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Shell Oil Co. v. United States

The Court of Federal Claims awarded $84 million to four oil companies for costs they incurred cleaning up waste stemming from the production of aviation gasoline during World War II under contracts with the U.S. government. The...

Fisher v. Ciba Specialty Chems. Corp.

A district ruled on several pre-trial motions of both defendants and plaintiffs alleging property damage caused by a defendant's contamination at its nearby chemical manufacturing facility (a designated Superfund site), negligence,...

Sevenson Envtl. Servs., Inc. v. Shaw Envtl., Inc.

The court upheld a lower court decision dismissing an environmental service company's patent infringement suit against a hazardous waste remediation contractor. The contractor was hired by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to clean up a...

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...

Davis v. Gould Elecs.

A court dismisses an individual's claim for $2.5 million in compensatory and punitive damages against a potentially responsible party (PRP) of the Omaha, Nebraska, Superfund site. The individual lived on the site from the date of his...

United States v. Horne

A court partially grants the U.S. motion to collaterally estop defendants from denying their liability as owners and operators of the Armour Road Superfund site in North Kansas City, Missouri. Except for one of the defendants, prior...

New Jersey v. Gloucester Envtl. Management Servs., Inc.

A district court denied New Jersey's motion to amend a 1997 consent decree concerning the Gloucester Environmental Management Services, Inc., landfill and ordered it to comply with the terms of the decree. The state alleged that the...

United States v. Rasmussen

The court affirms a district court decision convicting an individual of illegally transporting hazardous waste. The court first holds that the jury instruction defining "waste" mirrored the regulation defining "waste." The court next...

United Dairy Farmers, Inc. v. United States

The court affirms a district court holding that a dairy could not deduct soil remediation costs as ordinary business expenses under 26 U.S.C. §162 of the Internal Revenue Code. The dairy claimed that its soil remediation costs at two...

United States v. Amoco Chem. Co.

The court holds that neither an amended Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) consent decree between a waste handler and the United States nor a previous trust agreement with other CERCLA...