Legacy Lawsuit Reform: HB 618/SB 555 (2012)
Provides oil producers with the ability to admit to responsibility
Provides oil producers with the ability to admit to responsibility for cleaning up pollution from past oil drilling activities without admitting to larger damages. The admission would not waive the admitting party’s right to use any of the available defenses in court. The bills also create a system where the Department of Natural Resources would develop a cleanup plan for polluted lands that would be open to public scrutiny via a public hearing. The cleanup plan also has to pass analysis by the Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Agriculture.
ATRA President Tiger Joyce spoke with Juliette Farley of the Southern California Record about Lawsuit Abuse Awareness Week and business interruption lawsuits.
ATRA urges SCOTUS to push back the on overly expansive approaches to jurisdiction shown by courts in Minnesota and Montana.
ATRA reports North Carolina attorney general candidates’ inaction on transparency code pledge.
ATRA reports neither candidate for West Virginia Attorney General has signed its transparency oath, writes Chris Dickerson for the West Virginia Record.