Energy Law

252 ABA Journal Energy Law articles.

Human rights ‘storm’ may hit oil, mining industries
Class action judge orders lawyer to stop recruiting opt-out plaintiffs in oil royalty suit

An Oklahoma judge overseeing a class action against Chesapeake Energy has ordered a Texas lawyer to stop encouraging class members to opt out of a proposed settlement.

Judge Jon Parsley…

Human rights should be a priority in oil, gas and mining industries, say speakers at ABA Midyear

At a time when access to oil and gas is a primary concern throughout the world economy, there is a growing push to make sure that human rights are not…

Blank Rome raids Duane Morris and Reed Smith to open new Pittsburgh office

A well-known Philadelphia law firm is expanding its footprint in the state and has raided two major Pennsylvania-based competitors to do so.

As of Friday, Blank Rome will have a…

9 remaining lawyers at Houston litigation boutique to join Vorys Sater

Only about three years ago, there were 33 attorneys on the roster of Houston litigation boutique Schwartz Junell Greenberg & Oathout.

But many went to bigger firms looking to hire…

Unusual SCOTUS lineup supports class-action defendant seeking to transfer case to federal court

An unusual five-justice majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has sided with a defendant who sought to remove a class action from state to federal court.

The court ruled that…

Regulator fines utility $1.05M over emails lobbying for preferred administrative judge in rate case

A gas company has been fined $1.05 million by the California Public Utilities Commission over ex parte emails in which it successfully lobbied to have the judge its officials preferred…

Law students sue Harvard over its fossil fuel investments

An activist group that includes three law students has sued Harvard University in Massachusetts state court over its fossil fuel investments.

In a complaint (PDF) for declaratory and injunctive…

Wind farm sues feds to stop release of bird-death data to Associated Press

Flying eagles looking for prey are much like texting drivers behind the wheel.

They don’t notice wind farm turbines in their flight path until it’s too late.

However, such birds…

Willkie Farr plants flag in Houston, its first new US office since 1981

For the first time in more than 30 years, New York City-based Willkie Farr & Gallagher has opened a new U.S. office.

The firm announced (PDF) Tuesday that it…

No Fracking Way: Towns across the country are stopping the big energy industry
On a hot June summer day this year, residents from the small farming town of Dryden, in upstate New York, gathered in front of the local courthouse to celebrate. The…
Litigation success brings layoffs for 17 attorneys at law firm representing Halliburton

Successfully defending Halliburton Co. in litigation related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill resulted in pink slips for 17 attorneys and six staff members at a Texas law firm.

After…

Fox Rothschild acquires Dallas boutique firm

Fox Rothschild now has a presence in Texas as a result of its acquisition of 18-lawyer Dallas law firm David & Goodman.

According to a Tuesday story from the

Utility faces contempt hearing for lobbying to choose judge in $1.29B rate case linked to fatal fire

After a fatal gas-supply pipeline rupture, explosion and fire in San Bruno, California, the utility company responsible spent $1.29 billion on pipeline improvements. Eight people died in the 2010 accident,…

Record $1.4B fine levied against gas company in fatal explosion and fire

A record $1.4 billion safety fine has been imposed by the California Public Utilities Commission concerning a 2010 gas pipeline rupture, explosion and fire that killed eight people, injured dozens…

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