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Strict liability

State v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

The Supreme Court of New Hampshire upheld a $236 million jury award against an oil company for groundwater contamination. In 2003, New Hampshire sued several gasoline suppliers, refiners, and chemical manufacturers seeking damages for...

Haddonbrook Associates v. General Electric Co.

The Third Circuit held that a property owner's nuisance, negligence, and strict liability claims against a neighboring...

Jackson v. General Motors Corp.

A district court held that the CAA preempts a city transit employee's negligence and strict liability claims against a company for injuries stemming from diesel exhaust fumes. The employees alleged that the design of the company's...

Aramark Uniform & Career Apparel, Inc. v. Easton

The Supreme Court of Florida held that a state statute that allows suits for damages resulting from pollution creates a new strict liability cause of action and does not merely modify existing common-law causes of action that require...

Brown v. Olin Chem. Corp.

The court affirms a district court's grant of summary judgment to a Louisiana sulfuric acid manufacturer, emissions from which allegedly harmed a casino and its employees. In order to complete construction of a riverboat, the casino...

National Tel. Coop. Ass'n v. Exxon Corp.

The court holds that a commercial property owner may bring a negligent remediation claim against the owner of a gasoline station for damages allegedly caused by gasoline that leaked from the station's underground storage tanks (USTs)....

Ruffin v. Shaw Indus., Inc.

The court held that homeowners failed to establish a genuine issue of material fact as to necessary elements of their negligence, implied warranty of merchantability, express warranty, and strict liability claims against a carpet...

Bradley v. Armstrong Rubber Co.

The court affirms in part and reverses in part a district court decision on trespass, nuisance, strict liability, and negligence claims brought by property owners in Mississippi against a tire factory for the alleged release of carbon...

Integrated Waste Servs., Inc. v. Akzo Nobel Salt, Inc.

The court holds that the owner of a salt mine is not liable to the owners of the surface estate for damage that the mine suffered during a collapse and innundation, but may be liable for damages caused by subsidence of the surface...

DRR, L.L.C. v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.

The court holds that a former owner of petroleum-contaminated property is not liable to the current owner on state-law claims of fraud and strict liability for the alleged expense of removing leaking underground storage tanks from the...