The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued an adverse split decision in Markle Interests v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The case concerns a challenge to the Service’s designation of our client’s property as critical habitat for the dusky gopher frog. What makes the Fish and Wildlife Service’s actions here a particularly outrageous example of Endangered Species Act abuse is that our client’s land (i) is not occupied by the frog, (ii) does not contain the essential habitat requirements for the frog, and (iii) likely never will be habitable for the frog. Even more remarkable, the Service does not dispute this. Nevertheless, the court upheld the service’s designation both on statutory grounds and against our challenge that this designation violates the Constitution because it has no impact on interstate commerce. For more on the court’s reasoning, see our blog post here.