Hon. Maria-Elena James
United States Magistrate Judge (Ret.)

Available for Mediations

  • After Defendant railroad company allegedly unlawfully discharged pollutants from their industrial operations, plaintiff filed suit (against the railroad company and the controlling state agency) under the citizen enforcement provisions of the Clean Water Act. Settled.
  • Defendants’ construction site released polluted storm water, contaminating clean water, in violation of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §§ 1311, 1342, and 1365), and plaintiffs brought suit under citizen suit enforcement provisions of the Acts. Settled.
  • Nonprofit environmental and public health organizations filed suit after a city and its contractors’ alleged mismanagement, neglect, and other negligent conduct resulted in pollutants spilling into the ocean, in violation of the Clean Water Act (33 U.S.C. §§ 1251, et seq., and 1365(b)(1)(A)).
  • Nonprofit sought review of agency’s statutorily-required action plan regarding overfishing, brought suit under 5 U.S.C. §§ 551, et seq. (Administrative Procedure Act), 16 U.S.C. §§ 1801, et seq. (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and 42 U.S.C. §§ 4321, et seq. (National Environmental Policy Act).