Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

On Monday at 9:30 a.m., we expect the Court to issue additional orders from the November 24 Conference. We expect one or more opinions in argued cases on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, et al. v. United States; Shell Oil Company v. United States

Consolidated with:

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-1601 9th Cir. Feb 24, 2009
May 4, 2009 8-1 Stevens OT 2008

Issue: Whether the petitioners were incorrectly held jointly and severally liable for environmental cleanup costs under CERCLA.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-1, in an opinion by Justice John Paul Stevens on May 4, 2009.

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