Enforcement

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    Ahead of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission's annual enforcement data release later this fall, emerging enforcement themes include fraud related to COVID-19, as well as individual accountability, misuse of reserves, revenue recognition, disclosure malfeasance and data analytics, say attorneys at Perkins Coie.

  • CFTC Climate Change Report Highlights Costs Of Inaction

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    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission's recent report on climate change and financial markets makes it clear that while government regulation of carbon dioxide pollution may have negative consequences, letting greenhouse gas emissions go unaddressed could harm investors, asset managers and financial institutions, says Nicholas Fox at Goldberg Segalla.

  • Clients Have The Power To Promote Wellness At Law Firms

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    Law firm clients can play a role in lowering mental distress in the legal profession by seeking lawyer wellness data from firms and factoring those responses into outside counsel hiring decisions, says Jonathan Prokup at Cigna.

  • Opinion

    Appellate Courts Should Welcome Well-Crafted Amicus Briefs

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    A Seventh Circuit judge's recent order granting leave for three organizations to file amicus curiae briefs in Prairie Rivers Network v. Dynegy Midwest Generation is a reminder that relevant, nonduplicative amicus briefs can provide courts with helpful perspective, important facts and legal arguments, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

  • Why ESG Considerations Matter For Energy Executives

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    With the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, State Street Global Advisors and others recently placing more emphasis on environmental, social and governance corporate disclosures, energy companies must demonstrate a commitment to addressing climate change and social issues, while reassuring investors of continued value growth, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Cos. Should Prepare For Harsher H-1B Program Enforcement

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    Considering a recent U.S. Department of Labor report's emphasis on secretary-certified investigations and debarment of aberrant H-1B employers, companies should prepare with proactive audits or reviews that test their compliance with substantive and evidentiary requirements, say Blake Chisam and Edward Raleigh at Fragomen.

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