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The Texas Lawyer named Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC as the 2015 Litigation Group of the Year for environmental litigation.  Click here to view the article

 

Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC picks up big win for Union Pacific Railroad, as reported in the BNA Environmental Report: "Superfund Case Nixed for 'Unnecessary' Expenses. A Superfund action over a contaminated railroad parcel was stopped in its tracks Sept. 17 when the Southern District of Texas ruled the case was based on property evaluation expenses, rather than response costs necessary to protect public health or the environment (Elite Operations, Inc. v. Union Pac. R.R. Co., 2015 BL 301051, S.D. Tex., No. 13-cv-03461, 9/17/15). Elite Operations Inc., the former owner of the Houston property, investigated and confirmed the presence of lead, mercury and silver in the soil when it bought the site in 1998. Its expenses, however, were to establish a price for sale of the property and weren't "necessary" within the meaning of §107 of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas said. CERCLA §107 requires that response costs be "necessary and consistent" with the National Contingency Plan for hazardous waste cleanups. The provision serves as a "check on the temptation to improve one's property and charge the expense of improvement to someone else," the court said in granting judgment to Union Pacific Railroad Co." Click here to view the opinion

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  • Chambers USA recognized Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC for its national Environmental Practice in 2016, observing that the firm is "increasingly recognized for its representation of both public and private sector clients on a range of matters, including permitting issues, EPA negotiations and cost recovery suits," and is "particularly active in surface water contamination litigation."
  • Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC was again named a "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers for 2016.
  • Bill Jackson is co-chairing LSI's Advanced Natural Resource Damages Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico on July 14-15, 2016.
  • John Gilmour will present at Law Seminars International's 10 th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages, "Best Strategies and Tactics to Handle Large, Complex NRD Cases," July 14-15, Santa Fe, NM. For more information, please go to https://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM.
  • Bill Jackson will present at Law Seminars International's 10 th Annual Advanced Conference on Litigating Natural Resource Damages, "Best Strategies and Tactics to Handle Large, Complex NRD Cases," July 14-15, Santa Fe, NM. For more information, please go to https://www.lawseminars.com/detail.php?SeminarCode=16NRDNM.
  • John Riley was named to "Best Lawyers" for Administrative Law in 2016.
  • John Riley, Bill Jackson, and Paul Sarahan were recognized as Leaders in the Environmental Field by Chambers USA 2016 Guide.
  • Bill Jackson will be presenting to the Conference of Western Attorneys General on July 19, 2016 at its annual meeting in Sun Valley, Idaho.
  • Bill Jackson, John Gilmour and Micheal Dobbs will be co-chairing the Contaminated Sediments Program at the American Association of Port Authorities' Energy & Environment program in Vancouver, BC on September 13, 2016.
  • Will Petit and Kenny Corley were named "Texas Rising Stars" by Super Lawyers in 2016.
  • Bill Jackson and John Riley were named to "Texas Super Lawyers" for Environmental Litigation for 2015.
  • Bill Jackson was again named a "Top Rated Lawyer in Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources" in the American Lawyer and The National Law Journal for 2015.