Project Finance

  • February 09, 2024

    Ore. Dam Can Be Reviewed In 5 Years, Judge Says

    An Oregon federal district court judge handed down a five-year pause on a decades-old lawsuit over the Columbia River System dams' hydropower practices, saying a stay best serves the orderly course of justice in litigation that's rife with complex issues.

  • February 09, 2024

    Feds Ask 9th Circ. To Pull Plug On Ore. Kids' Climate Case

    The federal government is urging the Ninth Circuit to overturn an Oregon federal judge's decision to greenlight a trial for a lawsuit filed by young plaintiffs who say current energy policies harm their future by exacerbating climate change.

  • February 09, 2024

    NH Wood-Fired Power Plant Hits Ch. 11 With $173M Of Debt

    A biofuel-powered generation plant in New Hampshire filed for Chapter 11 protection Friday in Delaware after a dispute with the purchaser of its power cut off significant revenue flows, leaving it unable to service about $173 million in secured debt.

  • February 09, 2024

    Off The Bench: NCAA NIL Rule Lives; Dartmouth Players Win

    In this week's Off The Bench, a Tennessee judge sends mixed signals to the NCAA in the fight over its NIL recruiting ban, Dartmouth's basketball players tally a win for college athletes' unionization efforts, and DraftKings tries to stop rival Fanatics from benefiting from a former executive who switched sides. If you were on the sidelines over the past week, Law360 is here to clue you in on the biggest sports and betting stories that had our readers talking.

  • February 08, 2024

    Manchin Says Biden Admin Mishandled LNG Pause

    Sen. Joe Manchin expressed his dismay at the Biden administration's late-January announcement to pause liquified natural gas export permit approvals, telling David Turk, the deputy secretary of energy, in a hearing on Thursday that the administration should have turned to the Senate for discussion before making the decision.

  • February 08, 2024

    Senate Committee Advances FAA Reauthorization Bill

    A U.S. Senate panel on Thursday advanced multiyear legislation reauthorizing the Federal Aviation Administration's safety and airport improvement programs, while also dedicating resources to hiring more air traffic controllers and inspectors, enhancing passenger protections, and integrating more drones and so-called air taxis.

  • February 08, 2024

    NJ, Ft. Lee Mayor Fail To Merge NY Congestion Pricing Suits

    A federal judge on Thursday rejected a bid to consolidate two lawsuits — one filed by New Jersey, the other by the mayor of a Garden State town — seeking to halt New York City's congestion pricing toll plan, ruling that the suits make similar claims but seek different remedies.

  • February 08, 2024

    New Eagle Rule Aims To Expand Clean Power, Protect Birds

    Federal wildlife regulators on Thursday put out streamlined permitting for wind farms, power lines and other projects that unintentionally kill, injure and disturb bald and golden eagles, a move welcomed by clean power and conservation groups.

  • February 08, 2024

    Leveraged Finance Partner Duo Joins DLA Piper In NY

    DLA Piper announced that it hired a pair of experienced New York-based attorneys from Shearman & Sterling LLP as partners in its leveraged finance practice group.

  • February 08, 2024

    Eversheds Partner Talks 1st Renewable Energy Super Bowl

    With the National Football League on the precipice of hosting the first 100% renewable energy-powered Super Bowl in history, Baird Fogel, partner and head of the global sports practice at Eversheds Sutherland — and the man behind the host stadium's energy deal — said this is just the beginning.

  • February 07, 2024

    SEC Inks Deal To End Oppenheimer Muni Bond Disclosure Case

    The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has reached a settlement with Oppenheimer & Co., putting to rest a suit that was one of the commission's first-ever enforcement actions accusing underwriters of skirting municipal bond disclosure requirements, according to a letter filed Wednesday.

  • February 07, 2024

    Economic Benefits Of New Soot Rule Split EPA, Industry

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is touting its tough new soot emissions standard as good for both public health and the economy, but some industry experts say they're worried about permitting "gridlock" as lower limits could make it difficult for projects like new power plants to proceed.

  • February 07, 2024

    6th Circ. Won't Rehear Fight Over FERC's Price-Cap Rule

    The Sixth Circuit on Wednesday declined to rehear its December price cap ruling that power supplier groups said is being misconstrued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to argue that the D.C. Circuit's ability to act on related litigation is limited.

  • February 07, 2024

    CoinDeal Fraud Promoters Ordered To Repay Profits

    An Illinois federal judge on Wednesday granted the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission final judgment against two women it accused of advancing the CoinDeal investment fraud scheme, requiring them to disgorge more than $840,000 in restitution and fines.

  • February 07, 2024

    5th Circ. Pressed To Rethink Wipeout Of LNG Air Permit

    Developers of a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal on the Texas Gulf Coast told the Fifth Circuit that project opponents are wrongly asserting federal law in opposing requests for the appeals court to reconsider a panel's ruling that scrapped an emissions permit issued by state environmental regulators.

  • February 07, 2024

    Orrick Adds Ex-Greenberg Traurig Energy Pro In Chicago

    A former Greenberg Traurig LLP shareholder has reunited with her mentor after jumping to Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's energy and infrastructure team in Chicago.

  • February 07, 2024

    Australian Energy Cos. Woodside, Santos Cancel Merger Talks

    Australian energy companies Woodside and Santos said Wednesday that they had called off talks to merge, ending for now the possibility of forming a $52 billion energy giant by combining the companies.

  • February 07, 2024

    EPA Says Stricter Soot Requirement Needed For Air Quality

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday tightened federal standards for fine particulate matter pollution, touting the action's health and economic benefits.

