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Declaratory Judgment Act (DJA)

Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc. v. Center for Biological Diversity

The Ninth Circuit dismissed an oil company's Declaratory Judgment Act lawsuit against several environmental groups, seeking a declaration that the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement’s approval of two oil spill response plans...

Royal Indem. Co. v. Apex Oil Co.

The Eighth Circuit affirmed a lower court's decision to abstain from an action seeking a declaration of the rights and obligations of various insurance companies and an oil company with respect to soil contamination surrounding the oil...

Plum Creek Timber Co. v. Trout Unlimited

The court rejects a timber company's Declaratory Judgment Act claim against two private environmental groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The environmental groups filed a...

United States v. Las Cruces, City of

The court vacates a district court decision dismissing the United States' suit to quiet title to water rights in a portion of the Rio Grande River. The dispute centers around the Rio Grande Reclamation Project, and after several...

Solow Bldg. Co. v. ATC Assocs.

The court denies a bankrupt environmental management company's motions to dismiss property owners' Declaratory Judgment Act (DJA) action for lack of venue and failure to state a claim. The property owners sought a judgment declaring...

State Auto Ins. Cos. v. Summy

The court vacates a district court declaratory judgment stating that a pollution exclusion clause in a landlord's insurance policy precluded coverage against a tenant's lead poisoning claim. The district court issued the judgment during...