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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...

Minnesota Sands, LLC v. Winona, Minnesota, County of

A Minnesota appellate court affirmed a lower court ruling in favor of a county's zoning ordinance that bans all industrial-mineral mining, including silica-sand mining. A silica-sand mining company argued that the ordinance...

Western Values Project v. U.S. Department of Justice

The D.C. Circuit granted in part and denied in part an environmental group's motion for summary judgment challenging DOJ's "Glomar response" refusing to confirm or deny the existence of the records requested. The group argued...

California v. Bureau of Land Management

A district court denied BLM's motion to transfer a lawsuit over BLM's hydraulic fracturing rule from California to Wyoming. The agency argued that moving the lawsuit to Wyoming would avoid potentially conflicting legal precedents...

Lipton v. EPA

The D.C. Circuit denied a newspaper reporter's motion for partial summary judgment to require EPA to publish calendar entries of the EPA Administrator's activities. The reporter argued that the Agency violated FOIA's reading-room...

Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. FERC

The D.C. Circuit upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by an environmental group challenging FERC's funding structure. The group argued that the agency's funding structure created structural bias by incentivizing the agency to...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Second Circuit vacated a rule published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indefinitely delaying a previously published rule that increased civil penalties for noncompliance with Corporate Average Fuel Economy...

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