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Energy Law

258 ABA Journal Energy Law articles.

Court dockets will shrink as Donald Trump rescinds Obama administration actions

Lawsuits stemming from executive actions and legal interpretations by the Obama administration are likely to be removed from the U.S. Supreme Court docket and lower federal courts as a result…

Species may be called endangered based on projected climate change, 9th Circuit rules

Federal agencies may classify species as threatened based on projected habitat loss due to climate change, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Monday.

The ruling came in a…

US will halt work on oil pipeline opposed by Standing Rock Sioux tribe; judge refused injunction

The federal government announced on Friday that it will halt construction of an oil pipeline near a lake that plays an important role to members of the Standing Rock Sioux…

New Mexico top court overturns conviction due to Skype testimony, warns judges about social media

The New Mexico Supreme Court is warning judges about the perils of social media in an opinion that nonetheless sidesteps whether the trial judge’s Facebook posts indicated bias.

The New…

Colorado Supreme Court overturns fracking bans enacted by cities

Colorado municipal laws that limit gas and oil development are unenforceable because state law pre-empts them, the Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday.

Fort Collins has a five-year moratorium on fracking…

Maryland program to encourage new generation of electricity is pre-empted, Supreme Court says

A Maryland program that provides incentives for electricity generation is pre-empted by federal law, the U.S. Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s opinion (PDF) for the…

Former mining CEO is sentenced to prison in safety case

A former mining executive has been sentenced to a year in prison for a misdemeanor conspiracy to violate federal mine safety regulations.

U.S. District Judge Irene Berger, the daughter of…

Drought sheds light on the California’s water law deficiencies

It's a classic case of ignoring a problem until forced to face it.

In the midst of a four-year drought, when the state had its lowest rainfall…

Orrick adds 7 more partners in Houston

A month after announcing that it was opening a Houston office with partners from other law firms, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe has added to its attorney roster there.

Five…

Utility is criminally charged in methane gas leak that displaced thousands from homes

A California utility is facing criminal charges over a massive methane gas leak outside Los Angeles that has forced thousands from their homes since October.

The four misdemeanor counts filed…

California air quality agency sues over gas leak which has displaced thousands

Corrected: California’s Air Quality Management District has sued a gas utility in the state over a Los Angeles-area gas leak that’s been active since October, the Los Angeles Daily…

Federal rule promoting reduced energy use is upheld by SCOTUS; environmentalists applaud decision

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the authority to require compensation for large electricity users that reduce consumption during periods of peak demand, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in…

Orrick to open Houston office with 20 lateral partners from a half-dozen firms

Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe is opening a new office in Houston with 20 lateral partners hired from approximately a half-dozen other law firms.

Exactly which attorneys and which firms, Orrick…

Frost Brown Todd is opening its first Pennsylvania office

Frost Brown Todd has announced that the 475-attorney law firm is opening its first office in Pennsylvania, with 10 lawyers who previously worked for Burleson.

Burleson, an energy-focused law firm…

Following layoffs, 60-attorney law firm says it will close its doors by end of 2015

Hard hit by the downturn in the oil and gas industry, a 60-attorney Houston-based law firm is closing its doors at the end of the year.

Founded nearly a decade…

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