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Practical Implications for Energy Companies of Trump Administration’s Use of Congressional Review Act

Upon taking office with the promise to reduce regulations, the new administration and the U.S. Congress used the Congressional Review Act to repeal 14 “midnight” regulations passed by the previous administration.  Of the 14 repealed regulations, there are three that are of note for companies involved in mining operations domestically, in oil and gas exploration abroad, or who are...

Nuisance and Negligence Claims Against Michigan Oil Refinery Are Time-Barred

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan dismissed a putative class action claiming harm from emissions of oil refinery contaminants.  The Plaintiffs claimed the Detroit refinery was liable under private nuisance, negligence, and strict liability theories.  Plaintiffs, who lived near the refinery, alleged that the refinery released dangerous toxins into their...

Key Considerations for Post-Incident Media Response

In today’s world, news of a corporate disaster or fatal injury travels fast.  In less than a minute from the time an incident occurs, media phone calls begin.  There are countless recent examples of how companies have botched initial post-incident communications in such a way that their actions have led to devastating consequences, from inviting political attacks or litigation to...

Tenth Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Pollution Case Against Energy Companies

The Tenth Circuit upheld a district court’s order dismissing a group of Oklahoma plaintiffs’ claims for strict liability, negligence, and negligence per se against several companies allegedly responsible for pollution stemming from the generation and disposal of coal-combustion waste and fluid waste from oil and gas drilling.  The plaintiffs alleged that “the...

2015 Year in Review

Earlier today, we released the 2015 Year in Review, which assembles the 20 posts from last year that received the most reader interest.

Preparing For Crisis Management

Sutherland partners Matt Gatewood and Susan Lafferty recently presented a Legal Quick Hit to the ACC’s Energy Committee on the fundamentals of preparedness for crisis management following significant operational failures. The outline of that presentation is below: Identify the risk inherent in every operation Monitor the pulse of industry changes, including new hazards and...

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