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Padres Hacia Una Vida Mejor v. Jackson

A district court held that a low-income community association may go forward with its claim against EPA for failing to issue preliminary findings and recommendations for voluntary compliance in response to a Title VI complaint...

Darensburg v. Metropolitan Transportation Commission

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision rejecting claims that a transportation commission's disproportionate emphasis on rail expansion projects over bus expansion projects in its regional transit plan illegally...

Cox v. Dallas, City of

The court upholds a lower court's summary judgment and bench trial rulings in favor of a city that was sued by homeowners for failing to police the operation of an illegal dump near their homes. The homeowners argued that the city...

South Camden Citizens in Action v. New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Protection

The court holds that because Title VI proscribes only intentional discrimination, residents of a predominantly minority community do not have a right to enforce through 42 U.S.C. §1983 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's)...

South Camden Citizens in Action v. New Jersey Dep't of Envtl. Protection

The court holds that despite the U.S. Supreme Court holding in Alexander v. Sandoval, 121 S. Ct. 1511 (2001), that there is no private right-of-action to enforce disparate impact regulations promulgated under Civil Rights Act...

New York City Envtl. Justice Alliance v. Giuliani

The court holds that environmental groups did not show that New York City's plan to sell or bulldoze lots containing community gardens would have an impermissible adverse impact on minority communities. The groups opposed the city's...

Advanced Tech. Corp. v. Eliskim, Inc.

The court denies a corporation's motion to reconsider a ruling that disputed issues of material fact exist as to whether the corporation's neighbor can claim an innocent landowner defense, which would allow the neighbor to pursue a...

Sur Contra la Contaminacion v. EPA

The court denies a community organization's petition to review a prevention of significant deterioration (PSD) permit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued to an electric company authorizing it to construct a power plant...

Axel Johnson, Inc. v. Carroll Carolina Oil Co.

The court holds that the former owner and operator of a refinery may not bring cost recovery or contribution actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) against the subsequent and...

United States v. Allied-Signal, Inc.

The court denies the entry of a proposed consent decree between the United States and four New York municipalities that defined the municipalities' individual liability under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...