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Jersey City v. Consolidated Rail Corp.

The D.C. Circuit held that a city has standing to challenge a railroad company's sale of a historic elevated railroad embankment to developers. The city argued that the sale was void because the company failed to obtain approval from...

Pacific Sound Resources v. Burlington N. & Santa Fe Ry. Co.

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing a nonprofit corporation's action against a railroad company for contribution under Washington's Model Toxics Control Act. The lower court held that the corporation lacked...

Covington v. Jefferson

The Ninth Circuit holds that a district court erred in holding that residents living across from a county dump lacked standing to bring Clean Air Act (CAA) claims based on ozone degradation against a county health department and in...

Southwest Ctr. for Biological Diversity v. Clark

The court holds that environmental groups have standing to bring suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) for failing to redesignate critical habitat for the spikedace and loach minnow even though the groups' members...

Byrd v. EPA

The court affirms a district court's grant of summary judgment to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on a toxicologist's claim that EPA violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by hiring a contractor to convene and...

Coho Salmon v. Pacific Lumber Co.

The court holds that environmental organizations have standing to assert an Endangered Species Act (ESA) §9 claim against a lumber company whose timber harvesting operations are allegedly causing the take of coho salmon. The court first...

Animal Legal Defense Fund, Inc. v. Glickman

The court holds that an individual who suffered aesthetic injuries while observing captive animals living under inhumane conditions at a zoo has standing to challenge U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulations as violating the...

Individuals for Responsible Gov't v. Washoe County

The court upholds Nevada county ordinances requiring landowners either to subscribe to a particular garbage collection service or to haul their garbage to an approved disposal site every seven days. The ordinances also required all...

Reytblatt v. NRC

The court upholds the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission's (NRC's) final rule amending the reporting requirements for performance-based containment leakage rate testing by nuclear power plants. The court first holds that a nuclear power...

Florida Audubon Soc'y v. Bentsen

The court holds that three environmental groups and an individual have standing to challenge the U.S. Treasury Department's failure to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)...