The Fish and Wildlife Service has settled a suit brought against it by logging industry and related groups, alleging that the agency violated the Endangered Species Act when it established 9.5 million acres as critical habitat for the threatened northern spotted owl. The settlement requires that the agency initiate a new rulemaking process to determine whether some of that area should be delisted. [To accompany Federal Case Law Update "FWS Settles Suit, Agrees to Reevaluate Northern Spotted Owl Critical Habitat" from Brooks Animal Law Digest Issue No. 27.]

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