Thursday, March 5, 2015

Tamosaitis v. URS, Inc.

<> Tamosaitis v. URS, Inc. - In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 12-35924. The Panel affirmed the district court's dismissal of the U.S. Department of Energy from the suit, affirmed the grant of summary judgment in URS Corp.'s favor, and reversed the grant of summary judgment for URS Energy & Construction, Inc. in an action brought by a URS Energy employee alleging violations of the Energy Reorganization Act whistleblower protection provision, concerning cleanup efforts of nuclear waste at the Hanford Nuclear Site in Washington state.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Webinar: Great Lakes Phytoplankton: a Harbinger for Change

<> Webinar: Great Lakes Phytoplankton: a Harbinger for Change - Dr. Euan Reavie, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, on Mar 5, 2015 10:30 AM CST

California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Nichols

<> California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Nichols - 3/3/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No. 13-15175. The panel affirmed the dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction of a federal preemption challenge to a California environmental regulation addressing diesel trucks.

Appeals Court to Hear Case on EPA's Registration of Bee-Toxic Chemical

<> Appeals Court to Hear Case on EPA's Registration of Bee-Toxic Chemical - (Beyond Pesticides, March 4, 2015)  The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has agreed to hear the case brought by beekeepers challenging U.S. EPA approval of a toxic pesticide known to be toxic to bees -- the new chemical, sulfoxaflor -- a sub-class of the neonicotinoid pesticides that have been linked to global bee declines

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

American Forest Resource Council v. Ashe

<> American Forest Resource Council v. Ashe - 2/27/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit, Case No. 13-5302 (unpublished). The Appeals Court indicates: "Appellants attack the Fish and Wildlife Service's denial of their petition to remove the 'distinct population segment' of the marbled murrelet inhabiting California, Oregon, and Washington from the Endangered Species Act's threatened species list. We affirm the district court's well-reasoned opinion. Am. Forest Res. Council v. Ashe, 946 F.Supp.2d 1 (D.D.C. 2013). We agree that the Service's determination is not contrary to agency precedent or otherwise arbitrary and capricious.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) v. Bradford

<> Alliance for the Wild Rockies (AWR) v. Bradford - 2/26/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, Case No.13-35768 (unpublished). The Appeals Court affirmed a lower court's dissolution of an injunction in a challenge to the Grizzly Project on the Kootenai National Forest

Ministerio Roca Solida v. United States

<> Ministerio Roca Solida v. United States - 2/26/15. In the U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, Case No. 14-5058. In a takings dispute regarding water rights the Appeals Court upheld a Claims Court dismissal for lack of subject matter jurisdiction in light of a pending district court action.