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Does Preemption Prevent Redress For Homeowners Impacted By Polluters' Air Emissions?
Posted on 2 Dec 2013 by William A. Ruskin

On April 23, 2012, residents of rural Muscatine, Iowa filed a class action lawsuit titled, Laurie Freeman et al. v. Grain Processing Corporation (case no. LACV 021232), in the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County. The defendant, Grain Processing Corporation... Read More

In a case alleging that a community was exposed to airborne vinyl chloride, the Third Circuit affirmed that a class action was inappropriate since individual issues predominated
Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In Gates v. Rohm & Haas Co. et al , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 17756 (3rd. Cir.: 8/25/11), Plaintiffs were residents of a primarily residential area of approximately 2,000 people and 400 homes. Defendant chemical companies owned and operated a facility... Read More

Recent California Decisions Favor Solar Developers Over Environment
Posted on 28 Jun 2011 by LexisNexis Emerging Issues Community Staff

By Laura Mulry, Fellow, Center for Climate Change, Columbia Law School April 2011 was an eventful month for massive solar projects in California and their unlikely opponent: the desert tortoise. As climate change, overpopulation, and development place... Read More

In a case alleging that a community was exposed to airborne vinyl chloride, the Third Circuit affirmed that a class action was inappropriate since individual issues predominated
Posted on 16 Sep 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

In Gates v. Rohm & Haas Co. et al , 2011 U.S. App. LEXIS 17756 (3rd. Cir.: 8/25/11), Plaintiffs were residents of a primarily residential area of approximately 2,000 people and 400 homes. Defendant chemical companies owned and operated a facility... Read More

Fighting the Last War: The Relevance (and Irrelevance) of the Exxon Valdez Spill to the Deepwater Horizon Spill
Posted on 7 May 2010 by Bradley M. Marten

By Brad Marten A number of us in the Pacific Northwest can remember the phone ca ll that came in the spring of 1989 telling us to come to Alaska. There had been an oil spill, the caller said, and we had better get up there right away. We packed up... Read More

BP Oil Spill Could Be Worse Than Any Hurricane Damage and Much More Widespread - Even Florida's East Coast of Could Be Impacted
Posted on 3 May 2010 by William F. "Chip" Merlin, Jr.

By Chip Merlin, Managing Partner, Merlin Law Group I hate to make doomsday predictions, but there is a possibility that the BP Oil Spill could be worse than any hurricane or catastrophe that I have been involved with. I spent yesterday speaking with... Read More

Class Action Filed in Mississippi by Fishermen Seeking Damages Resulting from Huge Oil Spill
Posted on 4 May 2010 by David Eldreth

BILOXI, Miss. - (Mealey's) Two Mississippi fishermen on May 3 filed a class action lawsuit in Mississippi federal court against companies they claim are responsible for the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (Charlie C. Nguyen, et al. v. Transocean... Read More

Mealey’s Litigation Report - Florida Beach Owners Seek Protective Barriers from Oil Spill
Posted on 5 May 2010 by Samantha Drake

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - (Mealey's) A Florida resident and a homeowners association on May 4 filed a class action lawsuit in a federal court against BP PLC and related companies to prevent or mitigate damage to property following the April 20 explosion... Read More