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Energy Law

258 ABA Journal Energy Law articles.

Expecting M&A uptick, Baker Botts adds 25 Houston lawyers, wants 25 more in 2016

A slump in the energy market hasn’t kept Baker Botts from expanding the attorney roster in its Houston headquarters.

After adding 25 lawyers in 2015, the firm is looking to…

Supreme Court considers whether regulations encouraging energy savings intruded on state power

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday considered whether the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission had the power to require compensation for large electricity users that reduce consumption during peak demand.

Arguing…

Oil industry dismisses its lawsuit against Texas town over fracking ban

The Texas Oil & Gas Association and the city of Denton, Texas, have resolved a lawsuit over the city’s ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking.” According to a…

Lawyers ‘lean to the left,’ study says; which schools, firms and practice areas are most liberal?

Many conservative commentators have aired claims that trial lawyers appear more liberal than the rest of the population, and they overwhelmingly contribute to Democratic candidates.

Is it true? And is…

Local fracking bans are banned under a new Texas law

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation Monday to prevent local communities from banning fracking, a process used to extract gas from shale.

Abbott said the measure protects private property rights…

Steptoe lays off 32, including 14 attorneys, following energy-price drop

Following a precipitous drop in oil and gas prices, Steptoe & Johnson has laid off energy lawyers and staff in its Colorado, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia offices.

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…

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