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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  Of the 14 repealed regulations, there are three that are of note for companies involved in mining operations domestically, in oil and gas exploration abroad, or who are...

Fifth Circuit Finds Two “Occurrences” In Rejecting Rig Owner’s Insurance Claim

On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit affirmed a judgment for the insurers of a drilling rig that rejected a claim from the rig owner for approximately $17 million in losses.  Following a storm in February 2010, a jack-up drilling rig encountered severe weather and the rough seas caused the rig’s legs to become misaligned, which added to the rig’s difficulties caused by twenty...

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...

Indictments Issued Following 2012 Offshore Incident Alleging Safety Sacrificed For Speed

Earlier today, a federal grand jury indicted two companies and three individuals following a 2012 offshore incident that killed three workers.  The charges range from involuntary manslaughter to charges involving violation of federal safety practices under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Clean Water Act.  At the time of the incident, the well had been “shut...

Indemnity Provision Enforceable Where Offshore Contract Is Maritime In Nature

In a contractual indemnity dispute following an offshore worker’s injuries, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana confronted whether a the contract’s indemnity provision was enforceable.  Specifically, the court had to determine whether the contract was governed by maritime law (making the indemnification provision enforceable) or whether it was...

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