Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Tuesday, March 28 and Wednesday, March 29. We will begin live-blogging at this link at 9:45 a.m.
On Tuesday the court hears oral argument in Lee v. United States. Amy Howe has our preview.

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

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Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
07-1601 9th Cir. Feb 24, 2009
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May 4, 2009 8-1 Stevens OT 2008
 
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Issue: Whether the petitioners were incorrectly held jointly and severally liable for environmental cleanup costs under CERCLA.

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

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