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Juliana v. United States

A magistrate judge recommended that a district court deny motions to dismiss a lawsuit brought by a group of young people against the U.S. government for failing to protect them from climate change. The plaintiffs alleged that the...

Western Watersheds Project v. Michael

A district court held that environmental and animal rights groups may challenge the constitutionality of two trespass statutes passed by the Wyoming legislature in 2015. Under the statutes—one imposing criminal liability and the other...

Pioneer Aggregates, Inc. v. Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection

A district court dismissed a quarry operator's lawsuit against the state environmental agency for violating its constitutional rights when it denied the operator's application to use certain fill material at a reclamation site. The...

SBT Holdings, Ltd. Liab. Co. v. Westminster, Town of

The First Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing a developer's equal protection claim against a town for intentionally obstructing a condominium real estate development project. The city ordered the developer to take certain...

Griffin Indus., Inc. v. Irvin

The Eleventh Circuit reversed and remanded a lower court decision allowing a chicken plant owner's equal protection claims against various state and local officials to go forward. The owner filed a §1983 suit against the officials...

Contractor's Supply of Waterbury, Ltd. Liab. Co. v. Commissioner of Envtl. Protection

The court held that General Statutes §22a-196, which prohibits the operation of asphalt batching and continuous mix facilities within one-third of a mile from any hospital, nursing home, school, area of critical environmental...

Schutz v. Thorne

The court dismissed a Florida resident's claims that three Wyoming statutes unconstitutionally limit hunting opportunities for nonresidents. The individual lacks standing to challenge the "guide statute" that creates two classes of...

MacKenzie v. San Marcos, City of

A district court dismissed property owners' takings, substantive due process, and equal protection claims against a city after the city denied the owners' request for building permits. The owners' takings claim was dismissed for lack of...

Squaw Valley Dev. Co. v. Goldberg

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision to find a possible equal protection violation when a state water quality control board's overzealous regulation of a ski resort's water discharges may have been motivated by personal...

Ramsgate Court Townhome Ass'n v. West Chester Borough

The court affirms a district court decision that a city's trash collection ordinance did not violate the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution. The ordinance stated that the city would provide trash removal services to all...