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Showing 5 posts from January 2012.

Much attention has been paid recently to the terms of oil and gas leases in light of the increasing exploration and production activity in the Marcellus Shale region.  But in other parts of the country, particularly Texas and Oklahoma, oil and gas royalties are old hat.  Which may be why, in a December 16, 2011 decision, the Supreme Court of Texas held that a lessor of gas rights was barred by the statute of limitations from recovering underpayments made by Shell Oil Company – which had unabashedly admitted at trial that it had underpaid the plaintiff’s predecessor-in-interest for at least 3 years, and possibly ten years, and that in doing so it had breached its contract. Read More »

OK, admittedly, this case has little to do with environmental law or civil procedure, but sometimes the facts are good enough to make a decision worth noting. Read More »

Yes, it sounds like something your 12 year old daughter would call her friend, but here we’re talking about the Bona Fide Prospective Purchaser defense to CERCLA joint and several liability.  MGKF Partner Jonathan Spergel recently wrote about this defense for the Association of Corporate Counsel.  You can find his article, along with others written by MGKF attorneys, at ACC’s Green House Counsel webpage.

Ten years after purchasing land in Detroit from the Michigan State Transportation Commission, Dietrich Bergmann sued that Commission and the Michigan Department of Transportation (collectively the “Department”) under CERCLA, seeking costs for investigation and remediation of his property.  The parties settled their dispute resulting in the district court’s entering a consent decree in 1991.  The decree obligated the Department to remediate Bergmann’s property in approximately 4 years .  If the Department didn’t in good faith attempt to meet the remediation deadline, then it was required to make liquidated damage payments to Bergmann of $2,000 at the beginning of each month that the remediation was incomplete. Read More »

On Monday, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an opinion in Sierra Club v. Jackson, No. 11-1278 (D.C.D.C. Jan. 9, 2012), that has much to chew on with respect to judicial review of agency actions, particular those involving stays.  For those not following this long-running saga, a brief background is in order. Read More »