Landmark Environmental Law Suits

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AMERICAN TRUCKING ASSOCIATION, et al., v. UNITED STATES ENIVRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - MAY 14, 1999. No. 97-1440. - EPA halted from enacting regulations governing small particulate and ozone air pollution.

BRUCE BABBITT, SECRETARY OF INTERIOR, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. SWEET HOME CHAPTER OF COMMUNITIES FOR A GREAT OREGON ET AL. No. 94-859, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 515 U.S. 687; 115 S. Ct. 2407; 1995 U.S. June 29, 1995 - Defines the word "harm" in the Endangered Species Act to include indirect acts not intended to actually harm the endandered species. Significant for habitat protection.

CITY OF ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA, et al., v. RODNEY E. SLATER, U.S. DOT, et at. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA - Civil Action No. 98-0251 (SS) April 13,1999 - Woodrow Wilson bridge project halted because US DOT failed to follow NEPA, Environmental Impact Statement proceedures.

FLORENCE DOLAN, PETITIONER v. CITY OF TIGARD No. 93-518, SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, 512 U.S. 374; 114 S. Ct. 2309; 1994 - Government takings issue concerning a permit to epand a business to include a bike lane and riparian protection zone in city limits. Determined as a "takings."

PENNSYLVANIA COAL COMPANY v. MAHON ET AL. No. 549. SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES 260 U.S. 393; 43 S. Ct. 158; 1922 U.S. December 12, 1922 - PA Coal company is allowed to mine coal under Mahon's house causing property damage through subsidence. Surface rights, mining rights.

SIERRA CLUB v MARTIN - United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. No. 98-8358. SIERRA CLUB, Wilderness Society, et al., Plaintiffs-Appellants, v. George G. MARTIN Feb. 18, 1999 - Recent ruling in Georgia concerning seven timber sales which had not had adequate impact information on endangered species and was in violation fo the National Forest Management Act

TENNESSEE VALLEY AUTHORITY v. HILL ET AL. - UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE SIXTH CIRCUIT 437 U.S. 153 (1978) 437 U.S. 153 No. 76-1701. US. SUPREME COURT DECISION - Endangered species found to be harmed by a multi-million dollar dam project (Tellico) was cancelled to protect species (snail darter). Landmark ESA case.

WYOMING FARM BUREAU FEDERATION, et al., JAMES R. and CAT D. URBIGKIT, NATIONAL AUDUBON SOCIETY, et al., vs. BRUCE BABBITT Civil No. 94-CV-286-D UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT DISTRICT OF WYOMING- (1997) Reintroduction of Canadian Wolf Species in Montana, Idaho, etc. is halted. Native species is recognized, and reintroduction is determined to be in violation of Endangered Species Act. Also involves Environmental Impact Statement issues.