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Weekly Cases Update Volume 48, Issue 4

Buffalo Field Campaign v. FWS

48 ELR 20012
16-cv-1909 (CRC) (D.D.C., January 2018)

A district court held that FWS applied an improper standard when it concluded there was not adequate scientific evidence to warrant listing the Yellowstone bison population under the ESA. Environmentalists petitioned the agency in 2014 to list the Yellowstone bison as either threatened or...

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Mays v. Snyder

48 ELR 20014
335555 (Mich. Ct. App., January 2018)

The Michigan Court of Appeals held that a class action case involving the Flint water crisis can proceed. Citizens of Flint formed a class and sued Michigan officials for their "deliberate" decision to expose them to toxic water from the Flint River. The citizens alleged that their due process...


Conservation Law Foundation v. EPA

48 ELR 20013
17-01354 (1st Cir., January 2018)

The First Circuit held that stormwater running off parking lots and other paved surfaces at Harvard, MIT, and other Boston-area universities will remain unregulated even though it may be polluting the Charles River and its tributaries. An environmental group sought to compel EPA to regulate the...