Description: Lawsuit to compel classification of nine species as endangered or threatened and designation of critical habitat for 10 listed species.
Center for Biological Diversity v. Haaland
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 04/26/2022 Settlement Agreement Download Parties filed stipulated settlement agreement. Center for Biological Diversity and Fish and Wildlife Service Agreed to Timelines for Endangered Species Act Decision-Making, Including for Climate-Threatened Species. The Center for Biological Diversity and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) entered into settlement agreements to resolve claims that the FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by failing to complete listing determinations or to designate critical habitat for listed species. The species addressed in the litigation and in the settlements included species that the Center for Biological Diversity alleged were threatened by climate change, including the the Bethany Beach firefly, the Las Vegas bearpoppy, and the Mojave poppy bee. The settlements provided for the dismissal with prejudice of claims with respect to species for which the FWS had taken action since the lawsuits were filed. For other species, the settlements set deadlines for 12-month findings on the listings of species or proposed determinations concerning critical habitat. 04/26/2022 Settlement Agreement Download Parties filed stipulated settlement agreement regarding 83 species. 02/27/2020 Complaint Download Complaint filed.
Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 03/15/2022 Order Case closed and parties directed to make future filings in another case (Center for Biological Diversity v. Bernhardt, No. 20-cv-573). 02/11/2022 Status Report Download Joint status report and second joint motion to continue stay filed. 08/16/2021 Order Joint motion to enter into mediation and to stay proceedings granted and case stayed pending further order of the court. 07/22/2021 Motion Download Joint motion to enter into mediation and to stay proceedings filed by the parties. 04/15/2021 Complaint Download Complaint filed. Center for Biological Diversity Sought Action on Climate Change-Threatened Species. Center for Biological Diversity filed an Endangered Species Act lawsuit in federal court in the District of Columbia to compel the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to classify nine species as endangered or threatened and to designate critical habitat for 10 listed species. The complaint alleged that the 19 species (five insects, 11 plants, a mammal, and two aquatic species) “are at risk of extinction due to habitat degradation and destruction, climate change, and other threats.”