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Clark Hill Member, Jane C. Luxton, Speaker at the 2018 Natural Resource Symposium on Case Law Since New Bedford Harbor

September 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Clark Hill Member, Jane C. Luxton, spoke on Case Law Since New Bedford Harbor at the 2018 Natural Resource Symposium on September 25th, 2018. The two-day meeting comprised of a multi-stakeholder examination of natural resource related policies and practices under US laws (Superfund, Clean Water Act, Oil Pollution Act and more) with a strong focus on innovative and cutting-edge approaches to resolve liability and restore resources in site specific situations.

Luxton spoke on the topic below.

Case Law Since New Bedford Harbor

Much has happened over the nearly four-decade history of the natural resource damage program in the US in terms of case law, regulatory changes, policy developments and more. This address will take a look at what has happened since the series of key decisions resulting from the New Bedford Harbor case (In Re Acushnet River & New Bedford Harbor, 722 F. Supp. 893 (D. Mass.1989), which continues to shape outcomes of cases nationally, including what has help shaped the limits to liability and what is missing.

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Jane C. Luxton is a member of Clark Hill’s Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Practice Group based in the Washington, DC office and chairs the firm's Administrative Law Practice. Jane has extensive experience in environmental, regulatory, policy, and litigation matters, including federal and state environmental laws as well as international environmental regimes. Her practice includes advising clients on administrative law issues and compliance and reporting obligations related to sustainability and supply chain accountability. 

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