Navy Lands Win In High Court Sonar Dispute

Law360, New York (November 12, 2008, 12:00 AM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has removed two restrictions on the Navy's use of sonar during military training exercises off the Southern California coast, an upset for environmental groups that had claimed sonar use put whales and other marine mammals at risk.

Handing down a 5-4 ruling in its first decision of this term, the majority of justices said Wednesday that the balance of the public interest in this case tips "strongly in favor of the Navy,” determining that the lower courts understated the burden placed on...
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