Judge Claims Power To Issue National WOTUS Stay But Notes Deference

June 18, 2020
A federal judge in California pushed back on Justice Department (DOJ) suggestions at a June 18 hearing that case law bars him from staying the Trump administration’s waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule on a nationwide basis, although he also said some of the merits arguments from the rule’s critics were hard to understand. Judge Richard Seeborg of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California suggested at the end of the hearing that he would aim...

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