Court calls

Court decisions and other big judicial news

Jan 052015

The Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service adequately reviewed a thinning project in the Nez Perce National Forest, the Ninth Circuit concluded in an unpublished opinion released today (Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) v. Brazell, 14-35050). The judges on the opinion are M. Margaret McKeown, Richard C. Tallman and Michael Daly Hawkins. AWR […]

Dec 182014

A district court judge has let stand NMFS’ Biological Opinion for the Atlantic sea scallop fishery, but remanded the matter to NMFS “for the limited purpose of addressing the deficiencies in the Incidental Take Statement” (Oceana v. Pritzker 08-1881 PLF, D.D.C). Oceana lost on most of its challenges. But District Judge Paul Friedman said the […]

Dec 032014

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton has approved a consent decree requiring the National Marine Fisheries Service to designate critical habitat for the New York Bight, Chesapeake Bay, Carolina, South Atlantic, and Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segments of the Atlantic sturgeon (Delaware Riverkeeper Network v. U.S. Dep’t of Commerce, 14-434-RBW, D.D.C.). Under the agreement, […]

Nov 252014
BLM cancels "predator derby" in Idaho; hunt still planned on Forest Service lands

Update (Dec. 2, 2014): RM @RepPeterDeFazio pushes #ForestService to reconsider #wolf sport kills on #publiclands. Read his letter here: — Nat Resources Dems (@NRDems) December 2, 2014 Environmental groups also are pushing to stop the hunt on adjacent FS lands. Here’s a letter from Western Watersheds Project, Advocates for the West, Defenders of Wildlife, […]

Nov 212014

A conservation group in Montana will have another chance to challenge helicopter hazing of bison in Yellowstone National Park following a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling Thursday, but the court may have made its task a little harder (Alliance for the Wild Rockies v. USDA, 13-35253). That’s because the court, while finding that the […]

Nov 142014

Environmental groups are suing the Bureau of Land Management over approval of a “predator derby” on 3.1 million acres of BLM lands in Idaho (Defenders of Wildlife v. Kraayenbrink, 14-487, D. Id.). The agency’s Environmental Assessment, Finding of No Significant Impact and Decision Record “rely on numerous factual and legal misstatements, omissions, and unwarranted assumptions […]

Nov 112014

Earthjustice attorney Tim Preso, who represents environmental groups in the litigation that resulted in the Fish and Wildlife Service reclaiming authority (unwillingly) over the gray wolf in Wyoming, wrote in the Casper Star-Tribune Sunday that the service and the state should “comprehensively address the weaknesses of Wyoming’s wolf management program that make it vulnerable to […]

Nov 072014

Opinion by U.S District Judge Dee Benson In a significant ruling, a federal judge found that prohibiting take of Utah prairie dogs on private land is unconstitutional under the Commerce Clause (People for the Ethical Treatment of Property Owners v. USFWS, 13-278-DBD, D. Utah). If the U.S. decides to appeal (a likely possibility), the Tenth […]

Nov 032014

The Supreme Court will hear arguments in a water dispute between Florida and Georgia. The court on Nov. 3 granted Florida’s request to file a bill of complaint in its dispute with Georgia over the allocation of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) River Basin (Florida v. Georgia, No. 220142 ORG). The United States had asked the […]