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Suit against Trump’s deregulation centerpiece gets mixed results

Joe Mont | February 13, 2019

On Feb. 8, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia denied the government’s motion to dismiss Public Citizen v. Trump, a case challenging a Trump administration executive order directing federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule they issue.

The court found that Public Citizen had satisfied the standard for showing standing at this stage. It also ruled, however, that Public Citizen hadn’t sufficiently shown enough to meet the standard needed for summary judgment.

Citing estimates that regulations cost $2 trillion a year, the Trump administration is aiming to reduce the cost of regulations by 75-80 percent. The January 2017 executive order at the heart of the lawsuit covers all new “significant” rules or guidance documents issued by...

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