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Coffey v. Freeport McMoren Copper & Gold

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision remanding to state court residents' class action lawsuit against a mining company for property contamination stemming from the company's mining operations. The residents originally filed...

Mathes v. Vulcan Materials Co.

A district court held that it lacks jurisdiction over a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Virgin Islands natural resources commissioner against two chemical companies for negligence, strict liability, and nuisance in connection with the...

Illinois v. Department of the Army

The court grants Illinois' request to remand to state court its case against the U.S. Department of the Army (Army) for improperly releasing pollutants from its Joliet Army Ammunition Plant into waste streams and outfalls that...

Waterville Indus., Inc. v. Finance Auth. of Me.

The court holds that a trial court improperly excluded evidence central to a wool processing mill owner's case against the Finance Authority of Maine (FAME) under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act...

Madison v. Vintage Petroleum, Inc.

The court holds that a district court erroneously dismissed a nondiverse defendant as fraudulently joined in an action based on oil companies' alleged contamination of Mississippi property with naturally occurring radioactive material (...

State v. Better Brite Plating, Inc.

The court overrules a state appellate court decision holding that two bankruptcy trustees may be personally liable for violating Wisconsin's hazardous waste act after being appointed trustees in a liquidation proceeding. The state...