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Michael Gerrard's Climate Change Litigation In The U.S. Chart - Columbia Law School Center For Climate Change Law

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 decisions have not been rendered, to certain pleadings...

Golden Globes Group Sues Dick Clark Productions

LOS ANGELES - (AP) The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, which puts on the annual Golden Globe Awards, is suing Dick Clark Productions, claiming it signed an agreement with NBC to broadcast the awards show without the association's consent. The HFPA's suit against Dick Clark Productions, which...

Feds Sue BP, Other Companies For Gulf Oil Spill Damages

NEW ORLEANS - (AP) The Justice Department sued BP and several other companies involved in the Gulf oil spill Wednesday, an opening salvo in the government's effort to get billions of dollars for untold economic and environmental damage . The government accuses the companies of disregarding federal...

Texas, EPA Fight Over Regulations Grows Fierce

HOUSTON - (AP) A longstanding tit-for-tat between Texas and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over how to regulate pollution has grown fierce in recent months, leaving industry frustrated and allowing some plants and refineries to spew more toxic waste into the air, streams and lakes than what...

Oil Refineries Sue EPA Over Ethanol Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A ruling by the Obama administration allowing the sale of gasoline containing 15 percent ethanol is running into legal hurdles from trade groups opposing the plan. The National Petrochemical and Refiners Association sued the Environmental Protection Agency on Monday over the decision...

Feds Sue Pennsylvania Coal Plant Operators Over Pollution

HOMER CITY, Pa. - (AP) The federal government on Thursday sued several companies over a coal-burning electricity generating plant, calling it "one of the largest air pollution sources in the nation" and asking the court to keep it from operating unless it meets Clean Air Act standards. The...

Farm Bureau Sues EPA Over Chesapeake Bay Cleanup

HARRISBURG, Pa. - (AP) Two farmers' organizations sued the federal government Monday over a Chesapeake Bay cleanup plan, challenging the legality of its pollution standards and asking a judge to keep them from being enforced or applied. The American Farm Bureau Federation and the Pennsylvania Farm...

Free Download: Keller & Heckman Pesticides Alert: Reckitt Benckiser Wins Battle With EPA

On January 28, 2011, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that Congress did not intend to give the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) the authority under the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) to bring a misbranding action in lieu...

Toxic Nevada Mine Lawsuit Seeks $5 Million From BP, ARCO

RENO, Nev. - (AP) Neighbors of a toxic mine in northern Nevada have filed a class-action lawsuit against BP America and Atlantic Richfield Co. accusing them of intentionally and negligently concealing the extent of the contamination leaking off the abandoned site for decades. The suit filed in U.S. District...

Old GM Settles $51 Million In Pollution Claims

DETROIT - (AP) The U.S. Attorney's Office and the Environmental Protection Agency have reached a $51 million deal to settle a group of environmental claims against the old General Motors Corp. The deal, which covers 34 sites in 11 states, is the eighth settlement with old GM for pollution claims...

EPA: Abandoned California Mercury Mine A Toxic Hazard

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) An abandoned mercury mine that for decades has sent polluted, orange waste into a creek that eventually feeds into San Francisco Bay is a threat to human health and should be added to a list of the nation's worst polluted places, federal environmental regulators say. The New...

TVA Paring Coal Operations, Paying $10M To Settle Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority over the next five years will shutter operations that account for about 16 percent if its coal-fired capacity to settle lawsuits from several states over air quality, its board said Thursday. TVA chief executive Tom Kilgore said the nation's...

New Climate Change Case Headed To U.S. Supreme Court

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Obama administration and environmental interests generally agree that global warming is a threat that must be dealt with. But they're on opposite sides of a Supreme Court case over the ability of states and groups such as the Audubon Society that want to sue large electric...

Supreme Court Casts Doubt On States' Global Warming Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Supreme Court appeared deeply skeptical Tuesday about allowing states to sue electric utilities to force cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. Both conservative and liberal justices questioned whether a federal judge could deal with the complex issue of global...

BP Exploration Alaska To Pay $25 Million For North Slope Oil Spill

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) on May 4 announced that BP Exploration Alaska, Inc. will pay $25 million in civil penalties...

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses To Take Up Due Process Challenge To EPA Orders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 6 declined review of a District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling holding that the Environmental Protection Agency's use of unilateral administrative orders to enforce Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...

Mining Company To Pay $263 Million To Settle Superfund Lawsuit

SPOKANE, Wash. - (AP) The largest mining company in Idaho's Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation's largest Superfund lawsuits one of the top 10 such settlements in history, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Monday. The U.S. Department of...

High Court Reverses 2nd Circuit Ruling Allowing States' Lawsuits Over Greenhouse Gases

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on June 20 unanimously reversed a Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling that allowed five states to pursue lawsuits under the Clean Air Act (CAA) that sought court-imposed limits on the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions discharged by a number...

California Groups Sue EPA Over Civil Rights Complaint

FRESNO, Calif. - (AP) Sixteen years ago, soon after she gave birth to her first baby, Maricela Mares-Alatorre joined residents of three small California farmworker towns who alleged they were being discriminated against by environmental regulators, because all three of the state's toxic waste dumps...

Judge Further Limits TVA Coal Ash Spill Lawsuits

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - (AP) A federal court further limited lawsuits seeking damages from the Tennessee Valley Authority for its huge spill of toxin-laden coal ash, but the judge ruled that claims related to property damages and reduced property values will to go to trial. The court fight is over a Dec...

High Court Hears Couple's Arguments Challenging Clean Water Act Order

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A couple told the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 9 that their inability to challenge an Environmental Protection Agency order issued under the Clean Water Act (CWA) violated their due process rights and the Administrative Procedures Act (APA) ( Chantell Sackett, et al. v...

Understanding Recalls

By Richard P. Console When a consumer product is manufactured there are specific, federal regulations in place to make sure they are safe for the public. This is true of all products from cars and tires to food to lamps-everything needs to be free of hazards before hitting the market. However, everyone...

Steptoe & Johnson: Supreme Court Sides With Landowner In EPA Order Challenge

By Amy M. Smith On March 21, 2012, the United States Supreme Court decided Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency , No. 10-1062 [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ]. The Court held that individuals may bring a civil action under Chapter 7 of the Administrative Procedure Act...

High Court Hears Arguments On EPA’s Ability To Regulate Greenhouse Gases

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 ( Utility Air Regulatory Group v. U.S. Environmental...

Norton Rose Fulbright: CERCLA's Federal Discovery Rule Does Not Preempt State Statutes Of Repose

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 after which a potential defendant is no longer...