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Sierra Club v. Energy Future Holdings Corp

A district court ordered an environmental group to pay $6.4 million in attorneys fees in a...

Clean Water Action Council of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

The Seventh Circuit dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging EPA's decision not to...

Climate Change

Emerging Clarity on Climate Change Law: EPA Empowered and State Common Law Remedies Enabled

The emerging law of climate change is becoming clearer. The U.S. Supreme Court’s series of...

High Country Conservation Advocates v. United States Forest Service

A district court vacated the government's approval of on-the-ground mining exploration...

Energy

Colorado Oil & Gas Ass'n v. City of Lafayette, Colorado

A Colorado court held that the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act preempts a city's ban on...

Gorsline v. Board of Supervisors of Fairfield Township

A Pennsylvania court vacated and reversed a town's decision to issue a special use permit...

Governance

Sierra Club v. Jewell

The D.C. Circuit held that environmental groups have standing to challenge DOI's decision to...

Negotiating EPA Penalties: EPA’s Penalty Policies and the 2013 Civil Monetary Penalty Inflation Adjustment Rule

On December 6, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) increased the statutory...

Land Use

Addressing the Environmental Impacts of Large Infrastructure Projects: Making "Mitigation" Matter

We are in the midst of an unprecedented governmentwide focus on infrastructure permitting and...

Growth-Induced Land Development Caused by Highway and Other Projects as an Indirect Effect Under NEPA

Growth-induced land development caused by highway and other projects must be considered as a...

Natural Resources

Montana Environmental Information Center v. Stone-Manning

The Ninth Circuit held that it lacks subject matter jurisdiction over environmental groups'...

Reese River Basin Citizens Against Fracking, LLC v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied an environmental group's motion to preliminarily enjoin BLM from issuing...

Toxic Substances

In re Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”

A district court issued its findings of fact and conclusions of law regarding phase one of the...

Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc. v. United States Food & Drug Administration

The Second Circuit reversed a lower court decision that FDA was required to hold hearings to...

Waste

Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice v. BNSF Railway Co.

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of environmental groups' RCRA citizen suit against a...

EPA’s 2013 All Appropriate Inquiries Rulemaking Raises Litigation and Administrative Law Risks

On December 30, 2013, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule...

Water

Alaska Community Action on Toxics v. Aurora Energy Services, LLC

The Ninth Circuit held that the owner and operator of a coal export terminal may be held liable...

Ohio Valley Environmental Coalition, Inc. v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court upheld a dredge-and-fill permit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued to a...

Wildlife

Mc Allen Grace Brethren Church v. Salazar

The Fifth Circuit held that DOI's ban on owning bald eagle feathers under the Bald and Golden...

Markle Interests, LLC v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court upheld FWS' designation of 1,544 acres of a privately owned tree farm in...