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Fox v. Elk Run Coal Co.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing a widow's claim that a coal company committed fraud on the court and thereby deprived her husband, a coal miner, of nearly a decade of benefits under the Black Lung Benefits...

Tronox, Inc. v. Kerr-McGee Corp.

A federal bankruptcy court held that a petroleum company and its subsidiaries may be held liable for at least $5 billion—and perhaps up to $14 billion—in environmental response costs and tort liabilities. In 2005, a now-bankrupt...

Hagy v. Equitable Production Co.

The Fourth Circuit, in an unpublished opinion, affirmed a lower court decision dismissing landowner's negligence and trespass claims against natural gas drilling companies for alleged well water contamination. The landowners failed to...

Whiteman v. Chesapeake Appalachia, L.L.C.

The Fourth Circuit affirmed a lower court decision dismissing farmer's West Virginia common law trespass claims against a natural gas company. The landowners sought an injunction and damages stemming from on the company's drilling and...

Mann v. National Review, Inc.

A D.C. court denied a conservative publication's motion for reconsideration of the court's earlier decision denying the publication's motion to dismiss a climate scientist...

Powell v. Tosh

A district court decertified a class of Kentucky residents who filed nuisance claims against a neighboring hog farm. The court previously determined that commonality existed because the residents had all asserted that the farmer's...

Mann v. National Review, Inc.

A D.C. court held that a climate scientist may go forward with his defamation suit against a conservative publication and think tank. The publication and think tank had commented that the scientist engaged in "data manipulation," was...

Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Ford

Maryland's highest court denied requests to reconsider two of its prior rulings in which it reversed a lower court's decision awarding residents punitive damages for emotional distress and medical monitoring. Below, the residents...

Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Albright

Maryland's highest court denied requests to reconsider two of its prior rulings in which it reversed a lower court's decision awarding residents punitive damages for emotional distress and medical monitoring. Below, the residents...

Firebaugh Canal Water District v. United States

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of DOI in water districts' lawsuit challenging the agency's management of California's Central Valley Project. The water districts argued that DOI should be...