9th Circ. Affirms Calif. Shipping Fuel Rules

Law360, New York (March 28, 2011, 8:17 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday rejected a shipping association's challenge to new, allegedly stringent California fuel use regulations for ships operating up to 24 miles off the state's coast.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's denial of summary judgment to the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association in its case against James Goldstene, the executive officer of the California Air Resources Board.

“In the end, we acknowledge the unusual characteristics and circumstances of the vessel fuel rules,”...
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