U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Case Status


Oral Argument Date

September 12, 2018


Case Updates

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia remands, without vacating, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service decision to list the Northern Long-Eared Bat as “threatened” rather than endangered

January 28, 2020

Click here to view the opinion ordering the agency to reevaluate aspects of the determination the court held were flawed. The U.S. Chamber and a coalition of trade associations had intervened to defend the Service’s decision to list the species as “threatened.”

U.S. Chamber files reply brief

September 29, 2017

The Chamber joined with a coalition of business groups to file a reply brief in support of its cross-motion for summary judgment in these two cases concerning the listing of the northern long-eared bat as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act.

U.S. Chamber intervenes in defense of northern long-eared bat’s designation under ESA as threatened

June 09, 2016

As part of a coalition of trade associations, the U.S. Chamber intervened in a case in federal court in Washington, D.C. to defend the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to list the northern long-eared bat as “threatened” rather than “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). Environmentalist groups sued FWS, arguing that the agency erred by not listing the bat as endangered. The Chamber-led coalition argues that the bat has been properly listed as "threatened" rather than "endangered" in part because the bat's population decline is due to natural causes rather than human action.

John C. Martin, Sarah C. Bordelon and Sherrie A. Armstrong of Crowell & Moring LLP served as counsel for the coalition.

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