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MRP Props., LLC v. United States

A district court held that the federal government must answer claims that it is liable for the cleanup of World War II-era hazardous waste from 12 oil refineries in seven states. Property owners brought a contribution claim against the...

Ecological Rights Foundation v. Pacific Gas & Electric Co.

The Ninth Circuit held that RCRA's "anti-duplication" provision does not preclude its application to stormwater discharges where EPA has not regulated them under the CWA. Concerned citizens brought a citizen suit against a utility...

Liebhart v. SPX Corp.

A district court held that polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) being regulated under TSCA does not bar a Wisconsin couple from bringing a citizen suit under RCRA against a neighboring property owner for releasing PCBs during the demolition...

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection v. Amerada Hess Corp.

A district court held that gas companies will have to face monetary compensation claims under the the New Jersey Spill Act for releases at five sites. The case concerns releases of Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE) at five gas stations...

Dailey v. Bridgeton Landfill, LLC

A district court held that St. Louis home owners' nuisance claims against a pharmaceutical company alleging migration of radioactive materials to their property were preempted by the Price-Anderson Act (PAA). The home owners claimed...

Cole v. Marathon Oil Corp.

The Sixth Circuit held that the Michigan statute of limitations does not bar a nuisance and negligence suit brought by residents against a petroleum company. The residents brought a class action suit against the petroleum company for...

Pieper v. United States

The Fourth Circuit held that a proposed class of residents alleging that improper chemical disposal at a Frederick, Maryland, Army base contaminated their groundwater can't sue the government. The residents brought a claim under the...

Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co. v. Oleum Operating Co.

A Louisiana appeals court held that an oil company's oilfield cleanup plan was properly rejected by a trial court. An oil company sued a larger oil company alleging environmental damage to its property caused by decades of oil and gas...

Strategic Envtl. Partners, LLC v. N.J. Dep't of Envtl. Protection

A district court held that a solar energy company that entered into an agreement to close a landfill and turn it into a solar farm cannot recover closure costs under CERCLA. The solar company bought the property and entered into an...

TDY Holdings, LLC v. United States

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court decision that allocated 100% liability under CERCLA to a government contractor seeking contribution from the U.S. government. For 60 years the contractor operated a manufacturing facility...