Plastics Litigation Tracker

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This track­er was launched July 15, 2022. It was last updat­ed August 9, 2023.

The Plastics Litigation Tracker tracks cases addressing plastics across federal and state courts. It includes resolved cases and cases that are still pending. The cases can be filtered by category, plaintiff, defendant, and jurisdiction. They are listed in reverse chronological order based on the date of the latest update in each case. Where there is no decision, the cases will appear in alphabetical order. Descriptions of the categories can be found here. This blog post gives an introduction to the project and analyzes trends evident from the cases in the tracker at the time it was launched.

The tracker will be updated as cases are resolved and new cases are filed. To submit cases, updates, or corrections to this database, please email [email protected].

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Nat. Res. Def. Council v. Train, No. 74-1433 (D.C. Cir. 1974)

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Clean Water Act

Allegations: Plaintiff, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), brought an action against the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) seeking to compel the EPA to publish effluent limitation guidelines called for under Section 304(b)(1)(A) of the Clean Water Act. The guidelines limited discharge of pollutants, which included plastic discharge.

Outcome: On December 5, 1974, the D.C. District Court granted summary judgment to NRDC. On appeal, the Circuit Court reversed in part, holding that Act did not require publication of guidelines within one year after its enactment as a nondiscretionary imperative. See the opinion here.