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Downing/Salt Pond Partners, L.P. v. Rhode Island

The First Circuit upheld the dismissal of a developer's federal takings claim against two state agencies for...

Rhode Island Fishermen's Alliance, Inc. v. Rhode Island Dep't of Envtl. Management

The First Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a case challenging the constitutionality of regulations promulgated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management imposing restrictions on lobster fishing in...

State v. Lead Indus. Ass'n

The Rhode Island Supreme Court reversed a jury verdict finding three lead paint producers liable for creating a public nuisance. The state has not and cannot allege any set of facts to support its public nuisance claim that would...

Medeiros v. Vincent

The court affirms the dismissal of an individual's complaint challenging the constitutionality of a Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management regulation restricting the number of lobsters that may be harvested by methods other...

Pascoag Reservoir & Dam, Ltd. Liab. Corp. v. Rhode Island

The court upholds the dismissal of a property owner's inverse condemnation action against the state of Rhode Island for acquiring a portion of his property in 1975 by adverse possession. Because the owner failed to seek compensation...

Rhode Island Dep't of Envtl. Management v. United States

The court affirms a district court decision enjoining federal administrative proceedings on the grounds that the proceedings infringed upon a state's constitutionally protected sovereign interests. Three individuals filed administrative...

Raymond K. Hoxsie Real Estate Trust v. Exxon Educ. Found.

The court holds that a landowner whose property was previously owned by gasoline companies, may bring Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) claims against the companies for groundwater pollution allegedly caused by leaking...

South County Sand & Gravel Co. v. S. Kingstown, Town of

The court holds constitutional a local zoning ordinance prohibiting land removal businesses from expanding in surface area their existing excavated area by more than 25 percent unless they obtain a special use permit. The court first...

CPC Int'l, Inc. v. Northbrook Excess & Surplus Ins. Co.

The court holds that a corporation's insurance policy covered costs related to the 1979 discovery of contamination resulting from a 1974 perchloroethylene (PERC) spill. The court first notes that under Rhode Island law "property damage...