Blue States File Brief Encouraging District Court to Consider Juliana Settlement
In February, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ordered Juliana v. U.S., aka the “kids climate case,” dismissed, yet the district court’s ongoing proceedings continue to attract legal filings. Most recently, six state attorneys general filed an amicus brief urging Judge Aiken to disregard the previously filed brief by eighteen other state AGs arguing that Aiken lacks jurisdiction to approve a settlement.
Despite the Ninth Circuit’s order, the plaintiffs filed a motion in March seeking to amend their complaint so as to establish Article III standing. The district court held oral argument on this motion last month. Judge Aiken also ordered the parties to attend a settlement conference even though (as DOJ argued) the court lacks jurisdiction for either.
In order to forestall a potential col
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