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Federal Judge in North Dakota clarifies that injunction against Waters of US rule limited to 13 states


U.S. District Judge Ralph Erickson clarified that the preliminary injunction he issued last week against the implementation of the Obama Administration’s Wasters of the U.S. rule only applies to the 13 states (including Wisconsin) that sued to block the rule, not nationwide.

Expanding on his earlier ruling, Judge Erickson wrote, “[b]ecause there are competing sovereign interests and competing judicial rulings, the court declines to extend the preliminary injunction at issue beyond the entities actually before it.”