The petition of the day is:

Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann (Granted )

Note: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys work for or contribute to this blog in various capacities, represents the City of Dallas as amicus curiae in this case.
Docket: 11-889
Issue(s): (1) Whether Congress’s approval of an interstate water compact that grants the contracting states “equal rights” to certain surface water and – using language present in almost all such compacts— provides that the compact shall not “be deemed . . . to interfere” with each state’s “appropriation, use, and control of water . . . not inconsistent with its obligations under this Compact,” manifests unmistakably clear congressional consent to state laws that expressly burden interstate commerce in water; and (2) whether a provision of a congressionally approved multi-state compact that is designed to ensure an equal share of water among the contracting states preempts protectionist state laws that obstruct other states from accessing the water to which they are entitled by the compact.

Certiorari stage documents:

Posted in Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, Cases in the Pipeline

Recommended Citation: Kali Borkoski, Petition of the day, SCOTUSblog (Feb. 14, 2012, 8:00 PM),