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Supreme Court hears oral argument in Second Circuit "global warming" case

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 25 2011

We have posted before about the climate change or so-called global warming litigation

New theory emerges in climate change litigation

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 11 2011

Just as many eyes are focused on the climate changeglobal warming cases pending in the appellate courts, a group of activist environmentalists have enrolled new plaintiffs to bring an old legal theory into the climate change litigation mix

Jury rejects medical monitoring claim in coal dust litigation

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 29 2011

A West Virginia jury last week ruled in favor of defendant Massey Energy Co. in a class action accusing the company of exposing plaintiffs from an elementary school to toxic coal dust

Court of Appeals vacates premature class certification

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • March 15 2011

The 11th Circuit earlier this month vacated the district court's premature certification of a class of property owners allegedly harmed by releases from a nearby industrial facility

Court permits plaintiffs to evade CAFA mass action reach

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • November 16 2011

Readers know that one of the effects of the Class Action Fairness Act has been to encourage plaintiff counsel to get creative in ways to defeat federal jurisdiction and keep mass torts and class actions in state courts

Marital privilege over emails rejected in oil spill litigation

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 13 2011

The massive litigation over the Gulf oil spill has spawned a wide range of significant legal issues

Appeals court upholds summary judgment based on Daubert in Benzene case

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • May 25 2011

The Sixth Circuit last week upheld the dismissal of a plaintiff''s claim that benzene exposure caused her cancer

Court of Appeals vacates class certification in toxic tort case

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • April 14 2011

The Fifth Circuit has vacated the decision of the trial court in granting class status to a group of plaintiffs alleging that a refinery exposed them to toxic dust

Supreme Court agrees to hear greenhouse gas case

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • December 20 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court announced earlier this month that it will indeed hear the challenge to a court of appeals decision allowing several states to pursue a public nuisance suit against various utilities for their greenhouse gas emissions

Plutonium class action in Supreme Court

  • Dechert LLP
  • -
  • USA
  • -
  • October 10 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court last week invited the Solicitor General to weigh in on the issues in a significant class action, in which the plaintiffs allege plutonium contamination