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Sierra Club v. County of San Diego

A California appellate court held that San Diego County's adoption of a climate action plan violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Pursuant to the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, the county issued a...

Environmental Law Foundation v. State Water Resources Control Board

A California court held that the public trust doctrine protects navigable waterways from harm caused by groundwater extraction. Concerned about the management of the Scott River in northern California, environmental groups filed suit...

North Coast Rivers Alliance v. Westlands Water District

A California appellate court held that interim renewal contracts concerning BLM's ongoing provision of Central Valley Project water to California water districts are exempt from environmental review under the California Environmental...

SPRAWLDEF v. San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Comm'n

A California appellate court upheld the issuance of a county permit for a landfill expansion project in the Suisun Marsh, part of the San Francisco Bay tidal estuary. Environmental groups claimed that the permit approvals violate the...

San Luis & Delta-Mendota Water Authority v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit, in a 170+ page opinion, reversed in part and affirmed in part a lower court decision invalidating the FWS' 2008 biological opinion (BiOp) that concluded that the Central Valley Project (CVP) would jeopardize the...

Central Delta Water Agency v. California Department of Water Resources

A California appellate court, in a pair of related cases, held that the California Department of Water Resources's...

Rosedale-Rio Bravo Water Storage District v. California Department of Water Resources

A California appellate court, in a pair of related cases, held that the California Department of Water Resources's environmental...

Save the Plastic Bag Coalition v. City & County of San Francisco

A California appellate court, in an unpublished opinion, upheld San Francisco's ban on the use of plastic "checkout bags" by retail establishments in the city and county. A group of plastic bag manufacturers and distributors filed suit...

California Chamber of Commerce v. California Air Resources Board

A California court upheld the California Air Resource Board's (CARB's) authority to sell greenhouse gas allowances at auction under the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, also known as Assembly Bill 32 (AB 32). As in its...

Parker Shattuck Neighbors v. Berkeley City Council

A California appellate court, in an unpublished opinion, dismissed residents' lawsuit challenging a city's decision not to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for a proposed...