Environmental Law Section

The section informs its members of local, state and national environmental laws and regulations. The section coordinates annual substantive continuing legal education programs on environmental law and produces a quarterly newsletter.

William Snodgrass Tn Tower
Nashville, TN 37221
Immediate Past Chair
Paine, Tarwater and Bickers LLP
900 S. Gay St. Ste 2200
Knoxville, TN 37902
Dickinson Wright, PLLC
424 Church Street, Suite 1401
Nashville, TN 37219

BP Says it Overpaid for Claims in Gulf Spill

In a filing Friday, BP asked a federal judge to order restitution — plus interest — to what it says are hundred of millions of dollars in overpayments to some businesses that claimed losses due to the 2010 Gulf oil spill, News 5 reports. BP points to a revised policy for calculating losses that was approved by the court in May and says the court should order recalculation of awards paid prior to that change.

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Shelby County Likely to Expand Environmental Court

An expansion of the Shelby County Environmental Court is “fairly assured” now that the General Sessions’ clerk has agreed to eliminate a position in his office to fund the project, the Commercial Appeal reports. Environmental Court Judge Larry Potter praised the move and outlined his plans for splitting the work of the court into two courtrooms: one that would focus exclusively on environmental cases and one that would handle traffic citations, which the court hears as a division of the General Sessions Criminal Court. Funding also would pay for a referee to stand in for Judge Potter in traffic court so he can focus more on environmental cases.

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