News & Analysis In the Courts

Volume 52 Issue 2

The U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit brought by Mississippi against Tennessee seeking damages for a Tennessee city's pumping of groundwater from the Middle Claiborne Aquifer. Mississippi argued that the pumping siphoned water away from Mississippi and amounted to a tortious taking of groundwat...

Water (generally)

The D.C. Circuit granted a trade group's petition to review a 2016 rule issued by EPA and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that set greenhouse gas emissions and fuel efficiency standards for medium- and heavy-duty engines and vehicles. The group challenged the agencies' authority t...

Climate Change (generally)

The D.C. Circuit dismissed as moot Alaska's challenge to the Forest Service's 2001 Roadless Rule. The challenge centered on the Roadless Rule's impact on the Tongass National Forest, which the USDA exempted from the rule in 2020, but the state argued it should be allowed to proceed because the exemp...

National forests

The First Circuit granted NOAA's motion to stay a district court order preliminarily enjoining the agency's partial seasonal closure of a Maine lobster fishery to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales. A fishing union had argued the closure was an arbitrary and capricious application of the...


The Second Circuit reversed in part and vacated in part a district court ruling that ordered EPA to disclose records pursuant to a FOIA request related to a former Agency official's role in pesticide policymaking. An environmental group submitted FOIA requests for the records, and EPA invoked the de...

Deliberative-process privilege

The Ninth Circuit, 2-1, denied a petition for review challenging FAA's decision that found no significant environmental impact stemming from construction and operation of an air cargo facility at the San Bernardino International Airport. The state of California, environmental groups, a union, and in...

Environmental effects