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The U.S. Supreme Court's 1997-1998 Term

October 1998

Citation: ELR 10577

Author: Marc A. Yaggi

Editors' Summary: Every year since the advent of modern environmental law, the U.S. Supreme Court has been called on to resolve controversies surrounding a variety of subjects, such as hazardous waste cleanup, water pollution, air pollution, water rights, mining claims, and land use. And every year, the Court seems to decide one or more environmental or environmentally related cases that significantly affect the field of environmental law. The Court's 1997-1998 Term was no different. This Term, the Court issued opinions in seven environmental or environmentally related cases, and denied review in over 50 such cases. The opinions issued covered a variety of important issues ranging from citizen suit standing to parent corporation liablity under CERCLA. This Comment surveys the environmental and environmentally related cases the Court reviewed or chose not to review during its 1997-1998 Term. The Comment also discusses certain implications of the cases for environmental law and the environment generally.

This Comment is dedicated in memory of Steven P. Zinno, whose law school career, full of interest in constitutional law and the Supreme Court, was cut short in April 1998. Steve's great spirit and zest for life thrives in his friends' and family's hearts and minds. Mr. Yaggi is the Litigation Coordinator for ELR-The Environmental Law Reporter. The views expressed herein are those of the author.

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