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Maura Healey’s many lawsuits against the Trump administration

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has taken action against the Trump administration on numerous fronts in the past six months:

Environment

January 2017: Intervened in challenges in defense of federal emission standards for medium and heavy-duty trucks and engines established by the EPA.

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March 2017: Filed a multistate brief in the US Supreme Court opposing the Trump Administration’s request for a delay in a lawsuit regarding the Clean Water Rule so that it could decide whether to roll back the rule. The Supreme Court denied the Administration’s request and the case is proceeding.

April and May 2017: Filed multistate briefs to protect the Clean Power Plan.

April and May 2017: Filed multistate briefs requesting the DC Circuit decide a pending case challenging a rule to limit carbon dioxide emissions of new or modified fossil fuel fired power plants.

April 2017: Led a multistate coalition in filing a brief opposing the Trump Administration’s request to put on hold a case challenging the standards limiting mercury and other toxic air emissions from power plants.

April 2017: Motion to intervene in a pending case in the 4th Circuit to defend energy standards for general service lamps. The case is now on hold in response to the Trump Administration’s request to engage in discussions with the industry to settle the case.

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April 2017: Lawsuit filed against the Department of Energy for delaying energy efficiency standards. In response, the Administration reversed course and finalized the standards as written.

April 2017: Led multistate coalition opposing the Trump Administration request to withdraw its information collection request (ICR) on methane emissions from existing sources in the oil and gas sector, an important part of the Obama Administration’s effort to regulate such sources under the Clean Air Act.

April 2017: Filed multistate brief in the DC Circuit opposing the Trump Administration’s request to put on hold a case challenging regulations reducing methane emissions from new and modified sources in the oil and gas sector.

June 2017: Administrative objections filed against the EPA’s decision to abandon a proposed ban on the use of a toxic pesticide.

June 2017: Letter sent to EPA threatening a lawsuit if Administrator Pruitt rolls back federal limits on greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light-duty trucks.

June 2017: Lawsuit filed against the Department of Energy for failing to implement final energy efficiency standards.

Travel Ban Lawsuits

January 2017: Lawsuit challenging Trump’s Executive Order on immigration.

March 2017: Joined state of Washington’s lawsuit against Trump’s revised travel ban.

Amicus Briefs

February 2017: Led a coalition in support of Washington’s lawsuit.

February 2017: Led a coalition in support of New York’s lawsuit

Filed an amicus brief in support of Virginia’s lawsuit against the Travel Ban filed in the Eastern District of Virginia.

February 2017: Filed amicus briefs with the US Supreme Court opposing Trump’s travel ban.

March 2017: Joined amicus brief in support of Hawaii’s successful request for a preliminary injunction of the travel ban.

April 2017: Filed amicus brief in the 9th Circuit in support of Hawaii’s lawsuit against the travel ban.

Health Care

May 2017: Filed a motion to intervene in House v. Price, a lawsuit filed by Republicans that undercuts the affordability of health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.

Students

January 2017: Filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit to defend the Obama administration’s decision to terminate a national accrediting agency that facilitated the abuse of student borrowers by predatory, for-profit schools.

June 2017: Led coalition of attorneys general in filing a motion to intervene in a lawsuit that challenges the U.S. Department of Education’s Borrower Defense Regulations.

June 2017: Announced intent to sue Education Secretary DeVos for abandoning federal protections for students

Consumer Protection

January 2017: Filed a motion to intervene in a federal appeals court case concerning the constitutionality of the term appointment of the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.