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Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC secures important pro bono win at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals
After six years of work on a pro bono team representing a juvenile client, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs partner John Hagan obtained a landmark decision from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that fundamentally changes the process for certifying juveniles to stand trial as adults in the State of Texas. Moon v. The State of Texas, --- S.W.3d ----, 2014 WL 6997366 (Tex. Crim. App. Dec. 10, 2014). Moon is widely regarded as one of the most significant juvenile justice matters in Texas in a generation and has already resulted in a second reversal of a juvenile certification. Moon has been the subject of media attention by the Texas Lawyer, the Houston Chronicle, and KPRC-TV. Click here to view the opinion

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs negotiates record $190 million settlement with remaining Passaic River defendant, Occidental Chemical Corporation
Following a series of summary judgment rulings obtained by Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC holding Occidental Chemical Corporation strictly, jointly and severally liable as the legal successor to Diamond Shamrock Chemical Company for its pollution of the Passaic River with Agent Orange, dioxins, DDT and other hazardous substances, in September of 2014, Occidental Chemical Corp. agreed to pay the State of New Jersey $190 million for the State's remaining past cleanup and removal costs and the economic damages caused by OCC. The settlement specifically provides for $50 million to be used for natural resource restoration in and around the Newark Bay Complex. Further, OCC has agreed to pay certain other future cleanup costs of the State, including up to $400 Million in potential State costs associated with the $1.7 Billion remedy of the Passaic River announced by EPA. Click here to view the Press Release

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC wins court approval of two settlements totaling $165.4 million in the Passaic River Litigation
In December of 2013, Superior Court Judge Sebastian P. Lombardi, presiding in Essex County, approved the State of New Jersey's $130 million settlement by Repsol, S.A., YPF, S.A., Maxus Energy Corporation, Tierra Solutions, Inc. and related entities. With the future costs associated with the ultimate remediation of the Passaic River, the settling defendants' total exposure for all claims for cleanup and removal costs and damages could be as high as $530 million. The second settlement approved by Judge Lombardi is $35.4 million to the State to be paid by more than 260 third-party defendants, including funds being paid as a down-payment for critical natural resource restoration projects in the impacted communities. Click here to view the Press Release

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC wins summary judgment against Maxus Energy Corporation as the alter ego of Tierra Solutions and holding it liable for the State's Cleanup & Removal Costs in the Passaic River Litigation
In May of 2012, Superior Court Judge Sebastian P. Lombardi, presiding in Essex County, held Maxus Energy Corporation liable under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act for past and future costs of cleaning up the polluted sediments in the lower Passaic River. Importantly, in his findings, Judge Lombardi agreed with Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC that Maxus had used Tierra Solutions as its alter ego and established Maxus's liability under both common law theories of piercing the veil and under the New Jersey Spill Act. Click here to view the Press Release

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs secures key victory over Occidental Chemical Corporation in the Passaic River Litigation
In July of 2011, Superior Court Judge Sebastian P. Lombardi, presiding in Essex County, held that Occidental Chemical Corporation, one of eight companies named in a lawsuit filed by the State of New Jersey, is jointly and severally liable to contribute to the cleanup and removal costs under the state's Spill Compensation and Control Act. The federal Environmental Protection Agency, the lead agency on the river's cleanup, has estimated the cost of remediation for the most heavily contaminated portion of the river, an eight-mile stretch nearest the Lister Avenue plant, at $1 billion to $4 billion. Occidental had claimed in court papers that it did not assume responsibility for the contamination from the Lister Avenue site when it acquired corporate stock from Diamond Shamrock. Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC serves as special counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey in litigation against the corporate successors to the former Agent Orange manufacturing plant that intentionally dumped dioxins into the Passaic River.  Click here to view the Press Release

