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High Court Losses Stun Environmentalists -- Environmentalists are 0-for-5 at the Supreme Court this term

 
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High Court Losses Stun Environmentalists -- Environmentalists are 0-for-5 at the Supreme Court this term
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Environmentalists suffered a stunning 0-for-5 outcome in the U.S. Supreme Court this term, their "worst term ever," according to advocates and scholars.

The defeats left the environmental community -- and even its traditional antagonist in these cases, the business community -- wondering where the Court is heading in this increasingly important area of the law.

Is the Roberts Court pro-business, anti-environment, pro-government -- or something else? Their answers are as varied as the issues raised in the five cases that the justices decided.

What is clear is the Court's heightened interest in environmental law. The justices have decided 15 cases in just the past five terms, but in none of those terms, in fact in none of the past nine terms, have environmentalists experienced a complete shutout.

"This has never, I believe, happened before, and this includes some big wins," said Richard Lazarus, co-director of the Georgetown University Law Center Supreme Court Institute, who argued and lost one of the five decisions this term.

For environmentalists, the defeats were particularly painful because their interests had prevailed in the courts below in all five cases. The justices granted review at the behest of business, even when the solicitor general of the United States recommended denying review. "They were all victories below for environmentalists, so you wonder if the Court is making some strategic choices in the cases it picks," said Jonathan Cannon, director of the environmental and land use program at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Based on the five decisions, the trend this term is "business always wins, even when the government's interest is to the contrary," said John Hanson, a partner at Washington's Beveridge & Diamond who represents businesses in environmental litigation.

Business' remarkable record may be due in part, Lazarus suggested, to the entry this term of the private sector Supreme Court bar on behalf of business interests in environmental cases, including such well-known, repeat players as former Solicitor General Theodore Olson of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Maureen Mahoney of Latham & Watkins. "In each of these cases, business turned not to the usual retinue of environmental legal experts, but to expert Supreme Court advocates," said Lazarus, who has studied the influence and effectiveness of those appellate practitioners.

Statisticians would say five cases are too small a sample on which to predict an enduring pro-business trend, said Virginia's Cannon, but he added, "It certainly sends a signal."

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Although none of the five decisions is a landmark ruling, all raised bread-and-butter environmental issues, some with potentially huge implications for the ability of environmentalists and the government to enforce the nation's major environmental laws.


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Great article! Thanks

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Awwww

dissappointed hippies.........


do they come in any other flavour?!


Hit them with soap and water when they arent looking.
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Awwww

dissappointed hippies.........


do they come in any other flavour?!


Hit them with soap and water when they arent looking.
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chuckle Hi Northwinds.


Yes must have been very disappointing for them! This was an informative article though.
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Great article! Thanks

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Thanks Angel! hf

The irony that they're dropping these lawsuits, but making it so people can't sell their homes until they pass a "green" inspection is pretty telling about their goals, isn't it?
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Great article! Thanks

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Thanks Angel! hf

The irony that they're dropping these lawsuits, but making it so people can't sell their homes until they pass a "green" inspection is pretty telling about their goals, isn't it?
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Yes, thanks for bringing up about the "green" inspections, and selling your home. I am very concerned about this, as well as the future ramifications for everyone.

Thanks again for always finding the articles that keep us on top of things.

Angel ():) :hf:
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Awwww

dissappointed hippies.........


do they come in any other flavour?!


Hit them with soap and water when they arent looking.
 Quoting: Northwinds NLI 656929

does this means.if congress pass the crazy cap and trade...we might some redress....
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Interesting read hf

IMO environmentalists don't do enough or lend time to untainted organizations.

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