Supreme Court of the United States

On May 16, 2016, the United States Supreme Court clarified that a plaintiff must allege an injury in fact that is both concrete and particularized to establish standing to sue in federal court. Neither a particularized injury nor a “bare procedural violation” of a federal statute alone will confer standing.  The case, Spokeo, Inc. v. Robins, may impact “citizen suits” in environmental litigation where the injury in fact alleged may actually be to the environment broadly construed and not to an individual plaintiff’s “concrete” and “particularized” interests.
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