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Endangered Species Act (ESA)

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...

WildEarth Guardians v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

The Tenth Circuit held that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was not required to consult with FWS about alternative water management policies in the Rio Grande River that would help protect the endangered southwestern willow flycatcher...

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...

Delacroix Corp. v. Becerra

A district court temporarily blocked a California law banning the import and sale of alligator and crocodile products. The court noted, however, that the California Department of Fish and Wildlife can continue to enforce laws that bar...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Ross

A district court vacated exempted fishing permits issued by NMFS that allowed two vessels to engage in commercial longline fishing in federal waters off the coast of California for two years. Environmental groups contended that the...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Ross

A district court denied NMFS’ motion to stay a lawsuit concerning the effects of lobster fishing on the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The agency requested a stay pending its promulgation of two conservation measures—a new...

Conservation Law Foundation v. Ross

A district court enjoined a NMFS rule that opened two areas of previously protected North Atlantic right whale habitat off the New England coast to gillnet fishing. An environmental group argued that the Sustainable Fisheries Division (...

Wild Virginia v. United States Department of the Interior

The Fourth Circuit granted a motion to stay FWS' issuance of a biological opinion and incidental take statement for a proposed 300-mile natural gas pipeline running through Virginia and West Virginia, and to hold in abeyance litigation...

Ksanka Kupaqa Xa'cin v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court denied summary judgment in a lawsuit concerning potential harms to local trout populations from a proposed copper and silver mine in Montana. Environmental groups and a Native American tribe argued that FWS violated the...

Friends of the River v. National Marine Fisheries Service

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit reversed in part and affirmed in part a summary judgment in favor of NMFS and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a challenge against NMFS' 2014 opinions that reversed its decades-long...

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