East Coast Commission Dodges Fish Protection Suit

Law360, New York (September 16, 2011, 6:25 PM EDT) -- A District of Columbia federal judge on Thursday tossed claims against an Atlantic coast states fishery commission in a suit over government protection of East Coast fish, finding the commission could not be sued under the Administrative Procedure Act because it is not a federal agency.

Judge Richard Leon said in his opinion that the APA judicial review statute allows private parties to bring action only against federal agencies, and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission does not qualify as even a quasi-federal agency because it...
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