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Humane Society International v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court granted researchers' and primate importers' motions to intervene in a lawsuit brought by a nonprofit group seeking FOIA disclosure of FWS records regarding the import and export of wildlife. The group challenged the...

The Future of Environmental Criminal Enforcement

Since its inception in 1982, the U.S. Department of Justice’s Environmental Crimes Section (ECS) has prosecuted over 1,000 individuals and 400 corporations, cumulatively resulting in 800 years of incarceration and nearly $1 billion in...

Adorers of the Blood of Christ v. Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Co., LLC

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Catholic nuns seeking monetary damages for property taken by the Atlantic Sunrise natural gas pipeline. The nuns argued that construction and operation of the pipeline through land they...

China's Corporate Environmental Credit System

In 2014, the central government of China announced a plan to create by 2020 a corporate environmental credit system (ECS), an incentive mechanism to deter companies’ environmental violations and promote a culture of environmental law...

Racial Segregation and Environmental Injustice

One legacy of the environmental justice movement is documenting the unequal distribution of environmental harms and benefits throughout American society. These inequalities are inscribed in our urban physical spaces by laws and policies...

Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court denied a water district's motion to intervene in an ESA lawsuit seeking protections for longfin smelt. The water district argued it had standing to intervene because its alleged injury—a reduction in water allocation—...

The Parish of Plaquemines v. Chevron USA, Inc.

The Fifth Circuit affirmed in part and reversed in part district court rulings in a collection of lawsuits concerning oil companies' decades of drilling activities along the Louisiana coast. Six Louisiana parishes filed suit in state...

Southern California Alliance of Publicly Owned Treatment Works v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit concerning guidance issued by EPA recommending a statistical method for assessing water toxicity. Trade groups argued the Agency violated the APA and the CWA in issuing the guidance. A...

Analysis of Environmental Law Scholarship 2019-2020

The Environmental Law and Policy Annual Review (ELPAR) is published by the Environmental Law Institute’s (ELI’s) Environmental Law Reporter in partnership with Vanderbilt University Law School. This Comment...

A Welfare Function for Shareholder Engagement: Recognizing Profit for What It Is

Madison Condon’s Externalities and the Common Owner (ECO) plays an important role in the growing literature around shareholder activism aimed at increasing portfolio returns, regardless of individual firm effects. The article...

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