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Coalition of Greater Minn. Cities v. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A Minnesota appellate court upheld a Minnesota Pollution Control Agency rule governing phosphorus effluent discharges into state waters. A coalition of cities argued that because the rule provides that a discharger "may" rather than "...

Northshore Mining Co. v. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency

A Minnesota appellate court upheld a state environmental agency decision denying a mining company's request to eliminate the "control-city" standard from its air quality permit. The standard required the company to keep the asbestos...

Wakefield Pork, Inc. v. RAM Mut. Ins. Co.

A Minnesota appellate court held that an insurance company had no duty to defend or indemnify a pig owner in an underlying lawsuit brought by his neighbor claiming injury and damage from manure odors. The neighbor's complaint fell...

Kennedy Bldg. Assocs. v. CBS Corp.

The court remanded for modification an injunction imposed against a corporation for soil and groundwater contamination in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The injunction required the corporation to prevent the release of further contaminants...

Kennedy Bldg. Assocs. v. Viacom, Inc.

The Eighth Circuit reversed a lower court's strict liability judgment and accompanying punitive damages award against a company in connection with the environmental contamination of a site it once owned. Minnesota's strict liability...

Goeb v. Tharaldson

The court holds that the standard for admissibility of novel scientific evidence set forth in Frye v. United States, 293 F. 1013 (D.C. Cir. 1923), and State v. Mack, 292 N.W.2d 764 (Minn. 1980), rather than the...

Union Pac. R.R. v. Reilly Indus., Inc.

The court affirms a district court judgment denying a railroad company's Comprehensive Environmental. Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Minnesota Environmental Response and Liability Act (MERLA), and common-law...

United States v. Armstrong

The court affirms the criminal convictions of two tour boat operators for violating the National Park Service (NPS) regulation that prohibits the solicitation of business without a permit in Minnesota's Voyageurs National Park (VNP)....

Park & River Alliance, Inc. v. Slater

The court holds that an environmental group's Department of Transportation Act §4(f) challenge to a proposed five-mile highway corridor in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is time barred. Although a statement made in the district court's opinion...

St. Croix Waterway Ass'n v. Meyer

The court holds that the slow-no wake motorboat speed limit regulations applicable to the St. Croix River in Minnesota and Wisconsin are not unconstitutionally vague. The regulations require motorboat operators to travel at a speed no...