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NRDC v. EPA

The Ninth Circuit vacated EPA's conditional registration of a pesticide because the Agency failed to support its requisite finding that registration was in the public interest. A pesticide manufacturer applied to register a pesticide...

California v. Golden Gate Petroleum Co.

A California court found that three gas station operators failed to comply with requirements for monitoring and maintaining underground storage tanks. During several inspections the defendants were told of their violations concerning...

Aruba Petroleum, Inc. v. Parr

The Fifth Circuit overturned a $3 million jury award for a nuisance claim against a petroleum company in which a family claimed natural gas extraction caused contamination of their property. The family alleged that the petroleum company...

Thomas v. Exxon Mobil Corp.

A district court refused to remand to state court a case where a plaintiff alleged that exposure to two petroleum companies' benzene-containing products caused him to develop cancer, finding that a party was fraudulently joined to...

Anderson v. McCarthy

A district court, on motions for summary judgment, dismissed a lawsuit against EPA filed by a group of beekeepers, farmers, and organizations concerned about the effect of pesticide-treated seeds on bees and other pollinators. The...

Syngenta Seeds, Inc. v. County of Kauai

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that the Hawaii Pesticides Law impliedly preempts a county ordinance that seeks to regulate pesticides and genetically engineered plants. The ordinance would have required commercial...

Pesticide Action Network North America v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit denied EPA's request for an additional six months to take final action on its proposal to ban the pesticide chlorpyrifos in response to an administrative petition filed nearly nine years ago. EPA claimed that "...

PCS Phosphate Co. v. American Home Assurance Co.

A district court held that an insurer has no duty to defend or indemnify a company in two underlying actions seeking contribution for past and future costs incurred at a PCB-contaminated site. The company had sent transformers to the...

Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon"

A district court granted an oil company's motion to dismiss claims filed against it for economic losses stemming from the government's moratorium on offshore drilling in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The oil...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Forest Service

The Ninth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, held that environmental groups have standing to bring a RCRA citizen suit against the U.S. Forest Service for failing to regulate the disposal of spent lead ammunition in the Kaibab National...