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Power Authority of New York v. Bouchard

The Second Circuit vacated and remanded a lower court ruling in a lawsuit concerning the discharge of thousands of gallons of oil from a submarine cable into Long Island Sound. A state public power utility company sought to recover...

National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit granted in part one petition to review and denied another petition to review EPA's 2014, 2015, and 2017 decisions to register a pesticide that combines two chemicals—2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) choline salt...

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Second Circuit granted in part and denied in part a challenge to provisions of EPA's Mercury Reporting Rule that exempted certain manufacturers of mercury or mercury-added products from reporting requirements. An environmental group...

National Family Farm Coalition v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit vacated EPA's 2018 decision to conditionally register three dicamba-based herbicides designed to be sprayed on genetically engineered soybeans and cotton. Nonprofit groups argued the decision violated the Federal...

Gutierrez v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer, Inc.

A district court dismissed with leave to amend a class-action challenge to a medical device company for selling talcum products in California. Plaintiffs argued the company violated California consumer protection laws by failing to warn...

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

The Ninth Circuit ordered EPA to respond to a petition requesting that the Agency end the use of the pesticide tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) in household pet products. An environmental group submitted an administrative petition to cancel the...

CITGO Asphalt Refining Co. v. Frescati

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld an appellate court ruling that an oil refining company was responsible for $140 million in damages from a 2004 oil spill in the Delaware River. The owner of the vessel involved in the spill argued that the...

Environmental Law & Policy Center v. United States Coast Guard

A district court denied summary judgment to environmental groups in a challenge to the U.S. Coast Guard's approval of a contingency plan for a Michigan oil pipeline. The groups argued that the plan failed to respond to a worst-case...

Giovanni v. United States Department of the Navy

A district court granted the U.S. Navy's motion to dismiss a lawsuit concerning the release of perfluorochemicals from naval facilities in eastern Pennsylvania. Families in neighborhoods near the facilities argued that the Navy...

Food & Water Watch, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court denied nonprofit groups' and EPA's cross-motions for summary judgment in a challenge to the Agency's denial of a petition to regulate the fluoridation of drinking water supplies under TSCA. The groups argued that the...

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