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  • August 15, 2022

    Feds To Retire 11 Oil Wells, Ending Suit Over Monument Land

    The Biden administration and conservation groups have reached an agreement to permanently close 11 dormant oil wells inside California's Carrizo Plain National Monument, ending a suit that accused the federal government of unlawfully approving a new oil well and potential pipeline.

  • August 15, 2022

    NJ Urges Against GE Wind Turbine Ban In Mass. Patent Row

    The state of New Jersey urged a Massachusetts federal judge Monday not to block General Electric-made wind turbines that a jury said infringed a Siemens' patent, arguing that banning the products would "make it impossible" to complete a state-sponsored wind project.

  • August 15, 2022

    9th Circ. Says Tribal Co. Has Immunity, Even If 'Unfair'

    A California tribal entity has sovereign immunity that shields it from a consulting firm's complaint over alleged wage and hour violations during the cleanup of wildfire damage on reservation land, even if that leaves the company with no path to litigate its dispute, a Ninth Circuit panel ruled. 

  • August 15, 2022

    Skanska Sues NYC For $25M Over Delayed Waste Project

    A joint venture including construction firm Skanska has sued New York City for $25 million in New York state court, claiming it was not paid in full for work on a Department of Environmental Protection water treatment facility and that the city caused delays.

  • August 15, 2022

    Trump-Era Species Regs Should Go Back To FWS, Court Told

    Federal regulators have asked a California federal judge to let them revise several measures that the Trump administration took to weaken the Endangered Species Act, arguing that the court should not have repealed those policies when it remanded them to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last month.

  • August 12, 2022

    8th Circ. Ends Minn. Pipeline Appeal After Tribe Ruling

    The Eighth Circuit has agreed to end an appeal by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seeking to keep a dispute with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe in federal court, saying the matter is moot after the tribe's own courts declined to exercise jurisdiction over the dispute.

  • August 12, 2022

    Dallas Pension Fund Seeks Redo Of 'Tainted' $1.2B Trial

    The Dallas Police & Fire Pension System has asked a Texas state court for a new trial in its $1.2 billion lawsuit accusing The Townsend Group of failing to warn about risks of investing in undeveloped land, claiming its jury loss was "tainted" by Townsend's arguments that the suit was invented by lawyers.

  • August 12, 2022

    Hospitality Cases To Watch For The Rest Of 2022

    With lawsuits ranging from Marriott's data-breach multidistrict litigation and a Virgin Hotels owner-manager dispute to cases contesting U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' mandate that all EB-5 regional centers must be reauthorized, hospitality litigation underway at midyear 2022 shows just how varied and complex the sector's legal issues can be.

  • August 12, 2022

    Taxation With Representation: Kirkland, Simpson, Cravath

    In this week's Taxation With Representation, Vista Equity will acquire Avalara, Pfizer will acquire Global Blood Therapeutics, Partners Group Inc. will sell 50% of United States Infrastructure, and Cox Enterprises will purchase Axios Media.

  • August 11, 2022

    Petrobras Defrauded Drilling Venture Investors, Court Rules

    A D.C. federal court has agreed that Petrobras fraudulently induced several investment funds to finance a company formed for an oil drilling venture that was later revealed to be implicated in a massive bribery scheme, teeing up a trial on the investors' claim for $221 million in damages.

  • August 11, 2022

    Watchdog Flags $3B Port Project's Fraud Risks, Hiring Needs

    A federal watchdog warned a General Services Administration subdivision on Thursday that past audits indicate it should be on guard for fraud risks and will need to recruit for key oversight roles as it puts the $3.4 billion it received under the infrastructure bill to use.

  • August 11, 2022

    Telecom Tower Co. Nabs Early Win In Delinquent Bills Row

    A federal Indiana court delivered an early win for Global Tower LLC against Norfolk Southern Railway Co., finding that the local telecommunications tower operator did not owe the railway a portion of its revenue from a tower on land owned by the rail line.

