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June 27, 2014

President's weekly report — June 27, 2014

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 ...

June 26, 2014

PLF Victory: Fish and Wildlife Service announces it will downlist wood stork

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service finally announced it is downlisting the wood stork from endangered to threatened status. This comes after years of arm-twisting by PLF and its client, the Florida Homebuilders Association, to get the Fish and Wildlife Service to abide by its statutory duty to review species on the endangered and ...

April 08, 2014

FWS overdue on delivering wood stork from endangered list

Last week, we sent the Fish and Wildlife Service another notice of intent to file suit.  This time, the matter involves the protected status of the wood stork, a bird that is increasingly common in South Florida. In 2007, PLF won a lawsuit representing the Florida Home Builders Association, which required the FWS to do ...

February 04, 2013

Alan DeSerio talks wood stork downlisting on NPR

NPR's All Things Considered interviewed PLF's Alan DeSerio about the wood stork's imminent change from "endangered" to "threatened" status.  As I wrote last month, the proposed status change comes after years of PLF pressuring the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to follow its own rules: If an animal is no longer endangered, the government should ...

January 14, 2013

PLF responds to article attacking our involvement in wood stork downlisting

Friday, the Palm Beach Post ran an op-ed by Alan DeSerio, managing attorney for PLF's Atlantic Center in Florida. DeSerio responds to an op-ed run by the paper, which portrayed an imaginary version of PLF's involvement in the FWS's proposed downlisting of the wood stork from “endangered” to “threatened.” In the article, What ...

December 19, 2012

FWS plans to downlist endangered status of wood stork

Yesterday, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced its intent to downlist the wood stork from endangered to threatened. This comes after years of arm-twisting by PLF and its client, the Florida Homebuilders Association (FHA), to get the Service to abide by its statutory duty to review species on the endangered and threatened lists, ...

October 25, 2010

Environmental activists angry over wood stork recovery

Author: Reed Hopper Although U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists have recommended reclassifying the wood stork from endangered to threatened because the stork's range and population have doubled in recent years, activists rage over the Florida Home Builders' request that the Service take action on its own recommendation. Rather than&# ...

October 04, 2010

"Legal Watchdog" gets action

Author: Reed Hopper Builder magazine reports: Last week's announcement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service—that it would consider reclassifying the wood stork, a wading bird often found in South Florida's Everglades, as "threatened" from its current "endangered" status—is the culmination of nearly five years of wrangling a ...

September 21, 2010

Under threat of lawsuit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service agrees to reassess listing of wood stork

Author:  Reed Hopper Under the ESA, the Service is required to review the status of listed species every five years to determine if less or more protections are required.  Unfortunately, this is a task the Service rarely performs, except under duress.  Pacific Legal Foundation has had to compel these 5-year status reviews for lite ...