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs secures Summary Judgment against Defendant Tierra Solutions Inc. in the Passaic River Litigation
In August 2011, Superior Court Judge Sebastian P. Lombardi, presiding in Essex County, held current site owner Tierra Solutions Inc. liable for cleanup under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act. Judge Lombardi determined that the companies are liable under the New Jersey Spill Compensation and Control Act for all past and future cleanup and removal costs associated with hazardous discharges from the plant, which manufactured pesticides and herbicides from 1951 to 1969. Tierra acquired title to the Diamond Shamrock chemical plant at 80 Lister Avenue in 1986 and still currently owns the site. Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC is serving as special counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey in litigation against the corporate successors to the former Agent Orange manufacturing plant that intentionally dumped dioxins into the Passaic River.  Click here to view the Press Release

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC receives Pro Bono Award from Judiciary
In May, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was awarded the Harris County Bench/Bar Pro Bono Award for outstanding pro bono efforts for the public. The award is made on behalf of the Harris County Judiciary and local bar associations, with the selection committee made up of seven members of the judiciary and five practicing attorneys serving as leaders of local bar organizations, including the Houston Bar Association. Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was nominated for the award by the Galveston Bay Foundation for the firm's pro bono work in connection with the San Jacinto River Dioxin Pits Site.  Download PDF

Galveston Bay Foundation

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC has been retained by the Galveston Bay Foundation to work with the United States Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that immediate and effective response actions are taken at the San Jacinto River Waste Pits Superfund Site. The Firm is representing the Galveston Bay Foundation on a pro bono basis and joins GBF in applauding the EPA's approach to interim removal and containment of the dioxins from these pits that constitute an ongoing and significant source of dioxin loadings to all of Galveston Bay.  Download PDF

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs secures Jurisdictional Win on Passaic River

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC is serving as special counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Jersey in litigation against the corporate successors to the former Agent Orange manufacturing plant that intentionally dumped dioxins into the Passaic River. Following a lengthy jurisdictional battle, the New Jersey courts denied the parent companies' motions to dismiss the claims against them for lack of personal jurisdiction in New Jersey, based in part upon their subsidiaries' actions in New Jersey. Attorney General Ann Milgram issued a press release applauding this important ruling and noting its significance to the ultimate clean-up of the Passaic River.  Click here to view the Attorney General's Press Release and the Court's Opinion

Dredging Up Ghosts
Operations of Port Authorities across the country are impacted every day by contaminants suspended in the waters of the ports, such as from an oil spill, or in the submerged sediments, which often contain pesticides and other hazardous substances from historical neighboring operations. Often times, such contamination can either halt or dramatically increase the cost of dredging and disposal operations, which can have a dramatic impact on ports and commerce generally. Fortunately, there are various legal remedies afforded port authorities, governmental entities, and institutional landowners seeking to avoid or recoup such costs. Download PDF

The Long Poisonous Wait
The long history of the contamination in the Passaic River and the urgent need for remedy and restoration of the Passaic River and surrounding areas are examined by the Newark Star-Ledger.  Download PDF

Oil Spill Issues Facing Gulf Ports
Days after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill began, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was the featured presenter and underwriter of the Gulf Ports Association of the Americas Spring Meeting. At that meeting, Micheal Dobbs presented to the port authorities on the Gulf of Mexico on the status of BP's Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the nature of the environmental and economic impacts that could be expected as a result of this historic release, and some of the legal remedies available to port authorities under the Oil Pollution Act and other federal and state causes of action. For a summary of the PowerPoint presentation please click on the download icon on this page.  Download PDF

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Announcements
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers in 2015.
  • Bill Jackson has again been honored as a leading Environmental Litigator by Chambers and Partners' 2015 Chambers USA Guide.
  • Lori Warner was again named to "The Best Lawyers in America" in the Environmental practice area for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson will present to the American Association of Port Authorities at the April 7, 2015 conference in New Orleans on innovative approaches to moving from environmental contamination and natural resource injury directly to restoration and economic redevelopment.
  • As part of a pro bono team, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs partner John Hagan obtained a landmark decision from the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals that fundamentally changes the process for certifying juveniles to stand trial as adults in the State of Texas.
  • Bill Jackson was named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation again for 2014.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were again named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2014.
  • Lori Warner and Bill Jackson were named "Top Rated Lawyers in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal.
  • Bill Jackson and Lori Warner were honored in the Texas Lawyer as "Top Rated Lawyers in Texas" and A/V preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.