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Ruling on a matter of “first impression,” the Ninth Circuit in California Department of Toxic Substances Control v Westside Delivery LLC, 2018 WL 1973715 (9th Cir. Apr. 27, 2018) held that real-estate purchasers who buy contaminated land through tax-sale default auctions are in “contractual privity” with prior owners and thus, may be subject to CERCLA…

The Ninth Circuit in United States v Spatig, 870 F.3d 1079 (9th Cir. 2017) recently held that defendants may not escape conviction under the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act’s (RCRA) criminal enforcement provisions by invoking the “lack of mental” capacity defense. Because RCRA’s criminal provisions require only a showing that the defendant “knowingly” committed the…

This suit involves legal challenges by minor children seeking redress for alleged governmental inaction on climate change. Following the Oregon District Court’s denial of the federal government and industry intervenor’s motions to dismiss in November 2016, defendants petitioned the District Court to certify its ruling to allow for immediate review by the Court of Appeals…

Attorneys In The News

October 10, 2018

Norm Dupont spoke on August 30, 2017 at an ABA Section of Environment Energy and Resources webinar, “Supreme Court Year in Review: The Environmental Cases and a Review of Justice Gorsuch’s Environmental Jurisprudence. Norm’s presentation is available here. Norm Dupont spoke on legal tools for city attorneys confronted with environmental issues at the Orange County…

In People v. Davis, the state sued a  marijuana cultivator who was convicted of illegally diverting the natural course of a stream. The defendant was convicted by the trial court and appealed the petty theft conviction, arguing there could be no theft because the State of California has only a regulatory interest in use of…

Oregon climate change suit survives motion to dismiss On November 10, 2016, Judge Aiken of the U.S. District Court for Oregon issued an opinion rejecting motions to dismiss filed by both the collective United States Defendants (“Defendants”) and three industrial intervenors, the National Association of Manufacturers, the American Petroleum Institute, and the American Fuel &…

Ninth Circuit CERCLA update

October 10, 2018

The Ninth Circuit in a 3-judge panel decision held that Teck Metal’s use of mining smelter stacks which allowed aerial dispersion of metal waste that ultimately ended up in Washington state was not the “disposal” of waste for purposes of CERCLA liability. Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd., No. 15-35228, 2016 WL 4011196, ___ F.3d…

Attorneys in the news

October 10, 2018

Christine Hein is a 2017 Super Lawyers® Rising Star in environmental law.  Greg Trimarche  is a Best Lawyer in America for real estate litigation.  Norm Dupont was recognized as a Super Lawyer in environmental litigation. J.W. Ring spoke on legal issues at the Portland Geosyntec/Ring Bender  vapor intrusion workshop on October 11, 2016.