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Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA)

Protect Our Communities Foundation v. Jewell

The Ninth Circuit upheld BLM's decision to grant a right-of-way allowing a wind energy project to be built and operated on federal lands in southeast San Diego County. Community groups argued that BLM violated NEPA, the Migratory Bird...

Friends of Animals v. Clay

The Second Circuit upheld a "depredation permit" FWS issued to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey authorizing the emergency "take" of migratory birds that threaten to interfere with aircraft at the John F. Kennedy...

United States v. Citgo Petroleum Corp.

The Fifth Circuit reversed an oil company's convictions for violating the CAA and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) in connection with its wastewater treatment system at its Corpus Christi refinery. The company was convicted for...

United States v. Brigham Oil & Gas, L.P.

A district court held that oil and gas companies should not be criminally charged under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) for the death of migratory birds found in North Dakota oil fields. The MBTA, as broadly interpreted by the...

United States v. Apollo Energies, Inc.

The Tenth Circuit held that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) applies a strict liability standard to the taking or killing of migratory birds but that it requires a defendant to proximately cause the statute's violation for the...

Fund for Animals, Inc. v. Kempthorne

The court affirmed a lower court decision denying a motion for preliminary injunction that would require the protection of mute swans under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. The Act, which implements the migratory bird conventions, makes...

Noe v. Henderson

The court holds that the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and its implementing regulations do not preempt Arkansas regulations governing captive-reared mallard ducks. Captive-bred ducks do not fall within the MBTA's scope of federal...

United States v. Hardman

The court holds that the federal government failed to show how limiting permits for eagle feathers only to members of federally recognized tribes is the least restrictive means of advancing the government's interests in preserving eagle...

Oman-Fischbach Int'l (JV) v. Pirie

The court affirms an Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals decision denying a construction company's application for an equitable adjustment for additional costs incurred hauling waste from its construction activities at a U.S. Navy...

United States v. Hardman

The court holds that a Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) regulation does not violate the Free Exercise or Establishment Clauses of the U.S. Constitution and, therefore, affirms an individual's conviction for possessing eagle feathers...