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Nanouk v. United States

The Ninth Circuit vacated dismissal of a Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) lawsuit brought against the U.S. government concerning pollution from an abandoned military facility in Alaska. A resident argued that her property was contaminated...

New York v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

The Second Circuit vacated a final rule published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that reversed the agency's 2016 civil penalty increase for noncompliance with Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE)...

Walters v. Flint

A district court denied EPA's motion to dismiss residents' negligence claim stemming from the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan. Flint residents argued the Agency's slow response to the crisis negligently exposed them to...

Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. United States Department of Interior

The Tenth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a challenge brought by an environmental group concerning conservation of the lesser prairie chicken. The group had argued that FWS unreasonably delayed submitting to Congress a 2003 policy...

Howard County v. Federal Aviation Administration

The Fourth Circuit dismissed a petition to vacate or set aside the FAA's modification to a series of flight routes that caused residents of historic areas of a county in Maryland to endure "insufferable levels of noise." The county...

Driftless Area Land Conservancy v. Huebsch

The Seventh Circuit reversed the denial of transmission companies' motion to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the Wisconsin Public Service Commission's approval of a $500 million electricity transmission line in southwestern Wisconsin...

California v. United States Department of the Interior

A district court denied a motion to enforce its previous order vacating DOI's repeal of the Valuation Rule and reinstating prior regulations governing payment of royalties on oil, gas, and coal extracted pursuant to leases on federal...

United States v. California

A district court denied the U.S. government summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning California's cap-and-trade agreement with Quebec. The government argued the agreement was conflict preempted by the foreign affairs doctrine because it...

Baptiste v. Bethlehem Landfill Co.

The Third Circuit reinstated a lawsuit concerning noxious odors emanating from a landfill in Pennsylvania. A proposed class of residents living within a 2.5-mile radius of the landfill brought public and private nuisance claims, arguing...

Natural Resources Defense Council v. Bodine

A district court granted EPA's cross-motion for summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning the Agency's issuance of a temporary policy that scaled back enforcement efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Environmental justice, public health...

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