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Eleventh Amendment

Bouchard Transp. Co. v. Updegraff

The court holds that a district court erred in ruling that Florida is entitled to Eleventh Amendment immunity in a limitation of liability proceeding, but it correctly dismissed the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) and Florida Pollution...

California v. Campbell

The court holds that the Eleventh Amendment does not immunize a receiver of estate trusts from being sued solely in its representative capacity. The state of California filed suit against the trustees of a manufacturer's estate to...

Strahan v. Coxe

The court vacates part of an injunction requiring state environmental agency officials to apply for a permit under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for takings caused by the agency's permitting and licensing operations, but...

Idaho v. Coeur d'Alene Tribe of Idaho

The Court holds that the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution bars the Coeur d'Alene Tribe's suit against Idaho and Idaho officials over title to submerged lands within the original boundaries of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation....

United States v. Iron Mountain Mines, Inc.

The court holds that defendants in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) action brought by the state of California may bring CERCLA counterclaims against the state under the recoupment doctrine...

In re SDDS, Inc.

The court directs a district court to enjoin South Dakota state officials from relitigating in state court issues that the federal circuit court has already decided concerning the permitting of a solid waste disposal facility. In ...

Waste Management of Pennsylvania, Inc. v. Shinn

The court holds that New Jersey's self-sufficiency policy, whose goal is to eliminate the use of out-of-state disposal facilities by the year 2000, violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The state implemented the policy...

Powder River Basin Resource Council v. Babbitt

The court holds that the Eleventh Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not bar a citizen group that was denied attorney fees by the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality from asserting a Surface Mining Control and Reclamation...

New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Protection v. Gloucester Envtl. Management Servs.

The court holds that when the state of New Jersey acts in its sovereign capacity to invoke the jurisdiction of a federal court to assert state-law claims against a waste hauler and its customers, it waives its Eleventh Amendment...

Mannington Mills, Inc. v. Shinn

The court holds that a state environmental department did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution by considering a vinyl flooring manufacturer's ability to pay for cleaning up environmental contamination at its...