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Challenges held ripe

National Mining Ass'n v. Jackson

A district court held that mining interests may go forward with their CWA, APA, and SMCRA claims against EPA in connection with memoranda and guidance documents concerning permitting processes for coal mining. The documents meet...

Citizens for Better Forestry v. Department of Agric.

The Ninth Circuit held that an environmental group is not entitled to attorneys fees in their action challenging a USDA regulation that the agency withdrew while the case was pending. The group alleged that the USDA violated NEPA, the...

Ouachita Watch League v. Jacobs

The court holds that a lower court improperly dismissed as unripe environmental groups’ claims that the U.S. Forest Service violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) when it amended certain forest plans in the southern...

Laub v. EPA

The court holds that farmers' National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) action challenging a proposed federal and state plan for managing the California San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Bay-Delta) water resources is ripe...

Citizens for Better Forestry v. Department of Agric.

The court reverses a district court decision that environmental groups failed to establish both standing and ripeness in their National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) challenges to a U.S. Department of...

Cooley v. United States

The court affirms a lower court decision holding a landowners' takings claim against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the Corps) ripe, but reverses the lower court's decision that the taking was permanent. The Corps' denial of the...

Kottschade v. Rochester, City of

The court affirms a district court dismissal of a developer's taking claim against a city as unripe due to the developer's failure to exhaust his state court remedies. The developer received a permit to build a townhouse project, but...

Sierra Club v. Department of Energy

The court reverses a district court decision holding that an environmental group's claims against the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) for failing to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or the Endangered Species Act...

Dougherty v. North Hempstead Bd. of Zoning Appeals, Town of

The court affirms the dismissal of a landowner's due process and equal protection claims against a zoning board that denied the landowner's application for a building permit, but reverses the denial of the landowner's motion to amend...

Cienega Gardens v. United States

The court holds that the Emergency Low-Income Housing Preservation Act's (ELIHPA's) and the Low-Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership Act's (LIHPRHA's) mortgage prepayment restrictions did not effect a per se taking of...