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Class Order ‘Premature’ in Coalbed Methane Cases (access required)

A district court abused its discretion when it certified five related class action suits alleging that defendants EQT Production and CNX Gas have unlawfully deprived class members of royalty payments from production of coalbed methane gas in Virginia; the 4th ...

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‘Strategic’ Removal Waived Federal Defense (access required)

In plaintiff’s suit against Crane Company alleging death from mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure, Crane was not entitled to assert another basis for federal court jurisdiction after the district court remanded to state court when plaintiff amended its complaint to ...

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No Contract Clause Claim for City Pension Change (access required)

A Baltimore local ordinance substituting a cost-of-living adjustment for a “variable benefit” in police and firefighter pensions did not impair plaintiffs’ rights under the Contract Clause of the U.S. Constitution because plaintiffs retained a state law remedy for breach of ...

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Scope of Impact Statement Covers Bridge Project (access required)

Federal and state defendants planning to replace the Bonner Bridge between mainland North Carolina and the Outer Banks’ Hatteras Island did not violate the National Environmental Policy Act by seeking approval of only the bridge replacement and denying the public ...

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