Fans of the California football team, the Los Angeles Rams, have been celebrating the fact that construction is starting on the new stadium for the team. Area residents, however, feel frustrated and even infuriated that courts ignored their legitimate concerns. State courts ruled against lawsuits with legal concerns as a result of the law requiring speedy resolution to these issues.
A company concerned about its exposure to environmental litigation may have to contend with a new legal theory: public nuisance.
Water is the lifeblood of many ecosystems, making it one of the earth’s most precious commodities. Accordingly, local, state, and federal authorities take water quality protection seriously.
Settlements in environmental litigation don’t come cheaply. In a recent example, O’Reilly Auto Parts has agreed to pay almost $10 million to settle a lawsuit brought by over 50 California district attorneys. The amount includes civil penalties, litigation costs, and portions designated to fund future environmental enforcement and compliance efforts.
Valero, a California refining company, has reached a settlement with officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. According to a recent EPA release, Valero will pay a $157,800 fine to settle allegations of improper hazardous waste handling.
Environmental litigation can be an important tool for protecting a party’s rights under applicable federal or state statutes. Litigation for its own sake, however, is another matter.
Like all legislative bills in California, it is would-be law that must successfully negotiate some hurdles before taking legal effect. Its author hopes it can garner so-called "super-majority" bipartisan support in both the California State Assembly and California State Senate, which would enable it to immediately become law.
Water concerns are flatly huge and always on the minds of Californians, likely in a way unexperienced by residents of any other state.
Most readers of our environmental law blog likely know something about global carmaker Volkswagen's current financial and reputational woes owing to the company's huge emissions-related scandal. And there is no doubt at all that they know a great deal about the company's plight if they own a Volkswagen vehicle.
It's a nationally designated seascape that shouldn't be undermined by cattle that freely graze across thousands of its acres, say various environmental groups.