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Ninth Circuit lifts stay on Alaska railway extension project
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • December 7 2012

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted its stay on a $272-million railway extension project in Alaska


Fifth Circuit affirms ruling that Corps is liable for Katrina damage
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 16 2012

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a district court ruling finding the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) liable to several Louisiana property owners for its negligent work maintaining a shipping channel between New Orleans and the Gulf of Mexico, which purportedly caused billions of dollars in damage as the result of Hurricane Katrina in 2005


Second Circuit absolves ship classifier from liability for environmental damage from sunken tanker
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • September 21 2012

The Second Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that an American ship classification society, the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), was not liable to Spain for environmental damages that occurred when a tanker it had certified sank off the coast of Spain


Fourth Circuit rejects challenge to $11-billion Virginia highway project
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • March 2 2012

The Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals has dismissed a challenge by environmental groups to an $11-billion proposal to widen a 325-mile stretch of Interstate Highway 81 in Virginia


Federal court rejects truck class action because defendant actually has right to defend
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 28 2012

A federal court recently rejected plaintiffs' class certification bid in a suit against Ford Motor Co. relating to diesel engines in some vehicles. Corder v. Ford Motor Co


Federal court sentences Greek-owned shipping company for felony violations of ocean dumping laws
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • December 2 2011

A federal court in California has reportedly ordered a Greek-owned shipping company to pay $650,000 for covering up the discharge of oily waste and sludge in violation of international and national oil pollution laws


Ninth Circuit majority rejects employee-driver provision of the Port of Los Angeles clean truck program
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • October 7 2011

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 2-1 decision, has ruled that a Port of Los Angeles clean trucks-program element, which requires that trucking companies only use drivers who are company employees, is preempted by the Federal Aviation Administrative Authorization Act (Act


Federal jury orders $2-million criminal fine for ocean dumping and cover up
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 6 2012

A federal jury in Louisiana has ordered the Ilios Shipping Co. to pay a $2-million criminal fine for violating the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and for obstructing justice by covering up illegal discharges of bilge waste and sludge directly into the ocean


Texas high court rules federal bus safety standards have no preemptive effect
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 6 2011

The Texas Supreme Court has determined that federal safety standards not requiring passenger seatbelts in motorcoaches and standards giving manufacturers window glazing material options do not preempt state law claims arising from a rollover accident that killed and injured a number of passengers


Shipping company ordered to pay $850,000 for ocean dumping and falsifying records
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 13 2010

A federal judge in California has ordered the operator of a Marshall Islands-flagged vessel to pay $850,000 for ocean dumping and falsifying on-board oil discharge records