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Failure To Award Nominal Sanction Under Texas Citizens Participation Act Is Not Reversible Error

On November 22, the Texas Court of Appeals, sitting in Fort Worth, decided a case involving mandatory sanctions awarded under the Texas Citizens Participation Act (TCPA). In Rich v. Range Resources Corporation, et al., the...more

First Amendment Rights of California Public Agencies Affirmed by Appellate Court - Anti-SLAPP Motion Successful in Dispute

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

A court of appeal dismissed a challenge to a county’s characterization of stored chemicals as hazardous waste, holding that by making that determination and forwarding it to the district attorney, the county had engaged in...more

CEQA Remedies Statute Authorizes Writ Partially Decertifying EIR and Leaving Project Approvals In Place

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In a partially published opinion filed December 4, 2017, the Second District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s post-remand judgment and held that CEQA’s remedies statute – Public Resources Code § 21168.9 – allows a...more

Top 10 Questions to Consider If Sued Under RCRA’s Citizen Suit Provisions

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No longer only a tool of public interest groups, an ever expanding group of plaintiffs – including commercial plaintiffs – are using the citizen suit provision of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”), 42 U.S.C....more

California Supreme Court Confirms Certain Groundwater Pumping Charges are Outside Scope of Prop 218

by Downey Brand LLP on

On December 4, the California Supreme Court ruled that groundwater pumping charges levied to fund a basin-wide conservation and management program were not property-related fees subject to Proposition 218. The decision, City...more

California Lead Paint Decision Opens Door for Expanded Public Nuisance Suits

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A California appeals court has breathed new life into the public nuisance doctrine, largely affirming a more than $1 billion trial court judgment against certain manufacturers of lead paint on the grounds that they knowingly...more

Significant Nexus Lives! (For Now, In the 9th Circuit)

On November 27, 2017, the 9th Circuit affirmed the conviction of a Joseph Robertson, Montana man who: “discharged dredged and fill material into the surrounding wetlands and an adjacent tributary, which flows to Cataract...more

Failure To Identify Preferred Alternative Dooms EIR

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A draft EIR that studies five very different project alternatives without identifying a preferred alternative violates CEQA by failing to provide the public with a stable project to review, the court of appeal held in Washoe...more

Major Public Nuisance Ruling by California Court of Appeals

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

On November 14, 2017, California Court of Appeals affirmed liability findings in $1.15 billion judgment ordering three lead paint manufacturers to abate public nuisance in 10 counties and cities containing homes built before...more

Environmental Groups Argue Sham Recycling Rule Should Be Recycled by EPA Rather Than Partially Discarded by Court

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EPA promulgated a final rule in 2015 redefining “solid waste” under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (“RCRA”) to curb sham recycling (the “Rule”). In the August 2017 issue of Environmental Notes, we reported that...more

Environmental Citizen Suits —A Growing Trend Under the Trump Administration

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In his first year in office, President Trump has begun to deliver on his campaign promise of rolling back environmental regulations—from the waters of the United States rulemaking to the Clean Power Plan. He has also proposed...more

When Is a Discharge to Groundwater Subject to the Clean Water Act? Can You Say “Significant Nexus”?

Whether the Clean Water Act regulates discharges to groundwater has been a topic of significant debate.  At this point, there seems to be something of a trend in the cases towards concluding it does, but it remains true that...more

U.S. Fifth Circuit Affirms $20 Million Judgment Against Barge Owner as Responsible Party Under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990

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In July of 2008, nearly 300,000 gallons of oil spilled into the Mississippi River in New Orleans when a tugboat towing an oil-filled barge veered across the river into the path of an ocean-going tanker. American Commercial...more

Meaning of “In Connection With” and “Pursuant To” Under Oil Pollution Act A Question of First Impression in Fifth Circuit

On November 7, in U.S. v. American Commercial Lines, LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit affirmed the District Court’s ruling that American Commercial Lines (ACL), the owner of a tug boat whose contracted...more

D.C. Circuit's Atlantic Sunrise stay creates uncertainty for pipeline developers

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Earlier this week, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an administrative stay of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) approval of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company,...more

Sixth Circuit Holds Safe Drinking Water Act Does Not Preempt Constitutional Claims

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The Sixth Circuit revived previously dismissed claims in the Flint water cases, clarifying where the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) does not preempt § 1983 claims. Boler v. Earley, No. 16-1684 (6th Cir. July 28, 2017)....more

Mississippi Federal Court Denies Preliminary Injunction for Failure to Show Threat of Irreparable Harm

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In a case demonstrating limits to injunctive relief, in the environmental context a Mississippi federal court denied a request for a temporary restraining order because the plaintiff did not show he would suffer irreparable...more

Ninth Circuit Issues Guidance on RCRA Section 1006 Anti-Duplication Provision

On November 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued its long-awaited ruling in Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas & Electric Company, which clarifies the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s...more

Insured Survives Summary Judgment Motion on Three Pollution Exclusion Exceptions

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Illustrating how an insured can counter the insurer’s pollution exclusion arguments in coverage disputes, a federal court in Illinois held that an insured chemical company succeeded in raising genuine issues of material fact...more

Federal Court in California Greenlights Discovery After Sufficient Lone Pine Submissions

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In a case demonstrating the limits of a Lone Pine strategy, a California federal court allowed a toxic tort class action to proceed after plaintiffs’ experts showed that “Plaintiffs’ case is not meritless or frivolous.” The...more

Ohio Natural Resources Damages Claim Dismissed with Prejudice for Failure to Properly Serve Defendant

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Demonstrating the importance of timely service of process in complex environmental cases, a federal court in Ohio dismissed CERCLA natural resource damages claims and related state statutory actions for the state’s failure to...more

Supreme Court Rejects First Nation’s Spiritual Objection to Ski Resort

On November 2, 2017, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) ruled in Ktunaxa Nation v. British Columbia (Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) that a decision to approve the Jumbo Glacier Resort did not violate the...more

Property Ownership and Water Supply Sources Matter in PFOA Contamination Lawsuits

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Illustrating some limitations on common law claims for groundwater contamination, a federal court in New York partially granted and partially denied a motion to dismiss in a cluster of sixteen lawsuits alleging...more

Washington State’s Suit Against Monsanto Remanded to State Court

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Clarifying the application of a doctrine called “federal officer jurisdiction,” a federal judge in Washington held that the federal government’s actions involving procurement of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from Monsanto...more

PCB Nuisance Suits from Three California Cities Stayed Pending Administrative Decision

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Showing how administrative claims can derail coexistent judicial actions, a federal court in California asked three California cities to first exhaust their administrative claims seeking state compensation for the cities’...more

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