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Hazardous wastes & substances

Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co. v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

A district court held that an oil company is liable for property damages caused by its predecessor-in-interest who conducted oil and gas exploration and production activities on the site under three subleases. Article 128 of the...

Wilson v. Davis

A Louisiana appellate court held that state law allows the state's environmental agency to be held liable for personal injury and property damages when a permittee has contaminated its neighbors' property and the agency knew about the...

Coastal Envtl. Specialists, Inc. v. Chem-Lig Int'l, Inc.

The court denies an environmental remediation specialist's claims that a port commission owed it money for cleaning up property leased by the commission. A chemical manufacturer leased land from the port commission. Upon discovering...

Louisiana Dep't of Envtl. Quality v. Crystal Oil Co.

The court holds that bankruptcy discharges a state environmental agency's environmental liability claims against an oil company believed to be the successor to the owner of an abandoned oil site where hazardous substances had been...

Powers v. Vista Chem. Co.

The court holds that a former petrochemical plant employee failed to prove that the plant terminated him in retaliation for his disclosure of an environmental violation to his supervisor and, therefore, is not entitled to compensation...

In re Marine Shale Processors, Inc.

The court refuses to issue a writ of mandamus overturning a district court refusal to order the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to initiate enforcement action against hazardous-waste generators for shipping material to...

United States v. Marine Shale Processors

The court holds that material resulting from sham recycling does not satisfy the "product" rule exception to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) land-disposal requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...

Joslyn Mfg. Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

The court holds that under Louisiana law, an insurance company has no duty to indemnify its insured for cleanup costs incurred in remediating soil and groundwater contamination resulting from its operation of a wood treatment plant. The...

Chemical Waste Management, Inc. v. Templet

The court upholds a district court ruling that Louisiana statutes banning the import of hazardous waste from foreign countries violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The court holds that it must affirm the district court'...

In re American Waste & Pollution Control Co.

The court holds that a Louisiana statute allowing direct appeal of decisions of the state Department of Environmental Quality to the state court of appeal, bypassing the state district courts, is unconstitutional, and the public rights...