Monsanto Loses Another Appeal Over Liability for Roundup Pesticide

Monsanto Loses Another Appeal Over Liability for Roundup Pesticide

Monsanto has lost another appeal — this one a $25 million damages award to a San Francisco resident who suffered from cancer after spraying Monsanto’s Roundup herbicide on his property for more than 26 years, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.

Why This Matters:  There are thousands of cases pending against Monsanto for Roundup — a common weedkiller used in residential yards all across the U.S.

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Georgia Unanimously Wins Water Feud with Florida In Supreme Court

Georgia Unanimously Wins Water Feud with Florida In Supreme Court

The Supreme Court handed the state of Georgia an overwhelming victory yesterday in a long-brewing water feud with the state of Florida.   In the end, it boiled (bad pun) down to Florida’s inability to show its “injury” could be remedied if it received more water. 

Why This Matters:  Florida was its own worst enemy in the case.

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Interview of the Week: Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog on the Supreme Court and Environmental Law click button

Interview of the Week: Amy Howe of SCOTUSblog on the Supreme Court and Environmental Law

This week we continue our month-long series of interviews with women at the top of their game – Monica talked with long-time Friend of the Planet and fellow “blogger,” Amy Howe, one of the founders of the highly regarded SCOTUSblog.  We wanted to ask her about newly appointed Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s first opinion, which […]

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Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Trump Team’s Losing Streak Continues — This Time in Court

Former President Trump may have thought the judicial branch would be his salvation, but federal courts have by and large ruled against his administration’s positions in litigation, sticking to the letter of the environmental and administrative law, Marianne Lavelle writes for Inside Climate News.  Lavelle argues (persuasively) that federal judges are helping the Biden administration […]

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What Can Biden Do On Day 1?  Litigate and Enforce Environmental Laws click button

What Can Biden Do On Day 1? Litigate and Enforce Environmental Laws

The incoming Biden Administration’s Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency can immediately reverse current policies directing lax enforcement of the nation’s pollution laws, which undoubtedly have resulted in decreased compliance by facilities across the country.

Why This Matters:  The likelihood of a divided government has led many legal and climate experts to worry that a Biden administration will be hamstrung on climate change.

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Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case About Endangered Species

Supreme Court Hears FOIA Case About Endangered Species

On Monday, which seems like a millennium ago, the newly constituted Supreme Court heard its first environmental case — which was a case about the secrecy of government deliberations.  In this case, those deliberations involve the science behind endangered species protections.

Why This Matters:  The case has ramifications beyond endangered species — it goes to scientific integrity and government transparency.

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