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Legal News
21 hours ago
by Devin Montgomery

China's Qingdao Maritime Court on Monday ruled that a lawsuit against ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil [corporate websites] for a 2011 oil spill can proceed. The suit was brought by China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation [official website, in Chinese; press release, in Chinese] and it the … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jun 2015
by William Hibbitts

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-4 on Monday that the EPA [official website] could not make regulations regarding the toxic emissions of power plants without considering costs. In Michigan v. Environmental Protection Agency [SCOTUSBLOG materials], the court considered the question of whether the EPA could … [read more]

Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A panel of three federal judges for the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] heard arguments on Thursday aiming to block proposed EPA regulations meant to slow climate change. However, the panel abstained making an affirmative action by stating it was procedurally too early … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes [official website] Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on [press release] Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder] to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several … [read more]

Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Wednesday in three consolidated cases regarding the consideration of the cost of regulating hazardous air pollutants by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website]. The question before the court was "whether the Environmental Protection Agency unreasonably refused to … [read more]

21 Mar 2015

On February 14, 2012, then-Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed Act 13 [PDF] into law. It amended Title 58 of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes to include a fee for individuals or corporations extracting natural gas from geologic formations such as Marcellus Shale. The purpose of the act was to encourage stronger … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell [official profile] on Friday announced the publication of a rule regulating fracking on federal land [text, PDF]. The rule is intended to ensure [press release] that wells are properly constructed to protect water supplies, to make certain that the fluids that flow … [read more]

Academic Commentary
17 Mar 2015
by W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law

JURIST Guest Columnist W. David Ball of Santa Clara Law, discusses the legal framework behind the Nebraska and Oklahoma law suit against Colorado to invalidate Colorado's marijuana law...In December 2014, Oklahoma and Nebraska took the unusual step of filing a complaint [PDF] in the US Supreme Court asking for a … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The implementation of California's plastic bag ban [SB 270 text], which was set to go into effect in July, has been halted by a successful referendum petition. The trade group American Progressive Bag Alliance (ACPA) [advocacy website] collected [LAT report] more than 800,000 signatures on their petition [petition form]. … [read more]

Legal News
11 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Canadian and Chinese mining companies are profiting from Myanmar's Monywa copper mining complex, which is linked to serious human rights abuse, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] said [press release] Tuesday in a new report [text, PDF]. The 162-page report, entitled "Open for Business? Corporate Crime and Abuses at Myanmar … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Scotland announced a moratorium on the granting of permits for unconventional oil and gas extraction, including fracking, on Wednesday amid environmental and health concerns. Energy minister Fergus Ewing [official website] told the Scottish parliament [statement] that the moratorium will give the government time to investigate the effects of the … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Royal Dutch Shell (Shell) [corporate website] on Wednesday reached a settlement in a lawsuit concerning the Niger Delta oil spills of 2008. The settlement, totaling USD $84 million, will be divided between 15,600 individuals who will receive $3,300 each as compensation for losses caused by the spills. The remaining … [read more]

Legal News
20 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Two environmental groups filed a lawsuit [brief, PDF] on Thursday against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] accusing the group of failing to comply with a court order to strengthen storm drain pollution regulation. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Environmental Defense Center (EDC) [advocacy websites] … [read more]

Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] and his administration said Wednesday that they will block hydraulic fracturing [report, PDF] across the state. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking [JURIST backgrounder] is a controversial method of tapping natural gas deposits with high pressurized water. The method, commonly used in the local … [read more]

Legal News
26 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases on Tuesday. In City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court has been asked to decide whether Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act [text] requires law enforcement to … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2014
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] revealed court documents [complaint, PDF] Thursday indicating Shell repeatedly underestimated [press release] the impact of two oil spills in Bodo, Nigeria. The documents were part of claims brought forth in a UK court by more than 15,000 people affected by oil pollution. In joint … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday halted the development of a gold and copper mine until proper consultation can be conducted with indigenous and local communities. The mine, owned by Canadian gold producer Goldcorp [corporate website], is expected to be worth approximately USD $4 … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Ohio Farmers Union (OFU) [official website] is looking to modify H.B.No.490 bill [text, pdf], a water quality and agriculture-related bill that is currently pending in the state legislature. As stated in the Ohio Legislative Service Commission's bill analysis [text, pdf], one of the main provisions of the bill … [read more]

Professional Commentary
18 Sep 2014
by Ron Fein of Free Speech for People

JURIST Guest Columnist Ron Fein, of Free Speech for People, discusses the Supreme Court's recent Hobby Lobby decision ...The Supreme Court's majority opinion [PDF] in Hobby Lobby made a serious mistake about the nature of corporate religious claims. But so did the dissent. As Hobby Lobby's case worked its way … [read more]

Legal News
4 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The EU's top court ruled Thursday that France had failed to fulfill its obligation to improve the quality of its groundwater, marking the third time since 2001 the European Court of Justice [official website] has ordered France to strengthen its regulations. The ruling [text] says that French laws have … [read more]

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