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Murphy Co. v. Trump

A magistrate judge ruled against a timber company's motion for summary judgment in a challenge to President Obama's decision to include lands covered under the Oregon and California Revested Lands Act (O&A Act) in the expansion of...

Massachusetts Lobstermen's Ass'n v. Ross

A district court upheld President Barack Obama's 2016 proclamation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts off the New England coast as a marine national monument. Commercial fishing associations argued that the monument exceeded the...

New Wine in Old Bottles: Distorting the Antiquities Act to Aggrandize Executive Power

President Donald Trump promised to undo much of the regulatory handiwork of his White House predecessors. On the heels of his inauguration, President Trump tasked Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke to review national monument...

Antiquities Act: Legal Implications for Executive and Congressional Action

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke's review of 27 national monuments has focused new attention on the Antiquities Act of 1906. Two recent proclamations by President Trump reducing existing Utah monuments, and the potential for further...

Navajo Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior,

The Ninth Circuit reversed a lower court decision dismissing the Navajo Nation's lawsuit against the National Park Service (NPS) that seeks immediate return of human remains and associated funerary objects taken from its reservation....

Western Watersheds Project v. United States Bureau of Land Management

A district court held that BLM failed to adequately explain and support its decision to allow grazing on Sonoran Desert National Monument lands north of Interstate Highway 8 in violation of NEPA. Specifically, the court ruled that BLM's...

Montana Wilderness Ass'n v. Connell

The Ninth Circuit held that BLM's resource management plan (RMP) for the Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument complied with NEPA and the Federal Land Policy and Management Act (FLPMA) but violated the National Historic...