Tag: Standing

Standing in Nuclear Waste: Challenging the Disposal of Yucca Mountain

Meagan Easly

For more than two generations, the United States has generated more electricity from nuclear energy than any other country. So how is there still no long-term solution to the well-understood problem of nuclear waste management? This Note examines the nation’s failure to adequately implement a plan for the safe… Read More »

Probabilistic Standing

F. Andrew Hessick

Under the case or controversy clause, the federal judiciary cannot address legal questions in the abstract; it may do so only in the course of resolving a case — that is, a dispute capable of resolution by a judicial order imposing a specific form of relief through an “an immediate… Read More »

Without a Leg to Stand On?: Class Representatives, Federal Courts, and Standing Desiderata

Daniel D. DeVougas

Whether it’s over the siren song of McDonald’s Happy Meals or historic employment discrimination, class actions presently appear to be the desired route for bands of plaintiffs to “stick it to ‘the Man’”; that is, to seek redress from big business for mass harms.  But the preference for… Read More »

Did Liberal Justices Invent the Standing Doctrine? An Empirical Study of the Evolution of Standing, 1921-2006

Daniel E. Ho & Erica Ross

I. The Insulation Thesis
The standing doctrine is the Rorschach test of federal courts. In theory, the doctrine serves a distinct function, namely ensuring that a litigant is the proper party to bring a claim in court. Yet standing remains one of the most contested areas of federal law, with… Read More »

Substance or Illusion? The Dangers of Imposing a Standing Threshold

Amanda C. Leiter - Catholic University Columbus School of Law

The article from which this essay is derived criticizes the D.C. Circuit’s evaluation of petitioners’ standing in so-called “increased-risk” cases—cases in which individuals or interest groups allege that an agency action places them at increased risk of future harm. The D.C. Circuit requires petitioners in such cases to establish that… Read More »

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