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Land Use (generally)

Western Watersheds Project v. Wyoming

The Tenth Circuit held that a Wyoming law that imposed civil and criminal liability on those who cross private property to access adjacent land to collect resource data violates the First Amendment. In 2015, Wyoming enacted a pair of...

Barnes v. FAA

The Ninth Circuit held that the FAA did not act arbitrarily when it forewent a full EIS on a third runway at the Hillsboro Airport in Hillsboro, Oregon. In 2005, the airport, the busiest in the state of Oregon, developed a plan to deal...

Miller v. Mississippi Resources, LLC

A district court held that a Mississippi landowner is not entitled to an injunction to stop alleged contamination from oil and gas production activities on his property. The landowner's property is subject to certain mineral leases,...

Murr v. Wisconsin

The Supreme Court, in a 5-3 decision, decided that the owners of a family cottage were not entitled to compensation over development regulations that bar the sale of the family's adjacent lot. The family wanted to sell the lot to...

Standing Rock Sioux Tribe v. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

A district court denied native tribes' request for injunctive relief to stop the Dakota Access oil pipeline planned to run under Lake Oahe, due to laches and their unlikelihood of success on the merits. The federal government granted...

Upstate Citizens for Equality, Inc. v. United States

The Second Circuit upheld the federal government's 2008 decision to take approximately 13,000 acres of land in central New York into trust on behalf of the Oneida Indian Nation of New York. The Indian Reorganization Act of 1934...

Sierra Club v. Tahoe Regional Planning Agency

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of environmental groups' lawsuit challenging the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency's EIS for its updated land use plan. Applying a standard similar to the standard for evaluating an EIS under NEPA,...

Property Reserve v. Superior Court of San Joaquin County

The Supreme Court of California held that the state may enter and conduct environmental and geological studies and testing on more than 150 privately owned properties in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta that the state might seek to...

Akiachak Native Community v. United States Department of the Interior

The D.C. Circuit held that Alaska may not block any efforts by the United States to take tribal land into trust within Alaskan state borders. In 1971, the United States settled land claims staked by descendants of Alaskan aboriginal...

Friends of Martin's Beach v. Martin's Beach 1 LLC

A California appellate court affirmed in part and reversed in part a trial court's summary adjudication in favor of the property owners in their dispute with a citizen's group over the use of a road, parking area, and the inland dry...

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