Can agencies overrule Congress?

April 05, 2016 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Today, PLF filed its opening brief in a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s denial of a petition demanding that the agency follow the law. This case centers on a sea otter compromise that Congress struck between the Service, environmentalists, and those who work and play in Southern California waters. Recently, the Service has ̷ ...


Adverse decision in sea otter case

September 21, 2015 | By JONATHAN WOOD

Late Friday afternoon, the district court issued an adverse decision in PLF’s challenge to the termination of the sea otter management zone in Southern California. This zone was required under a statute that authorized the Service to establish a new population of sea otters, on the condition that it institute and implement protections for sur ...


Lobster fisherman held hostage by Endangered Species Act litigation


Author: Brandon Middleton Daniel Holmes is a commercial lobster fisherman who fishes in Cape Cod Bay and other waters off the coast of Massachusetts.  Holmes’ fishing gear complies with state and federal regulations, and his equipment is known within the fishing industry to be “whale safe.” In the summer of 2006, Holmes set out h ...