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Weekly Cases Update Volume 46, Issue 35

Safari Club International v. Department of Interior

ELR 20186
1:14-cv-00670 (D.C. Cir., December 2016)

The D.C. Circuit reversed a lower court decision that two hunting organizations could not challenge FWS’ indefinite suspension of import permits of African elephant trophies from Tanzania. The hunters challenged FWS’ 2014 suspension on the grounds that the suspension was legislative and required...

Sustainability

State Farm v. United States

ELR 20185
15-513 (U.S., December 2016)

The U.S. Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, held that dismissal of a suit under the False Claims Act (FCA) is not mandatory when a relator violates a seal requirement. The case involved insurance claims that resulted from the natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina. Respondents, former...

False Claims Act (FCA), National Flood Insurance Program

In re Camp Lejeune North Carolina Water Contamination Litigation

ELR 20189
1:11-MD-2218 (N.D. Ga., December 2016)

A district court dismissed a multidistrict Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) lawsuit filed against the U.S. government by service members and their families. The plaintiffs alleged that the government failed to monitor and warn them about the presence of toxic substances in the water supply while...

Bars, Included, Quality

In re Mercedes-Benz Emissions Litigation

ELR 20188
16-88 (D.N.J., December 2016)

A district court dismissed a class action lawsuit against an automobile company for allegedly misleading consumers into purchasing certain diesel vehicles by misrepresenting their environmental impact. The class of consumers alleged that the company's advertisements and public statements...

Auto emission standards, Fraud

Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri

ELR 20187
2:16-cv-10277-DML-SDD (E.D. Mich., December 2016)

A district court denied Michigan’s motion to stay a preliminary injunction ordering water system operators in Flint, Michigan, to provide bottled water to residents whose homes do not have properly installed and maintained water filters. On November 10, 2016, the court ordered the water...

Quality, Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA)