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Cases / Briefs

Exxon Shipping Company v. Baker

Public Justice joined an amicus brief that urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject Exxon’s bid to evade full punishment for the harms caused by the wreck of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker in Alaska’s Prince William Sound in 1989. A 1994 jury ordered Exxon…

Environmental Action v. IR International, Inc.

We filed the first environmental citizen suit in the southern U.S. under the Federal Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), against a Virginia manufacturer for failing to report toxic discharges.  The company agreed to comply with the law, reduce toxic chemical use…

Ellis v. Gallatin Steel Company

Public Justice filed a citizen’s suit under the Clean Air Act to stop Gallatin and Harsco from sending fugitive dust from their slag dumping operations across their property line and onto the property of neighboring residents.  The suit triggered an EPA enforcement suit and consent…

Carr v. El Dorado Chemical Company

We won a multi-media environmental citizen suit settlement forcing the El Dorado Chemical Company to comply with federal air, water, hazardous waste, and right to know laws.  The company also paid $165,000 for an environmental audit, a $50,000 penalty to the U.S. Treasury, and compensation…

Bragg v. West Virginia Mining Association

In this case, coalfield residents in West Virginia challenged the largest mountaintop removal mine ever proposed in Appalachia.  In this case, coalfield residents in West Virginia challenged the largest mountaintop removal mine ever proposed in Appalachia.  Public Justice won a preliminary injunction against the mine,…

Arkansas Wildlife Federation v. Hudson Foods, Inc.

In this case, we and the Arkansas Wildlife Federation won the largest Clean Water Act citizen suit settlement in Arkansas history.  Hudson Foods, Inc., one of the nation’s largest poultry companies, agreed to comply with the law, pay $50,000 to the U.S. Treasury, and pay…

FIA Card Services v. Weaver

Appeal of decision holding that courts are required to rubber-stamp arbitration awards, even where a consumer argues that he never agreed to arbitration. On appeal, Public Justice urged the Louisiana Supreme Court to reverse a decision holding that a court asked to enforce an arbitration award…

Felts v. CLK Management, Inc.

In this case in which Public Justice is co-counsel on behalf of a class of New Mexico payday lending customers, the New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled that, under state consumer protection laws, an Internet payday lender cannot compel arbitration of the plaintiff’s claims. In…