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Editor's Note :

This week the blog will publish a multi-part online symposium on United States v. Texas, a challenge by Texas and twenty-five states to the Obama administration's deferred-action policy for immigration. Contributions to this special feature, as well as an “explainer” by this blog's Lyle Denniston, are available here.

American Electric Power Co., Inc. v. Connecticut

Docket No. Op. Below Argument Opinion Vote Author Term
10-174 2d Cir. Apr 19, 2011
Tr.Aud.
Jun 20, 2011 8-0 Ginsburg OT 2010

Holding: Holding: An equally divided Court affirmed the Second Circuit's exercise of jurisdiction; four members of the Court would hold that at least some plaintiffs have standing to bring the lawsuit. The Clean Air Act and the Environmental Protection Agency's implementation of the Act displace any federal common-law right to seek abatement of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil-fuel fired power plants. (Sotomayor, J., recused).

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 8-0, in an opinion by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on June 20, 2011. Justice Alito filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment, which was joined by Justice Thomas. (Sotomayor, J., recused).

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