Environmental and land use issues affect everyone. We all live on the land, travel on its roads, breathe the air, and drink the water.
Our experience encompasses the diverse range of our clients - from business owners, to municipal and special purpose governments, and large national corporations. We handle land development and environmental projects, respond to regulatory actions, perform due diligence work, develop risk management strategies and obtain needed permits.
One of our best attributes is our ability to use our experience and creative problem solving in helping clients achieve their goals often working with regulators, government officials and consultants to achieve cost effective "win-win" solutions. We vigorously litigate when necessary, and know how to pursue insurance coverage and contractual indemnities when needed.
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SCB Congratulates Co-Plaintiff State of Washington on its Summary Judgment Victory
SCB represents the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the plaintiff in litigation under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA, known as the federal Superfund Act) against Teck Metals, Ltd. regarding environmental contamination in the Columbia River. On November 29, 2011, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington denied Teck's motion asking the court to determine as a matter of law that the Tribes' co-plaintiff, the State of Washington, is a liable party under the Superfund Act. Teck argued that the State was liable as an "arranger" for permitting mining and related activities in the region under written contracts. The court disagreed, finding that the State was not liable. For more information about SCB's Tribal and Environmental Litigation practice, please contact Richard Du Bey, Paul Dayton, or Leslie Clark (206.682.3333 or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com).
SCB Obtains Settlement of Alleged Clean Water Act Violations
In October 2011, a federal court judge entered a Consent Decree resolving Clean Water Act issues involving SCB's client, a privately held industrial corporation, and a citizen group. While aggressively defending the matter, SCB identified an opportunity for early settlement, ultimately resolving the matter for a nominal sum, without incurring significant attorneys' fees or disruption to our client's business. To learn more about SCB's Environmental Litigation practice, please contact Greg Hixson (206.682.3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or the practice group's chair, Paul Dayton (206.682.3333 or email@example.com).
Environmental Litigation Team Implements Secure Document-Sharing Technology for Multi-Party Disputes
SCB's Environmental Litigation team has implemented and maintains secure, hosted websites for clients to rapidly share large working documents and serve as a repository for document collections. The user-friendly websites include features such as document sharing and check-out, allowing us to work efficiently and collaboratively with clients and broader groups. Using this technology, our Environmental Litigation team has facilitated cooperative work among members of a Natural Resource Trustee Council and among members of a group of Potentially Responsible Parties. For more information about the document management capabilities of SCB's Environmental Litigation practice, please contact the practice group's co-chairs, Richard Du Bey (206.682.3333 or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Tom Kilbane (206.682.3333 or email@example.com).