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H.J. Justin & Sons v. Deukmejian

ELR Citation: 13 ELR 20479
Nos. No. 81-4492, 702 F.2d 758/20 ERC 1993/(9th Cir., 03/11/1983) Rev'd

The court, reversing in part the district court's ruling, 12 ELR 20179, rules that §6(f) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) preempts the state of California's statute prohibiting trade in elephant products. Applying the ruling in a companion case, 13 ELR 20477, the court rules that the California statute may not be applied to a holder of a federal permit for the trade in specific endangered species products. However, California's prohibition on trade in python and kangaroo products is not preempted by the ESA. Since neither spec ies is listed as endangered or threatened, §6(f) of the ESA has no application to state law regulating trade in those species.

Counsel for Appellant
John B. McAdams
Kelly, Appleman, Hart & Hallman
3002 Ft. Worth Nat'l Bank Bldg., Ft. Worth TX 76102
(817) 335-7331

Counsel for Appellees
Joel S. Moskowitz, Ass't Attorney General
555 Capitol Mall, Suite 350, Sacramento CA 95814
(916) 445-9555

Joyce S. A. Tischler
3156 Turk Blvd., San Francisco CA 94118
(415) 751-7262

Before SCHROEDER, FLETCHER, and NORRIS, Circuit Judges.