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Court of Federal Claims Will Determine if U.S. is Liable for “Taking” Hundreds of Missouri River Properties Damaged by Severe...

Many lawsuits have been filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ (Corps) management of the Missouri River flood control system has resulted in the serious flooding of many...more

2018 Environmental Legislative Update No. 3

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

In the rocket launching business, “Max Q” is point of maximum stress due to the combination of acceleration and air density. Judging from the number of items in today’s update, the session may have reached legislative Max Q....more

Supreme Court Poised to Overrule Requirement that Takings Claims be Filed In State Court

by Beveridge & Diamond PC on

Signaling a possible sea change in takings law, the United States Supreme Court has accepted for review the Third Circuit’s decision in Rose Mary Knick v. Scott Township, Pennsylvania, 862 F.3d 310 (3d Cir. 2017), cert....more

Supreme Court says Congress can stop lawsuit that threatens Tribes casino

by Hogan Lovells on

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision last Tuesday affirmed the judgment of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in Patchak v. Zinke, holding that Congress through the Gun Lake Act, which reaffirms...more

SCOTUS Leaves Bush-Era EPA Water Transfer Rule Alone

by Butler Snow LLP on

Last week, the United States Supreme Court declined to hear an important water rights case involving whether water can be transferred from one water body without a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”).  As...more

Regional Haze/Arkansas: 8th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Motion to Stay

The United States Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit addressed a Motion to Stay related to litigation involving application of the Clean Air Act Regional Haze requirements to Arkansas. The Order was issued on March 7th....more

Definition of Solid Waste/RCRA: U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit Addresses Petition for Rehearing/Challenges to 2015...

The United States Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit (“Court”), addressed in a March 6th Opinion petitions for Panel Rehearing of a July 7, 2017 decision addressing the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...more

FERC Has Options If Court Of Appeals Seeks To Shut Down An Operating Interstate Pipeline

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

Can an interstate natural gas pipeline continue to operate if a court vacates its certificate authorizations? On January 31, 2018, in Sierra Club v. FERC, No. 16-1329 (D.C. Cir.), the United States Court of Appeals for the...more

U.S. Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case Requesting Reconsideration of Williamson County’s Unfair and Unworkable State Court...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

On March 5, 2018, the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari in Knick v. Township of Scott (Case No. 17-647) to address the requirement, established in Williamson County Regional Planning Commission v. Hamilton Bank, 473 U.S....more

California Environmental Law & Policy Update - March 2018

by Allen Matkins on

Focus - U.S. Supreme Court lets stand EPA's permit exemption for water transfers - Reuters - Feb 26 The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday unanimously declined to review a challenge led by states and environmental groups to a...more

Sixth Circuit Vacates Nationwide WOTUS Rule Injunction

by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC on

As anticipated, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals took the formal action of vacating its temporary injunction which had enjoined the enforcement of the Obama-era rule which redefined Waters of the United States (WOTUS)...more

Can You Clear Me Now? Sixth District Upholds Santa Cruz County’s CEQA Categorical Exemption For Project To Install Microcell...

by Miller Starr Regalia on

In an opinion filed February 5 and later ordered published on February 27, 2018, the Sixth District Court of Appeal affirmed a judgment denying Aptos Residents Association’s (“ARA”) writ petition challenging Santa Cruz...more

California Water Board Lacks Jurisdiction to Curtail Water Use by Senior Water Rights Holders - Court Decision on California Water...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

The State Water Resources Control Board exceeded its jurisdictional authority under Water Code section 1052 when it issued curtailment notices to pre-1914 and riparian water rights holders, a Santa Clara County Superior Court...more

Supreme Court Decides Patchak v. Zinke

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On February 27, 2018, the Supreme Court of the United States decided Patchak v. Zinke, No. 16-498. No opinion commanded a majority of the Court, but six justices concluded that the plaintiff’s lawsuit under the Indian...more

Waters of the United States: update on recent developments

So far, 2018 has produced a wave of legal developments in the water arena, each of which could affect when permits are required or how liability may arise for activities impacting US waters. The Supreme Court of the United...more

Common-Law Contamination Action/Oil and Gas Production: Was Landowner Required to Exhaust Administrative Remedies Before...

The United States District Court (Mississippi-Western Division) (“Court”) issued a February 16th Memorandum Opinion and Order (“Opinion”) addressing whether a landowner’s common-law contamination claim related to oil and gas...more

Feeling Underwater? A Brief Look at Recent Clean Water Act Developments

by Holland & Hart LLP on

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the regulated community to stay abreast of state and federal environmental regulatory developments, particularly as they are decided in court. The following alert summarizes some...more

Lake Property Ownership: Montana Supreme Court Addresses Riparian Boundary Dispute

The Supreme Court of Montana addressed a dispute between two neighbors over ownership of a portion of a non-navigable lake. Ash v. Merlette, 407 P.3d 304, 307 (Mont. 2017). A lower court (District Court) held that a...more

Second Department Vacates Trial Court Order Requiring Removal of Trespassing Structure: Will Money Damages Compensate the...

by Farrell Fritz, P.C. on

On January 24, 2018 the Appellate Division, Second Department affirmed in part, and reversed in part, a trial court order granting Defendant, Bay Ridge Methodist’s counterclaim that certain cladding and a drip edge (a system...more

Dock Access: Michigan Appellate Court Addresses Non-Riparian Lot Owner Issue

The Michigan Court of Appeals addressed in a January 16th opinion an action in which the Plaintiff sought to limit the rights of non-riparian lot owners to maintain a dock at the end of a dedicated private road abutting a...more

Ninth Circuit Ruling Expands Clean Water Act Jurisdiction Over Groundwater Discharges

A recent ruling by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers California, Oregon and several other western states, potentially extends Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction to require permits for point source discharges...more

Statute of Limitations for Massachusetts Hazardous Waste Property Damages Claims Clarified (And, Possibly, Extended)

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

Recently the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court found that the statute of limitations for a property damage claim brought by a private party under Chapter 21E did not begin to run until that private party knew that the...more

British Columbia Supreme Court Orders First Nation to Disclose Impact Benefit Agreements

by Bennett Jones LLP on

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of British Columbia (BCSC) in Yahey v British Columbia (2018 BCSC 123, 25 January 2018) offers interesting insight into the circumstances in which benefit sharing agreements and...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Wastewater Discharge to Groundwater Requires Clean Water Act Permit in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui

On Feb. 1, 2018, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a highly anticipated decision in Hawai’i Wildlife Fund v. County of Maui, No. 15-17447 (9th Cir. Feb. 1, 2018). At issue was whether the County of Maui...more

Illinois Appellate Court Expands PSEBA Exposure for Illinois Local Governments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• On Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, the Illinois First District Appellate Court, in a 2-1 decision, greatly expanded the "unlawful act" trigger for eligibility for lifetime healthcare benefits under the Public Safety Employee...more

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