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Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility v. Bernhardt

A district court dismissed for lack of standing a challenge to FWS' decision to delist the threatened Louisiana black bear under the ESA. Individuals and nonprofit groups challenged the Service's conclusions in its decision that the...

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...

San Francisco Herring Ass'n v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's denial of leave to file an amended complaint in a challenge to NPS' authority to prohibit commercial herring fishing in the waters of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San...

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...

Cascadia Wildlands v. Department of Fish and Wildlife

A state appellate court upheld the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission's 2015 decision to remove the gray wolf from the list of species protected under the Oregon Endangered Species Act (OESA). Environmental groups argued the Commission...

Neighbors Against Bison Slaughter v. National Park Service

A district court denied a neighborhood group's request to temporarily block bison hunting near Yellowstone National Park. The group argued that NPS and USDA violated NEPA when they authorized an annual bison hunt at a location on 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...