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List of environmental lawsuits that concern the well-being of an environmental asset, like water or air, or lawsuits with environmental relevance, in which a non-environmental entity was in a dispute that had relevance for a specific environmental asset. This list of environmental law cases spans several centuries and lawsuits all over the world. The most popular common subjects of eco lawsuits include water, wildlife, and land pollution, protection, and access rights. Environmental laws can be complicated as environmental assets can impact more than just the jurisdictions in which they lay. Water, oil, air, and forest and coastlands are frequently in dispute as private citizens, local communities, special interest groups, and the federal government debate how to treat them.

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Alaska Dept. of Environmental ... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation v. EPA 2004 - Air: authority to overrule state decisions about technology, US

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Aldred's Case is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Aldred's Case 1610 - Aesthetics: smell from pig sty

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Amchem Products Inc. v. Britis... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Amchem Products Inc. v. British Columbia Worker's Compensation Board 1993 - Workplace: asbestos, Supreme Court of Canada

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American Elec. Power Co. v. Co... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
American Elec. Power Co. v. Connecticut 2011 - Climate: greenhouse gas emissions, US

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Anderson v. Cryovac is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Anderson v. Cryovac Water: toxic contamination

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Baltimore Gas & Elec. Co. v. N... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Baltimore Gas & Elec. Co. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 1983 - General environment: production and disposal of nuclear fuel, US

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Burmah Oil Co. v Lord Advocate is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Burmah Oil Co. v Lord Advocate 1965 - Oil fields: destruction during World War II, Scotland

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Cardwell v. American Bridge Co... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Cardwell v. American Bridge Co. 1885 - Waterways: common highways, US

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Castlemaine Tooheys Ltd v Sout... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Castlemaine Tooheys Ltd v South Australia 1990 - Recycling: bottle deposit, Australia

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Chemical Waste Management, Inc... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Chemical Waste Management, Inc. v. Hunt 1992 - Cleanliness: interstate importation fee for disposal of hazardous waste, US

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Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natura... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Chevron U.S.A., Inc. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. 1984 - Air: emissions from new equipment and total emissions from plant, US

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Citizens to Preserve Overton P... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Citizens to Preserve Overton Park v. Volpe 1971 - Parkland: highway routing, US

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City of Philadelphia v. New Je... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
City of Philadelphia v. New Jersey 1978 - Cleanliness: interstate importation of waste, US

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Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeas... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council 2009 - Water: gold mine waste disposal in Lower Slate Lake, US

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Colorado River Water Conservat... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Environmental Lawsuits

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Commonwealth v Tasmania is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Commonwealth v Tasmania 1983 - Water: hydroelectric dam on Gordon River, Australia

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Department of Transportation v... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Department of Transportation v. Public Citizen 2004 - Air: pollution from international transport, US

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Dolan v. City of Tigard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Dolan v. City of Tigard 1994 - Land: paving a parking lot, and providing a greenway and a pedestrian and bicycle pathway, US

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Duke Power Co. v. Carolina Env... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Duke Power Co. v. Carolina Environmental Study Group 1978 - Workplace: nuclear accidents, US

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Edwards v. National Coal Board is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Edwards v. National Coal Board 1949 - Land: preventing accidental rock fall in coal mine

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Entergy v. Riverkeeper is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Entergy v. Riverkeeper 2009 - Water: cooling water intakes for power plants, US

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Environment Agency v Clark is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Environment Agency v Clark Land: compliance with landfill licence terms

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Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker 2008 - Water and land: compensation for victims of oil spill, US

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Federal Power Commission v. Tu... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Federal Power Commission v. Tuscarora Indian Nation 1960 - Water: hydroelectric power from Niagara Falls, US

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Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. 2000 - Water: industrial pollution of North Tyger River, US

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Gade v. National Solid Wastes ... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Gade v. National Solid Wastes Management Association 1992 - Workplace: hazardous waste materials, US

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Geer v. Connecticut is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Geer v. Connecticut 1896 - Wildlife: interstate transportation of wild fowl, US

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Hadacheck v. Sebastian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Hadacheck v. Sebastian 1915 - Aesthetics: pollution from manufacture of clay bricks, US

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Haida Nation v. British Columb... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Haida Nation v. British Columbia (Minister of Forests) 2004 - Forests: duty to consult Aboriginal groups before exploiting resources, Canada

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Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC v. Salazar Ongoing - Water: offshore drilling, US

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Hughes v. Oklahoma is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Hughes v. Oklahoma 1979 - Wildlife: federal legislation, US

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Industrial Union Department v.... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Industrial Union Department v. American Petroleum Institute 1980 - Workplace: exposure to benzene, US

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Interprovincial Cooperatives v... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Interprovincial Cooperatives v. The Queen 1975 - Water: interprovincial river pollution, Canada

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Jackson v Attorney General is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Jackson v Attorney General 2005, 2006 - Wildlife: hunting foxes and hares, United Kingdom

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Jacksonville, MD ExxonMobil Ga... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Jacksonville, MD ExxonMobil Gas Leak Case 2009 - Land and aquifers: gasoline leak from service station

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Kansas v. Colorado is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Kansas v. Colorado 1902, 1907, 1943, 1995, 2001, 2004, 2009 - US

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Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., ... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Kivalina v. ExxonMobil Corp., Et al. Ongoing - Climate: destruction of a community by climate change, US

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Kleppe v. New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Kleppe v. New Mexico 1976 - Wildlife: horses and burros, US

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Kruger and al. v. The Queen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Kruger and al. v. The Queen 1978 - Wildlife: hunting of deer by Aboriginals out of season, Canada

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Lucas v. South Carolina Coasta... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council 1992 - Coastland: erecting homes, US

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Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife 1992 - Wildlife: geographical limits of a section of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, US

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Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemet... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Lyng v. Northwest Indian Cemetery Protective Association 1988 - Forests: road building and timber harvesting, US

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M. C. Mehta v. Kamal Nath is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
M. C. Mehta v. Kamal Nath 1997 - Water and land: land encroachment causing swelling of Beas River and washing away of land, India

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M.C. Mehta v. Union of India (... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
M.C. Mehta v. Union of India (Oleum Gas Leak Case) Air: pollution causing a hazard to community of Delhi, India

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Maine v. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Maine v. Taylor 1986 - Fisheries: interstate importation of fish, US

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Massachusetts v. Environmental... is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Massachusetts v. Environmental Protection Agency 2007 - Air: regulation of greenhouse gases, US

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McLaren v. Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
McLaren v. Caldwell 1884 - Waterways: common highways, United Kingdom

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Metropolitan Edison Co. v. Peo... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Metropolitan Edison Co. v. People Against Nuclear Energy 1983 - General environment: restarting reactor, US

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Missouri v. Holland is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Missouri v. Holland 1920 - Wildlife: hunting migratory waterfowl, US

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Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmei... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Environmental Lawsuits
Monsanto Canada Inc. v. Schmeiser 2004 - Farmland: deliberate propagation of canola contaminated by genetically modified organisms, Canada