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Legal News
13 Nov 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] An Ecuadorian court on Wednesday ordered Chevron [corporate website] to pay USD $9.51 billion in fines and legal fees. This was a significant reduction [RT report] from the previous $18 billion judgment. The lawsuit, brought by the Amazon Defense Front, arises out of Chevron's drilling for oil in Ecuador … [read more]

Legal News
29 Oct 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Brazilian Regional Federal Court for the First Region (TRF1) [official website, in Portuguese] on Tuesday suspended [press release, in Portuguese] construction on the Belo Monte Dam in Brazil's Amazon rain forest on grounds that environmental commitments have not been met. The decision is summarized in a statement on … [read more]

Legal News
20 Oct 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The Vermont Supreme Court [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, text] a challenge to a proposed energy project to construct wind turbines in the Lowell Mountain Range. The challenge was filed by the Lowell Mountain Group [Lowell Mountains News backgrounder] and the towns of Albany and Craftsbury, and claims … [read more]

Legal News
15 Aug 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] A judge in Brazil ruled on Tuesday that construction on the Belo Monte Dam must stop until local indigenous communities are allowed to voice their opinions on the environmental impact of the dam. The Brazilian government declared [BBC report] that the dam would help make Brazil more self-sufficient in … [read more]

Student Commentary
4 Jul 2012

JURIST Columnist Volha Samasiuk holds an LL.M. from the University of Arkansas School of Law and she was formerly a legal consultant for the Belarus Food Safety Improvement Project. In the first entry of a two-part series, Samasiuk discusses the importance of food sustainability with the ever-increasing world population...Statisticians project … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2006
by Tom Henry

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's environmental law news, Judge Saundra Armstrong of the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] has ruled that the US Bureau of Reclamation [official website] must leave more water in the Klamath River basin to ensure survival of the threatened Coho salmon [ESA … [read more]

Legal News
15 Feb 2005
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled Tuesday that two British activists found guilty in the UK of libel against fast food chain McDonald's [corporate website] did not have a fair trial and were deprived of their freedom of expression. Helen Steel and David Morris were subject … [read more]

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