September 27, 2006

Judge rules automakers can continue lawsuit to block California greenhouse gas standards

Los Angeles, California – U.S. District Judge Anthony Ishii has ruled that automakers can continue a lawsuit that seeks to block California’s law regulating greenhouse gas emissions standards for new vehicles beginning in 2009, according to the Green Car Congress. The report, which cites the San Jose Mercury News, says the case will go to trial January 30, 2007.

The California regulations, which have been adopted by 10 other states, establish cuts in greenhouse gas emissions from light-duty vehicles. The automakers challenged the law, claiming that the regulation essentially sets new fuel economy standards, which is legally the sole purview of the federal government.

The judge is allowing the automakers to continue with the fuel economy argument, as well as an argument that the regulations undermine the federal government’s ability to conduct a uniform federal policy. He prohibited arguments that the law would impede interstate commerce or business competitions.

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