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Supreme Court Hears Cases on Tax Refunds and Hazardous Waste Cleanup

Third and fourth cases heard this week

On Tuesday the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the cases of Rodriguez v. FDIC and Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian.

Rodriguez v. FDIC is a case that seeks to determine ownership of a tax refund paid to an affiliated group based on the federal common law known as the “Bob Richards Rule,” which says the refund is presumed to belong to the company whose losses gave rise to the refund, or based on the law of the relevant state where the case is being heard.

The case of Atlantic Richfield Co. v. Christian asks the Justices of the Court to determine if the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) prevents a state lawsuit to restore certain plaintiffs’ lands to the ongoing suit. This case also clarifies other aspects within the CERCLA.

Sources: Supreme Court, SCOUTSblog
As the Lord Leads, pray with us:
  • For God to give the Justices of the Court wisdom on how to rule on these cases
  • For wisdom for the Supreme Court on which cases to hear in the future.
  • That greater justice would be brought about in the nation as a result of these cases.