Editor's Note :

Editor's Note :

In previous years, the Court released orders the morning after the Court’s “Long Conference.” It has not done so this year. Beginning last Term, the Court consistently considered petitions at least two times before granting certiorari. To the extent that practice continues -- and there is no affirmative evidence the Court intends to drop it -- we would not expect orders granting certiorari today.

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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