Judge tosses Minnesota auto suit

Source: BY ZACK COLMAN, Politico • Posted: Thursday, February 18, 2021

 A federal judge on Wednesday tossed out a lawsuit brought by the Minnesota Auto Dealers Association seeking to stop the state from advancing a rulemaking to align with California’s clean car standards. The dealers argued the rulemaking was preempted since the Trump administration revoked California’s greenhouse gas waiver. But Judge Wilhelmina Wright of the U.S. District Court for Minnesota tossed the case just hours after holding a hearing . Minnesota has Eleventh Amendment sovereign immunity protections that bar federal lawsuits against states, Wright concluded. She also found that MADA did not allege an “injury in fact” from the rulemaking process and that the claims are not ripe for review since no rule has been finalized. Wright’s ruling means MADA’s objections will have to wait until the state adopts a final rule.

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