  • February 06, 2024

    DC Circ. Unsure FERC Can't Order NextEra To Cover Plant Costs

    NextEra Energy's request to be made whole for upgrades to its New Hampshire nuclear power plant's circuit breaker seemed to get a frosty reception from the D.C. Circuit during oral arguments Tuesday.

  • February 06, 2024

    ​​​​​​​FCC Says School Bus Wi-Fi Challengers Can't Zoom To Court

    The Federal Communications Commission urged the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to toss a challenge from two individuals to the agency's plan to subsidize school bus Wi-Fi, saying they can't go straight to court after failing to lodge a protest with the FCC.

  • February 06, 2024

    Report Shows Fragile US Solar Growth Under Safeguard

    The U.S. solar energy industry has grown despite bumpy conditions since 2020 and is on track to expand into photovoltaic cell production before the end of the year, according to a report released Tuesday by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • February 06, 2024

    Suncor Energy Must Pay $10.5M For Air Pollution, Colo. Says

    The state of Colorado said Suncor Energy Inc. must dish out at least $10.5 million toward penalties and improvement projects as a result of its Commerce City refinery's air pollution violations between July 2019 and June 2021.

  • February 06, 2024

    ​​​​​​​Top Groups Lobbying The FCC

    The Federal Communications Commission heard from companies and interest groups more than 100 times in January on a wide variety of topics, from net neutrality proposals to cybersecurity to planned new rules to revamp spectrum.

  • February 06, 2024

    NC Panel Backs $5M Win For Developers In Water Fee Fight

    The North Carolina state appeals court on Tuesday backed a $5.3 million judgment developers won in their suit accusing the city of Greensboro of imposing illegal pre-service water fees, finding the fees were charged late in the construction process but before volume-measuring water and sewer services were available on the properties.

  • February 06, 2024

    Builders Ask Judge To Rethink Monetary Relief For Fees Suit

    Builders urged a Florida state judge to reconsider two "'overarching'" rulings that they claim denied monetary relief for their proposed class action against the city of Miami over allegedly illegal building permit and inspection fees.

Expert Analysis

  • Industry Takeaways From OMB's Final Buy America Guidance

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    The Office of Management and Budget's recently released guidance on "Buy America" requirements for federal infrastructure projects provides clarity in certain areas but fails to address troublesome inconsistencies with state laws and international trade agreements, so manufacturers and suppliers will need to tread carefully as agencies implement the changes, say Amy Hoang and Sarah Barney at Seyfarth Shaw.

  • New 'Waters' Rule May Speed Projects, Spawn More Litigation

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    The Biden administration's new rule defining "waters of the United States" in accordance with a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision will remove federal protection for some wetlands — which could both enable more development and lead to more legal challenges for projects, says Marcia Greenblatt at Integral Consulting.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • Rising Interest Rates Bring Risk For Construction Contractors

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    With rising interest rates causing many construction projects to be slowed or halted, it's important for general contractors to implement safeguard measures against the risk of significant financial losses caused by owner-driven schedule modifications, says Kevin Riexinger at Gfeller Laurie.

  • How Focus On Congruency Affects Corporate Political Activity

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    Congruency — whether the contributions made by a company-sponsored political action committee align with the corporation's public statements on issues of social responsibility — is undoubtedly the next frontier in the battle over corporate political activity, despite the limited success of shareholder proposals on the issue, says Carol Laham at Wiley.

  • Mont. Kids' Climate Decision Reflects 3 Enviro Trends

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    A Montana district court's recent ruling in Held v. Montana represents a rare win for activist plaintiffs seeking to use rights-based theories to address climate change concerns — and calls attention to three environmental trends that are increasingly influencing climate litigation and policy, says J. Michael Showalter at ArentFox Schiff.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • Strategies For Enforcing Arbitral Awards Against Sovereigns

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    When a large project or investment in a foreign country is unexpectedly expropriated by a new government, companies often prevail in arbitration — but if the sovereign refuses to pay up, collecting the arbitral award may require persistence, creativity, and a mixture of hard and soft approaches, say Gabe Bluestone and Jeff Newton at OmniBridgeway.

  • Calif. Protected Species Law Changes: Real Fix Or Red Tape?

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    California's recent amendments to its "fully protected species" statutes create a temporary permitting regime intended to accelerate the building of renewable energy, transportation and water infrastructure in response to climate change — but the new legislation could become another obstacle to the projects it purports to benefit, says Paul Weiland at Nossaman.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • What New Offshore Drilling Bond Rules Would Mean For Cos.

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    The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's recently proposed changes to when offshore oil, gas and sulfur lessees must post supplemental financial assurance related to their operations provides greater clarity for stakeholders, but some smaller operators may not satisfy the proposal's new credit rating requirements, say attorneys at V&E.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Key Drivers Behind Widespread Adoption Of NAV Financing

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    While net asset value-based lending has existed for years, NAV lending has only started to move into the mainstream recently — likely due to difficult market conditions faced by sponsors including persistent inflation, high interest rates and a lack of exit opportunities, say Matthew Kerfoot and Jinyoung Joo at Proskauer.

  • NHTSA Fuel Proposal May Boost EVs — Given More Chargers

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    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's recently proposed revised fuel economy standards may spur automakers to further advance development and sales of electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles — but only if consumer concerns over inadequate infrastructure are addressed, say Levi McAllister and Mark Fanelli at Morgan Lewis.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Elrod On 'Jury Duty'

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    Though the mockumentary series “Jury Duty” features purposely outrageous characters, it offers a solemn lesson about the simple but brilliant design of the right to trial by jury, with an unwitting protagonist who even John Adams may have welcomed as an impartial foreperson, says Fifth Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod.

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