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Motor Vessel Theresa Ann v. Richardson

ELR Citation: 7 ELR 20065
Nos. Nos. 76-963-E, -971-E, 9 ERC 1510/(S.D. Cal., 11/02/1976) TRO continued

Although continuing a temporary restraining order solely to allow tuna fisherman plaintiffs to apply for appellate relief, the court denies plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction restraining defendants from enforcing a limitation on the number of marine mammals that may be taken incident to fishing "on porpoise" and defendants' motion to stay or transfer the proceedings because of similar litigation pending before the federal district court for the District of Columbia. Plaintiffs have failed to demonstrate their probable success on the merits. Their potential hardship from an adverse decision is not great because other fishing methods are available, and their potential loss is only two and one-half percent of the annual catch. Also, the public interest in protecting marine mammals must be served. Regarding the motion to stay or transfer the proceedings, defendants have failed to convince the court that the balance of inconveniences is strongly in their favor or that resolution of the District of Columbia litigation would necessarily resolve the issues in the instant suits.

Counsel for Plaintiffs
Rudi M. Brewster
William N. Kammer
Richard A. Paul
Gray, Cary, Ames & Frye
2100 Union Bank Bldg.
San Diego CA 92101
(714) 236-1661

D.G. Burney
Wells Fargo Bldg., Suite 1100
1007 Fifth Ave.
San Diego CA 92101
(714) 238-0011

Counsel for Defendants
William A. Butler
Environmental Defense Fund
1525 18th St., NW
Washington DC 20036
(202) 833-1484

Michael H. Walsh
Sheela, Lightner, Hughes & Castro, P.C.
3104 Fourth Ave.
San Diego CA 92104
(714) 291-4500

Bernard Fensterwald Jr.
McCandless & Fensterwald
1707 H St., NW
Washington DC 20006
(202) 223-1667