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Friends of Animals v. Bernhardt

The Tenth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part summary judgment for FWS in a challenge to the Service's redaction of importer names in response to FOIA requests regarding the import of African elephant and giraffe parts. The...

Humane Society International v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court granted researchers' and primate importers' motions to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group seeking FOIA disclosure of FWS records regarding the import and export of wildlife. The group challenged the...

Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Catholic nuns seeking monetary damages for property taken by the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline. The nuns argued that construction and operation of the pipeline through land they...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court denied a water district's motion to intervene in an ESA lawsuit seeking protections for longfin smelt. The water district argued it had standing to intervene because its alleged injury—a reduction in water allocation—...

The Parish of Plaquemines v. Chevron USA, Inc.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part district court rulings in a collection of lawsuits concerning oil companies' decades of drilling activities along the Louisiana coast. Six Louisiana parishes filed suit in state...

Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit concerning guidance issued by EPA recommending a statistical method for assessing water toxicity. Trade groups argued the Agency violated the APA and the CWA in issuing the guidance. A...

Indigenous Environmental Network v. Trump

A district court denied a pipeline company's motion to dismiss a challenge to President Trump's issuance of a permit for construction of a cross-border segment of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Environmental groups had argued the...

Jam v. International Finance Corp.

The D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Indian fishermen and farmers against the World Bank in connection with a $450 million loan issued for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in India. The plaintiffs...

General III, LLC v. Chicago, City of

A district court dismissed a lawsuit concerning the city of Chicago’s delay in issuing an operating permit for a recycling facility in the city’s Southeast Side neighborhood. The company argued its constitutional rights were being...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A district court granted summary judgment for EPA in a FOIA lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group. The group requested a 2018 draft version of the Agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) formaldehyde assessment. EPA withheld...

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