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Federal court finds punitive damages available to seamen filing unseaworthiness claims
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • July 31 2014

Addressing an issue of first impression, a multidistrict litigation (MDL) court in Pennsylvania has held that a number of seamen who brought


German companies to pay $1.2 million for ocean dumping
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 16 2012

Two German shipping companies have agreed to pay a $1.2-million criminal penalty for violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships


Hawaiian dry dock owner to pay $710,000 to resolve Clean Water Act claims
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 12 2013

The U.S. Department of Justice has lodged a proposed consent decree to resolve allegations that a Hawaiian ship repair facility and dry dock operator


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


South Carolina Supreme Court determines state lacked authority to approve dredging project
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • November 16 2012

The South Carolina Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) lacked authority to approve a Clean Water Act (CWA) section 401 water-quality certification for a project to deepen the Savannah River


Montana railroad project remanded to assess cumulative impacts
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 20 2012

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has determined that the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Surface Transportation Board (STB ) failed to take the environmental impact “hard look” required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NE PA) when it approved three applications to build railroad lines to haul coal in Montana


Shipping company to pay $2 million criminal fine for ocean dumping and false statements
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • January 20 2012

The Greek-based Ilios Shipping Co. S.A. has reportedly agreed to pay a $2-million criminal fine after pleading guilty in a federal court in Louisiana to charges that it violated the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships and filed false statements with Coast Guard investigators


Environmental assessment of California highway project must be redone
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • April 20 2012

A federal court has ordered the California Department of Transportation (DOT) to redo its environmental assessment (EA) of a project to expand Highway 101 through a mile-long park containing redwood trees up to 16 feet in diameter


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


Louisiana vessel owner pleads guilty to ocean dumping
  • Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP
  • USA
  • August 6 2010

A Louisiana vessel owner has reportedly pleaded guilty to knowingly discharging waste oil from one of its vessels in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (Act) and has agreed to pay a $1.75 million criminal fine and remit a payment of $350,000 to the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation