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NRDC, The HSUS, et al. v. Gutierrez (Navy sonar)


After successfully challenging NMFS???s decision to permit the Navy???s Low Frequency Active Sonar (???LFA???) system because LFA harms sound-sensitive marine mammals like endangered whales, a coalition of conservation and animal welfare organizations expanded the existing lawsuit to challenge the agency???s reauthorization of nearly the same sonar program. Parties reached a settlement limiting the Navy???s sonar use to areas with low populations of marine mammals.


 

Court or Agency: United States District Court for the Northern District of California
Plaintiff(s): Natural Resources Defense Council, The HSUS, Cetacean Society International, League for Coastal Protection, Ocean Futures Society, Jean-Michel Cousteau
Defendant: Carlos Gutierrez, Secretary of the Department of Commerce, and Donald Winter, Secretary of the Navy, et al.
HSUS Counsel: Sarah Uhlemann
Outside Counsel: Morrison & Foerster, Natural Resources Defense Council
Status: Completed