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Showing 6 posts from February 2012.

For the Association of Corporate Counsel, Nicole recently wrote about the decision in Menasha Corp. v. United States Department of Justice, No. 11-C-682 (E.D. Wis. 2012) which should give counsel some pause before communicating with employees of a client’s affiliated entities, particularly in multi-party environmental cost-recovery cases.  Her article can be found here.

Yesterday, the United States Supreme Court issued its decision in PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana, No. 10-218 (Feb. 22, 2012), which reads more like a wonderous travelogue than a judicial opinion.  The decision can’t help but inspire one to put on a pair of hiking boots and set out for Montana.  At least, the Montana explored by Lewis and Clark and that joined the United States in 1889.  Read More »

We don’t just write, we speak too!  I’m going to be leading a breakfast roundtable discussion on March 6 as part of ICSC’s University of Shopping Centers.  More details are here and please stop by! Read More »

This week, the Supreme Court of the State of Montana took a look at statute of limitations issues in the context of state law claims for trespass and nuisance in contamination cases in the case of Burley v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co., 2012 MT 28 (Feb. 7, 2012).  The issue, which was certified to the Court from the United States District Court for the District of Montana was the following: Read More »

We previously reported on Powell v. Tosh, No. 5:09-CV-121-R (W.D. Ky. Oct. 12, 2011), a case in which the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky certified a class action filed on behalf of a group of homeowners for damages allegedly suffered as a result of odors migrating from a nearby hog farm.   As Suzanne suggested in her previous post, Powell quite possibly may have been the first decision granting class certification in an environmental toxic tort case since the Supreme Court’s June 2011 decision in Wal-Mart v. Dukes, 131 S. Ct. 2541 (2011) – a decision that many speculated would be the death knell to class actions in this arena.  Read More »

A little creativity goes a long way and cash-strapped municipal entities need all the creativity they can get. But it doesn’t always put money in your pocket. And such was the result in Emergency Services Billing Corporation, Inc. v. Allstate Insurance Co., No. 11-2381 (7th Cir. Feb. 2, 2011) which upheld a trial court’s determination that automobiles owned and used for personal purposes are not “facilities” under CERCLA and hence drivers (and their insurance carriers) are not liable for “response costs” incurred in responding to motor vehicle accidents. And thus the Volunteer Fire Department of Westville, Indiana, cannot recoup the amounts it spent in responding to the four separate, unrelated auto accidents that were the subject of the collection efforts. Read More »