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Supreme Court Declines E-15 Case; Will Hear Case on NLRB Recess Appointments

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a legal challenge by a group of trade associations including AMI  to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) move to allow the sale of 15 percent (E-15) blends of gasoline. The Supreme Court ruling lets stand a federal appeals court ruling that said the trade groups lacked legal standing to press their challenges. The Court did not provide any reasons for its decision.

While the E-15 cases were refused, the Supreme Court will hear a case on presidential National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) recess appointments. The case was brought after President Obama put three new members on the NLRB last year during a break in Senate sessions. The Obama administration had appealed a lower court ruling that presidents may make recess appointments only between enumerated sessions of the Senate, not when senators take an intra-session break. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case in the fall.

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