Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

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
Tr.
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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