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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...

Liquid Gold or Water for Pecans? Valuation of Groundwater in Regulatory Takings Law

In 2012, the Texas Supreme Court’s decision in Edwards Aquifer Authority v. Day reversed 100 years of state water law by changing the principle that establishes groundwater ownership rights from a “rule of capture” to a rule of...

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...

Sierra Club v. South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control

The South Carolina Supreme Court held that the operator of a low-level radioactive waste disposal facility failed to comply with state groundwater protection regulations and must therefore submit a written plan for compliance or face...

Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board

A California court held that the public trust doctrine protects navigable waterways from harm caused by groundwater extraction. Concerned about the management of the Scott River in northern California, environmental groups filed suit...

Lubbock, Texas v. Coyote Lake Ranch, LLC

A Texas appellate court reversed a lower court decision enjoining a city from undertaking certain activities relating to further development of its proposed water well plan on a landowner's property. The city owns the groundwater rights...

In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Products Liability Litigation

A district court held that a natural resource damages (NRD) settlement agreement between New Jersey and an oil company for methyl tertiary butyl ether groundwater contamination bars the state from seeking product liability claims...

In re Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether Products Liability Litigation

A district court dismissed New Jersey's claims against an oil company for groundwater contamination stemming from the company's use and handling of methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE). The state failed to allege that the company supplied...

Preisler v. Kuettel's Septic Service, LLC

A Wisconsin appellate court held that insurance companies have no duty to defend a septic pumping service in an underlying case concerning well water contamination. Dairy farmers filed suit against the service for alleged well water...

Tri-Realty Co. v. Ursinus College

A district court dismissed a property owner's OPA claims against a nearby college for land and water contamination allegedly caused by heating oil that leaked from USTs on the college campus. The property owner brought claims under the...