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Treasure Island, City of v. St. Petersburg, City of

A district court remanded to state court a city's CWA and state law claims against another city challenging its imposition of a 25% surcharge on wastewater treatment services. The plaintiff city seeks a declaration that the surcharge...

In re W.R. Grace & Co.

The Third Circuit affirmed a lower court decision denying a mining company's motion to expand a preliminary injunction and enjoin asbestos claims against the state of Montana arising from the company's mining operations. The company...

Comer v. Murphy Oil USA

The Fifth Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing Mississippi residents' class action lawsuit against several energy, fossil fuel, and chemical companies for their alleged contribution to climate change. The residents argued...

Native Village of Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp.

A district court dismissed an Eskimo village's nuisance claim against 24 oil, energy, and utility companies for their alleged contribution to climate change. The village claimed that the companies are responsible for a substantial...

Provincial Gov't of Marinduque v. Placer Dome, Inc.

The Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a district court decision dismissing a Philippine island's action claiming that an American company polluted its waters. According to the complaint, Placer Dome severely polluted the lands and...

Coffey v. Freeport McMoren Copper & Gold

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision remanding to state court residents' class action lawsuit against a mining company for property contamination stemming from the company's mining operations. The residents originally filed...

Mathes v. Vulcan Materials Co.

A district court held that it lacks jurisdiction over a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Virgin Islands natural resources commissioner against two chemical companies for negligence, strict liability, and nuisance in connection with the...

California Dep't of Water v. Powerex Corp.

The Ninth Circuit held that a Canadian corporation that markets and distributes electric power in the United States is a "foreign state" within the meaning of the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976 and, therefore, is entitled to a...

John R. Sand & Gravel Co. v. United States

The U.S. Supreme Court held that the statute of limitations governing the U.S. Court of Federal Claims requires sua sponte consideration of the timeliness of a lawsuit filed in that court, despite the government's waiver of the issue....

Frazier v. Pioneer Ams. Ltd. Liab. Co.

The court denies a motion to remand to Louisiana state court individuals' class action against a company for the alleged seepage of mercury from one of its facilities. In addition to suing the company in state court, the class filed...