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Kirk v. Schaeffler Group USA, Inc.

A district court held that an individual may go forward with her toxic tort claims against the successor to a manufacturing company that released trichloroethylene (TCE) into the environment near her childhood home. The plaintiff...

Chevron U.S.A. Inc. v. Apex Oil Co.

A district court granted in part motions to dismiss an oil company's OPA, Pipeline Safety Act, and Maryland state-law claims against the alleged owners and operators of an underground pipeline in southeast Baltimore. The company filed...

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...

Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Products Liability Litigation

A district court denied in part motions to dismiss as time barred Puerto Rico's lawsuit against various oil companies for methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) groundwater contamination. Under Puerto Rico law, once the defendant has...

Pollinator Stewardship Council v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit vacated and remanded EPA's unconditional registration of insecticides containing sulfoxaflor, ordering the Agency to obtain further studies and data regarding the effect of sulfoxaflor on bees, as required by EPA...

Ludlow v. BP, P.L.C.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision that investors who bought BP stock soon after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill may file a class action against the oil company for alleged misrepresentations regarding the...

In re Pesticide Action Network North America

The Ninth Circuit ordered EPA to respond to an administrative petition filed nearly nine years ago requesting a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos. EPA has spent nearly a decade reviewing the petitioner's data and arguments. In response...

Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether

A district court dismissed Pennsylvania's public nuisance, trespass, and Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practice and Consumer Protection Law claims against various refiners, manufacturers, marketers, distributors, and suppliers of methyl...

El Comité Para el Bienestar de Earlimart v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit denied community groups' petition for review challenging EPA's approval of revisions to California's SIP concerning air emissions from pesticides, known as the "pesticide element." The revisions related to the...

Town of Westport v. Monsanto Co.

A district court dismissed a town's Massachusetts Oil and Hazardous Material Release Prevention and Response Act claim against the corporate spinoffs of Old Monsanto, the sole manufacturer of PCBs in the United States between 1935 and...