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United States v. California

A district court declared unconstitutional a California law that regulates the recording of conveyances of federal public lands in the state. DOJ argued that the state law, which grants the State Lands Commission the right of first...

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...

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Forest Service

A district court remanded the U.S. Forest Service's decision concerning the management of roads and trails in the Santa Fe National Forest. An environmental group argued that the agency should have considered the effects of forest...

Sierra Club v. United States Department of the Interior

The Fourth Circuit vacated both an incidental take statement issued by FWS and a right-of-way permit issued by the National Park Service (NPS) for construction of a natural gas pipeline that intersects the Blue Ridge Parkway....

Sierra Club, Inc. v. United States Forest Service

The Fourth Circuit vacated and remanded BLM's decision granting a right-of-way through federal land for construction of a pipeline and the U.S. Forest Service's decision to amend the Jefferson National Forest Land Resource Management...

Bitterroot Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club v. United States Forest Service

A district court granted in part and denied in part outdoor groups' motion for summary judgment seeking injunctive relief from the U.S. Forest Service's Travel Plan for the Bitterroot National Forest (Travel Plan), which prohibits...

Banks v. United States

A Federal Claims court held that the Surface Transportation Board (STB) temporarily took landowners' property without just compensation for use as an interim trail under the National Trails System Act. The landowners' predecessors-in-...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Zinke

A district court dismissed an environmental group's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), under which Congress recently passed a resolution disapproving an FWS rule that prohibited certain...

Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment v. Jewell

A district court dismissed environmental groups' NEPA and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) claims against BLM in connection with its approval of oil and gas drilling on public and tribal lands near Cacho Cultural National...

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...