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Animal Legal Defense Fund v. United States

ELR Case

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by nonprofit groups and individuals alleging that climate change and the U.S. government's failure to protect them from the effects of climate change violated their constitutional right to a...

Norwalk Harbor Keeper v. U.S. Department of Transportation

ELR Case

A district court granted summary judgment to DOT, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Connecticut Department of Transportation in a challenge to the agencies' EA regarding the replacement of a movable railroad bridge in Norwalk...

Colorado Automobile Dealers Ass'n v. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

ELR Case

A state district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by an automobile dealers' association challenging Colorado's adoption of California's low emission vehicle standard. The association argued the adoption would drive up the cost of...

Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy & Reliability v. United States Department of Interior

ELR Case

A district court dismissed a challenge to FWS' denial of a petition to remove the coastal California gnatcatcher from the ESA's threatened species list. Advocacy groups argued the Service's denial of their petition to delist the bird...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Department of State

ELR Case

A district court dismissed a request to compel the State Department to release two reports concerning U.S. greenhouse gas emissions as required by the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change. An environmental group argued that the...

Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Forest Service

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's dismissal of a challenge to the use of lead ammunition in Kaibab National Forest. Environmental groups sought to require the U.S. Forest Service to address the use of lead ammunition by...

Wildearth Guardians v. Chao

ELR Case

A district court denied the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA's) motion to dismiss a challenge to the agency's pipeline inspection regulations. An environmental group argued that PHMSA's existing...

Otsego 2000 v. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

ELR Case

The D.C. Circuit dismissed an environmental group's petition to review FERC's order granting a certificate to a pipeline company to construct and operate compression facilities for one of its projects. The group argued that FERC was...

Western Watersheds Project v. Grimm

ELR Case

The Ninth Circuit reversed a dismissal of a lawsuit brought by conservation groups to enjoin USDA from killing gray wolves in Idaho pending additional NEPA analysis. The groups argued before the district court that the agency violated...

Standing for Everyone: Sierra Club v. Morton, Justice Blackmun’s Dissent, and Solving the Problem of Environmental Standing

ELR Article

The modern doctrine of environmental standing prevents many worthy plaintiffs from presenting their cases in court. Especially in the context of climate change, this restrictive doctrine has profound implications. But the modern...

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