US Court of Appeals

Shark Finning Ban Upheld

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A federal appeals court upheld California’s ban on sale of shark fins Monday, over the objections of Chinese-Americans that the law discriminates against them for popular cultural use of shark fin soup. The groups argued that the law interfered with…

Snowmobile Access Upended


In a victory for Montana environmentalists, a federal appeals court found the U.S. Forest Service’s plan to minimize snow mobile damage on 3.5 million acres of wild lands failed to pass legal muster. Although the Forest Service plan actually reduced…