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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

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

Oil Spill/Salt Water Disposal Facility: Illinois Attorney General Request for Preliminary Injunction

The Illinois Attorney General (“AG”) filed a Complaint and Motion for Preliminary Injunction against TrueFlo Solutions LLC (“TS”) in White County Circuit Court in Illinois in regards to an oil spill that allegedly...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

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

Take-Home Exposure and Stream of Commerce

by Low, Ball & Lynch on

Joseph Petitpas v. Ford Motor Company, et al. - Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, 13 Cal.App.5th 261 (July 5, 2017) - Plaintiffs Marline and Joseph Petitpas sued Exxon Mobil Corporation, Ford Motor Company,...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

West Virginia Supreme Court Applies Ohio Mixed Dust Exposure Statute

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

Recently, in State ex rel. American Electric Power v. Swope, the West Virginia Supreme Court ordered the dismissal of a number of mixed dust exposure cases. Dozens of persons brought claims alleging injuries as a result of...more

EPA Delivers on Promise to Delay Risk Management Plant Requirements for Chemical Plants and Refineries

On June 12, 2017, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced another extension to the effective date of the Obama-era rule amending federal Risk Management Program (RMP) requirements for...more

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

El Salvador Makes History and Bans All Mining - Will other countries follow?

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On March 29, 2017, El Salvador’s legislature unanimously voted to ban all metallic mining, including for gold, in the Central American country. El Salvador is the first country in the world to impose a blanket ban on mining...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Finds “Threatened” Designation For Bearded Seals Proper Based On New Long-Term Projections - Alaska Oil and Gas Ass’n et al. v. Pritzker et al., 840 F.3d 671, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 19084 (9th Cir. 2016)....more

Dallas Court of Appeals Reverses $2.9 Million Jury Verdict, Finding Insufficient Evidence of Intent

In 2014, the jury awarded $2.9 million to plaintiff landowners in Lisa Parr et.al. v. Aruba Petroleum, Inc., a case involving alleged hydrocarbon exposure due to hydraulic fracturing operations. Earlier this week, the Dallas...more

Coal Plant Shutdowns: Taking Steps to Control the Reopener

by McCarter & English, LLP on

Operators shutting down coal-fired plants would be wise to plan ahead for potential future remediation obligations – aka the “reopener.” Predicting these obligations may be quite difficult, but operators can implement...more

EPA Eases Path to Superfund Listing: Vapor Intrusion Component Added to the Hazardous Ranking System

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With the EPA adding the consideration of vapor intrusion in its Superfund site investigations, hundreds of sites that previously would not rank high enough to qualify for listing on the National Priorities...more

Wait, How Many Trucks? Ash Pond Closure by Removal

by Balch & Bingham LLP on

Utilities around the country have developed preliminary closure plans for surface impoundments storing coal ash, gypsum, and other coal combustion residuals (CCR). Some ash ponds are already in the process of closing. To...more

In Alabama, Sewage is NOT a Pollutant Falling Within the Pollution Exclusion in a Commercial General Liability Policy

by Butler Snow LLP on

Pollution exclusion clauses are an insurance industry staple and are often contained in commercial general liability insurance policies. While one might think that raw sewage would be considered a pollutant, under current...more

County Counsel Teamwork: The Exide Story

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Justice: (1) the principle or ideal of just dealing or right action; (2) conformity to this principle or ideal The concept of environmental justice is straightforward, the pathway to practical solutions are often...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain West Coast Case Law Highlights

COLORADO CITY FRACKING BANS PREEMPTED BY STATE LAW - City of Longmont v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n, 369 P.3d 573 (Colo. 2016), 2016 Colo. LEXIS 442; City of Fort Collins v. Colo. Oil and Gas Ass’n, 369 P.3d 586 (Colo....more

Asbestos Exposure Liability Decision May Affect Future "Take Home" Cases

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Following recent court action, defendants up against "take-home" asbestos exposure claims may need to rethink their legal strategy. The Northern District of Illinois recently denied a Motion for Reconsideration of a...more

Bankrolling Class Actions: Court Rules That Plaintiff Must Identify Third-Party Funder Of Class Action Lawsuit

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The increasingly common practice of third-party funding of class actions, which provides tax incentives to plaintiffs’ attorneys and third-party funders alike, may no longer be protected under...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - July 2016 #5

by Allen Matkins on

Environmental and Policy Focus - State Supreme Court rules in state’s favor on Delta property rights - Sacramento Bee - Jul 21 - The California Supreme Court ruled last Thursday that the state has the right to...more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - May 2016 #4

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Environmental and Policy Focus - Proceeds from cap-and-trade auction fall far short of targets - Los Angeles Times - May 25 - The latest auction in California’s cap-and-trade market for greenhouse gases fell...more

Tenth Circuit Bars Class Tort Claims for Failing to Plead Injury

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Underscoring the importance of pleading actual injury in a toxic tort class action, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit dismissed Oklahoma class claims that were based only on “reasonable concern” of future injury...more

Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation: Discharger of Petroleum Not Able to Maintain Suit Against Another Discharger (5/16)

Under Navigation Law § 181, a party injured by the intentional or inadvertent discharge of petroleum products may bring a claim for damages against the party responsible for the discharge. But what if the injured party also...more

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