The Lazy R Ranch (the “Ranch”) complained that ExxonMobil contaminated four separate areas within the Ranch. For two of the areas, all of the contamination occurred more than four years before suit, and the Texas Supreme Court upheld dismissal as to those historical areas under the statute of limitations. For the other two areas, contamination […]Read more "Texas Supreme Court Says Limitations Bar Relief For Historical Contamination, But Questions Remain"
Bob and Lisa Parr did not prove that Aruba Petroleum knew that it was interfering with their property. As a result, they do not get the almost $3 million in damages awarded by a jury. Instead, they get nothing, according to the Dallas Court of Appeals, a mid-level Texas appellate court, in Aruba Petroleum v. […]Read more "No Liability Because Company Did Not Know It Was Creating a Nuisance"
Several leading conservatives, including senior economic and foreign policy advisers to Presidents Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, have called for dramatic action on climate change. These conservatives call for a tax on carbon emissions, starting at $40 per ton, with the proceeds returned to Americans in the form of dividends. Conservative Authorship […]Read more "Leading Conservatives Call for Climate Action"
With Republicans controlling the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the Presidency, the Congressional Review Act (“CRA”) may provide the basis for killing significant regulations. The CRA is over 20 years old, but has only been effectively used once, in 2001. Republican congressional leaders have indicated that they intend to use the CRA to kill […]Read more "Congressional Review Act Now Has Some Teeth"