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MDL court rules on availability of punitive damages in Gulf oil spill litigation
  • Dechert LLP
  • USA
  • September 6 2011

The MDL court overseeing the claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has ruled that plaintiffs can seek punitive damages against allegedly responsible parties in economic loss and property damage suits


Plaintiff's constitutional challenge to EMFs rejected
  • Dechert LLP
  • USA
  • April 28 2011

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit last week upheld the trial court's dismissal of a plaintiff's allegations that several utilities exposed her to high levels of electromagnetic fields in violation of the U.S. Constitution


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


Class rep who dismisses individual claim lacks standing to appeal denial of certification
  • Dechert LLP
  • USA
  • April 19 2011

A proposed class representative who voluntarily dismisses his individual claims lacks standing to appeal the denial of certification of the class claims, according to the Fourth Circuit


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


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


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


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


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


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