Most environmental statutes allow citizens to sue companies for violating the statutes or their regulations. Most such citizen suits are not filed by individuals, however, but by environmental organizations.
Bruce Benson is a Professor Emeritus at Florida State University, Research Professor at Appalachian State University, and Senior Fellow at the Independent Institute. He has previously served in numerous roles including the DeVoe Moore and Distinguished Research Professor, Chair of the Department of Economics, and a Courtesy Professor of Law at Florida State University. Benson is internationally recognized as one of the foremost figures in the areas of public choice and law and economics. His books include The Enterprise of Law (1990), co-author of The Economic Anatomy of a Drug War (1994), and To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice (1998). A member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Economic Association, he is Associate Editor of the Journal of Regional Science. The recipient of the Ludwig von Mises Prize, and the Adam Smith Award, he is the author of nearly one hundred articles and reviews in scholarly journals and a contributor to twelve books. Professor Benson received his Ph.D. from Texas A & M University, and he has taught at Pennsylvania State University and Montana State University.