Judgment No. 7167/2008 of December 2, 2008 (Supreme Court of Spain, Administrative Litigation Division, Section 5)
Side A: Carles de Llierca, S.A. (Corporation)
Side B: Council of Ministers of Spain (Government)
Challenge to individual assignment of emissions
Cales de Llierca, S.A., brought suit against the Council of Ministers of Spain challenging their decision of January 21, 2005 approving the individual assignment of emissions credits to its lime processing facility for the 2005-2007 period. Cales de Llierca argued the assignment of credits was done in violation of provisions in Royal Decree 1866/2004 which required consideration of increased production capacity prior to a certain date in order to determine acceptable emissions levels and the corresponding assignment of credits. The court found in favor of Cales de Llierca and ordered the Council to conduct a new assignment of credits, holding that the administrative record did not sustain the Council's conclusion regarding the facility's production capacity and that it had misapplied the methodologies required by applicable laws in reaching its conclusion.