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Sovereign immunity

Waid v. Earley

The Sixth Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that denied city and state officials' motions to dismiss residents' bodily integrity claim stemming from the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. City officials argued they...

Louisiana v. United States

The Fifth Circuit held that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers had not waived its sovereign immunity from Louisiana's lawsuit alleging that the Corps failed to maintain the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway within authorized parameters under the...

Wynne v. Klein

A Texas appellate court held that sovereign immunity bars an individual's lawsuit against the board members of a local reclamation district claiming that their activities caused a lake to be substantially drained during 2008 and for...

Marina Bay Realty Trust Ltd. Liab. Co. v. United States

The First Circuit held that neither the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) nor the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) waive U.S. sovereign immunity in a property owner's suit to recover monetary damages for its cleanup of past...

Bailey v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court dismisses a landowner's takings claims against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) and Minnesota state agencies for rejecting his proposed wetland replacement plan and ordering him to remove an access road on the...

Lockheed Martin Corp. v. United States

The court upholds the dismissal of a subcontractor's Contract Disputes Act and Tucker Act claims against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that arose in connection with the cleanup of a nuclear waste site at the Idaho National...

United States v. Puerto Rico

The court holds that federal sovereign immunity bars an action initiated by the commonwealth of Puerto Rico's environmental agency in an effort to impose restrictions on the U.S. Navy's extraction of waters from a river. During World...

Humane Soc'y Int'l v. Clinton

The court upholds a Court of International Trade (CIT) decision denying an animal rights group's request to issue a writ of mandamus directing the U.S. president to impose import restrictions on Italy for violating the Driftnet Fishing...

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources v. United States ex rel. Stevens

The U.S. Supreme Court holds that a private individual has standing to bring suit in federal court on behalf of the United States under the False Claims Act (FCA), but that the FCA does not subject a state or state agency to liability...

United States v. Vermont Agency of Natural Resources

The court holds that states are "persons" within the meaning of the False Claims Act (FCA), 31 U.S.C. §3729(a), and, thus, are subject to suits under the Act. An employee of the state environmental agency brought this qui tam...