In a blow to the Obama administration, a judicial panel has refused to consolidate a series of legal challenges against the new rule re-defining the jurisdiction of the Clean Water Act.
Advertisement Lawyers for the administration were seeking to move the nine lawsuits, now pending in seven circuit courts, to the District of Columbia. A North Dakota judge in August blocked implementation of the “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rule in 13 states, and then a circuit court judge last week extended the stay nationwide.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Jurisdiction ruled that it wouldn’t serve the convenience of the witnesses or the parties to the lawsuits to consolidate the cases in the D.C. court. Read the rest of the story here.