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Weekly Cases Update Volume 48, Issue 14

Center for Biological Diversity v. Zinke

48 ELR 20075
3:17-cv-00091 (D. Alaska, May 2018)

A district court dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), under which Congress recently passed a resolution disapproving an FWS rule that prohibited certain hunting and trapping practices on National Wildlife Refuges in...

Separation of powers, National Wildlife Refuge System

Sharpsmart v. Smith

48 ELR 20077
17-16424 (9th Cir., May 2018)

The Ninth Circuit upheld a preliminary injunction enjoining California Department of Public Health officials from enforcing the California Medical Waste Management Act (MWMA) against a medical waste facility with regard to how it disposes of medical waste at facilities outside the state. The...


Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community v. Zinke

48 ELR 20076
17-15245, -15533 (9th Cir., May 2018)

The Ninth Circuit affirmed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of a Native American tribe in a lawsuit seeking to enjoin the DOI's Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) from taking a parcel of land into trust for the tribe so it could build a casino and hotel complex. Following the BIA's...

Indian Reorganization Act, Land Use (generally)