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  • Travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia

    Travel ban is headed back to a federal appeals court in Virginia

    Environmental 12/04/2017

    Thirteen judges on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will be asked to decide if the ban violates the constitution by discriminating against Muslims, as opponents say, or is necessary to protect national security, as the Trump administration says....

  • Samsung worker killed by brain tumor wins compensation case

    Samsung worker killed by brain tumor wins compensation case

    Environmental 11/11/2017

    Overturning an appeal court's decision, South Korea's Supreme Court said Tuesday the family of a Samsung worker who died of a brain tumor should be eligible for state compensation for an occupational disease. The ruling on Lee Yoon-jung, who was diag...

  • Landowners to court: Exxon Mobil pipeline breaches contract

    Landowners to court: Exxon Mobil pipeline breaches contract

    Environmental 10/18/2016

    Attorneys for landowners along a crude oil pipeline that ruptured in Arkansas in 2013 say Exxon Mobil Pipeline Co. breached its contract because the pipeline interferes with their ability to enjoy their property. Attorneys for the landowners and Exxo...

  • Court hearing on potential Ontario ban of Indians name, logo

    Court hearing on potential Ontario ban of Indians name, logo

    Environmental 10/17/2016

    A Toronto court will hear arguments on an attempt to bar the Cleveland Indians from using their team name and logo in Ontario. The legal challenge by indigenous activist Douglas Cardinal comes on the same day the baseball team takes on the Toronto Bl...

  • Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences

    Florida's high court urged to throw out death sentences

    Environmental 05/07/2016

    Former judges and top legal officials are calling on the Florida Supreme Court to impose life sentences on nearly 400 people now awaiting execution on death row. The group, which includes three former state Supreme Court justices and two former presi...

  • US House staffers subpoenaed by federal court

    US House staffers subpoenaed by federal court

    Environmental 04/07/2016

    Four congressional staffers have told the U.S. House that they've been subpoenaed by the federal court in Springfield, Illinois, where a grand jury is conducting a probe into the spending of former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock. The financial chief for the ...

  • PG&E starts pipeline shutdown under court order

    PG&E starts pipeline shutdown under court order

    Environmental 10/07/2013

    Pacific Gas & Electric Co. says it will comply with a judge's order and shut down a natural gas pipeline after safety issues were raised. The utility said Sunday it believes the pipeline is safe despite an engineer's email questioning the safety ...

  • Court takes over oil spill claims

    Court takes over oil spill claims

    Environmental 03/08/2012

    A federal judge has signed off on a transition process that relieves Kenneth Feinberg of his duties as administrator of BP's $20 billion compensation fund for victims of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Thursday's order by U.S District Judge...

  • EU court upholds carbon trade plan for aviation

    EU court upholds carbon trade plan for aviation

    Environmental 12/21/2011

    U.S. air carriers failed Wednesday to block an EU law charging airlines flying to Europe for their carbon pollution, yielding to a sweeping measure intended to curb climate-changing emissions from international aviation. The European Court of Justice...

  • Appeals court blocks cement plant pollution rule

    Appeals court blocks cement plant pollution rule

    Environmental 12/09/2011

    A federal appeals court is blocking an Environmental Protection Agency rule designed to reduce pollution at cement plants. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington agreed with cement makers that the EPA did not properly draft th...

  • Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact

    Courts weighs scrapping huge California water pact

    Environmental 11/21/2011

    A vanishing lake figures large in a court battle over how Southern California gets it water, a high-stakes dispute with consequences that could ripple throughout the western United States. A California appeals court is considering whether to overturn...

  • Calif county drafting solar-ag compatibility law

    Calif county drafting solar-ag compatibility law

    Environmental 07/25/2011

    A California county is drafting a solar power law designed to protect agriculture. The Yolo County ordinance would require solar project applicants to prove there is no available non-prime farmland nearby and would require developers to set aside lan...

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