6 Environmental Nuisance Suits Attorneys Need To Track

By Juan Carlos Rodriguez (January 29, 2016, 12:27 PM EST) -- Public nuisance claims are being brought with increasing frequency by plaintiffs in environmental lawsuits who have had recent success convincing courts that their state nuisance claims are not preempted by federal statutes, experts say, making a few key cases required reading for environmental attorneys.

Nuisance claims, which have been invoked in everything from a billion-dollar nuclear waste suit now before the U.S. Supreme Court to a recent action over the leaking gas well in Los Angeles, predate modern environmental laws such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act.

While those newer federal statutes have helped improve the environment, plaintiffs...

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