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Miami-Dade County, Fla. v. United States

The court upholds a lower court decision that the United States has no obligation to reimburse a Florida county for the costs it incurred treating soil and groundwater contamination at the Miami International Air Depot. From 1943 to...

Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel, Inc. v. Easton

The Supreme Court of Florida held that a state statute that allows suits for damages resulting from pollution creates a new strict liability cause of action and does not merely modify existing common-law causes of action that require...

United States v. Pepper's Steel & Alloys, Inc.

The court certifies to the Florida Supreme Court the question of whether an insured is entitled under state law to an award of attorney fees incurred in enforcing a settlement agreement against an insurer. A steel company sought to...

A.A. Profiles, Inc. v. Fort Lauderdale, City of

The court reverses a district court decision holding that although a Florida city's rezoning of property to prohibit the operation of a wood-chipping business constituted an unconstitutional taking, damages should not be awarded to the...

Kissimmee River Valley Sportsman Ass'n v. Lakeland, City of

The court holds that the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Recreation Act and its regulations do not create a federal right of equal access for boats with common horsepower ratings and, therefore, a Florida city ordinance prohibiting the...

Flo-Sun, Inc. v. Kirk

The court dismisses individuals' public nuisance action against sugar companies that allegedly disposed of a chemical byproduct of sugar cane processing by deep well injection. A trial court dismissed the individuals' nuisance claim...

U.S. Sugar Corp. v. Henson

The court holds that expert testimony offered by an individual alleging permanent and total disability due to pesticide exposure in the workplace is admissible under Frye v. United States, 93 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923). The...

Florida Dep't of Natural Resources v. Garcia

The court holds that a state could be held negligent for failing to remove underwater debris that injured a swimmer even though the state environmental agency never formally designated for swimming the beach where the swimmer was...

Boyes v. Shell Oil Prods. Co.

The court holds that a district court abused its discretion by abstaining from hearing property owner's Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) claims against two petroleum companies. The court first holds that Florida's...

Agripost, Inc. v. Miami-Dade County

The court upholds a district court decision dismissing as unripe a waste disposal plant's claim that a county's revocation of an unusual use zoning permit constituted a taking without just compensation. The plant filed suit in district...