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Louisiana Dep't of Envtl. Quality v. Crystal Oil Co.

The court holds that bankruptcy discharges a state environmental agency's environmental liability claims against an oil company believed to be the successor to the owner of an abandoned oil site where hazardous substances had been...

Marathon Oil Co. v. United States

The court holds that the Outer Banks Protection Act's (OBPA's) temporary moratorium on oil exploration did not cause the United States to breach outer continental shelf (OCS) oil and gas leases with two oil companies. The court first...

Ellison v. Connor

The court upholds the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' decisions to deny permits that would have allowed landowners to build camp structures on their property in the Atchafalaya floodway in Louisiana. The landowners purchased their...

Davis Oil Co. v. TS, Inc.

The court holds that under Louisiana law, the successor to a former oil company is directly liable for the cleanup costs of an abandoned oil lease site. When the original lessee conveyed to the company an oil and gas lease, the company...

Powers v. Vista Chem. Co.

The court holds that a former petrochemical plant employee failed to prove that the plant terminated him in retaliation for his disclosure of an environmental violation to his supervisor and, therefore, is not entitled to compensation...

In re Marine Shale Processors, Inc.

The court refuses to issue a writ of mandamus overturning a district court refusal to order the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) not to initiate enforcement action against hazardous waste generators for shipping material to...

United States v. Marine Shale Processors

The court holds that material resulting from sham recycling does not satisfy the "product" rule exception to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) land-disposal requirements under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act...

Joslyn Mfg. Co. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co.

The court holds that under Louisiana law, an insurance company has no duty to indemnify its insured for cleanup costs incurred in remediating soil and groundwater contamination resulting from its operation of a wood treatment plant. The...

Chemical Waste Management, Inc. v. Templet

The court upholds a district court ruling that Louisiana statutes banning the import of hazardous waste from foreign countries violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The court holds that it must affirm the district court'...

Save Ourselves v. Corps of Eng'rs

The court holds that nonprofit organizations interested in protecting and preserving the waters of Ascension Parish, Louisiana, do not have standing to sue. The court finds that the organizations did not allege specific facts showing a...