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Eastern Water Law & Policy Reporter

May 2013

Volume 8, Number 5 May 2013


The Federal Circuit Decision in Casitas: Does the Takings Clause Apply to Water Rights? by Roderick E. Walston, Best Best 127


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Five-Year Plan to List Hundreds of New Endangered Species under the Federal Endangered Species Act133

News from the West134



D.C. Circuit Upholds U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s Listing of the Polar Bear as ‘Threatened’137

In re Polar Bear Endangered Species Act Listing and Section 4(d) Rule Litigation, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-5219 (D.C. Cir Mar. 1, 2013).

Eighth Circuit’s Decision in Iowa League of Cities Will Put Some EPA Letters under Appellate Review Scrutiny139

Iowa League of Cities v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, ___F.3d___, Case No. 11-3412 (8th Cir. Mar. 25, 2013).

First Circuit Holds Plaintiffs’ Pre-Suit Notice Met the Clean Water Act’s ‘Reasonably Specific’ Requirement141

Paolino v. JF Realty, LLC, ___F.3d___, Case No. 12-2031 (1st Cir. Mar. 13, 2013).

District Court Finds Release of PCBs from General Electric’s Transformers Exposed Company to CERCLA Operator Liability143

American Premier Underwriters, Inc. v. General Electric Company,___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 1:05cv437 (S.D. Ohio Mar. 15, 2013).

District Court Holds ‘9-11’ Claims Are Subject to Dismissal under the ‘Act of War’ Defense to CERCLA Liability145

In re September 11 Litigation: Cedar & Washington Associates v. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, et al., ___F.Supp.2d___, Case Nos. 21 MC 101 (AKH), 08 Civ. 9146 (AKH) (S.D. NY Mar. 20, 2013).

District Court Holds State Law Claims Involving PCB Contamination Are Not Preempted by CERCLA Section 107(a)148

MPM Silicones, LLC v. Union Carbide Corporation, ___F.Supp2d___, Case No. 1:11-CV-1542 (N.D. NY Mar. 18, 2013).

Federal Court Jury Finds State Farm Liable under Federal False Claims Act for Claims Submitted to the National Flood Insurance Program150

Rigsby v. State Farm, Case No. 1:06-CV-433-HSO-RHW (SD Miss. April 8, 2013).

District Court Finds Appointment of Expert to Review a Consent Decree Is Proper when that Appointment Is Reasonable and Necessary153

U.S. v. City of Akron, ___F.Supp.2d___, Case No. 5:09CV272 (N.D. Ohio Mar. 13, 2013).