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The ability of a party to demonstrate to the court sufficient connection to and harm from the law or action challenged.

The most recent example of the critical role standing plays in a case is the challenge by a Colarado construction company to affirmative action as a remedy for the history of racist practices in the construction industry. In Adarand Constructors v. Mineta, the court dismissed the case for lack of standing holding that "Adarand had not established its suitability as a plaintiff to challenge the one aspect of the federal program that appeared to still be before the court." (NY Times: November 27, 2001)