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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...

Center for Biological Diversity v. California Dep't of Conservation

A California court denied an environmental group's motion to preliminarily enjoin emergency regulations governing the underground injection of wastewater produced by oil drilling. The emergency regulations establish a timeline for...

West Side Irrigation District v. California State Water Resources Control Board

A California court issued a temporary restraining order preventing the state water board from enforcing "curtailment letters" it sent to four irrigation districts in the Central Valley. The letters ordered the districts and various...

California Building Industry Ass'n v. State Water Resources Control Board

A California appellate court held that the state's water resources board did not violate state law when it voted 2-1 to increase water quality permit fees for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. When the board voted for the increase, two of the...

California Dump Truck Owners Ass'n v. Nichols

The Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal of a trucking association's federal preemption challenge to a California environmental regulation on diesel trucks. The regulation requires heavy-duty diesel trucks, whose emissions contribute...

Berkeley Hillside Preservation v. City of Berkeley

The California Supreme Court reversed a lower court decision that a developer's proposal to demolish an existing home and build a 10,000 square-foot single-family home on the lot may not be categorically exempt from environmental review...

CREED-21 v. City of San Diego

A California appellate court ordered the dismissal of an environmental group's California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) lawsuit against a city in connection with emergency storm drain repair and revegetation projects. Following a...

Association des Éleveurs de Canards et D'Oies du Quebec v. Harris

A district court struck down California's sales ban on foie gras—a delicacy made from fattened duck liver. Foie gras producers and sellers argued that the federal Poultry Products Inspection Act (PPIA) preempts the ban, Cal. Health...

Friends of the King River v. County of Fresno

A California appellate court upheld a lower court decision denying an environmental group's petition challenging a county's approval of a proposed surface mining operation on a 1,500-acre site at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills...

Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments

A California appellate court held that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) failed to adequately consider greenhouse gas emissions impacts in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) during its...