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Chinatown Neighborhood Ass'n v. Harris

The Ninth Circuit upheld California's "shark fin law", which bans the possession, sale, and distribution of shark fins within the state. An association claimed that the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act preempts...

Outfitter Properties, LLC v. Wildlife Conservation Board

A California appellate court affirmed a lower court decision denying a petition to vacate the state wildlife board's decision to pay $9.98 million from the California Habitat Conservation Fund to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for...

Viva! Int'l Voice for Animals v. Adidas Promotional Retail Operations, Inc.

The Supreme Court of California reversed a lower court's grant of summary judgment in favor of an importer that sells athletic shoes made from kangaroo leather. The case arose after an animal rights group filed suit against the importer...

Butler v. Palos Verdes, City of

A court reverses a lower court decision enjoining a city's peafowl management program that allowed a minimum peafowl population on certain city-owned parkland and canyon property. Residents opposing the program argued that the program...

Viva! Int'l Voice for Animals v. Adidas Promotional Retail Operations, Inc.

A court holds that California Penal Code 653o, which bans the import of products made from certain animals, including kangaroos, into California is preempted by federal law and by general federal objectives of kangaroo conservation. The...

National Audubon Soc'y v. Davis

The court holds that California's Proposition 4, which bans the use of certain traps and poisons to capture or kill wildlife in the state, is preempted by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the National Wildlife Refuge Systems...