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Defenders of Wildlife v. Bernal

The court affirms a district court order lifting a temporary restraining order and denying environmental groups' motion to permanently enjoin the construction of a new school on property that allegedly contains potential habitat for the...

Mancuso v. Consolidated Edison Co. of N.Y.

The court dismisses a family's Federal Water Pollution Control Act and state-law actions against an electric power station for personal injuries that the family allegedly suffered due to polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contamination at a...

Kumho Tire Co. v. Carmichael

The Court holds that a district court's decision not to admit a tire expert's testimony in a products liability case concerning an allegedly defective tire was within its discretion and lawful. The Court first holds that the standard of...

Heller v. Shaw Indus., Inc.

The court holds that a district court properly excluded homeowners' expert testimony in a case alleging that volatile organic compounds (VOCs) emitted by a manufacturer's carpeting caused homeowners' respiratory illnesses. The court...

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...

United States v. 17.83 Acres of Land

The court holds that owners of property atop South Mountain in Washington County, Maryland, were not entitled to an increase in the amount awarded them in a condemnation proceeding. The property owners contend that the district court...

Burns Philp Food, Inc. v. Cavalea Continental Freight, Inc.

The court holds that a district court did not abuse its discretion in finding expert testimony concerning a corporation's claim of land contamination by a neighboring company to be unreliable. The corporation's contamination claim arose...

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...

General Elec. Co. v. Joiner

The Court holds that abuse of discretion is the proper standard by which to review a district court's decision to admit or exclude scientific evidence. The Court first holds that the court of appeals applied an overly stringent review...

Kannankeril v. Terminix Int'l, Inc.

The court holds that a district court improperly excluded a medical expert's testimony on causation in a case brought by a family seeking damages for cognitive injuries due to an exterminator's alleged excessive and improper application...