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FERC Rejects Sierra Club’s Request for Rehearing and Green Lights $3.5B LNG Export Facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana

On November 23, 2016, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) confirmed its authorization of the construction of a $3.5 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Lake Charles, Louisiana and rejected the Sierra Club’s request for rehearing on the matter. In an April 15, 2016 Order, FERC authorized Magnolia LNG, LLC to site, construct, … Continue Reading

Forum Shopping Curtailed: Venue Limited to Parish Where Drilling Rig Was Lost

In a May 4, 2016 opinion, Louisiana’s Third Circuit Court of Appeal made clear that venue was not proper in Concordia Parish—where plaintiff filed suit for damages resulting from the loss of its drilling rig in LaSalle Parish—because:  (1) the tortious conduct allegedly occurred and damages from the loss of the drilling rig were sustained … Continue Reading

The Supreme Court’s Adopted Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure: A Welcome Emphasis on Cooperative Case Management and Cost-Effective Discovery

On April 29, 2015, the United States Supreme Court adopted the long anticipated amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.  Pending Congressional review, the amendments will become law on December 1, 2015.  Together, the adopted amendments evidence the Court’s emphasis on promoting cooperative case management and reducing the delays and considerable costs often associated … Continue Reading
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