Bloomberg Law
Oct. 7, 2019, 5:52 PM

No End in Sight for National Monuments Litigation Against Trump

Ellen M. Gilmer
Ellen M. Gilmer

Litigation over President Donald Trump’s cuts to the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments is set to stretch well into next year.

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Oct. 7 directed the plaintiffs—who think the president exceeded his authority in reducing the Utah sites—to file an updated complaint that better explains why they have the right to sue in the first place.

“The court’s concern is standing, I will tell you that,” Judge Tanya S. Chutkan said.

The new complaints, due Nov. 7, will trigger another round of legal filings that will push ...