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Transnational Class Action Dispute Over Oil Spill Commenced in Australia

by Jones Day on

Following the 2009 Montara Oil Field oil spill in the Timor Sea, an Indonesian seaweed farmer brought a class action in Australia against the operator of the Montara Oil Field. The action was commenced on behalf of a class of...more

Nevada Solar Project Survives Ninth Circuit Review Despite Impacts to Tortoise Connectivity

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On May 18, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court’s summary judgment decision in favor of the Secretary of the Department of the Interior and other federal officials in an...more

From Mass to Class: Freeman v. Grain Processing Corporation

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Over the past two decades, large agricultural operations have become a popular target for plaintiffs’ attorneys. Bringing claims under common law causes of action like negligence, trespass, and especially nuisance based on...more

Emails With An Environmental Consultant Are Not Protected by the Attorney-Client Privilege, But May Be Protected Under the...

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

A federal district court in Indiana recently ruled on whether email communications with environmental contractors hired by an attorney are protected from discovery. In Valley Forge Ins. Co. v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., No....more

San Mateo Gardens Teaches College District a Lesson on Picking Thorny Subsequent Review Procedure

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The California Supreme Court recently addressed an important California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) issue: Who decides whether CEQA’s subsequent review provisions are applicable when there are changes to an adopted...more

DC Circuit Considers Scope of FOIA Exemption 9

Federal government records, including business records submitted to the government, are subject to disclosure under the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). However, FOIA exempts nine categories of government records...more

Appellate Court Holds That Mandatory Relief is Unavailable Because of Recording Error - Trial Court Ruled on Partial Record After...

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In The Urban Wildlands Group, Inc. v. City of Los Angeles et al., No. B271350 (Cal. Ct. App. 2nd District, April 13, 2017), The Urban Wildlands Group Inc. (Urban Wildlands) filed a petition for writ of mandate and a complaint...more

Court Holds that Attorney-Client Privilege Extends to Environmental Consultants Hired by an Attorney on Behalf of a Client, but...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

The attorney-client privilege protects communications made in confidence by a client to its attorney for the purpose of obtaining legal advice. The privilege can extent to consultants and experts hired by the attorney on...more

Court of Appeal Upholds Issuance of Erosion-Control Permit as Ministerial and Exempt from CEQA

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In Sierra Club et al. v. County of Sonoma et al. (2017 WL 1422533), the California First District Court of Appeal held that the issuance of an erosion-control permit by the Agricultural Commissioner of Sonoma County...more

U.S. District Court Finds EPA Erred in Approving Pesticides Known To Impact Endangered Species

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On May 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted, in part, a motion for summary judgment brought by plaintiffs in a suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”)...more

No Surprises Here: First District Applies CEQA Subsequent Review Standards Mandated by Supreme Court on Remand, Again Affirms...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

When all was said and done, it was a case of “same wine, different bottle” for Defendant and Appellant San Mateo Community College District (“District”) after the First District Court of Appeal’s published May 5, 2017...more

Stability For Calif. Cap-And-Trade Program, For Now

The future of California’s cap-and-trade program looks a little brighter, thanks to a 2-1 vote of the Court of Appeal for the Third Appellate District on April 6. The decision, which held that the cap-and-trade program is...more

Challenge to California's Cap-and-Trade Emission Allowances Auction Rejected on Appeal

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On April 6, 2017, the California Court of Appeal, in a 2–1 decision, upheld the sale of greenhouse gas ("GHG") emission allowances in California's cap-and-trade program. California Chamber of Commerce v. State Air Resources...more

Rare Grable Removal Sighted In Missouri

by Morrison & Foerster LLP on

Establishing federal jurisdiction over state-law claims through the Grable doctrine is rare, but a Missouri federal court recently reminded us that it is not impossible. In Bader Farms Inc. v. Monsanto Co., No....more

Supreme Court of California Ruling Elevates Responsible Agency Role Under CEQA - City's EIR Erred by Failing to Fully Disclose and...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Banning Ranch Conservancy v. City of Newport Beach, et al., the Supreme Court of California held that lead agencies need to expressly disclose and consider the jurisdictional claims and regulatory opinions of responsible...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - EPA, clean energy spared Trump's ax in $1.1 trillion budget deal - Bloomberg - May 1 - Environmental programs marked for termination or deep cuts by President Donald Trump got a...more

Federal District Court Declines to Declare that CERCLA Bars Pending State Law Tort Action

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Highlighting the discretion a federal court may exercise to allow a state court to hear state tort claims, a federal district court in Montana dismissed a former smelter operator’s claim for injunctive relief against...more

Federal Court Dismisses Some of Seattle’s PCB Tort Claims

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In a blow to the efforts of municipal plaintiffs to pursue environmental damages through product liability theories, a Washington federal court granted Monsanto’s motion to dismiss Seattle’s design defect and failure to warn...more

Will There Be a Trial on Climate Change Public Trust Claims? It’s Looking that Way.

Last November, the District Court of Oregon denied the motion of the United States to dismiss claims that the United States had violated a public trust obligation it owes to US citizens to protect the atmosphere from climate...more

Federal Court Allows Expert Testimony on Health Risks Despite Lack of Personal Injury Claims

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Underscoring the importance of expert testimony regarding health risks in toxic tort cases involving potential exposure issues, a Mississippi federal judge allowed expert testimony on health risks posed by alleged...more

Anatomy of a Price Gouging Case [Video]

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Severe and sustained drought conditions in Florida have sparked large wildfires across the state. With thousands of acres that have already burned, and more than 100 active wildfires, Florida Governor Rick Scott recently...more

Illinois Appellate Court Allows Rare “Prospective Nuisance” Claim to Proceed Against Mining Facility

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Addressing the relatively uncommon “prospective nuisance” claim, an Illinois appeals court found a group of landowners pleaded sufficient facts to show that a new sand mining operation would result in a nuisance if...more

Fifth Circuit Tosses Coastal Damage Tort Lawsuit Against Oil and Gas Companies

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Illustrating the challenges in using Louisiana tort suits to address large-scale environmental issues, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit dismissed claims seeking relief for alleged coastal damage from oil and...more

District Court Confirms Arbitral Award Against Venezuela In Dispute Over Gold Deposits Contract

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A federal district court in Washington, D.C. recently confirmed a $1.2 billion arbitral award in favor of Crystallex International Corp. against Venezuela after the country’s Ministry of Environment denied a necessary permit...more

Texas Supreme Court Tosses Untimely Damages Claims, Leaves Open Possibility of Injunctive Relief

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Highlighting the importance of proving a factual timeline in a statute of limitations analysis, the Texas Supreme Court held that a cattle ranch owners’ claims related to alleged contamination from long-dormant oil and gas...more

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