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CA Cities, Counties Join Walgreens Lawsuit

California prosecutors from at least 36 counties and two cities have asked a judge to force Walgreen Co. to comply with state environmental laws against dumping hazardous waste, according to news reports. The Aug. 6 motion follows a lawsuit filed in June in Alameda County Superior Court that says Walgreens … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: German Solar Subsidies, Australian Carbon Price, Honda Hybrid Suit

The German parliament’s upper house has rallied enough support to delay plans to cut solar subsidies for as long as several months. But those opposing the proposal to slash feed-in tariffs by between 20 and nearly 40 percent did not get a big enough majority to reject the law outright, … Read more »

Calif. Sues Firms Over Degradable Bottle Claims

Bottle manufacturer ENSO Plastics and drinks companies Aquamantra and Balance Water are being sued by the California attorney general’s office over claims that they misled customers by falsely marketing water bottles as biodegradable, the Huffington Post reports. ENSO is accused of falsely claiming that its bottles would biodegrade in less … Read more »

ConAgra Sued Over ‘Natural’ Claims

A law firm is inviting consumers to submit claims against companies using the term “natural” on their foods, as the attorneys pursue a class-action lawsuit against ConAgra. Milberg LLP filed suit against the food giant in June, saying that the company’s Wesson oil contains genetically modified ingredients and therefore doesn’t … Read more »

USGBC Beats LEED False Advertising Claims

The U.S. District Court in New York City yesterday dismissed a lawsuit charging the U.S. Green Building Council with false advertising over its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification. Henry Gifford, an energy efficiency professional, filed the class action suit in October. He alleged that USGBC has falsely … Read more »

SC Johnson Removes Windex Green Seal, Settles Suit

SC Johnson will stop using its Greenlist logo on U.S. Windex products as part of the resolution to two lawsuits, the household products company has announced. The firm said it will also pay an undisclosed settlement. The proposed class-action suits, brought in federal court in California and Wisconsin, claimed it … Read more »

Supreme Court Halts GE’s Superfund Challenge

The Supreme Court said yesterday that it would not take up a case in which General Electric had challenged how the Environmental Protection Agency orders companies to clean up Superfund sites. GE and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce had fought the EPA’s authority to issue unilateral administrative orders, the New … Read more »

Kraft Settles for $8m In Pollution Class Action

Kraft Foods will pay $8.1 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging that one of its factories polluted the air and water of 124 families’ homes in Attica, Ind. The families alleged that Kraft spilled vinyl chloride (VC), trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE) on plant property starting in 1957, … Read more »

NYC, Six States Take GHG Suit to Supreme Court

Six states and New York City have filed papers urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold states’ rights to sue power companies over greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. New York attorney general Eric T. Schneiderman filed the brief on behalf of New York City and state, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Rhode Island … Read more »

Ecuadorian Judge Hits Chevron with $8.6bn Ruling

Chevron has been slapped with an $8.6 billion penalty, in what is suspected to be the largest environmental fine in history – and the amount could double. An Ecuadorian judge yesterday ordered Chevron to pay $8.6 billion to clean up oil pollution in the country’s rain forest, the Wall Street … Read more »

Georgia-Pacific Owner Sues After Climate Prank

A non-profit law firm has filed a dismissal motion after an industrial giant sued pranksters who lampooned the company’s stance on global warming. Last month, anonymous individuals posted a press release purportedly from the private, multinational firm Koch Industries. The company and its principal owners, brothers David and Charles Koch, … Read more »

Waste Management to Pay $25.5M in Damages to Texas Disposal Systems

Texas Disposal Systems Landfill (TDS) has been awarded $25.5 million by a Travis County State District jury in its lawsuit against Waste Management of Texas, which dates back to 1997, reports Waste Management World. The jury found that Waste Management had circulated false and defamatory statements about TDS and its … Read more »

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