Topic: Oil & Gas

JD Supra Corporate Brief: M&A Jargon, Conflict Minerals, European Technology, Trade Secrets

On the day in 1946, Winston Churchill coined the phrase “Iron Curtain” in a speech delivered at Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri. The M&A Word of the Day? PIPE (Martin Saywell at Latham & Watkins) Is the SEC’s Conflict Minerals rule just the beginning of “conflict sourcing” laws? (Chesley Blevins, Arcie Jordan, and Doug Paisley… Read more »

Congressman Camp Releases Tax Reform Proposal – What You Need To Know

“Camp’s plan proposes to cut the top tax rate for both individuals and corporations to 25 percent and eliminate the alternative minimum tax for both individuals and corporations.” (Duane Morris) If history is any guide, reforming the Tax Code may prove to be, well, too taxing for lawmakers to push through in an election year.… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Shareholder Activism, Bribery Blacklists, Fracking Regulation, Compliance Trends

On this day in 1980, President Jimmy Carter authorizes legislation bailing out the Chrysler Corporation to the tune of $1.5 billion. Shareholder activism is on the rise – and here’s how to deal with it… (Akin Gump) China’s health care regulator will begin compiling “bribery blacklists” of corrupt companies and individuals… (Katherine Wang at Ropes… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Integrity Act, Irreparable Harm, Horton Ruling, Money Laundering

“I’m not a saint unless you think a saint is a sinner who keeps on trying.” — Nelson Mandela Ignoring the new requirements of the Integrity Act will come back to bite you… (Noa Baddish, Susan Friedfel, and Fredric Leffler at Proskauer Rose) No (irreparable) harm, no (trademark) foul… (Eric Ball, Sebastian Kaplan, and Jedediah… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Supply Chain Security, Safe Harbor Program, Iran Sanctions Changes, California Fracking Rules

On December 2, 2001, Enron filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Can you believe it’s been just twelve years? What do changes to US sanctions on Iran mean for American companies? (Perkins Coie) Supply chain security compliance just got a lot harder for Department of Defense contractors… (Peter McLaughlin, Rick Vacura, and Bradley Wine at Morrison… Read more »

Lawsuits, Drilling Bans, and Other Issues Shaping the Future of Fracking in the US

“Lawmakers are heavily divided when it comes to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing. Currently, there are twelve bills in Congress that address the regulation of oil and natural gas operations.” (Peter Whitfield at BakerHostetler) Although the hydraulic fracturing process has been around since the late 1940s, it’s only been in the last 15 years or… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Cheaters’ High, Solar Power, Discriminatory Lending, Pipeline Projects

Have you signed up for email delivery of the JD Supra Corporate Brief yet? It’s as easy as click, type, send. The SEC just issued important clarification for broker-dealers on the “failure to supervise” liability of compliance and legal personnel… (Morrison & Foerster) Cheating gets you high – so what can ethics and compliance officers… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Automakers Strike Back, China Opens Up, Governor Vetoes Bill, NY Continues Moratorium

So far, no good: The government shutdown is one week old today. Hang in there, America! A group of automakers just flattened a patent troll… (Foley & Lardner) How the Shanghai FTZ makes It easier for foreign companies to invest in China… (Corporate Law Report) The feds want government contractors to update their anti-human trafficking… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Whistleblower Lawsuits, Patent Trolls, Argentinian Shale, China Trademarks

Monday morning blues? The JD Supra Corporate Brief – along with a good cup of coffee and a cherry danish – will put that smile back on your face: The SEC will pay an unidentified whistleblower $14 million for a tip that recovered substantial investor funds… (Latham & Watkins) What’s new in the fight against… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: SEC Reporting, Social Media, Non-Poaching Arrangements, Fired Whistleblowers

Day Three of the government shutdown, and no end in sight. Hang in there, America… Buying or selling? It doesn’t matter – the SEC historical financial statement reporting requirements apply either way… (Skadden Arps) It’s everything you need to know about social media and securities laws. Really… (Morrison & Foerster) Colorado energy companies must act… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Government Shutdown, Cyber Insurance, Drilling Permits, Pay Ratio

Monday morning blues? Here’s a cure: two parts coffee, one part cherry Danish, and a hearty dash of JD Supra Corporate Brief: A federal shutdown would create distinct challenges for government operations… (Skadden Arps) Is it time to update the patent examination system? (MBHB) If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again – but… Read more »

Proposed OSHA Rule On Silica Exposure Could Have Significant Impact On Fracking Industry

“’Exposure to silica can be deadly, and limiting that exposure is essential,’ said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. ‘Every year, exposed workers not only lose their ability to work, but also to breathe. This proposal is expected to prevent thousands of deaths from silicosis—an incurable and progressive disease—as… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Health Care Enforcement, Web Privacy Policies, GMO Food Labels, Green Chemistry Rules

Why yes, I would love to get the JD Supra Corporate Brief delivered straight to my inbox. Where do I sign up? Whistleblowers are driving stepped up government health care enforcement… (Mintz Levin) Study finds about half of companies worldwide fail to comply with web privacy policy requirements… (Pillsbury) What does the EU’s Alternative Investment… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Law: China Princelings, Ethical Practices, FRAND Disputes, Venture Financings

Wednesdays get a raw deal: the spelling / pronunciation discord, the embarrassing “hump day” nickname, those orphaned mid-week holidays… But it’s not all bad – they also get their own JD Supra Corporate Brief: So what’s the big deal about hiring “princelings” in China, anyway? (Michael Volkov) As it turns out, a state insurance commissioner’s… Read more »

JD Supra Corporate Brief: Health Care Acquisitions, Price Fixing Sentences, National Security Reviews, Collecting Whistleblower Awards

On this day in 1993, the Oslo Accords were signed in Norway between Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat. Just what the doctor ordered: a successful health care acquisition (DLA Piper) Fix prices and go to jail… (Foley & Lardner) Chinese investors can learn a lot from the 2013… Read more »