Court Battles

Since our founding in 1970, NRDC has been in court defending the environment and human health. Litigation is in our DNA. 

Here, you can follow some of our landmark court battles as well as other legal advocacy, including administrative cases and amicus briefs. Whether up against a fossil fuel corporation or a government agency, NRDC will continue using facts, evidence, and the rule of law to enforce safeguards and hold polluters accountable.

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NRDC v. E. Scott Pruitt et al. (Neonic Pesticides)

Court CaseUnited StatesActive
Research shows neonics are highly toxic to wildlife, including key pollinators—and the EPA’s failure to act on that evidence violates the Endangered Species Act. So we’re suing.

Keystone XL Pipeline Lawsuits

Court CaseNebraska, South Dakota, MontanaActive
The massive pipeline threatened our climate and public health—and the government’s approvals violated environmental laws. So we went to court.

South Carolina Coastal Conservation League v. Ross

Court CaseSouth Carolina, EastClosed
NRDC, partners, and coastal states sued to stop seismic blasting in the Atlantic Ocean, which threatens marine life like the endangered North Atlantic right whale.

NRDC v. E. Scott Pruitt et al. (Enlist Duo)

Court CaseUnited StatesClosed
The EPA approved the pesticide Enlist Duo despite its serious risks to people and monarch butterflies. So NRDC challenged the EPA’s decision—and won an important victory.

Coalition for Competitive Electricity v. Zibelman

Court CaseNew YorkClosed
In defending New York State’s authority to regulate utilities, NRDC is helping to preserve states’ ability to combat climate change and pollution from power plants.

NRDC et al. v. EPA et al. (Exceptional Events)

Court CaseUnited StatesClosed
The EPA’s flawed definition of a “natural event” under the Clean Air Act could allow preventable pollution, like power plant emissions, to be excused. So we took them to court.

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