Description: Challenge to environmental review for an Arkansas highway project.
Little Rock Downtown Neighborhood Association, Inc. v. Federal Highway Administration
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/03/2020 Order Download Plaintiffs' request for injunctive relief denied. Court Denied Injunction in Challenge to Highway Project in Arkansas. The federal district court for the Eastern District of Arkansas declined to enjoin a highway reconstruction and widening project. The court found that the plaintiffs—who asserted, among other things, that the defendants failed to consider the project’s cumulative impacts on greenhouse gas emissions—had not shown a likelihood that they would prevail on the merits. The court also found that the plaintiffs did not demonstrate they would suffer irreparable harm if work on the project commenced and that the balance of equities and public interest favored the defendants. 08/20/2020 Opposition Download Opposition filed by federal defendants to plaintiffs' request for admission of witness testimony. 08/19/2020 Request Download Brief filed in support of plaintiffs' request for admission of witness testimony. 08/18/2020 Opposition Download Opposition filed by federal defendants to plaintiffs' motion for preliminary and permanent injunction. 07/10/2020 Brief Download Brief filed by plaintiffs in support of motion for temporary restraining order and for permanent injunction. Plaintiffs Cite Cumulative Greenhouse Gas Impacts in Arguing for Preliminary Injunction to Stop Arkansas Highway Project. A motion for a preliminary injunction to halt construction of a “gargantuan” highway project in central Arkansas included an argument that the defendants failed to consider the project’s cumulative effects on greenhouse gas emissions when combined with past, present, and reasonably foreseeable emissions of greenhouse gases in the region. The plaintiffs argued that the defendants unreasonably, arbitrarily, and capriciously limited the universe of actions against which it measured cumulative impacts. 12/23/2019 Motion Download Joint motion for for stay of proceedings and motion to withdraw joint proposal for briefing schedule filed by the parties. 07/26/2019 Complaint Download First amended complaint filed. 07/03/2019 Brief Download Brief filed by plaintiffs in support of motion for preliminary and permanent injunction.