On July 29, 2015, the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation approved the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers request that twelve different lawsuits filed in relations to the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule be consolidated. The panel randomly chose the Sixth Circuit Court to hear the consolidated cases.
Some of the lawsuits consolidated were filed against the EPA by environmental groups who want stricter pollution protection. The rest of the lawsuits were filed by industry groups and states who believe the EPA has overstepped its bounds and argue for rules that will not so greatly burden businesses.
It is expected the consolidation of the lawsuits will help bring a faster resolution to the challenges.
Written by Katharine Richter - Research Assistant
July 31, 2015