The Biggest Environmental Law Rulings Of 2016

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (December 21, 2016, 5:21 PM EST) -- U.S. courts grabbed headlines in 2016 with rulings in several important environmental law cases, approving Volkswagen's $14.7 billion settlement over its emissions cheating scandal, allowing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to revoke coal permits and blocking key federal rules backed by the Obama administration.

Here are the year's the biggest rulings in environmental law.

Swift VW Settlement Gets Nod

A California federal judge in October approved Volkswagen AG's $14.7 billion settlement with consumers and the federal government over the emissions cheating scandal.

Under the deal, Volkswagen must set aside up to $10 billion to buy back consumers' cars. The German automaker...

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