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Burton LeBlanc Hired By La. Office Of Coastal Protection And Restoration
Posted on 18 Aug 2010 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

BATON ROUGE, La. - Environmental attorney Burton LeBlanc of Baton Rouge and his firm Baron & Budd have been retained by Louisiana Attorney General James D. "Buddy" Caldwell to provide counsel to the state of Louisiana's designated trustees... Read More

Company, Government Tell High Court That Landowners’ Claims Are Time-Barred
Posted on 24 Apr 2014 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Attorneys for CTS Corp. and the U.S. Department of Justice told the U.S. Supreme Court April 23 that a Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling reinstating a lawsuit brought by landowners asserting claims under... Read More

DLA Piper Product Liability Alert: California Green Chemistry Initiative’s Coming Priority Products List, And The DTSC Strategic Plan
Posted on 25 Feb 2014 by DLA Piper

The highly anticipated next step in California’s Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) is the planned April 2014 release of the list of Priority Products that will be first in the spotlight for chemical regulatory scrutiny, triggering compliance requirements... Read More

BP Agrees To Pay $18.7 Billion To Resolve Claims Over Gulf Oil Spill
Posted on 2 Jul 2015 by Shane Dilworth

NEW ORLEANS — (Mealey’s) BP Exploration & Production Inc. will pay $18.7 billion over the course of 18 years to resolve Clean Water Act (CWA) and natural resource damages claims from the federal government and states of Alabama, Florida... Read More

Texas Federal Judge Imposes Maximum $2 Million Fine On Felony Pollution Counts
Posted on 6 Feb 2014 by Michael Lefkowitz

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) A Texas federal judge on Feb. 5 imposed fines totaling more than $2 million on convictions stemming from oil/water separation tanks that had been operated without the required covers for nearly 10 years,... Read More

Norton Rose Fulbright: CERCLA's Federal Discovery Rule Does Not Preempt State Statutes Of Repose
Posted on 7 Jul 2014 by Norton Rose Fulbright

By Janet L. McQuaid , Michael P. Gaetani , Joshua Snyder , and Jennifer Blair Caplan . . . [T]he United States Supreme Court held in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger 1 that Section 9658 of CERCLA 2 does not preempt state statutes of repose that set a time frame... Read More

Michael Gerrard's Climate Change Litigation In The U.S. Chart - Columbia Law School Center For Climate Change Law
Posted on 28 Sep 2010 by Michael B Gerrard

We have created a chart that displays all the climate change litigation that has been brought in the U.S. courts, plus some of the administrative cases. The chart is organized by type of case. It contains hot links to most of the decisions and, where... Read More

U.S. High Court Denies Appeal In Suit Over Sept. 11 Toxic Dust Cleanup Costs
Posted on 2 Dec 2014 by Jennifer Hans

WASHINGTON, DC. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Dec. 1 rejected a petition challenging the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals’ finding that defendants in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act... Read More

High Court Hears Arguments On EPA’s Ability To Regulate Greenhouse Gases
Posted on 25 Feb 2014 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) The U.S. Supreme Court on Feb. 24 heard oral arguments on whether the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its bounds by regulating greenhouse gas emissions from stationary sources such as power plants... Read More

Supreme Court Reverses Ruling Giving States Second Chances At Emissions Plans
Posted on 29 Apr 2014 by Shane Dilworth

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) In a 6-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court on April 29 reversed a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals decision that states are excused from adopting implementation plans prohibiting emissions that... Read More

William A. Ruskin: No Unanimity As To What New ASTM E1527-13 Standard Requires
Posted on 27 Nov 2013 by William A. Ruskin

By William A. Ruskin Some environmental practitioners contend that Phase I site assessments, commonly used in real estate transactions, will now be more costly and time consuming due to the new standard. Seyfarth Shaw counsels in its Client Alert that... Read More

U.S. Supreme Court Holds That The Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation And Liability Act Does Not Preempt A State’s Statute Of Repose
Posted on 10 Jun 2014 by LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Staff

Monday, June 9, 2014, the United States Supreme Court released the decision in the case of CTS Corporation v. Peter Waldburger, et al . The case involved a tort action brought for damages that arose from the release of a hazardous substance, pollutant... Read More