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Natural Resources Defense Council v. Ross

The Federal Circuit upheld a ban on the importation from Mexico of shrimp and other seafood caught with gillnets or within the range of the critically endangered vaquita porpoise. A lower court issued a preliminary injunction requiring...

Weyerhaeuser Co. v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Supreme Court vacated a Fifth Circuit decision upholding FWS' critical habitat designation for the dusky gopher frog. Before the appellate court, the landowners whose property was designated argued that their property did not...

Environmental Defense Center v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

A district court granted in part and denied in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment relating to a proposal to permit hydraulic fracturing operations off the coast of California. The groups argued that the Bureau of...

Red Wolf Coalition v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court permanently enjoined FWS from taking endangered red wolves in a challenge against the agency's authorizations of takes of the species on private property. Environmental groups argued that the agency violated the ESA by...

The Trump Administration’s Proposed ESA Regulations

The U.S. Department of the Interior and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently proposed comprehensive changes in how the Endangered Species Act (ESA) is implemented. These address the species listing process,...

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court granted in part environmental groups' motion for summary judgment in a challenge to FWS' administration of a wildlife export program under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES). The groups...

Wildearth Guardians v. United States Department of Justice

In an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit vacated a district court's order granting summary judgment to environmental groups challenging DOJ's McKittrick policy. The groups argued before the district court that the policy, which...

Center for Biological Diversity v. Ross

A district court granted environmental groups' request for discovery relevant to the lobster fishing industry's impact on the endangered North Atlantic right whale. The groups argued that NMFS violated its ongoing duty under §7 of the...

Colorado v. United States Fish and Wildlife Service

A district court denied Colorado's and Utah's request to vacate FWS' decision to list the Gunnison sage grouse species as threatened under the ESA. The states argued that many of the agency's claimed threats to the species were...

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...

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