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Animal Legal Defense Fund v. Reynolds

A district court ruled unconstitutional an Iowa statute that criminalized undercover investigations of slaughterhouses and other animal facilities. Environmental groups argued that the state statute impermissibly restricted their free...

Sierra Club v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court granted an environmental group's motion for partial summary judgment against EPA for failure to respond to the group's FOIA requests. The group argued that the Agency violated FOIA by not making a determination whether...

Montanore Minerals Corp. v. Montana Department of Environmental Quality

A state court dismissed a lawsuit filed by a mining company challenging the Montana Department of Environmental Quality's labeling of the company's chief executive officer as a "bad actor" under state mining law, effectively prohibiting...

Hopi Tribe v. Arizona Snowbowl Resort Limited Partnership

The Arizona Supreme Court vacated a ruling that a Native American tribe sufficiently alleged standing to bring a public nuisance claim against a resort using reclaimed wastewater to make artificial snow on the San Francisco Peaks in...

Puget Soundkeeper Alliance v. Wheeler

A district court vacated nationwide the Applicability Date Rule, which suspended the effect of the Clean Water Rule until February 2020 and required agencies in the interim to apply the pre-Clean Water Rule definition of "waters of the...

Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC v. Winstead

A district court temporarily stayed proceedings in which a pipeline developer sought access to a North Carolina farm for construction of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The landowner sought to stay the pipeline developer's attempt to...

United States v. California

A district court declared unconstitutional a California law that regulates the recording of conveyances of federal public lands in the state. DOJ argued that the state law, which grants the State Lands Commission the right of first...

Western Watersheds Project v. Michael

A district court ruled unconstitutional two Wyoming statutes that impose criminal and civil penalties for data collection on private land or public land accessed via private land. Environmental groups argued that the statutes violated...

Solenex LLC v. Jewell

A district court vacated DOI's cancellation of an oil company's oil and gas lease in Montana. The company argued that cancellation after more than 30 years for a pre-lease NEPA violation that was never disclosed to the company was...

Advocates for the West v. United States Department of Justice

A district court denied an environmental group's motion for summary judgment challenging DOJ's withholding of legal memos concerning the president's authority to shrink national monuments under the Antiquities Act. The group argued that...

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