A Shift in Citizen Suit Standing Doctrine: Friends of the Early, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services

Henry, Hudson P.
August 2001
Ecology Law Quarterly;2001, Vol. 28 Issue 2, p233
Academic Journal
Citizen suits seeking to enforce environmental regulations have previously been of very little use to environmental group plaintiffs. The United States Supreme Court has traditionally interpreted constitutional standing requirements narrowly to deny such actions to most citizen suit plaintiffs. The Court's recent Laidlaw decision signifies a lowering of this bar. The decision is significant because it offers a somewhat broader definition of constitutional standing requirements and illustrates the Court's willingness to look to Congress' intent when authorizing citizen suit enforcement. In the wake of this decision, citizen suit plaintiffs should have an easier time achieving the standing that Congress intended.


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