FRIENDS OF ANIMALS v. DEB HAALAND, in her official capacity as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior; MARTHA WILLIAMS, in her official capacity as Principal Deputy Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; UNITED STATES FISH AND WILDLIFE


The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the Fish and Wildlife Service violated the Endangered Species Act by implementing a rule that “unreasonably” required parties to provide affected states with a 30-day notice of intent to file a petition to list an endangered species. The panel reversed the district court’s summary judgment entered in favor of FWS and remanded to enter judgment in favor of plaintiffs, Friends of Animals.

[To accompany Federal Case Law Update "Ninth Circuit Overturns State Notice ESA Rule" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 87.]