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Jam v. International Finance Corp.

The D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Indian fishermen and farmers against the World Bank in connection with a $450 million loan issued for the construction of a coal-fired power plant in India. The plaintiffs...

Private Environmental Governance to Address Manufacturing Releases of Antibiotics

Demand for generic pharmaceuticals has resulted in China and India becoming the largest producers of these products in the world. Pollution from pharmaceutical manufacturing in both of these countries is a recognized environmental and...

Governing Shared Watercourses Under Climatic Uncertainty: The Case of the Nile Basin

Climate change is projected to have catastrophic impacts on the hydrological cycle. Responding to its projected adverse impacts requires building flexibility and adaptability into watercourse treaties. Exploring the treaty practices of...

Funding and Facilitating Public Participation at FERC

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has embarked on an effort to implement a long-dormant provision of the Federal Power Act, §319, which could lead to broader participation by diverse and underresourced constituencies in...

General III, LLC v. Chicago, City of

A district court dismissed a lawsuit concerning the city of Chicago’s delay in issuing an operating permit for a recycling facility in the city’s Southeast Side neighborhood. The company argued its constitutional rights were being...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

A district court granted summary judgment for EPA in a FOIA lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group. The group requested a 2018 draft version of the Agency's Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) formaldehyde assessment. EPA withheld...

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement v. Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court reversed, 4-3, a lower court order denying Iowa's motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by nonprofit groups seeking to reduce fertilizer and waste runoff from farms into the Racoon River. The groups sought to force...

Yawn v. Dorchester County

The Fourth Circuit affirmed summary judgment for a county in South Carolina in a lawsuit concerning the county's alleged taking of honey sellers' bees. The sellers argued their bees died after the county sprayed pesticide in an effort...

Yaw v. The Delaware River Basin Commission

A district court dismissed two Pennsylvania state senators' challenge to the Delaware River Basin Commission's imposition of a moratorium on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware Basin. The senators argued, among other...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

A district court denied nonprofit groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to EPA's failure to consult with FWS and NMFS before announcing a temporary nonenforcement policy in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. With the policy...

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