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California Cattlemen's Ass'n v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

ELR Citation: 49 ELR 20048
Nos. 1:17-cv-01536 (TNM), (D.D.C., 03/27/2019) (McFadden, J.)

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by California farming and ranching groups challenging FWS' designation of 1.8 million acres of critical habitat for two endangered yellow-legged frog species and the threatened Yosemite toad. The groups argued that FWS did not evaluate the effects of the critical habitat designation on "small entities," as required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act. FWS asserted the groups lacked standing to sue. The court found the groups failed to establish that any of their members suffered an injury-in-fact traceable to the agency's designation, rather than to preexisting requirements, nor did they show that the relief sought would redress the injuries they alleged. It therefore dismissed the suit for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.