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Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services

Docket No.: 98-822
Argued: October 12, 1999
Decided: January 12, 2000

Topics:

Federal Water Pollution Control (Clean Water), plus amendments, Economic Activity, Judicial Power, Standing to Sue, Natural Resources, Mootness, Administrative Procedure, Article I, Bureau of Land Management, Clean Water, Clean Water Act, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Water Pollution Control, Mootness, Natural Resources, antitrust, endangered species, equitable relief, preliminary injunction, statutory standing

Petitioner: Friends of the Earth
Respondent: Laidlaw Environmental Services

Court Below: THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
Citation: 149 F.3d 303
Lower Court Decision
Supreme Court Docket


528 U.S. 167 (2000)
Question:

Does an environmental group's citizen suit for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act become moot when the defendant, after commencement of the litigation, has come into compliance with its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permit?

Friends of the Earth v. Laidlaw Environmental Services
ORAL ARGUMENT

October 12, 1999

Holding: reversed and remanded
Decision: Decision: 7 votes for Friends of the Earth, 2 vote(s) against
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