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Whittier Properties, Inc. v. Alaska Nat'l Ins. Co.

The Alaska Supreme Court held that gasoline leaked from the broken fill pipe of an underground storage tank (UST) is a "pollutant" under the absolute pollution exclusion contained in the tank owner's commercial liability insurance...

North Slope Borough v. Minerals Management Serv.

A district court dismissed a lawsuit filed by Alaska native groups seeking to rescind certain oil and gas leases issued by the Minerals Management Service (MMS) in 2007. The MMS prepared an EIS in 2003 for lease sales that were to occur...

In re Exxon Valdez

The court cut nearly in half the $4.5 billion punitive damages award against Exxon Mobil in connection with its 1989 oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. The ratio of punitive damages to actual economic harm resulting from the...

National Audubon Soc'y v. Kempthorne

A district court enjoined the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) from leasing approximately 1.7 million acres within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for oil exploration. The lease concerns vast areas of sensitive wetlands...

National Audubon Soc'y v. Kempthorne

A district court issues a preliminary ruling that temporarily blocks the Bureau of Land Managment's (BLM's) plans to lease approximately 1.7 million acres within the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska for oil exploration. The lease...

Alaska v. United States

The court approves a decree quieting title to certain marine submerged lands in Southeast Alaska. Under the decree, the United States has title to the submerged lands underlying the pockets and enclaves of water that are more than three...

Berg v. Popham

The court held that a dry cleaner sufficiently alleged a claim for arranger liability under Alaska Statute §46.03.822(a)(4) against a company that sold and installed dry cleaning equipment to the cleaner. Because the case presented...

Alaska v. United States

The Court overruled Alaska's exceptions to a Special Master's report recommending that summary judgment be granted in favor of the United States in a dispute concerning title to two areas of submerged lands. The first area underlies...

Berg v. Popham

The court certifies to the Alaska Supreme Court the question of whether a manufacturer who sells a useful product that uses hazardous substances may be liable as an arranger of hazardous substance disposal under Alaska Statute §46....

Alaska v. EPA

The court holds that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) did not abuse its discretion or act arbitrarily or capriciously in invalidating a state-granted prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit and finding that a...