Thursday, April 29, 2010

Summary Judgment Brief Filed In Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow Critical Habitat Suit

On behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, NRDC and others we recently filed for summary judgment in a suit seeking critical habitat protection for the highly imperiled Cape Sable Seaside Sparrow.  Although the Fish and Wildlife Service has long recognized that the particular habitat at issue – occupied habitat west of Shark River Slough in south Florida – is absolutely essential to the species’ survival and recovery, the agency inexplicably excluded the area in its most recent critical habitat decision.

The brief is attached.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Settlement Reached Over Coal-Fired Power Plant Financing Records

On behalf of the Sierra Club, we recently settled a Freedom of Information Act case in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the USDA and the Rural Utilities Service, whereby the government provided numerous records previously withheld from public disclosure regarding federal financing and subsidizing of new coal-fired power plants in Texas and Kentucky.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Amicus Brief Filed in Supreme Court NEPA Case

On behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, the Humane Society of the United States, and the Center for Biological Diversity, we have filed an amicus brief in a case pending in the U.S. Supreme Court raising significant questions concerning the standards and process for obtaining injunctive relief in cases arising under the National Environmental Policy Act.  A copy of the brief is here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Challenge to FDA’s Delay On Non-animal testing petition

Today we filed a case in federal district court in D.C. against the Food and Drug Administration challenging its unreasonable delay in responding to a November 2007 rulemaking petition by a coalition of animal protection groups called “The Mandatory Alternatives (MAP) Coalition.”  The petition asks the FDA to promulgate regulations that would require manufacturers of drugs and medical devices to use alternative non-animal tests, when feasible, to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of their drugs and medical devices.  Animal tests, which costs millions of dollars, often do not produce valid or otherwise usable data, yet inflict excruciating pain and suffering on their animal subjects.   The requested regulation would bring the U.S. in line with the European Union which since 1986 has required the use of non-animal testing.  Read the Complaint. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal Welcomes New Receptionist LeBaron Frost

Meyer Glitzenstein & Crystal is pleased to announce that LeBaron Frost has joined the firm as our receptionist/secretary.  Bessie Smith, who had been the Firm receptionist/secretary for more than 15 years, has retired and we wish her all the best. Welcome aboard LeBaron.