Center for Biological Diversity v. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
538 F.3d 1172 (2008)
The Center for Biological Diversity, three other public interest organizations, 11 states, the District of Columbia, and the City of New York (plaintiffs) filed petitions in the federal court of appeals against the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) (defendant) seeking review of an NHTSA proposed rule establishing the corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards for light trucks, some sport utility vehicles, and minivans, for model years 2008-2011. Specifically, plaintiffs allege that prior to drafting the proposed rule, NHTSA’s draft Environmental Assessment (EA) failed to adequately address the impact the CAFE standards would have on carbon dioxide emissions, the main cause of global climate change. Consequently, plaintiffs claimed NHTSA violated the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 (EPCA) and the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA).
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Fletcher, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 166,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 13,800 briefs, keyed to 187 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.