Highway J Citizens Group et al v. United States Department of Transportation et al

Filing 144

ORDER that plaintiffs' affidavits regarding standing due 6/5/09; defendants' response to plaintiffs' submissions due 6/12/09 signed by Judge Lynn Adelman on 5/27/09. (cc: all counsel)(Wesolek, Marie)

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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF WISCONSIN HIGHWAY J CITIZENS GROUP, U.A. and WAUKESHA COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION LEAGUE Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION; Secretary of Transportation RAY LaHOOD; FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION; Administrator of Federal Highway Administration; U.S. ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS; District Engineer COLONEL JON L. CHRISTENSEN; and FRANK BUSALACCHI, in his official capacity as Secretary of the State of Wisconsin Department of Transportation Defendants. Case No. 05-C-0212 DECISION AND ORDER On May 8, 2009, defendants filed their reply brief in support of their motion for summary judgment. In their brief, defendants brought to the court's attention the Supreme Court's recent decision in Summers v. Earth Island Institute, __ U.S. __, 129 S. Ct. 1142 (2009), which involves organizational standing. In its decision, the Court reiterated that "the court has an independent obligation to assure that standing exists, regardless of whether it is challenged by any of the parties." Id. at 1152. The Court then indicated that a court cannot discharge this independent obligation unless the plaintiff submits "individual affidavits" from its members which show that the members themselves have standing. Id. This is so, held the Court, even if the plaintiff's complaint includes allegations establishing the standing of the organization's members and those allegations have been admitted by the defendant. Id. So that this court can discharge its obligations under Summers, plaintiffs are hereby directed to submit an affidavit from at least one member of each organization which establishes that those members have standing. The affidavits must be filed on or before June 5, 2009. Plaintiffs may include along with the affidavits a short legal memorandum explaining the basis for their standing. If defendants so choose, they may file a response to the plaintiffs' submissions on or before June 12, 2009. SO ORDERED at Milwaukee, Wisconsin this 27 day of May, 2009. /s______________________________ LYNN ADELMAN District Judge 2

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