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Tort law

Johansen v. Combustion Eng'g, Inc.

The court holds that a district court properly reduced a $15 million punitive damage award to $4.35 million in a nuisance and trespass case against a mining company that contaminated neighboring property owners' streams. The court first...

Briggs & Stratton Corp. v. Concrete Sales & Servs.

The court grants summary judgment to a company on the state-law counterclaims brought by the past owners of a contaminated site where the company disposed of hazardous wastes. The contaminated site had been operated as a metal plating...

Davis Bros. v. Thornton Oil Co.

The court dismisses strict liability, nuisance, trespass, and Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) claims filed against the former sublessee of contaminated property where an underground storage tank (UST) leaked. The former...

Crowe v. Coleman

The court holds that plaintiff-appellant landowners' allegation that gasoline contamination from an adjoining property constituted a continuing nuisance presents an arguable cause of action under state law against the current adjacent...

Tucker v. Southern Wood Piedmont Co.

The court holds that under §309 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Georgia's four-year statute of limitations for torts involving property damage began to run when the owners of land...