9th Circ. Raises Bar for Standing in GHG Citizen Suits

02.18.2014
Law360

Svend Brandt-Erichsen authored an article for Law360's "Expert Analysis" section on how the Ninth Circuit has let stand a ruling that could sharply limit the availability of Clean Air Act citizen suits targeting greenhouse gas emissions.  The Ninth Circuit denied rehearing en banc in Washington Environmental Council v. Bellon, effectively requiring plaintiffs in GHG-based citizen suits to show that the emissions at issue make a meaningful contribution to global GHG concentrations if they are to have standing to pursue their claims.

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