Marten Law on American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut--U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Climate Change Nuisance Claims

By Steven Jones, Partner, Marten Law PLLC "In an 8-0 opinion, the U.S. Supreme Court held on June 20 in American Electric Power Co. v. Connecticut (AEP) that federal courts do not have jurisdiction to hear federal common law nuisance claims relating to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, because...

U.S. Supreme Court finds that statutory law of CAA displaces Federal common law and state tort law on issue of GHG emissions

Several States, a city, and land trusts filed federal common law public nuisance claims against various power companies; they requested that the court set CO2 emission limits. In American Electric Power Co. et al v. Connecticut et al , 2011 U.S. LEXIS 4565 (6/20/11), the U.S. Supreme Court addressed...

The Federal Hazardous Materials Transportation Act preempts state common law claims for design defects

The plaintiff-employee, a chemical unloader, was attempting to unload a railway tank car filled with sulfuric acid when its chemical contents exploded, spraying his face and chest and thereby inflicting severe burns. The employee sued under common law theories of negligence, strict liability, products...

Compliance With the Clean Air Act May Not Be Enough

A recent Third Circuit decision indicates that compliance with the requirements of the Clean Air Act (CAA) may not be sufficient to protect an owner or operator from state common law tort claims. In Bell v. Cheswick Generating Station (Aug. 20, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers...