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June 8, 2005 | Case

Wolverines: Legal Protection Needed

The wolverine is generally intolerant of human disturbance in its habitat. Its presence in a area signifies untrammeled, uncompromised wilderness. This lawsuit asked a federal court to overturn the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's refusal to consider new legal protections for the wolverine.


In October 2006, a federal judged ruled that the FWS wrongly rejected scientific information regarding the wolverine that "shows a dramatic loss in range, the tangible decrease in population with the commensurate threat of genetic isolation of subpopulations, and the threat posed by human encroachment on wolverines."

June 1, 2005 | Case

Protecting Migratory Birds from the Proliferation of FCC Towers

Earthjustice filed a lawsuit to protect migratory birds from the proliferation of FCC communication towers built without environmental review. As a result, the agency must now consider the impact on birds before it approves new towers.

May 26, 2005 | Case

Otero Mesa

Otero Mesa is a desert grassland in New Mexico that provides habitat for several federally protected species. Conservationists and the State of New Mexico want to protect the most sensitive areas, while the Bush administration wanted to throw it all open to oil and gas development.


On April 28, 2009, the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision invalidating the Bush administration drilling plan for Otero Mesa.

May 25, 2005 | Case

Air Toxics: Enforcing Deadlines

Lawsuits to compel EPA to create overdue regulations to control air toxic emissions and protect public health

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