  • August 10, 2022

    Locke Lord Nabs Maritime Pro For Renewable Energy Practice

    Locke Lord has announced that it has added a maritime and environmental attorney with a passion for offshore wind from Squire Patton Boggs LLP to bulk up its renewable energy offerings.

  • August 10, 2022

    Argentina Says Webuild Can't Enforce $21M Award

    Argentina is pressing a D.C. federal court to toss litigation to enforce a $21.3 million arbitral award won by Webuild more than a decade ago in a dispute over a water and sewage service concession, saying the Italian infrastructure company sat on the award for too long.

  • August 10, 2022

    Nelson Mullins Boosts Real Estate Group With Ex-MetLife Atty

    Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP has added the former senior counsel for MetLife Investment Management's real estate investments department, bringing on an attorney who will guide clients across a range of real estate matters out of the firm's Atlanta office.

  • August 10, 2022

    Ohio High Court Approves Plans For Lake Erie Wind Farm

    The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday greenlighted plans for the first offshore freshwater wind energy farm in North America, upholding the decision of a state board that previously gave its blessing.

  • August 10, 2022

    Partners Group Sells Half Of $4.1B Utility Locator Co USIC

    Partners Group Inc., steered by Ropes & Gray LLP, will sell 50% of United States Infrastructure Corp., a company that detects underground utilities and has an enterprise value of $4.1 billion, to Paul Weiss Rifkind Wharton & Garrison LLP-led private equity shop Kohlberg & Company LLC, the firms said Wednesday.

  • August 09, 2022

    NYC Wants Artists' Suit Over Jail Renovation Tossed

    New York City is seeking to dismiss a suit brought by two artists whose murals and sculptures at a Manhattan jail may be jeopardized by renovation plans, arguing the city-commissioned works are not federally protected.

  • August 09, 2022

    Claims Court Says Air Force Arbitrary In $100M Deal Awards

    The Court of Federal Claims has blocked the U.S. Air Force from moving forward with three of four contracts on a maintenance and repair deal at a base in Alaska worth nearly $100 million, saying it arbitrarily assessed bidders' past performance examples.

  • August 09, 2022

    Texas, Mo. Go To 5th Circ. Over Border Wall Funding Ruling

    Texas and Missouri told a Texas federal judge that they plan to file an appeal in the Fifth Circuit of a recent ruling that tossed the states' claims over the Biden administration's paused construction funding for the wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • August 09, 2022

    Texas Energy Co. Sues Terminal Co-Owner In Del. Court

    San Antonio-based One Cypress Terminals launched a lawsuit in the Delaware Chancery Court alleging the company it co-owns a Texas petrochemical storage terminal with is attempting to dilute One Cypress' stake in the venture to benefit itself and its private equity investors.

  • August 09, 2022

    DC Circ. Rejects Sioux Challenge To SD Uranium Mine Permit

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday rejected the Oglala Sioux Tribe's effort to reverse the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's decision to grant Powertech Inc. a license to extract uranium from ore beds in South Dakota.

  • August 09, 2022

    NJ Bill Would Create Tax Credits For Nuclear Energy Facilities

    New Jersey would establish corporate business tax credits for the construction and operation of advanced nuclear energy facilities under a bill introduced in the state Senate.

  • August 09, 2022

    Thompson Coe Adds Ex-Lewis Brisbois Atty In Dallas

    Thompson Coe Cousins & Irons LLP has boosted its professional liability practice in Dallas with the addition of a former Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP partner who boasts three decades of litigation experience.

  • August 09, 2022

    Evergy Inks $250M Deal To Buy 199 MW Midwest Wind Farm

    Guided by Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, Midwestern energy utility Evergy Inc. announced Tuesday it will pay roughly $250 million to buy a 199-megawatt wind farm in western Oklahoma from Scout Clean Energy and Elawan Energy, a partnership repped by McDermott Will & Emery LLP.

Expert Analysis

  • What 5th Circ. Bankruptcy Ruling Means For FERC Authority

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    The Fifth Circuit’s recent ruling in Gulfport Energy v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission begs the question as to whether FERC regulations sufficiently protect pipelines from the effects of customer bankruptcies, and highlights the conflict between the commission and bankruptcy courts, say Keturah Brown and Emily Mallen at Sidley.

