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Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that CERCLA Violation Is Not Negligence Per Se

by Freeborn & Peters LLP on

A federal district court in Oklahoma has held that CERCLA may not be used as a regulatory standard to state a claim for negligence per se. The plaintiffs in Bristow First Assembly of God, et al. v. BP, p.l.c., et al., N.D....more

State Programs to Encourage Zero-Emitting Generation are Really, Really, Constitutional

Hard on the heels of decision upholding the Illinois “zero-emission credit” program to prop up nuclear plants in that state, Judge Valerie Caproni of the South District of New York has now upheld a similar ZEC program in New...more

Second Circuit Follows Viking Pump Methodology to Calculate Total Insurance Liability for Environmental Cleanup Efforts Spanning...

On July 17, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit decided the case of Olin Corporation v. OneBeacon America Insurance Company, an environmental insurance recovery lawsuit. Olin Corporation has filed such lawsuits...more

Uncertainty Looms with Delays to Resolution of California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program Challenges

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Two recent developments in the interrelated legal challenges commonly known as POET I and POET II may create additional uncertainty for the future of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard Program (LCFS). Earlier this year, the...more

SCOTUS Update: Environmental and Administrative Law Cases Decided in 2017

The 2016 Term of the U.S. Supreme Court was fairly quiet, perhaps reflecting the fact that with only eight members, the Court needed a working consensus to handle its docket. The Court handed down seventy rulings, but only a...more

High Court Upholds Long-Term GHG Emissions Analysis, But Warns Agencies to Keep Pace with Regulatory Advancements: Lessons from...

Cleveland National Forest Foundation, et al. v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017) __ Cal. 5th __, Supreme Court Case No., S223603 - Judicial deference to a lead agency’s determination regarding the proper...more

Another Court Upholds a State Generation Program and Dismisses Challenges to Illinois’ Nuclear Subsidies

by Stoel Rives LLP on

On July 14, 2017, and several weeks after the Second Circuit rejected challenges to Connecticut’s renewable energy procurement process and renewable energy credit program (see Allco Fin. Ltd. v. Robert J. Klee (Docket Nos....more

California Supreme Court Reverses Court of Appeal Decision to Invalidate SANDAG's Regional Transportation Plan EIR for its GHG...

by Allen Matkins on

In Cleveland Nat’l Forest Found. v. San Diego Ass’n of Gov’ts (July 13, 2017), the California Supreme Court reversed the Court of Appeal decision regarding the inadequacy of the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions impacts analysis...more

Reports of the Death of the SEP Have Not Been Greatly Exaggerated

Last month, Attorney General Sessions barred DOJ from entering into settlements that provide for payments to non-governmental persons not a party to the dispute. At the time, I peered into my crystal ball and proclaimed that...more

Texas Third Court of Appeals Overturns TCEQ Action and Confirms that Statutory Provisions Mean What They Say

by Locke Lord LLP on

On July 11, 2017, the Third Court of Appeals at Austin (Texas) issued a decision in Freestone Power Generation, LLC et al. v. Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Cause Nos. 03-16-00693-CV et al. (“Freestone Power”),...more

EPA Fails to Justify Its Use of Surrogates for Certain Hazardous Air Pollutants

July 18, 2017, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals remanded EPA’s MACT standards for PCBs, polycyclic organic matter, and hexachlorobenzene to EPA. Rather than setting specific MACT standards for these compounds, EPA regulated...more

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

by Dentons on

The High Court has considered the circumstances in which a parent company may be liable to third parties in negligence for the acts or omissions of its subsidiary....more

Court Overturns Much of EPA’s 2015 Definition of Solid Waste Rule

by Hogan Lovells on

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dealt EPA another blow to its over-zealous attempts to regulate as hazardous waste the hazardous secondary materials (HSM) that are...more

Standing Against Environmental Injustice: Some Thoughts On Facing The Need For CEQA Litigation Reform

by Miller Starr Regalia on

CEQA, our state’s landmark environmental protection act, is a venerable law with an illustrious history now spanning over 45 years. But it’s also being abused every day, distorted for non-environmental ends not worthy of it...more

Supreme Disappointment: High Court’s Narrow Opinion In SANDAG RTP/SCS EIR Case Offers Little Guidance On CEQA GHG Analysis

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On July 13, 2017, the California Supreme Court rendered a 6-1 decision holding that the San Diego Association of Governments’ (SANDAG) 2011 EIR for its Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS)...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Holds that Fiscal Legislation Can be Invalidated When Inconsistent with Environmental Rights Amendment

In 1971, the citizens of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly approved a proposed amendment to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Constitution’s Declaration of Rights, now known as the “Environmental Rights Amendment” (ERA). The...more

California Supreme Court Again Considers Climate Change in the Context of CEQA, But Fails to Resolve Important Uncertainties for...

by Downey Brand LLP on

Yesterday, in an opinion authored by Justice Liu, the California Supreme Court ruled that the greenhouse gas analysis in an environmental impact report (“EIR”) prepared for the San Diego Association of Government’s (“SANDAG”)...more

D.C. Circuit Vacates Portions of EPA's Definition of Solid Waste Rule

On July 7, 2017, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit (the D.C. Circuit) vacated portions of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) 2015 rule on the Definition of Solid Waste (the...more

Defeating Proposed Common Issues—Lessons from Pro-Sys

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Kalra v Mercedes Benz Canada, 2017 ONSC 3795, is a recent certification decision of the Ontario Superior Court in which Justice Belobaba certified the proposed emissions standards class action seeking damages for diminution...more

California Supreme Court Rules Homeowners Forfeited Right to Challenge Coastal Development Permit Conditions By Undertaking Work...

by Allen Matkins on

The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday in Lynch v. California Coastal Commission that two homeowners who obtained a coastal development permit (CDP) from the California Coastal Commission (Commission) to construct a...more

California Supreme Court Sides with Coastal Commission in Case Challenging Permit Conditions - Ruling Holds That Property Owners...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Lynch v. California Coastal Comm'n, __ Cal.5th __, No. S221980, 2017 WL 2871762, 2017 Cal. LEXIS 5054 (Cal. July 6, 2017), the Supreme Court of California held that the owners of bluff-top residences along the California...more

Public Decision Making Newsletter Winter 2017

by DLA Piper on

This newsletter summarises recent developments in resource management and local government law in New Zealand that are of particular relevance to local authorities and decision makers. In this edition, we address recent...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Extends Its Landmark Robinson Township Decision in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Foundation v....

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The "Environmental Bill of Rights" is now indisputably the law of the land in Pennsylvania. A majority of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reaffirmed and extended its landmark decision in Robinson Township v. Commonwealth, 83...more

Another Oil Field Contamination Plaintiff Waits Too Long

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

Suggestions to Texas lessors after ExxonMobil v. Lazy R Ranch, et al: Claiming that you were not aware of contamination from oil spills you’ve know about for 20 years is a tough sell, and suing your long-time lessee for...more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Rejects Longstanding Payne v. Kassab Test, Emphasizes Application of Principles of Pennsylvania Trust...

On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania held in Pennsylvania Environmental Defense Fund v. Commonwealth, No. 10 MAP 2015 (June 20, 2017) (PEDF), that the longstanding Payne v. Kassab test initially...more

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