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Southern California Edison Co. v. United States

The Federal Circuit, in a breach of contract case involving the U.S. government's failure to dispose of spent nuclear fuels (SNF) produced at San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, held that certain indirect overhead costs incurred...

Severstal Sparrows Point, LLC v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court held that under a 1997 consent decree resolving CWA, RCRA, and state-law violations at a steel mill, the current...

Sierra Club v. Elk Run Coal Co.

A district court dismissed a motion to dismiss environmental groups' citizen suit against five coal companies alleging thousands of violations of the CWA and SMCRA in West Virginia. Because EPA entered into a consent decree with...

Apache Corp. v. W&T Offshore, Inc.

The Fifth Circuit held that a "farmout agreement," under which the owner of a federal offshore oil and gas lease transferred its rights to drill to another drilling operator, does not require the operator to bear a proportionate...

Malama Makua v. Gates

A district court granted in part and denied in part cross-motions for summary judgment on claims that the U.S. Army failed to comply with two settlement agreements requiring it to conduct and complete subsurface archaeological...

Ackerson v. Bean Dredging LLC

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a class action against 32 contractors hired by the United States to perform dredging activities in the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO) for damages suffered as a result of...

Stockton E. Water Dist. v. United States

The Federal Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part a lower court decision in favor of the U.S. government on claims that it breached certain contracts between the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and California water districts...

Moulton v. United States Steel Corp.

The Sixth Circuit affirmed, except with respect to the award of attorney fees, a lower court's approval of a settlement agreement concerning residents' class action lawsuit against a neighboring steel mill. The $4.45 million settlement...

American Forest Resource Council v. Caswell

A district court ruled that BLM, which entered into a settlement agreement concerning its management of federal forests in the northwestern United States, did not violate that agreement by promulgating a revised resource management plan...

United States v. Sunoco, Inc.

A district court held that under Pennsylvania law, a property owner that agreed to hold the seller harmless for environmental claims does not become a successor to the seller's environmental liabilities. In a settlement agreement...