Hornbeck Offshore Services, LLC v. Jewell
- Case Date: 8/12/2013
- Project Name: Environmental Law Project
On December 16, 2013, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a one-sentence order declining to review an appeals court ruling that second guessed a district judge’s decision to sanction the government for contempt, even though the judge found that the government’s evasive conduct amounted to a “determined disregard” of a preliminary injunction. The decision was a setback for WLF, which filed a brief in the case urging that review be granted. The case arises from the oil drilling moratorium issued by the Department of Interior following the Deepwater Horizon incident in April 2010. When the district court overturned the moratorium, the government undertook a series of actions designed to circumvent the district court’s order. The district court awarded the plaintiffs sanctions on the ground that the government’s actions constituted contempt, but the Fifth Circuit reversed. In its brief, WLF argued that the Fifth Circuit’s holding squarely conflicts with the law of several other federal circuits.
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