When a litigant brings a lawsuit under New York’s State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA), the odds of success have never been high. However, the cases decided in 2011 exhibiteda stark exception to this general rule: Project applicants who were frustrated by governmental delays or obstacles won six of the seven cases they brought under SEQRA.
The volume of SEQRA litigation continues to decline. In 2011 the courts decided 35 cases under SEQRA, the lowest number since this column began its annual survey in 1990. The second lowest was 37 in 2010; the third lowest was 45 in 2009. (Previously the historical average was around 60.)
Environmental Law | Law
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Michael B. Gerrard,
Recent Developments Under State Environmental Quality Review Act,
N.Y.L.J., July 12, 2012
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