Gregory C. Dillard Joins Katten’s Houston Office

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP announced today that Gregory C. Dillard, a leading workplace safety attorney concentrating in on-site crisis response to major onshore and offshore incidents and litigation of subsequent regulatory enforcement cases, has joined its Houston office as a partner in the Environmental and Workplace Safety practices. Dillard has ...

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Price Plunge Brings About Layoffs

One of the natural consequences of the recent price plunge in oil: layoffs (see here, here, and here to name a few). While never pleasant, layoffs are a fact of life in the oil & gas industry right now and legal departments need to keep a few things in mind. ...

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Global, Federal & State Regulations; FCPA

Legal & Compliance News Roundup of Federal Regulations: Twice a year the government updates its regulatory priorities. At the end of 2014, those priorities were outlined as follows: VOC and Methane Emission Regulations (the original white papers); Hydraulic Fracking; Royalty Rates for Onshore Leases; Arctic Drilling; Transportation of Crude Oil ...

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Rail Safety; Fixed Price Legal Services; DPAs; Whiskey Time Machine

Legal & Compliance News Rail Safety: On the heels of several railroad incidents involving transport of oil and oil products, the FRA has proposed to expand disaster planning rules to include those in an event of a derailment involving hazardous chemicals and materials, and specifically oil and oil products. The ...

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John R. Walter Promoted to GC at CVR Energy

John Walter has been promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of CVR Energy. John has been with CVR Energy since 2008 and was most recently associate general counsel, vice president and assistant secretary. The promotion comes on the heels of Edmund S. Gross’ retirement on December 31, ...

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Price Plunge Brings About Layoffs

One of the natural consequences of the recent price plunge in oil: layoffs (see here, here, and here to name a few). While never pleasant, layoffs are a fact of life in the oil & gas industry right now and legal departments need to keep a few things in mind. ...

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Rail Safety

On the heels of several railroad incidents involving transport of oil and oil products, the FRA has proposed to expand disaster planning rules to include those in an event of a derailment involving hazardous chemicals and materials, and specifically oil and oil products. The rail companies are the ones required ...

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People Moves: Week of March 8, 2015

Sidley adds two with extensive O&G experience to Houston office. Katten adds workplace safety attorney focused on energy industry to Houston office. Morgan Lewis hires eight from K&L Gates in Dallas office. Cooley makes hires in UK energy market.

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Interlude: Week of March 8, 2015

Oil isn’t the only non-renewable resource. “…unless scientists can build a whiskey time machine, a way to gracefully cheat the slow aging process that offers bourbon its rich oaky tones and sweet and smooth finish.” [Nautilus] Deep, deep, deep sea drilling…on one of Jupiter’s moons one day? [Vox]

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Other Legal & Compliance News: Week of March 8, 2015

The chorus grows slightly louder as Abercrombie & Kent’s GC demands fixed prices on legal bills. “If they’re experts in their fields then they must know what something’s going to cost.” Increased number of FBI agents set to seek out FCPA violations. [The Compliance & Ethics Blog] Deferred Prosecution Agreements ...

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