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Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Northern New Mexico Stockman's Ass'n v. United States Fish & Wildlife Service

A district court dismissed a challenge to FWS' designation of critical habitat for the New Mexico meadow jumping mouse. Southwestern ranchers argued that the Service underestimated the designation's economic impacts by not considering...

Oceana, Inc. v. Ross

A district court remanded to NMFS for a third time in a decades-long lawsuit concerning the Service's incidental take statement (ITS) assessing the impact of dredge fishing on loggerhead sea turtles in the Atlantic. A conservation group...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt

A district court denied FWS' motion to dismiss a lawsuit seeking a new recovery plan for the endangered Houston toad. An environmental group argued that FWS had "never developed a scientifically grounded and legally valid recovery plan...

Northwest Environmental Defense Center v. United States Army Corps of Engineers

A district court granted summary judgment for conservation groups in a lawsuit alleging that the Army Corps of Engineers' continued operation and maintenance of a flood control project in the Pacific Northwest violated the ESA. The...

Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. Burman

A district court denied a motion to dismiss or stay a challenge to the Bureau of Reclamation's alleged ongoing, unpermitted take of bull trout near Glacier National Park. An environmental group argued the Bureau's water control and...

Friends of the Clearwater v. Higgins

A district court denied environmental groups' motion to preliminarily enjoin a commercial logging and road construction project in the Idaho Panhandle National Forests. The groups argued that the Forest Service violated the ESA by...

Crow Indian Tribe v. United States

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and remanded in part a district court order remanding to FWS several issues concerning its 2017 rule removing ESA protections for the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear population. The district court...

Helena Hunters and Anglers Ass'n v. Marten

A district court granted in part summary judgment for nonprofit groups in a suit concerning a logging project in the Helena-Lewis and Clark National Forest. One group argued the project violated the Roadless Rule because the Forest...

Western Watersheds Project v. Bernhardt

A district court denied a motion to preliminarily enjoin grizzly bear killings in connection with a 2019 biological opinion and incidental take statement issued by FWS that allow for their lethal removal in Bridger-Teton National Forest...

Oregon-California Trails Ass'n v. Walsh

A district court vacated an incidental take permit issued by FWS for a transmission line project on a historic section of the Oregon and California Trail in Nebraska. Companies and conservation groups argued that FWS' decision to issue...

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