Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

There is a possibility of opinions on Wednesday. We will begin live-blogging at this link at 9:45 a.m.
On Wednesday the court hears oral argument in Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundgren. Ronald Mann has our preview.

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

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.

Briefs and Documents

Merit Briefs:

Amicus briefs

Certiorari-Stage Documents

Term Snapshot