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Intel Corp. v. Hartford Accident & Indem. Co.

The court holds that a computer circuit manufacturer is entitled to reimbursement under its comprehensive general liability insurance policy of expenses incurred pursuant to a government consent decree requiring it to clean up toxic...

United States v. Villegas

The court holds that the co-owner of a medical testing laboratory, who had placed vials of blood in a river bulkhead, knowingly discharged pollutants into navigable waters in violation of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act (FWPCA...

Sierra Club v. Chemical Handling Corp.

The court holds that an environmental organization has standing to sue a chemical corporation for damages and injunctive and declaratory relief under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The organization alleged that the...

United States v. Envirite Corp.

The court vacates a consent decree that required a waste treatment and disposal company to pay a $60,000 civil penalty for violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) because the government wrongfully withheld...

In re American Waste & Pollution Control Co.

The court holds that a Louisiana statute allowing direct appeal of decisions of the state Department of Environmental Quality to the state court of appeal, bypassing the state district courts, is unconstitutional, and the public rights...

Environmental Defense Fund v. Alexander

The court refuses to enjoin continued construction of the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and rules that plaintiffs are barred by res judicata and collateral estoppel from challenging defendants for alleged violations of the National...

Summers v. Earth Island Institute: Its Implications for Future Standing Decisions

In Summers v. Earth Island Institute, the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision written by Justice Antonin Scalia rejected the concept of organizational standing based upon the statistical probability that some members of a plaintiff...