Filings

Supporting the State of California’s Climate Change Initiatives in Federal Court

The Center for Law, Energy & the Environment filed a friend-of-the-court brief filed November 24, 2008, in a major environmental case, on behalf of U.S. Senators Feinstein and Boxer, Speaker of the House Pelosi, and most of California's Congressional delegation. The brief, filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, endorsed the State of California's legal challenge to the Bush Administration's refusal to allow California to implement important greenhouse gas emission controls needed to reduce global warming. The brief supported California's position that the Administration's action violates federal Clean Air Act.  (The case ultimately settled on terms favorable to the State of California in early 2009, following the change in federal administrations.)

Amicus Curie Brief for State of California vs. U.S. EPA  

 

CLEE Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court in Property Rights Case


In October 2009, the Center for Law, Energy & the Environment filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in a major property rights case.  CLEE submitted the brief on behalf of the Coastal States Organization, in support of the State of Florida’s efforts to protect coastal beaches in the wake of natural disasters.  Florida homeowners challenged those efforts in court, claiming that the Florida program violates their private property rights under the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The case remains pending before the Supreme Court.

Amicus brief for the Coastal States Organization filed with the U.S. Supreme Court

 


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government, but otherwise politically neutral: put the essential and already public documents of
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