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California v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied BLM's motion to transfer a lawsuit over BLM's hydraulic fracturing rule from California to Wyoming. The agency argued that moving the lawsuit to Wyoming would avoid potentially conflicting legal precedents...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A district court held that a Native American tribe may file its own complaint as an intervenor in another tribe's challenge to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permits for the Dakota Access pipeline. The court agreed with the petitioning...

Murray Energy Corp. v. United States Department of Defense

The Sixth Circuit, in litigation over the "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule, held that an internal U.S. Army Corps of Engineers memorandum critical of the rule's technical analysis may be included in the record. Petitioners...

St. Bernard Parish Government v. United States

The Court of Federal Claims held that residents and businesses in New Orleans' Ninth Ward and the neighboring St. Bernard Parish may file class-action lawsuits against the government for flood damage caused by Hurricane Katrina. A year...

Boler v. Earley

A district court held it lacks subject matter jurisdiction over a class action lawsuit that stems from the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. The plaintiffs alleged that the city violated their constitutional rights and...

Shell Offshore Inc. v. Greenpeace, Inc.

The Ninth Circuit dismissed an environmental group's appeal of a preliminary injunction that barred it from interfering with oil exploration...

Adams v. Grefer

The Fifth Circuit held that a mass action lawsuit in Louisiana concerning personal injury and property damages due to alleged contamination exposure may not be removed to federal court under the Class Action Fairness Act (CAFA). The...

Adams v. Chevron

A district court remanded to state court personal injury and property damage claims brought by hundreds of individuals against an oil company in connection with their alleged exposure to contamination from oil field pipe. The case was...

Smith v. ConocoPhilips Pipe Line Co.

The Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court decision certifying as a class a group of homeowners alleging nuisance claims against an oil company that owns a nearby contaminated site. A pipeline leak was discovered under the site in the...

Ludlow v. BP, P.L.C.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that investors who bought BP stock soon after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may file a class action against the oil company for alleged misrepresentations regarding the...

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