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Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that the doctrine of res judicata bars individuals' trespass, nuisance, and negligence claims against numerous oil, coal, electric, and chemical companies for damages stemming from...

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, Inc.

A district court held that the doctrines of res judicata and collateral estoppel bar individuals' trespass, nuisance, and negligence claims against numerous oil, coal, electric, and chemical companies for damages stemming from Hurricane...

Highway J Citizens Group v. Department of Transp.

The court affirms a lower court decision denying environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin a highway expansion project in Wisconsin. The groups argue that the project violates the Administrative Procedure Act, the Clean Water...

Norfolk S. Corp. v. Chevron, U.S.A., Inc.

The court dismisses a railroad's state-law and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) claims against two petroleum companies that operated pipeline terminals on the railroad's property. Claim...

Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. FAG Bearings Corp.

The court holds that the doctrine of issue preclusion bars a manufacturing company from relitigating whether an insurer has a duty to defend or indemnify the company in various class actions and administrative proceedings arising from...

Hutcherson v. Lauderdale County, Tenn.

The court holds that the doctrine of res judicata bars claims stemming from a commercial landfill operator's efforts to win approval for a proposed landfill expansion. After a state court found that county commissioners violated the...

Aerojet-General Corp. v. American Excess Ins. Co.

The court holds that res judicata bars a manufacturer's declaratory relief action seeking a declaration that insurers must indemnify the manufacturer for claims brought against it for harm caused by the discharge of chemicals to...

Penobscot Nation v. Georgia-Pacific Corp.

The court dismisses on res judicata grounds Native American tribes' claim that they did not have to provide pulp and paper mills with documents concerning the tribes' regulation under the Clean Water Act of the mills' wastewater...

Froebel v. Meyer

The court holds that claim preclusion bars an individual's Clean Water Act (CWA) §§402 and 404 suit against a state and state employees for removal of a dam. In state court, the individual challenged the state environmental agency's...

Boothbay, Town of v. Getty Oil Co.

The court holds that under Maine law, the doctrine of res judicata bars a town from suing a gasoline company for environmental damage affecting the town's water supply insofar as the state previously litigated and settled claims against...