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Cases / Briefs

Guzman v. Amvac Chemical Corporation

This case sought to hold the manufacturer and distributor of the pesticide Phosdrin accountable for the poisoning of three farmworkers. The lawsuit, filed in September 1995 in federal district court in Spokane, Washington, was resolved on the eve of trial in May 2002. During its…

D.R. Horton

Public Justice and Public Citizen filed an amici brief urging the Fifth Circuit to enforce a decision of the National Labor Relations Board holding that, under the National Labor Relations Act, employers may not require their employees to sign arbitration agreements barring them from pursuing…

Browning v. Southwest Research Institute

Sex discrimination case on behalf of female scientist charging her former employer, Southwest Research Institute, with denying her equal pay and promotional opportunities in violation of Title VII of Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., and Equal Pay Act, 29…

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Norton

Lawsuit against federal and state officials challenging the adequacy of West Virginia’s bonding system for surface coal mines under the federal Surface Mining Act. This lawsuit against federal and state officials challenges the adequacy of West Virginia’s bonding system for surface coal mines under the…

West Virginia Highlands Conservancy v. Huffman

Public Justice filed two complaints challenging acid mine discharges in West Virginia that have not been permitted by the state or federal government under the Clean Water Act. The district court in one case found the state liable for unpermitted discharges at 18 sites and…

Texans United v. Crown Central Petroleum

We filed this citizen suit under the Clean Air Act against Crown Central Petroleum’s Pasadena, Texas refinery for excessive air pollution emissions. The Fifth Circuit issued a key decision that such lawsuits cannot be precluded by state administrative enforcement actions, and the case was then…

Tennessee Environmental Council v. Dana Corp.

We won the largest Clean Water Act citizen suit settlement in Tennessee history.  The Dana Corporation agreed to comply with the law, pay $125,000 to the U.S. Treasury, and pay $1.125 million to establish a new Tennessee Environmental Endowment.

Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards v. Anninos

On behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Appalachian Mountain Stewards (SAMS), Public Justice filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, challenging the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ conclusions that it could use a streamlined nationwide permit for…