Oral argument in sea otter case

This Friday, May 6th, the Ninth Circuit will consider whether federal bureaucrats can escape judicial review of their illegal acts by pointing to their prior violations of the law. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service argues that PLF’s challenge to … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — April 8, 2016

Endangered species — California Sea Otters 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 in California Sea Urchin Commission v. United States Fish … Continue reading

Can agencies overrule Congress?

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, … Continue reading

President’s weekly report — March 18, 2016

Lawsuit filed against Fish & Wildlife Service over illegal regulations When Congress passed the Endangered Species Act it set out two categories of species: those that were endangered and which might go extinct and those which were only threatened, and … Continue reading

Double Standards Pollute EPA Enforcement

That’s the title of my Townhall oped on overcriminalization (a pervasive problem in environmental law) and EPA’s behavior in the wake of the Gold King spill. Here’s a taste: “Treat others as you would like to be treated.” Bureaucrats at the … Continue reading

PLF and NFIB stand up to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service on Courting Liberty

Federal regulators are imposing regulations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) that are contrary to the will of Congress and the strict letter of the law. Our Courting Liberty podcast details a new PLF petition that takes the U.S. Fish … Continue reading

PLF petition challenges illegal Endangered Species Act regulation

Today, PLF submitted a petition with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, challenging a regulation that illegally extends the Endangered Species Act’s burdensome take prohibition to all threatened species. The petition argues that federal bureaucrats have no authority to reverse … Continue reading

California Department of Fish and Wildlife shirks obligation to update species status on Courting Liberty

PLF Attorneys Wencong Fa and Anthony François discuss PLF’s suit against the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for failing to meet a five year status review of every species listed as either endangered or threatened under the California Endangered … Continue reading

A win for voluntary conservation

This morning, the D.C. Circuit rejected a challenge to the Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to withdraw its proposed listing of the dunes sagebrush lizard. The withdrawal was based on an intensive effort by states and private parties to conserve … Continue reading