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Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt

A district court dismissed a challenge to FWS' development of guidelines implementing its species status assessments (SSA) program under the ESA. An environmental group argued that the Service failed to provide public notice and an...

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Bernhardt

A district court dismissed for lack of standing a challenge to FWS' decision to delist the threatened Louisiana black bear under the ESA. Individuals and nonprofit groups challenged the Service's conclusions in its decision that the...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Everson

A district court held that FWS' decision to list the northern long-eared bat as threatened rather than endangered under the ESA was arbitrary and capricious. Environmental groups argued that the rationale FWS relied on to reach its...

General Land Office of Texas v. United States Department of the Interior

The Fifth Circuit vacated FWS' 2016 decision denying a petition to delist the golden-cheeked warbler, which was listed as an endangered species under the ESA in 1990. Texas' General Land Office argued that the decision violated NEPA...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Jewell

A district court vacated in part and remanded in part FWS' 2014 determination to remove the Rio Grande cutthroat trout from the ESA list of endangered and threatened wildlife. An environmental group argued that FWS failed to adequately...

Friends of Animals v. Ross

A district court vacated NMFS' 2014 decision not to list the queen conch, a marine mollusk that inhabits the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, as endangered or threatened under the ESA. Environmental groups argued the decision should be...

Colorado v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court denied Colorado's and Utah's request to vacate FWS' decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse species as threatened under the ESA. The states argued that many of the agency's claimed threats to the species were...

Crow Indian Tribe v. United States

A district court vacated FWS' decision to delist the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem population of grizzly bears. Environmental groups argued that the agency violated the APA by failing to consider the impact of delisting on other...

Crow Indian Tribe v. United States

A district court issued a temporary restraining order on the scheduled opening of grizzly bear hunting in Idaho and Wyoming. A Native American tribe argued that FWS violated the ESA when it removed the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem...

Desert Survivors v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court vacated and set aside FWS' 2015 decision not to list an isolated population of greater sage grouse as threatened under the ESA. The court's ruling follows an order previously issued by that court granting summary...

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