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Minnesota

Hawkins Chem., Inc. v. Westchester Fire Ins. Co.

The court holds that two insurance companies breached their duty to defend a chemical distributor in a class action alleging personal injuries caused by toxic fumes from a warehouse fire. The court first holds that a pollution exclusion...

Minnesota v. Kalman W. Abrams Metals, Inc.

The court holds that a state may only recover from responsible private parties the nonarbitrary portions of response costs it incurred cleaning up lead-contaminated soils under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and...

National Solid Waste Management Ass'n v. Williams

The court holds that a Minnesota statute requiring public entities to comply with county waste management plans does not violate the federal Commerce Clause. The court first holds that the appellant waste contractors' association does...

SnyderGeneral Corp. v. Continental Ins. Co.

The court holds that the pollution exclusion clauses contained in two insurance policies preclude coverage for a large trichloroethylene (TCE) spill at a heating and air conditioning equipment manufacturer's plant. The spill occurred...

Soo Line R.R. Co. v. B.J. Carney & Co.

The court holds that a railroad company lessor is barred from recovering economic losses and property damages associated with hazardous waste contamination on its leased site. The court first holds that the lessor's claim for economic...

National Solid Waste Management Ass'n v. Williams

The court holds that a Minnesota waste management statute that requires public entities to comply with county waste management plans does not violate the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution by barring the importation of waste...

Ben Oehrleins & Sons & Daughter, Inc. v. Hennepin County

The court holds that county ordinance provisions directing solid waste to designated in-state facilities do not discriminate against interstate commerce; however, provisions that prevent the delivery of waste to out-of-state processors...

Lhotka v. United States

The court holds that landowners presented a prima facie case of trespass and nuisance against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) for exceeding the scope of a wetlands easement over their property when FWS constructed a series of...

Gopher Oil Co. v. Bunker

The court holds ripe for adjudication an oil company's action for a declaratory judgment that the estate of its predecessor's deceased owner is liable under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (...

National Solid Waste Management Ass'n v. Williams

The court holds that a Minnesota statute that controls the flow of solid waste in the state violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The statute establishes a hierarchy of waste management techniques and requires all...