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The U.S. Supreme Court's 1998-1999 Term

October 1999

Citation: ELR 10610

Author: Marc A. Yaggi

Editors' Summary: Although there were several distractions for the U.S. Supreme Court to handle this Term, the Court managed to stay focused and perform its role as the highest power of the Judicial Branch. The Court's environmental docket for the 1998-1999 Term was slower than some previous Terms, but the Court still played an integral role in shaping environmental law. This Term, the Court issued opinions in 6 environmental or environmentally related cases, and denied review in over 40 such cases. The opinions issued covered a variety of topics ranging from the admissibility of expert testimony to regulatory takings. This Comment surveys the environmental and environmentally related cases the Court reviewed or chose not to review during its 1998-1999 Term. The Comment then concludes with a look forward to the 1999-2000 Term.

Mr. Yaggi is the Litigation Coordinator for ELR—The Environmental Law Reporter. He received a J.D. from Pace University School of Law in 1997 and a B.S. from the Pennsylvania State University in 1993. The views expressed in this Comment are not necessarily shared by the Environmental Law Institute.

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