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Pruitt Banishes “Sue and Settle” – A Solution In Search of a Problem?

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt issued a Directive prohibiting the practice of “sue and settle.” He also issued a Memorandum to senior staff explaining in more detail some of the concerns about “sue and settle.” They are two...more

Court Declines to Vacate Environmental Assessment of Dakota Access Pipeline, Permitting Oil to Flow during Remand

On October 11, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia declined to vacate the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (“Corps”) Environmental Assessment (“EA”) of the Dakota Access Pipeline while the agency...more

Ninth Circuit: US Must Pay Share of CERCLA Cleanup Costs at Former Military Plant

by Morgan Lewis on

The decision could make it easier to recover from the government for CERCLA response costs at former defense production facilities and shift leverage in settlement discussions....more

How Wrong Does a District Court Have to Be to Abuse Its Discretion?

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has reversed a District Court decision allocating 100% of CERCLA response costs at a San Diego Superfund site to TDY Holdings, which operated an aeronautical manufacturing plant from 1939 to...more

Does an Anti-Duplication Provision Bar a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act Action Against a City System Supplying Water?:...

A United States District Court (Eastern District of California) in a September 1st Order addressed a motion to dismiss a Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) action brought by a non-profit organization against a...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - Court blocks Dept. of Interior’s move to delay Obama-era methane leak rule - The Hill - Oct 4 - On Wednesday a federal court set aside an effort by the Department of the Interior...more

On Remand by SCOTUS to 9th Circ., 9th Circ. Again Holds that a Federal Hovercraft Ban Applies in Alaska Despite the Alaska...

On March 22, during the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 Term, the Court issued a unanimous ruling that the Ninth Circuit’s interpretation of the scope of the National Park Service’s authority to ban the use of a hovercraft on...more

Portuguese Children Crowdfund Climate Change Suit Against 47 Countries

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Six Portuguese children are raising funds to sue 47 European countries, asserting that their right to life has been threatened because governments have allegedly failed to adequately deal with climate change. With the...more

Wetland Mitigation Banks: Louisiana Appellate Court Addresses Whether Public Bid Law Applies to the Sale of Credits

The Court of Appeal of Louisiana (“Court”) was asked to consider whether the Louisiana public bid law applied to the sale of wetland mitigation bank credits. See Zachary Mitigation Area, LLC v. Tangipahoa Parish Council, 2017...more

Court Holds That Self-Insured Retentions Exhaust Vertically And Awards Insured Mandatory Prejudgment Interest in Stringfellow Site...

In State of California v. Continental Ins. Co. (No. E064518; filed 9/29/17), a California appeals court ruled that after Continental was ultimately held to pay its policy limits for remediation of the Stringfellow hazardous...more

Plaintiffs and Defendants Jointly Choose First Cases for Trial in Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act Litigation

by Liskow & Lewis on

The first five Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Act (“CZMA”) cases to be set for trial have been chosen. The Plaintiffs selected Parish of Plaquemines v. Rozel Operating Company, et al., Parish of Plaquemines v....more

Clean Air Act: Maryland Attorney General Federal District Lawsuit Alleging U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Failure to Act on...

Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh (“AG”) filed a Complaint in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland alleging a violation of the Clean Air Act by the United States Environmental Protection Agency...more

California Court of Appeal Rejects CEQA Challenge to Proposed Planned Parenthood Clinic

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Respect Life South San Francisco v. City of South San Francisco, California's First District Court of Appeal rejected petitioners' arguments that protests to a Planned Parenthood Clinic would cause significant...more

Schwabe Defends Tribal Sovereignty

The trial team of Brien Flanagan, Aukjen Ingraham and Sarah Lawson successfully stood up to outside parties attempting to interfere in the Navajo Nation’s economic activity. Federal Judge Steven Logan granted the Navajo...more

Clean Water Act Jurisdiction/Groundwater: National Association of Clean Water Agencies Amicus Brief

The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (“NACWA”) joined a number of organizations in filing an Amicus Brief on September 8th with the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in the case styled Upstate...more

First District Upholds CEQA Categorical Exemption for Approval of Planned Parenthood Clinic in City of South San Francisco,...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

When a lead agency finds a project approval to be categorically exempt from CEQA, this determination at the initial step of CEQA’s multi-tiered process necessarily includes an implied finding that no exceptions to the...more

New Wave of Climate Change Related Litigation Focuses on Industry

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

Climate change related cases are on the rise nationwide, just like sea water levels. In fact, according to a United Nations study released in May 2017, the U.S. has three times more climate change litigation cases than the...more

How Imminent Are the Impacts of Climate Change in Everett?

On September 13, 2017, Judge Mark Wolf dismissed part of the Conservation Law Foundation’s claims in its litigation against ExxonMobil concerning ExxonMobil’s Everett Terminal facility. The opinion is both interesting and...more

Extreme Weather Fuels Increasing Trend of New Climate Change Litigation

As federal efforts to roll back environmental regulations from the Obama era continue, environmental groups have been increasingly filing lawsuits against industry alleging damages related to climate change impacts, using the...more

Under Scrutiny: PA Superior Court Splits from Own Precedent and Allows Unilateral Oil & Gas Lease Severance in Montgomery

by Blank Rome LLP on

Lessees of oil and gas leases in Pennsylvania who have been assigned or are assigning less than all of the geologic strata under lease should give careful attention to whether those leases have been severed vertically by...more

Fifth Circuit: Louisiana’s Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine Bars Claims for Damage to Real Property

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Applying Louisiana’s “subsequent purchaser doctrine” in the context of contamination from oil-and-gas operations, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the dismissal of a landowner’s property damage claims. See Guilbeau v. Hess Corp.,...more

Last product liability claims dismissed in Massachusetts PCB suit

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Pharmacia in April persuaded a Massachusetts federal court to dismiss the last few PCB-related product liability claims in a sprawling case brought by a local school. Pharmacia succeeded by proving that injuries related to...more

Kentucky Appeals Court Outlines Limitations on Stigma Damages

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating the limitations on so-called “stigma” damages under Kentucky law, Kentucky appellate court ruled that a claim for stigma damages is not an independent cause of action, and that such damages are not available in...more

Federal District Court Orders New Trial in Tort Lawsuit Against Natural Gas Producer

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Illustrating the importance of expert testimony in establishing a factual basis for private nuisance claims and damages in tort actions, a Pennsylvania federal judge vacated a $4.24 million jury verdict and granted a new...more

The “Ugly” Property Next Door is Ruining My Property Value

by Snell & Wilmer on

Traditional bases for private nuisance claims include circumstances where noise, light, vibration, or odor emanating from a neighboring property harm the value of your property. Such bases can be objectively verified and...more

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