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Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Ecological Rights Foundation v. Federal Emergency Management Agency

A district court granted environmental groups' motion to set aside FEMA's biological evaluation to determine whether proposed revisions to the National Flood Insurance Program would affect species and habitats protected under the ESA....

Friends of Animals v. Zinke

A district court dismissed a lawsuit brought by conservation groups challenging FWS' 2017 enhancement finding that overturned a previous ban on the importation of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe. Conservation groups challenged the...

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

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...

Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Fifth Circuit decision upholding FWS' critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog. Before the appellate court, the landowners whose property was designated argued that their property did not...

Environmental Defense Center v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment relating to a proposal to permit hydraulic fracturing operations off the coast of California. The groups argued that the Bureau of...

Red Wolf Coalition v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court permanently enjoined FWS from taking endangered red wolves in a challenge against the agency's authorizations of takes of the species on private property. Environmental groups argued that the agency violated the ESA by...

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court granted in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to FWS' administration of a wildlife export program under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The groups...

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Department of Justice

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit vacated a district court's order granting summary judgment to environmental groups challenging DOJ's McKittrick policy. The groups argued before the district court that the policy, which...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Ross

A district court granted environmental groups' request for discovery relevant to the lobster fishing industry's impact on the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The groups argued that NMFS violated its ongoing duty under §7 of the...

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...

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