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United States v. Canal Barge Co.

The Sixth Circuit held that a lower court erred in acquitting defendants convicted for violating the Ports and Waterways Safety Act in connection with a benzene leak from a barge in the Mississippi River. The defendants were convicted...

Agee v. Monsanto Co.

A district court granted an individual's motion to remand to state court her personal injury lawsuit against a chemical company and its successors for damages stemming from the unlawful disposal of dioxin and furan waste at a chemical...

Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Fla. v. Corps of Eng'rs

The Eleventh Circuit upheld a lower court decision dismissing for lack of subject matter jurisdiction two lawsuits filed by a Native American tribe challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' plans to replace a mile of the ground-...

Treasure Island, City of v. St. Petersburg, City of

A district court remanded to state court a city's CWA and state law claims against another city challenging its imposition of a 25% surcharge on wastewater treatment services. The plaintiff city seeks a declaration that the surcharge...

Provincial Gov't of Marinduque v. Placer Dome, Inc.

The Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a district court decision dismissing a Philippine island's action claiming that an American company polluted its waters. According to the complaint, Placer Dome severely polluted the lands and...

California Dep't of Water v. Powerex Corp.

The Ninth Circuit held that a Canadian corporation that markets and distributes electric power in the United States is a "foreign state" within the meaning of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and, therefore, is entitled to a...

United States v. Detroit, City of

The court vacates and remands a district court order under the All Writs Act requiring the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) to accept dredged material in order to prevent the frustration of a consent decree between a city and...

Airport Working Group of Orange County, Inc. v. Department of Defense

A court granted the government's transfer of venue motion in a case brought by aviation groups challenging the government's decision designating a Marine Corps air station in California for a park with mixed use development. The groups...

Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance v. Norton

The court reverses and remands a district court decision holding that it lacked subject matter jurisdiction to review an environmental group's claims that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the Federal Land Policy and...

New York Pub. Interest Research Group v. Whitman

The court holds that it lacked power under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to grant an environmental group's request to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to disclose information addressing EPA's nationwide administration of...