Biodiversity Legal Foundation v. Department of Interior, Civ. No. 98-1812 (D.D.C.)

Case Summary:

On behalf of the Biodiversity Legal Foundation, we challenged the US Fish and Wildlife Service's management and public disclosure of records involving threatened and endangered species. We claimed that the Service was withholding records concerning the endangered Mountain Plover in violation of the FOIA, that important records were either lost or destroyed by the agency, and that the agency had failed to adhere to the recordkeeping requirements of the Federal Records Act. In response to the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in Washington, the Service issued a proposed rule to list the Mountain Plover as a threatened species under the ESA, and also committed to improve its endangered species recordkeeping practices.

Plaintiff: Biodiversity Legal Foundation

Court: United States District Court for the District of Columbia