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In its June 25, 2021 decision in HollyFrontier Cheyenne Refining, LLC v. Renewable Fuels Association, the Supreme Court rejected the central holding of a January 2020 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit that would have rendered almost all small refineries categorically ineligible for an exemption under the federal Renewable Fuels Standard program (RFS).

V&E Environmental Update

July 13, 2021
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Ordinarily, the law governing how agencies create regulations — the Administrative Procedure Act — requires a thirty-day window between when a rule is published in the Federal Register and becomes “final” and when the rule is formally in effect.

February 23, 2021
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As one of the top former prosecutors in the country, Zachary Terwilliger has an intimate understanding of how to get clients out of the government’s crosshairs. He’ll counsel companies on how to avoid problems before they start; help clients identify existing problems and determine whether remediation is necessary; and zealously represent clients who are the…

February 9, 2021
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The First Circuit has granted en banc review of Moore-Bush.

December 28, 2020
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It was a moment that many had been anticipating for years, yet the latest crop of V&E partners didn’t fete their promotions with parties and champagne. Instead they fielded congratulatory phone calls, took part in virtual coffee breaks and held small celebrations at home with their families. But pandemic-related complications notwithstanding, the new partners —…

December 16, 2020
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The CLE offered a high-level overview of the legal landscape Biden will face in seeking meaningful regulatory change.
December 9, 2020
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It was cause for celebration for Vinson & Elkins partners Matt Stammel and Jim Thompson. On July 1, 2020, after a six-day trial, Judge Marvin Isgur of the Southern District of Texas Bankruptcy Court handed a complete victory to V&E client Gavilan Resources. Judge Isgur even took the unusual step of reading his lengthy opinion…

September 11, 2020
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What might happen if China or Russia attacked the nation’s electricity grid? The answer to that question is at the heart of an executive order issued by President Trump on May 1. Foreign adversaries are increasingly looking for ways to exploit weaknesses in the country’s bulk-power system (“BPS”) – the large interconnected electrical system that…

August 14, 2020
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It wasn’t just another day in court for Pat Mizell. On August 1, 2019, the V&E partner stood before U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel in a courtroom in Austin, Texas. Attorneys Tony McDonald, Josh Hammer and Mark Pulliam had sued Mizell’s client, the State Bar of Texas, claiming it is unconstitutional for an attorney to…

August 5, 2020
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In the recently decided cattle-feeding dispute, Bonsmara Natural Beef Company, LLC v. Hart of Texas Cattle Feeders, No. 19-0263, the parties asked the Texas Supreme Court to “wrangle issues regarding the effect of forgoing an interlocutory appeal and the availability of their chosen forum for arbitration.”

V&E Arbitration Update

July 24, 2020
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Recently Victoria’s Secret captured headlines that had nothing to do with the retailer’s famous fashion show. Victoria Secret’s parent company, L Brands, and private equity firm Sycamore Partners (“Sycamore”) exchanged lawsuits after Sycamore sought to walk away from its pending acquisition of the lingerie company. Sycamore claimed that Victoria’s Secret had experienced a “material adverse…

June 29, 2020
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A former federal prosecutor, a veteran compliance officer, and a partner at an elite global law firm. It may sound like a dream team for defending companies facing government investigations, but in fact, it’s one man: Mike Ward. Ward, who joined V&E’s San Francisco office as a partner earlier this year, has an uncommonly varied…

June 4, 2020