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United States v. Sterling Centrecorp Inc.

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court ruling in a lawsuit concerning the U.S. government's and California's recovery of cleanup costs from a hazardous waste spill in the Sierra Nevada foothills that released toxic amounts of arsenic...

United States v. United Park City Mines Co.

The Tenth Circuit upheld a lower court ruling ordering mining and finance companies to comply with EPA's requests for information related to cleanup of a contaminated site in Utah. The companies argued that EPA exceeded its authority...

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. American Thermoplastics Corp.

The Third Circuit held that a PRP's settlement with New Jersey resolving its state-law liability in connection with contamination at a municipal landfill did not protect the party from lawsuits seeking contribution toward expenditures...

White Plains Housing Authority v. BP Products North America Inc.

A district court held that an oil company was liable for a plume of gasoline beneath a former gasoline station that was migrating toward nearby housing units in White Plains, New York. A housing authority brought claims under RCRA,...

Poly-Pak Industries, Inc. v. New York

A New York court upheld a state law banning certain entities from distributing single-use plastic bags. A plastic bag manufacturer and convenience store owners argued the law was unconstitutionally vague and conflicted with existing law...

Schmucker v. Johnson Controls, Inc.

A district court denied injunctive relief to residents in a lawsuit concerning soil and groundwater contamination at and adjacent to a manufacturing facility in Goshen, Indiana. Residents living adjacent to the facility brought a...

Meritor, Inc. v. Environmental Protection Agency

The D.C. Circuit upheld EPA's 2018 decision to add a wheel-covering facility in Mississippi to the NPL. The company that assumed environmental liabilities for the facility argued that EPA improperly applied the hazard ranking system...

West Virginia State University Board of Governors v. Dow Chemical Co.

A district court granted a university board of governors' motion to remand to state court a lawsuit concerning groundwater contamination beneath university land from a nearby facility. The board filed suit in state court, arguing that...

PPG Industries Inc. v. United States

The Third Circuit affirmed a district court ruling that the U.S. government was not liable to a coatings company for cleanup costs at a chromite ore processing plant with which it was involved during World War I and World War II. The...

Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian

The U.S. Supreme Court affirmed in part and vacated in part the Montana high court's ruling in a lawsuit concerning cleanup actions across a 300-square-mile Superfund site in Butte. Landowners whose properties are located within the...

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