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The Cost Of Environmental Damage: Refineries, Pesticide Manufacturer Pay Out $150 Million In Recent Settlements Of Separate Suits
Posted on 20 Jun 2012 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

While the Gulf Oil Spill has communities and government agencies focusing on mitigation and prevention, not to mention restitution, the United States is joining with states around the country to ensure that environmental laws are being enforced for everyday... 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

BP Exploration Alaska To Pay $25 Million For North Slope Oil Spill
Posted on 5 May 2011 by LexisNexis Litigation Resource Community Staff

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... Read More

2nd Circuit Affirms $104 Million MTBE Contamination Verdict Against Exxon
Posted on 26 Jul 2013 by Tom Moylan

NEW YORK — (Mealey’s) The Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on July 26 affirmed a $104.6 million methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) contamination verdict for New York City against Exxon Mobil Corp., finding in part that the state tort verdict... Read More

Judge Denies Monitoring, Future Medical Expenses In Criminal Pollution Case
Posted on 1 May 2014 by Michael Lefkowitz

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — (Mealey’s) Compensation for future medical expenses, court-ordered medical monitoring and relocation from allegedly polluted properties is not justified by the evidence, the Texas federal judge sentencing CITGO Petroleum... 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

Government Urges Dismissal Of Carbon Dioxide Lawsuits
Posted on 26 Aug 2010 by Samantha Drake

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The federal government on Aug. 25 asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court decision to reinstate two lawsuits seeking to limit carbon dioxide emissions, arguing that new greenhouse gas regulations have displaced... Read More

Alston & Bird LLP's Jonathan Wells On The Suprme Court's American Electric Power Ruling
Posted on 22 Jul 2011 by Jonathan Wells

By Jonathan Wells , Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP The United States Supreme Court has ruled that federal courts cannot use the federal common law of nuisance to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. In American Electric Power v. Connecticut... Read More

Williams Mullen Alert: D.C. Circuit Rejects EPA's Latest Attempt to Curb Interstate Air Pollution
Posted on 27 Aug 2012 by Williams Mullen

BY: SEAN M. SULLIVAN For the second time in five years, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has thrown out EPA's scheme to prevent upwind states' emissions from interfering with their downwind neighbors'... Read More

EPA's Greenhouse Gas Rules Unanimously Backed By Federal Appeals Court
Posted on 26 Jun 2012 by Tom Moylan

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A panel of the District of Columbia Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on June 26 found that rules and findings by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that regulate greenhouse gas emissions from cars, light trucks and... Read More