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Best Plaintiff Group Name: Association of Irritated Residents
Posted: 02 Feb 2011 11:11 AM PST
An opinion today from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 
Association of Irritated Residents v. Envt'l Protection Agency, No. 09-71414 (Feb. 2, 2011)
The case involves whether the EPA properly approved revisions to California's State Implementation Plan for meeting air quality standards for ozone under the Clean Air Act. The court granted the petition and remanded the case to the EPA for further consideration. 
But what really grabbed us was the plaintiff: "Association of Irritated Residents." Oh, we get it: AIR. How cheeky. Reminds me of those catchy names plaintiff's groups often use (see, e.g., United States v. SCRAP (Students Challenging Regulatory Agency Procedures), 412 U.S. 669 (1972)), and the acronyms that float around the land use arena to describe motivation (e.g., NIMBY, BANANA), which we discussed in this post.
But I think "Association of Irritated Residents" is the best. Pretty much one-size


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