Friday, June 22, 2018

Supreme Court News

Schlumberger Wins in US Supreme Court on Patent Damages

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on Friday that companies can recover profits lost because of the unauthorized use of their patented technology abroad in a victory for Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider.The 7-2 decision overturned a lower court's ruling that had enforced limits on applying U.S. patent law overseas…

Panoro wins court case

Panoro Energy ASA informs that a judgment has been granted in favour of the Company by the Borgarting Court of Appeal in Oslo (the "Court of Appeal"). Panoro was in a dispute with Euro-Latin Capital SA ("ELC"), an M&A advisory firm, in relation to a baseless claim by ELC for the payment of a success fee of up to USD 2.4 million on the sale of Panoro's assets in Brazil in 2014.

Italy Top Court Rejects Appeal to Stymie Shell, Eni Corruption Trial

Italy's Supreme Court threw out an appeal from Shell and four former Shell managers to stymie a trial on alleged corruption in Nigeria, which also sees Eni's chief on the bench, legal sources said on Wednesday.The long-running graft case revolves around the 2011 purchase by Eni and Shell of Nigeria's OPL-245 offshore oilfield for about $1.3 billion.

Brazil Infrastructure Minister Keeps Job, Immunity

A Brazil Supreme Court justice rejected an injunction that sought to remove President Michel Temer's minister in charge of infrastructure investment, Wellington Moreira Franco, who has been named in a corruption investigation. Justice Celso de Mello's ruling on Tuesday also allows Moreira Franco to keep his immunity from prosecution by lower courts.

Possible Scalia Replacement Previously Represented Exxon, Rio Tinto

One possible contender to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court is an Indian-American appeals court judge, Sri Srinivasan, who has pro-business credentials and a stellar resume. If he was nominated his background may make it more politically challenging for Republicans as they plan to block anyone put forward by President Barack Obama. Srinivasan, 48, has served on the U.S.

Brazil Supreme Court Accepts Plea Deal for Rousseff Ally Amaral

Brazil's Supreme Court said on Tuesday it had accepted a plea agreement offered by prosecutors to Senator Delcídio do Amaral, a legislative ally of President Dilma Rousseff until he was arrested last year in a far-reaching corruption scandal. Leaks of the plea deal in recent weeks to Brazilian media said that Amaral, of the ruling Workers' Party…

Venezuela Court Move May Spook Non-Russian Oil Majors

The sight of Venezuela's National Assembly president tearing up a Supreme Court ruling and warning foreign firms against making deals with the leftist government will no doubt resonate in international boardrooms. The ruling ripped up by Congress head Julio Borges on Thursday was designed to allow President Nicolas Maduro to create oil ventures without congressional approval…

Clean Power Plan Lawsuit Put on Hold

A U.S. appeals court on Friday granted a Trump administration request to put on hold a legal challenge by industry and a group of states to former President Barack Obama's regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants, rules that the Republican president is moving to undo. A 10-judge panel of the U.S.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Appeal in Shareholder Suit Against BP

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined a request from shareholders seeking to revive their class action lawsuit against BP claiming the British oil company misrepresented its safety procedures prior to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The court left in place a September 2015 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court…

US Supreme Court to Hear Venezuela Oil Rig Dispute

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to weigh Venezuela's bid to block a lawsuit filed by an American oil drilling company that claims the South American country unlawfully seized 11 drilling rigs six years ago. The high court will review a May 2015 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit that allowed…

US Supreme Court to Hear Schlumberger Fight over Patent Damages

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday agreed to review a bid by Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider, to allow companies to recoup profits lost due to patent infringement when patented technology is used overseas. The case involves a fight over how much rival ION Geophysical Corp must pay for infringing Schlumberger technology that helps search for oil and gas beneath the ocean floor.

Greenpeace Appeals after Losing Norwegian Arctic Lawsuit

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Environmental groups launched an appeal on Monday after an Oslo court rejected their arguments that Norway's oil and gas exploration in the Arctic violates citizens' right to a clean environment. Greenpeace and Nature and Youth disputed the Oslo District Court's verdict last month, particularly that Norway could not be held responsible for greenhouse gas emissions from the use of its oil and gas exported abroad.

UK Court: Nigerians Cannot Pursue Shell Claim in England

The Court of Appeal in London ruled on Wednesday that two Nigerian communities cannot pursue Royal Dutch Shell in English courts over oil spills in Nigeria's Delta region. The split decision upheld a High Court ruling last year that was a setback to attempts to hold British multinationals liable at home for their subsidiaries' actions abroad.

Argentina's Supreme Court Orders YPF to Disclose Chevron Contract

Argentina's Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the state-controlled energy firm YPF to fully disclose its contract with Chevron Corp amid allegations of secret clauses in the agreement. Chevron in 2013 signed a deal to explore the barely tapped Vaca Muerta shale formation, an accord that marked the largest foreign investment in Argentina's…

Exxon's Bid for InterOil in Doubt after Canadian Court Ruling

InterOil Corp said on Friday an appeals court in Canada had overturned approval of the natural gas producer's $2.5 billion sale to Exxon Mobil Corp, throwing the deal's viability in doubt. The Supreme Court of Yukon ruled for Phil Mulacek, InterOil's founder and second-largest shareholder, who had objected to the all-stock deal announced in July.

Four Bunker Barges Seized in Singapore over Unpaid Debt

Singapore law firm asks for vessels to be arrested; bunker barges owned by Vermont UM Shipping. Four marine refuelling barges owned and operated by Vermont UM Shipping Pte Ltd were seized in Singapore on Monday night, according to the website of Singapore's Supreme Court. Singaporean law firm Rajah & Tann seized the vessels over unpaid claims on behalf of its client…

New Projects in Brazil's Amazon? Not Without Congressional Approval, says court

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Brazil's government has been told that development projects, including hydropower dams, in protected areas can no longer go ahead without the prior approval of lawmakers. Last week's ruling by the supreme court followed the use by the government in recent years of the controversial "provisional measure", a legal instrument that allowed the president to approve projects by reducing the size of protected areas.

Schlumberger Fights to Boost Patent Damages at US Supreme Court

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday appeared divided over whether to make it easier for companies to recoup profits lost due to the unauthorized use of their patented technology overseas in a dispute involving Schlumberger NV, the world's largest oilfield services provider.The nine justices heard about an hour of arguments that will resolve…

Trump Advisors Aim to Free Indian Land Resources

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation's oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves. Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands…

U.S. Top Court Rejects Constitution Pipeline Over New York Permit

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt another setback to a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Pennsylvania to New York, rejecting Constitution Pipeline Co's bid to challenge New York state's refusal to issue a needed water permit for the project.The high court left in place an August 2017 ruling by the New York-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in favor of the state.