Watchdogs: DEQ failed to assess impact of copper mine in Smith River headwaters
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality failed to properly evaluate the environmental impacts of a new mining technique to be used in a proposed copper mine in the headwaters of Montana's Smith River, attorneys argued in state district court.
Once a model, Montana now a COVID-19 hotspot
The Big Sky State boasted a low number of Covid-19 cases going into the summer and, along with Hawaii, had the fewest cases in the nation. Then came summer.
Tightening race in Montana could flip control of Senate
The days when incumbent U.S. senators enjoy easy reelection may have ended in Montana, where a high-stakes battle is being waged between Senator Steve Daines and his challenger, current Governor Steve Bullock.
Montana primary packed with consequential races up and down ballot
Montana voters have a lengthy ballot to work with this year as the ballot in the June 2 primary is the governor’s position, a U.S. Senate seat and a U.S. House seat, among others.
Federal judge advances lawsuit challenging black bear baiting in national forests
A federal judge refused last week to dismiss environmentalists' legal challenge of the practice of baiting black bears in Idaho and Wyoming national forests. A lawsuit in June 2019 alleges that the use of bait while hunting black bears results in incidental killing of grizzly bears.
Montana judge reverses sale of 287 oil and gas leases on public lands
A federal judge in Montana ruled Friday that the Bureau of Land Management failed to fulfill its National Environmental Policy Act requirements when it issued 287 oil and gas leases in eastern Montana.
Montana Supreme Court: Workers’ comp insurer liable for claims from Libby mine workers
The Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a workers’ compensation insurer is liable for damage claims from people who worked at the W.R. Grace vermiculite plant in Libby, Montana.
Virus could spur avalanche of tort and employment litigation
The insurance industry is bracing for a tidal wave of claims related to the Covid-19 outbreak, and experts say the new viral disease puts claimants — and the industry — in uncharted waters.
Montana Supreme Court: Local police can’t make immigration arrests
The Montana Supreme Court ruled unanimously Wednesday that the state had violated its own laws when a law enforcement officer in Lincoln County detained a man for possible immigration violations after his arrest on suspicion of burglary.
Mine workers’ asbestos suit against insurer advanced by Montana Supreme Court
The Montana Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a workers compensation insurer is liable for damage claims from people who worked at the W.R. Grace vermiculite plant in Libby, Montana.