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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

Proposed Draft Legislation Clamps Down on Soil Pollution in China

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

On 22 June 2017, Chinese legislators released draft proposals to combat soil pollution in China at a bimonthly session of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress. The legislation complements the State...more

New York Court Holds Pollution Exclusion Applicable to Pollution Caused by Covered and Uncovered Causes

In its recent decision in Matter of Midland Ins. Co., 2017 N.Y. App. Div. LEXIS 5065 (N.Y. 1st Dep’t June 22, 2017), the Supreme Court of New York, Appellate Division, First Department, had occasion to consider the...more

Superior Court Invalidates Hexavalent Chromium Drinking Water Standard

Earlier this month, Judge Christopher E. Krueger of the Sacramento Superior Court issued an order invalidating the Maximum Contaminant Level (MCL) for hexavalent chromium. The California Department of Public Health (“DPH”)...more

Preparations Underway to Regulate 1,2,3-TCP in California’s Drinking Water - State Water Resources Control Board Held Public...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In preparation for California adopting a maximum contaminant level for 1,2,3-trichloropropane in drinking water, the State Water Resources Control Board staff discussed potential reporting requirements and changes to...more

Oil And Gas Update For Week Ending 5/5/2017 – Attacks On Class Arbitration For Royalty Litigation In PA, TX Supremes Block Lease...

by Cozen O'Connor on

Oil prices based on the Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate indices dropped significantly since our last report while natural gas spot prices rose slightly. The national rig count remains steadily climbing except that...more

Federal Court Dismisses Some of Seattle’s PCB Tort Claims

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

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

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

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

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

Texas Supreme Court Discusses Primary Jurisdiction For Environmental Contamination Claims

On April 28, the Texas Supreme Court, affirming the Court of Appeals of Texas, First District, sitting in Houston, issued a unanimous ruling in the case of Forest Oil Corporation v. El Rucio Land and Cattle Company, Inc., et...more

Louisiana’s Subsequent Purchaser Rule Bars Property Owner’s Claims

On April 18, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the district court’s ruling in a Louisiana case that dismissed the plaintiff’s claims for property damage based on contamination caused to his property by...more

Disposal of Contamination = Disposal of Evidence. Be Careful What You Throw Away!

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In a recent unpublished case, the Superior Court of New Jersey held that the Plaintiff in a CERCLA case had committed spoliation when, during the course of the remedial activity, it disposed of various contaminated materials....more

Oil and Gas Update for 3/31/2017 – Commonwealth Court Addresses Stripper Wells and Impact Fees, Federal Judge Tosses $4.2 Million...

by Cozen O'Connor on

The Henry Hub inched past $3/MMBtu since our last report alongside another increase in the national rig count and a tiny uptick in oil prices. In Appalachia, the Commonwealth Court issued a decision on whether and when...more

Recent PFAS Case Law – RCRA, CERCLA and Toxic Tort Claims

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

A new class of emerging contaminants poses challenges at remediation sites and for the protection of drinking water, and is generating new toxic tort litigation. Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are emerging...more

Texas Supreme Court Reverses Two Court of Appeals Decisions Involving Environmental Issues

On February 24, the Texas Supreme Court released several decisions, including two rulings involving aspects of environmental law. The cases are ExxonMobil Corporation v. Lazy R Ranch, et al., and ExxonMobil Pipeline Company,...more

No Exception for Latent Disease in N.C. Statute of Repose

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Highlighting an area of unsettled law in North Carolina toxic tort litigation, a federal district court in the Eleventh Circuit held that the pre-2014 North Carolina statute of repose contained no exception for latent...more

Applying Product Liability Theory, Washington State Sues for PCB Damages

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In an effort to use product liability theories to hold manufacturers culpable for environmental releases, the Attorney General of Washington State sued PCB manufacturer Monsanto in state court in December. See Complaint,...more

Can the ‘Long-Ago’ Nature of Conduct Bar Punitive Damages — Even for Recent Injuries?

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Does the statute of limitations bar a claim for punitive damages if the conduct occurred outside the limitations period, but the plaintiff’s injuries occurred within it? An Illinois federal judge recently confronted this...more

Award for Nuisance From Gas Wells Squelched

by Gray Reed & McGraw on

It was a bad day for the Parrs in Aruba Petroleum v. Parr. The trial court judgment was against the operator for intentional nuisance. The Parrs recovered $2.9 million for pain and suffering and mental anguish and for loss of...more

Lawsuit Proceeds Against Monsanto for Manufacture of PCBs

Last year, we told you about a lawsuit brought by three California cities against Monsanto Company, alleging that Monsanto is liable for PCB (polychlorinated biphenyl) contamination in San Francisco Bay. The cities—San Jose,...more

Third Circuit Affirms Rescission of $25 Million Contaminated Products Policy

by Carlton Fields on

In H.J. Heinz Co. v. Starr Surplus Lines Ins. Co., No. 16-1447 (3d Cir. Jan. 11, 2017), the Third Circuit affirmed a District Court’s order allowing insurer Starr Surplus Lines Insurance Company (“Starr”) to rescind a $25...more

Second Circuit Offers Policyholders Painful Reminder on Giving Notice of Claims: Don’t Wait, Use Correct Addresses, and Be...

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

In January 2017, the Second Circuit ruled that policyholders must actually or presumptively give their insurers notice of specific policies under which they seek coverage—mailing a notice of the claim may not be enough....more

Oregon DEQ to Review Sites with Long-Term Controls

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) announced that in March 2017, it will launch a pilot program to take a second look at 25-30 randomly selected sites that received a No Further Action (“NFA”)...more

News from the Vermont State House - An Analysis from DRM’s Government & Public Affairs Team - January 2017 #2

by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC on

Treasurer Will Build Public Pension Plan for Small Business - State Treasurer Beth Pearce on Wednesday asked the Senate Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs Committee to create the framework for a...more

Illinois Enacts Law Requiring Schools to Lead Test Their Water Supply

by Franczek Radelet P.C. on

Earlier this week, Governor Bruce Rauner signed a new law requiring Illinois elementary schools and day care centers to test their drinking water sources for lead contamination and notify parents of the results of that...more

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