Mountain States Legal Foundation v. Bush

306 F.3d 1132 (2002)

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Mountain States Legal Foundation v. Bush

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
306 F.3d 1132 (2002)

  • Written by Tanya Munson, JD

Facts

President Clinton (defendant) exercised his authority under the Antiquities Act to issue presidential proclamations that designated national monuments in the western United States. Mountain States Legal Foundation (MSLF) (plaintiff) filed a complaint in district court challenging six of these presidential proclamations as unconstitutional and ultra vires. The district court dismissed MSLF’s complaint for lack of subject-matter jurisdiction and failure to state a claim. MSLF appealed and argued that the district court erred by limiting its review to the face of the proclamations rather than determining whether the president had complied with the Antiquities Act.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Rogers, J.)

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