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Weekly litigation report — June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017 | By JAMES BURLING

Letter sent to school board in Florida on First Amendment violation Brief filed over EPA’s road ban Butter ban ruling sought California union-inspired anti-free speech rule appealed Free enterprise loses in Oregon Golden parakeet feathers to fly! Caribou decision years behind schedule Victory for Wildlife Sanctuary’s Due Process Rights ...

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PLF comments on caribou critical habitat

May 19, 2016 | By JONATHAN WOOD

This week, PLF filed comments, joined by Bonner County, Idaho and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association (ISSA), on the Service’s proposed critical habitat designation for the woodland caribou. The comment argues that the Service must address changes in the species’ status, which were brought about by a PLF petition challenging the earl ...

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Shutting down Alaska

January 26, 2015 | By JAMES BURLING

“Imagine if we broke out of these tired old patterns.  Imagine if we did something different.”  That wasn’t John Lennon speaking from the grave, it was the President delivering his State of the Union.  And he even continued, “I commit to every Republican here tonight that I will not only seek out your ideas, I … ...

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President’s weekly report — June 27, 2014

June 27, 2014 | By ROB RIVETT

Tort Reform — Victories in California Supreme Court We received a couple of nice decisions this week from the California Supreme Court.  First, there was this decision in Verdugo v. Target, the case where the widow of a  heart-attack victim, who died while shopping at Target, alleged that Target had a duty to provide an automated … ...

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PLF comments on caribou downlisting

June 26, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

This week, PLF filed a comment letter on behalf of Bonner County and the Idaho State Snowmobile Association addressing the proposed downlisting of the caribou. The impetus for the Service’s decision was a petition that PLF filed two years ago explaining that the original listing violated the Endangered Species Act. PLF had to file not … ...

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FWS finally acknowledges its illegal caribou listing

May 07, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

At long last, and after multiple rounds of litigation, the Service has withdrawn and replaced the listing of the Southern Selkirk Mountain population of caribou, a species that includes reindeer I hope Santa has a good ESA lawyer!. As a consequence of today’s decision, the listed population will be broadened and downlisted from endangered to ...

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PLF files suit over caribou petition, the sequel

March 14, 2014 | By JONATHAN WOOD

PLF attorneys, once again, filed a federal lawsuit in Idaho today because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service failed to properly respond to a petition that asks the agency to remove the Southern Selkirk Mountain Caribou Population from the endangered species list. The Endangered Species Act requires the Service to respond to petitions in two stages ...

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Government says delisting Selkirk caribou may be warranted

December 18, 2012 | By BRIAN HODGES

Today we learned that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will issue a positive initial finding on our petition to remove the Southern Selkirk Mountain Caribou Population from the endangered species list.  We filed our petition in May.  It argues that the Selkirk caribou population, which sometimes roams in the Idaho panhandle and the northeastern ...

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President's weekly report — November 30, 2012

November 30, 2012 | By ROB RIVETT

Environment — Endangered Caribou The United States Fish & Wildlife Service announced a drastic (and well-justified) reduction in critical habitat for the Selkirk Caribou from 375,000 to approximately 30,000 acres, based largely on the fact that the caribou do not live in lower elevations in Idaho as originally assumed. We still, however, ...