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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

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

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

District Court Permits Landowner to Pursue Hazardous Material Dumping Case Against the U.S. Navy

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Illustrating what constitutes sufficient notice to the government of the value of a claim under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), a Maryland federal court rejected the Navy’s claim that it had insufficient notice of the...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

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

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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

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

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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

United States Liable as an Owner Under CERCLA for Contamination on Navajo Reservation Land

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Last week, a United States District Court in Arizona held that the United States was an “owner” of Navajo Reservation Trust Land for purposes of CERCLA liability. See El Paso Nat. Gas Co. v. United States, 2017 WL 3492993 (D....more

Update on San Francisco Asbestos Settlement Conferences

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Judge Lee Trying Out New Approach - Judge Lee, the presiding judge of the San Francisco Asbestos Department, has set forth a new Mandatory Settlement Conference (MSC) system for San Francisco asbestos cases. She stated...more

Negligence liability: parent and subsidiary companies

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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

Fifth Circuit: Responsible Party Has Right to Recover Contribution from Others at Fault in Oil Spills

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In a recent ruling dated June 9, 2017, In re: Complaint of Settoon Towing LLC, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit interpreted the statutory language of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) to grant the responsible...more

DOJ Issues Policy Memo Limiting the Use of Supplemental Environmental Projects in Federal Settlements

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On June 7, 2017, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) issued a policy memorandum dated June 5, 2017 that prohibits the allocation of settlement funds to non-governmental, third-party organizations, as a condition of...more

Transnational Class Action Dispute Over Oil Spill Commenced in Australia

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Following the 2009 Montara Oil Field oil spill in the Timor Sea, an Indonesian seaweed farmer brought a class action in Australia against the operator of the Montara Oil Field. The action was commenced on behalf of a class of...more

U.S. District Court Finds EPA Erred in Approving Pesticides Known To Impact Endangered Species

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On May 8, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California granted, in part, a motion for summary judgment brought by plaintiffs in a suit challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (“EPA”)...more

Federal Court Dismisses Some of Seattle’s PCB Tort Claims

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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

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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

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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

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

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