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Doe v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

A district court held that Indonesian villagers living near an energy corporation's natural gas development facility may go forward with their Alien Tort Statute claims for human rights abuses allegedly caused by security personnel at...

National Ass'n of Manufacturers v. Securities and Exchange Commission

A district court upheld an SEC rule imposing certain disclosure requirements for companies that use "conflict minerals" originating in and around the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Manufacturing groups argued that the rule's...

Redondo Waste Systems, Inc. v. López-Freytes

The First Circuit upheld a lower court decision dismissing a biomedical waste disposal company's §1983 claims against the Puerto Rico Environmental Quality Board for rejecting its proposed plans for dealing with accumulated waste....

Goshen Rd. Envtl. Action Team v. Department of Agric.

The court holds that a North Carolina town and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) did not violate Title VI of the Civil Rights Act or the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) in connection with the siting of a wastewater...

Chester Residents Concerned for Quality Living v. Seif

The court holds that a citizen group may maintain a private right-of-action against a state agency under discriminatory effect regulations promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) pursuant to §602 of Title VI of the...

Walz v. Smithtown, Town of

The court affirms a jury verdict awarding compensatory and punitive damages to landowners in an action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 against a town and its superintendent of highways for violating the landowners' substantive due process...

Rock Creek Ltd. Partnership v. State Water Resources Control Bd.

The court holds that a district court properly denied attorney fees to the sponsor of a small hydroelectric project for its attempts to obtain declaratory relief in administrative proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory...