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Enforcement and Compliance

United States v. Sawyer

The Sixth Circuit upheld a lower court decision sentencing an individual to 60 months in prison and ordered the individual and his co-defendants, jointly and severally, to pay $10,388,576.71 in restitution to EPA for asbestos NESHAPS...

United States v. Maury

The Third Circuit upheld the conviction of a pipe foundry company and four of its employees for various environmental crimes, including conspiring to commit environmental pollution and worker safety violations, attempting to cover up or...

United States v. Citgo Petroleum Corp.

A district court held that 15 community members of Corpus Christi, Texas, are victims under the Crime Victims Rights Act (CVRA) for environmental crimes committed by a petroleum refining company. The company was convicted of two counts...

United States v. Dearborn Refining Co.

A district court held that the United States' action to collect an EPA civil monetary penalty imposed against an oil refining company...

Osborne v. Grussing

The Eighth Circuit upheld the dismissal of residents' §1983 suit against county officials for selectively enforcing provisions of the county zoning ordinance against them in retaliation of the residents' public criticism of the...

Barnes v. Wright

The court reverses a lower court's denial of qualified immunity to conservation officers in an individual's 42 U.S.C. §1983 case against them for malicious prosecution and unlawful retaliation. Because a jury found the individual...

United States v. 144,774 Pounds of Blue King Crab

The court held that an importer of King crab may not assert the "innocent owner defense" in forfeiture proceedings. Under the Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform Act, 18 U.S.C. §983, the innocent owner defense cannot be asserted when the...