Quimbee logo
DMCA.com Protection Status
From our private database of 18,800+ case briefs...

New York v. United States

United States Supreme Court
505 U.S. 144 (1992)



In 1985, Congress enacted the Low-Level Radioactive Waste Policy Amendments Act (the Act) to help address issues of low-level radioactive waste disposal among the states. The Act encouraged states to adopt programs to dispose of their own waste by creating three incentives: a monetary incentive to encourage states to open waste sites, an access incentive to allow states without sites to be denied access to other states’ sites, and a take-title provision which required a state, upon request of a waste-generator within its borders, to take title to the waste and pay damages to the generator for any harm caused by the state’s failure to take title. The State of New York (plaintiff) brought suit against the United States government (defendant), alleging that the three provisions of the Act were unconstitutional under the Tenth and Eleventh Amendments, the Due Process Clause, and the Guarantee Clause. The federal district court dismissed the complaint, and the court of appeals affirmed. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (O’Connor, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (White, J.)

Concurrence/Dissent (Stevens, J.)

What to do next…

  1. 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 498,000 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.

  2. 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 498,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:

  • Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 18,800 briefs, keyed to 985 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.

Questions & Answers

Have a question about this case?

Sign up for a free 7-day trial and ask it

Sign up for a FREE 7-day trial