June 08, 2020 ENVIRONMENT, ENERGY & RESOURCES

Environmental Citizen Suits in California

Tom Boer and Clare Ellis

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It was widely anticipated that the Trump era would be marked by a surge in citizen suit enforcement of environmental laws, to fill a perceived “gap” in government-driven environmental enforcement. Ultimately, however, we posit that citizen suits against private companies have gained little traction in recent years in both state and federal courts in California. Various factors may be contributing to this phenomenon.

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