DOJ Can't Block Sierra Club's 'Side Deal' In Coal Plant Suit

Law360 (December 3, 2020, 10:02 PM EST) -- The federal government can't block a deal the Sierra Club struck with DTE Energy Co. to resolve long-standing allegations that the energy company illegally modified power plants, a Michigan federal judge ruled on Thursday.

U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman decided the deal was a private settlement between the parties and not a consent decree that the court needed to oversee, granting the Sierra Club's request to dismiss its complaint and let the sides proceed by their agreed-upon terms.

The U.S. Department of Justice said in July it opposed a "side deal" the Sierra Club and DTE struck on top of...

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