|Fifth Circuit Limits Pollution Liability|
David A. Baay, Rachel Giesber Clingman, Juan C. Garcia, Daniel Johnson, Sean D. Jordan; Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP;
February 27, 2014, previously published on February 26, 2014In a significant decision issued February 24, 2014, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that federal laws preempt state laws in the case of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, because the event occurred in federal waters. That means states and local governments cannot collect penalties...