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County of San Mateo v. Chevron Corp.

A district court granted California cities' motions to remand their climate change tort actions against oil and gas companies back to state court. Although their state law claims raise national and perhaps global questions, they should...

Public Citizen v. Trump

A district court held that public interest and environmental groups lacked standing to challenge the "two-for-one" executive order issued by President Trump on January 30, 2017. The order requires executive branch agencies to identify...

Annual Review of Chinese Environmental Law Developments: 2016

The year 2016 witnessed the adoption or revision of several of China’s environmental laws by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, as well as some major judicial initiatives by the Supreme People’s Court. This...

An Exploration of and Reflection on China’s System of Environmental Public Interest Litigation

Commensurate with its significant environmental problems, China’s environmental protection laws and court system have undergone profound changes in the past two years. In this Comment, the authors highlight the development and...

Judge Garland’s Environmental Decisions

Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court raises a question for environmental lawyers: What perspectives and predilections with regard to environmental litigation would he bring to the Court? This Comment reflects on...

State ex rel. Koster v. Republic Services, Inc.

A district court granted Missouri's remand request to litigate in state court its lawsuit against the owner and operator of a landfill in connection with an uncontrolled, underground trash fire at the site. The state alleged various...

Valbruna Slater Steel Corp. v. Joslyn Manufacturing Co.

A district court denied a manufacturing company's motion to certify for interlocutory appeal certain questions pertaining to its statute of limitations and claim preclusion defenses in an underlying case over who should bear the cost of...

Boler v. Earley

A district court held it lacks subject matter jurisdiction over a class action lawsuit that stems from the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. The plaintiffs alleged that the city violated their constitutional rights and...

Asarco, LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Co.

The Supreme Court of Montana upheld a lower court decision dismissing a smelting company's state-law claims against an oil refinery in connection with costs incurred remediating a former lead smelting site in East Helena, Montana. The...

State ex rel. American Electric Power Co. v. Nibert

West Virginia's highest court held that individuals' lawsuit against a power company for injuries they allegedly incurred due to their exposure to coal combustion waste may go forward in the West Virginia courts even though the vast...