The Ninth Circuit has ruled that a California district court erred in abstaining from a suit brought by Friends of Oceano Dunes against California state officials on various grounds. The suit alleges that the California Coastal Commission’s permitting of dust control measures violate the Endangered Species Act by placing the western snowy plower, a protected bird under the Act, in danger. [To accompany Federal Case Law Update "Ninth Circuit Reverses District Court’s Abstention on ESA Case" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 10]

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