Briggs and Morgan litigators work closely with our energy lawyers to provide full service representation to a broad range of energy providers, public utilities and other market participants. Our clients typically have legal needs related to the purchase and sale of bulk power supplies, power marketing, infrastructure financing, siting and routing, environmental compliance, industry restructuring, and regulatory affairs.
Our energy litigators offer a wide range of litigation services from commercial and contract disputes to casualty and regulatory matters. We understand the changing energy business and develop litigation strategies to best meet the business and regulatory needs of our clients.
Briggs attorneys regularly represent clients in state and federal courts, in arbitration and mediation proceedings, and before the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) and the Environmental Quality Board.
With extensive experience in class action litigation, Briggs and Morgan is positioned to represent energy clients in cases such as Roedler v. Department of Energy, 1999 WL1627346 (D.C. Minn. 1999). We obtained dismissal of a class action suit against our client in a case involving the disposal of nuclear waste. That dismissal was affirmed by the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and the Plaintiffs' Petition for Certiorari was denied.
Just like any business, energy clients can face a variety of business problems. In Northern States Power Company v. FERC, 176 F.3d 1090 (8th Cir. 1999), Briggs and Morgan obtained a favorable Court ruling on behalf of our client in a regulatory dispute arising out of the restructuring of the electric energy market. Our attorneys have also assisted clients in suits arising out of supplier and customer bankruptcy.
A potential catastrophe for energy clients can be fire and explosion. When flood and fire hit Grand Forks, North Dakota, in the late ’90s, Briggs and Morgan was able to apply our experience and proven defense planning to win a favorable defense verdict for our client. We represent clients in a number of suits arising in the energy sector.