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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...

Giovanni v. United States Department of the Navy

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

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization v. Wheeler

A district court denied EPA's motion to dismiss a challenge to its denial of a petition to revise reporting requirements for asbestos under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule. Health and environmental groups challenged EPA's denial of...

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit dismissed in part, granted in part, and denied in part petitions to review EPA's 2017 Risk Evaluation Rule, which established a process for evaluating the risks of chemical substances. Environmental and health groups...

Hardwick v. 3M Co.

A district court denied chemical manufacturing companies' motions to dismiss a lawsuit seeking industry funds to study the human health impacts of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). An ex-firefighter argued that the companies'...

Pilliod v. Monsanto Co.

A California jury awarded over $2 billion in compensatory and punitive damages to two residents who claimed that the weedkiller Roundup caused their non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The jury found that the weedkiller's manufacturer was aware of...

Montgomery, County of v. Complete Lawn Care, Inc.

A state appellate court reversed a lower court ruling that struck down a county ordinance banning the use of certain pesticides for cosmetic purposes throughout the county. The lower court concluded the ordinance was preempted by state...

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