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Eagle Pipe & Supply, Inc. v. Amerada Hess Corp.

The Supreme Court of Louisiana held that a property owner who discovered radioactive contamination on his land after he purchased it may not file suit against oil and trucking companies allegedly responsible for that contamination....

Wagoner v. Chevron USA, Inc.

A Louisiana appellate court reversed a lower court decision denying property owners' right to sue oil and gas companies for contamination and damages due to their past operations on the site. The operations were conducted under mineral...

In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multistate Litigation consolidated and transferred to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana 77 lawsuits related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The...

Broussard v. Hilcorp Energy Co.

The Louisiana Supreme Court held that property owners who leased their land for oil and gas development were not required to give oil companies pre-suit notice or an opportunity to perform prior to filing their suit against 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...

Johnson v. Orleans Parish Sch. Bd.

A Louisiana appellate court affirmed in part a lower court decision in favor of residents who brought a class action suit against New Orleans for converting a municipal landfill into a residential area in the Ninth Ward. The city was...

Louisiana Envtl. Action Network v. McDaniel

A district court dismissed environmental groups' claims that emergency orders issued by the state of Louisiana following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita conflict with and/or are preempted by the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA...

In re Katrina Canal Breaches Consol. Litig.

A district court denied the U.S. motion to dismiss residents' consolidated claims for damages stemming from the devastating flooding that occurred in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The residents argued that the damage was the...

Energy Management Corp. v. Shreveport, City of

The court held that a local ordinance that forbids any new oil and gas drilling within 1,000 feet of a lake is "preempted" by state law rather than "invalid." As explained by a prior panel of the court, a state statute expressly...

Holy Cross v. Corps of Eng'rs

A district court held that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers failed to take a "hard look" at the environmental impacts and consequences of dredging and disposing of contaminated sediment from the Industrial Canal, a five-mile link just...