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Suitum v. Tahoe Reg'l Planning Agency

The court holds that a landowner's takings claim against a regional land planning agency is unripe. A regional development plan specifies four criteria that a landowner must meet before building a single-family residence: a numerical...

O'Neill v. United States

The court holds that of a water service contract between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and a private California water district does not obligate the Bureau to deliver the full contractual amount of Central Valley Project (CVP) water to...

Westlands Water Dist. v. Natural Resources Defense Council

The court holds that the Secretary of the Interior is not required to complete an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) before implementing §3406(b)(2) and (d)(1) of the Central Valley...

Aeroquip Corp. v. Aetna Casualty & Sur. Co.

The court holds that an insurer is not liable under a tenant's comprehensive general liability policies for the property owner's cleanup costs resulting from a diesel fuel leak from an underground fuel tank that the tenants installed on...

Ulvestad v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc.

The court holds that California's Carpenter-Presley-Tanner Hazardous Substance Account Act, which is modeled after the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), excludes the regulation of...

Vietnamese Fishermen Ass'n of Am. v. California Dep't of Fish & Game

The court holds that the Magnuson Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA) preempts a California constitutional amendment prohibiting the use of gill nets for harvesting groundfish south of 38 degrees N. latitude in the federal...

Sayles Hydro Ass'n v. Maughan

The court holds that the Federal Power Act (FPA) preempts state regulation of a federally licensed hydroelectric power project in a national forest in California. The court first holds that the action is ripe for review even though...

Hammond v. Madera, County of

The court holds that a California county, as a public entity and holder of the power of eminent domain, did not act in good faith when it entered private property to build improvements and thus must fully compensate the landowners for...

El Pueblo Para el Aire y Agua Limpio v. Kings, County of

The court rules that the final environmental impact report that resulted in issuance of a conditional use permit for the construction and operation of a hazardous waste incinerator at the Kettleman Hills site in Kings County, California...

Intel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co.

The court holds that a computer circuit manufacturer is entitled to reimbursement under its comprehensive general liability insurance policy of expenses incurred pursuant to a government consent decree requiring it to clean up toxic...