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Goff v. Elmo Greer & Sons Constr. Co.

The Supreme Court of Tennessee reduced from $1 million to $500,000 a punitive damages award granted to property owners in their nuisance lawsuit against a highway construction company for burying tires and other debris on their land....

National Ecological Found. v. Alexander

The Sixth Circuit reversed and remanded a lower court decision denying Tennessee's motion to clarify its obligations under a 1985 consent decree regarding its plans to improve a stream. The state wanted to transform 1.5 miles of the...

Freeman v. Blue Ridge Paper Prods., Inc.

An appellate court upheld a $2 million jury verdict against a pulp and paper mill for the impact its discharges into Pigeon River, North Carolina, had on property owners. The lower court did not err in certifying the lawsuit as a class...

Rith Energy, Inc. v. United States

The court holds that the Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement's (OSM's) denial of a surface mining permit to a company was not a taking. The company's mining plan would invade the rock strata overlying an aquifer that...

Olin Corp. v. Yeargin, Inc.

The court holds that a chlorine manufacturer may bring contractual indemnification claims against a contractor for environmental costs, fines, and penalties incurred after the contractor's employees were exposed to mercury at the...

Waste Management, Inc. v. Nashville

The court holds that county regulations governing the disposal of solid waste generated within the county's boundaries discriminate against interstate commerce. A licensed waste collector that operates a waste disposal facility within...

Friends of the Fiery Gizzard v. Farmers Home Admin.

The court holds that the Farmers Home Administration's (FmHA's) finding of no significant impact (FONSI) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for a project to construct a dam and water treatment plant to provide a long-...