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Natural Resources Defense Council v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court granted in part and denied in part DOI's motion to dismiss a challenge to its 2017 interpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that permitted the "incidental" taking of migratory birds. Environmental groups and...

Defenders of Wildlife v. United States Department of the Interior

The Fourth Circuit vacated a biological opinion and incidental take statement issued by FWS in connection with a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. Environmental groups argued that FWS...

Center for Environmental Science, Accuracy & Reliability v. United States Department of Interior

A district court dismissed a challenge to FWS' denial of a petition to remove the coastal California gnatcatcher from the ESA's threatened species list. Advocacy groups argued the Service's denial of their petition to delist the bird...

Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

A district court ordered the U.S. Forest Service to engage in formal consultation with other federal agencies to protect listed fish species being harmed by water diversions from the Salmon River in Idaho's Sawtooth National Recreation...

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....

Utah Native Plant Society v. United States Forest Service

The Tenth Circuit affirmed a judgment dismissing a challenge to a U.S. Forest Service decision allowing Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources to release mountain goats on state lands adjacent to the Manti-La Sal National Forest. A...

Conservation Law Foundation v. Ross

A district court denied an environmental group's motion for summary judgment in a challenge to NMFS' approval of a fishery management plan amendment that opened up a portion of the western Gulf of Maine to commercial and recreational...

Oceana, Inc. v. Ross

The D.C. Circuit affirmed summary judgment for NMFS in a challenge to the agency's adoption of the 2016 Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology for fisheries in the northeastern United States. An environmental group argued that the...

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...

Kansas Natural Resource Coalition v. U.S. Department of the Interior

A district court granted FWS' motion to dismiss a challenge brought by an environmental group concerning conservation of the lesser prairie chicken. The group argued that FWS unreasonably delayed submitting to Congress a 2003 policy...

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