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Project Finance

  • May 17, 2019

    Enviros Challenge DOI Approvals For Utah Oil Shale Project

    The federal government failed to adequately assess environmental impacts before granting permits for elements of the nation’s first commercial-scale oil-shale mine and processing plant, environmental groups said in a lawsuit filed Thursday.

  • May 17, 2019

    Revised Opportunity Zones Offer Tribes New Tool To Spur Biz

    The federal government's recently proposed regulations on opportunity zones provide much-needed guidance to help Native American tribes find ways to use the program to attract investment, but tribes' success will likely depend on how well they can parlay the zones with other sources of federal funding.

  • May 17, 2019

    Ill. Gov. Offers New, Hiked Taxes In $41.5B Infrastructure Plan

    Illinois would double its gas tax and create taxes on streaming services and ride sharing, among other services, to pay for a $41.5 billion infrastructure plan the governor circulated Friday.

  • May 17, 2019

    Vantage Gets $720M Petrobras Award OK'd By Texas Court

    A Texas federal judge on Friday confirmed a $720 million arbitral award issued to Vantage Deepwater Co. following a dispute with Petrobras over a canceled drilling contract, rejecting arguments that the tribunal had failed to properly consider whether the contract was procured through bribery.

  • May 17, 2019

    Alix Co. Lacks Standing In ANR Ch. 11 Fight With McKinsey

    A Virginia bankruptcy judge ruled Friday a company owned by restructuring adviser Jay Alix can't continue to take part in the Alpha Natural Resources bankruptcy it fought to reopen to investigate alleged conflicts of interest by rival consultant McKinsey & Co.

  • May 17, 2019

    Wynn In Talks With MGM To Sell $2.6B Mass. Casino Resort

    Wynn Resorts is considering cashing out of its roughly $2.6 billion Encore Boston Harbor casino that is still under construction, noting in a joint statement with MGM International that the two resort casino operators are in the early stages of negotiating a sale.

  • May 17, 2019

    Don't Reduce Arbitration To 'Sham' Proceeding, 5th Circ. Told

    China’s state-run aerospace corporation again told the Fifth Circuit on Thursday to overturn the confirmation of a $70 million award over a soured joint venture, arguing that the prevailing companies' perspective would turn arbitrations into “sham proceedings.”

  • May 17, 2019

    DC Circ. Won't Block EPA Small Refiner RFS Waiver Action

    The D.C. Circuit on Friday refused to prevent the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from granting new exemptions to small refiners from the Renewable Fuel Standard program while a biofuel industry group challenges the agency's allegedly revised policy for reviewing exemption requests.

  • May 17, 2019

    CBP Outlines Futile Hunt For Wall Contract From Trump Tweet

    The American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts has received a declaration under oath from U.S. Customs and Border Protection outlining the agency's fruitless search for evidence of a supposed "115-mile long" border wall contract that President Donald Trump referenced in a tweet on Christmas Eve.

  • May 17, 2019

    EPA Can't Justify Emissions Policy Change, DC Circ. Told

    A new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy that allows an easier permit review process for projects that won't significantly increase emissions gives polluters carte blanche to flout national air quality standards, the Sierra Club has told the D.C. Circuit.

  • May 16, 2019

    Fed. Circ. Says Solar Importer Gets Tariffs, But Also A Refund

    A California solar company will face tariffs on its Chinese solar module imports, but not on those that arrived before the U.S. Department of Commerce started its probe into whether they fall under the scope of those duty orders, a split Federal Circuit panel found on Thursday.

  • May 16, 2019

    Calif. High-Speed Rail Dealt Blow After Feds Nix $929M Grant

    The Trump administration on Thursday canceled a nearly $929 million federal grant for California's $77 billion proposed high-speed rail line, dealing a major blow to the project and catalyzing more legal wrangling between Golden State and federal officials.

  • May 16, 2019

    FERC Backs Energy Storage Rule Despite State Concerns

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday largely upheld its landmark rule making a place for energy storage in wholesale electricity markets despite Republican Commissioner Bernard McNamee’s contention that the agency was unlawfully intruding on state authority under the Federal Power Act.

