In this case, students and faculty in the Environmental Law Clinic are serving as lawyers to the Waterkeeper Alliance, an environmental citizens group. The decision to represent Waterkeepers was made carefully by a UM Carey Law professor with decades of environmental litigation experience representing corporate clients, after a full examination of the facts and law involved.
The Waterkeepers can bring this suit because the Clean Water Act has a special provision that allows citizens to enforce the existing law, protecting environmental resources that are valuable to the public as a whole. The suit alleges that Perdue and its grower have violated the Clean Water Act by polluting the Chesapeake Bay.
All parties to the suit filed motions for summary judgment, which the judge denied. The trial began on October 9, 2012 and concluded October 23. Closing arguments will be made November 30, 2012.