Description: Challenge to Minnesota's requirement that diesel fuel sold in the state contain a certain percentage of biodiesel.
Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association v. Stine
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 09/29/2016 Memorandum Opinion and Order Download Memorandum opinion and order issued. Minnesota Federal Court Said State Biofuel Mandate Was Not Preempted. The federal district court for the District of Minnesota ruled that the “Minnesota Mandate,” which requires diesel fuel sold in the state to contain a specific percentage of biodiesel, was not preempted by the federal Renewable Fuel Standard. The court also ruled that the plaintiffs did not have standing to bring their preemption claims against some of the defendants. The plaintiffs were associations representing the trucking industry, car and truck dealers, automobile manufacturers, the oil and gas industry, and refiners and petrochemical manufacturers. The court also ruled that the Eleventh Amendment barred the plaintiffs’ claims that the defendants violated state rulemaking procedures.