DOE Releases Game Plan on Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas Exports, National Labs, and NEPA

October 31, 2017

By Scott Blake Harris, Sam Walsh, and John A. Hodges Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has released an important report setting forth plans to reduce regulatory burdens.[1]  It reflects efforts…

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Congress, Administration Grapple Over Energy Efficiency Programs

October 24, 2017

By Scott Blake Harris and John A. Hodges Congress and the Trump Administration are trying to work out the future of the appliance and equipment efficiency programs administered by the…

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Thomas Mason Presents Webinar Entitled, “Witnesses: Ethics Issues Arising from Witness Interviews, Preparation, Compensation and Testimony”

October 23, 2017

The program covered ethical issues relating to contacting and interviewing witnesses; preparing witnesses for testimony; and compensation of witnesses (expert and fact) for expenses or for their time. The presentation…

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HWG Partner Thomas Mason Participated in a Panel Entitled, “Preparing for the Inevitable: A DQ Motion Boot Camp” as part of the Aon Law Firm Symposium in Washington, D.C.

October 20, 2017

At some point, all law firms will be forced to either defend motions to disqualify their lawyers in cases, or to move to disqualify opposing lawyers. These high-stakes disputes also…

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Thomas Mason and Amy Richardson Present “Identifying and Dealing with Ethical Conflicts of Interest” at the D.C. Bar

October 12, 2017

The presentation discussed various issues related to potential conflicts of interest and how the DC Rules of Professional Conduct apply to such conflicts. Specifically, the presentation included information on how…

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Fail-Safe Class Doctrine Helps Identify Weak TCPA Classes

October 4, 2017

By Jared Marx - Law360, New York (October 4, 2017, 4:36 PM EDT) - In the last five years, federal courts have begun denying class certification for so-called “fail-safe” classes. The…

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DOE Considers Market-based Approach to Energy Efficiency

October 1, 2017

By Scott Blake Harris and John A. Hodges The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is considering an initiative that could be a seismic shift in its energy efficiency program –…

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California Presses Forward with New Energy Efficiency Standards

October 1, 2017

By Scott Blake Harris and John A. Hodges Current rulemaking activity by the California Energy Commission (CEC) demonstrates its ambition and clout in appliance energy efficiency regulation.  Industry should take…

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California Proposes Amendments to Energy Efficiency Rules for Computers

October 1, 2017

By Scott Blake Harris and John A. Hodges The California Energy Commission (CEC) is proposing to amend its important recent computer energy efficiency rules – in order to accommodate an…

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Thomas Mason and Lauren Snyder Present “Ethical Strategies for Dealing with Challenging or Difficult Clients” at the D.C. Bar

September 28, 2017

This presentation included examples of difficult clients including clients who are unrealistic, intimidating, or who make unreasonable demands and offered strategies in dealing with such clients. The presentation also offered…

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