  • May 16, 2019

    Pipeline Explosion Sparks EdgeMarc Ch. 11 Dispute

    A Delaware judge on Thursday acknowledged all may not be hunky-dory as bankrupt Pennsylvania-based oil and gas company EdgeMarc Energy Holdings LLC moves forward with its Chapter 11 amid a dispute with a pipeline builder over whether an explosion last fall pushed EdgeMarc into bankruptcy.

  • May 16, 2019

    Dems Unveil Infrastructure Plan With Broadband Focus

    Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee want to put $40 billion toward expanding internet access across the country as part of a $120 billion-plus infrastructure bill they've proposed.

  • May 16, 2019

    Tribes And Enviros Seek Halt On Copper Mine Construction

    Tribes and environmental groups suing the Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a key permit for a planned copper mine told an Arizona federal court that a preliminary injunction is needed to halt construction and prevent the destruction of cultural sites and water sources.

  • May 16, 2019

    Proskauer, Kirkland Lead French Chemical Maker's $570M Buy

    French chemical maker Arkema said Thursday it has agreed to buy private equity-backed additive manufacturer ArrMaz for $570 million in a deal guided by Proskauer Rose, Kirkland & Ellis and Nob Hill Law Group that will build out the company’s offerings for crop nutrition, mining and infrastructure.

  • May 16, 2019

    NY Denies Water Permit For $926M Williams Cos. Pipeline

    A New York regulator has denied a water permit needed for the construction of a Williams Cos. unit's $926 million gas pipeline upgrade project aimed at providing more heat for the New York metropolitan area, deciding it could cause mercury and copper levels to rise too high.

  • May 16, 2019

    Ashurst Bolsters Oil And Gas Team With Partner In Abu Dhabi

    In a boost to Ashurst LLP’s Middle East oil and gas team, the firm has added a former White & Case LLP partner to its global projects practice based in Abu Dhabi.

  • May 15, 2019

    DOI Head Defends Delay Of Offshore Drilling Plans

    U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Wednesday said it makes sense to pause plans to open up more offshore areas to drilling after a court recently ruled President Donald Trump can't rescind his predecessor's indefinite ban on drilling in large swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

Expert Analysis

  • Q&A

    A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

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    In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

  • Series

    Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

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    My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

  • Recent IRS Guidance Puts Multifamily Housing Back On Track

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    April guidance from the Internal Revenue Service, saying rental projects may set aside units for specified groups such as military veterans without violating the general public use requirement for tax-exempt bond financing, addresses a disconnect in the rules that has stopped many projects cold, says Alexis Baker of Squire Patton Boggs.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

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    Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

  • PG&E Oversight Battle Looms For FERC, Bankruptcy Court

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    Although the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently reasserted its concurrent jurisdiction with the bankruptcy court over the disposition of Pacific Gas and Electric’s wholesale power contracts in bankruptcy, it is reasonable to assume that this clash between two governmental entities will ultimately be resolved in the U.S. Supreme Court, say attorneys at Blank Rome.

  • Getting Out Of Legal Project Management Debt

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    If a client does not demand the application of project management techniques at the start of a matter, or a law firm does not routinely apply them, it is highly likely that additional, avoidable work — legal project management debt — will materialize throughout the matter, says Anthony Widdop of Shearman & Sterling.

  • 6 Ways To Keep Your Jury From Zoning Out

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    Science suggests that at least some jurors pay attention to less than 65% of the evidence during a trial due to "task-unrelated thoughts," but there are steps attorneys can take to present information in a more engaging, cognition-friendly fashion, say Dennis Stolle and Dennis Devine of Barnes & Thornburg.

  • 5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

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    Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

  • An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

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    In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

  • Nuclear Power In The Age Of Decommissioning

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    U.S. nuclear power plant operators are increasingly seeking to transfer responsibility for decommissioning to new specialist entities — and early examples suggest that regulatory authorities will allow and support these transfers, say attorneys at WilmerHale.