  • Justices Could Tighten Fraud Statute In Ex-Cuomo Aide Case

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    The U.S. Supreme Court has an opportunity to overturn the conviction of an aide to former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in Percoco v. U.S., thereby restraining federal prosecutors' use of the honest services fraud statute and confining its application to cases of true public corruption, says Scott Coffina at Montgomery McCracken.

  • A Look At 2 Frameworks For Decarbonizing Heavy Industry

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    Comparing common themes in two recent international frameworks for decarbonizing heavy industry reveals recent progress toward lowering emissions and highlights the key role the industrial sector will play in decarbonization efforts, say attorneys at Shearman.

  • 'Waters Of US' Meaning May Get 'Major Questions' Scrutiny

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's invocation of the so-called major questions doctrine in its recent decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the court is primed to use this concept to restrict federal wetlands protections under the ambiguous term "waters of the United States," says Peter Alpert at Ropes & Gray.

  • Cos. Should Engage With EPA On PVC Hazard Designation

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    A pending petition to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to classify discarded polyvinyl chloride products as hazardous waste could have wide-ranging and unanticipated effects due to the ubiquity of PVC products — so potentially regulated industries should provide information to the EPA on the economic impact of such a move, say attorneys at Kilpatrick.

  • Lessons From FERC New England Capacity Market Settlement

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    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's recent enforcement settlement with Salem Harbor Power Development illustrates the consequences for power market participants if they fail to report accurate information to independent system operators and regional transmission organizations, say attorneys at K&L Gates.

  • Fed. Circ. Ruling May Curb Gov't Contract Procedural Suits

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    The Federal Circuit's recent decision in Zafer Construction v. U.S. contains important takeaways for federal contractors and contracting officials on determining whether a request for equitable adjustment is a timely claim for a final decision, and will hopefully avert costly procedural litigation, say Aron Beezley and Sarah Osborne at Bradley.

  • How Justices' EPA Ruling Thwarts The Will Of The People

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    By reversing a long-standing presumption in favor of executive branch interpretations of ambiguous statutes, the U.S. Supreme Court's recent ruling limiting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's powers to fight climate change blocks the will of the popular majority that elects the president, exacerbating our political system's dysfunction, says Jonathan Martel at Arnold & Porter.

  • High Court's New EPA Ruling And Its Long-Term Implications

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will change the legal landscape in a number of ways — including constraining future climate regulations that may be advanced by the Biden administration and states, while providing litigants a powerful new administrative law precedent to challenge all kinds of agency rules, say attorneys at Beveridge & Diamond.

  • EPA Ruling Signals Arrival Of 'Major Questions Doctrine'

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    While the specific subject of the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in West Virginia v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was how the EPA may regulate greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act, the ruling's lasting legacy will be the elevation of the so-called major questions doctrine, which could constrain federal regulatory authority in many areas, says Allison Wood at McGuireWoods.

  • New P3 Authority Means Opportunities For Colo. Agencies

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    A recently passed Colorado law expanding public-private partnerships changes state-level project finance and infrastructure dramatically, allowing virtually all state agencies to avail themselves of P3 benefits including cost and schedule savings, sharing of risk, and access to innovation and private sector efficiency, say Gregory Johnson and Peter Gould at Squire Patton.

  • Texas Infrastructure Act And Renewables Projects: 1 Year In

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    A year into implementation of Texas' Lone Star Infrastructure Protection Act, Jennifer Pier at Husch Blackwell discusses how renewable energy project developers, owners and investors planning projects in Texas can incorporate LIPA-related provisions into transaction and financing documents.

  • How Cos. Can Track Infrastructure Act Projects — And Funds

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    As federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act begin to flow to thousands of infrastructure projects across the nation, savvy contractors can determine which types of funded projects are likely to offer the best opportunities, and then follow the flow of federal money into those projects, says Nena Lenz at Fredrikson & Byron.