Supreme Court Tells EPA To Consider Costs of Pollution Regulations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fared well before the U.S. Supreme Court in recent Clean Air Act cases. But the streak ended Monday when the justices ruled that the EPA must consider the cost to industry in regulating mercury emissions from factories and coal plants.

Practice

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Briefs & Arguments

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Rulings

  • Positions Harden on High Court over Capital Punishment

    By Marcia Coyle

    Twenty-five years have passed since two justices who were unalterably opposed to the death penalty sat on the U.S. Supreme Court together. On Monday, Justices Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg indicated they were ready to step into the shoes of the late William Brennan Jr. and Thurgood Marshall in a controversy over a lethal-injection drug.

  • Why the Supreme Court Doesn’t Give Advance Notice About Decisions

    By Tony Mauro

    When the U.S. Supreme Court returns to the bench Monday, June 29, it will be the last sitting before its summer recess—and the only day of the term when the public can be relatively sure which rulings will be announced.

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Courtside

  • Inside High Court, a Quiet Celebration Marked by Tears

    By Marcia Coyle

    Several lawyers silently cried as Justice Anthony Kennedy read his decision in his slightly nasal monotone, belying the historic nature of the ruling. As the holding became clear Kevin Cathcart, executive director of Lambda Legal, put his arm around the shoulders of Mary Bonauto of Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders.

  • How Do Supreme Court Justices Manage to Get Along?

    By Tony Mauro

    When a colleague says he would rather "hide my head in a bag" than agree with something you've written, how can you possibly face each other the next day?

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