9th Circ. Restores Forest Service Rules

Law360, New York (September 23, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT) -- A federal appeals court has reversed a decision that invalidated several U.S. Forest Service regulations, finding that The Wilderness Society lacked standing to challenge the rules based on the U.S. Supreme Court's 2009 ruling in Summers v. Earth Island Institute.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Monday overturned the 2006 decision by the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana, which had nixed three Forest Service rules allowing the agency to forgo notice, comment or appeals procedures under certain circumstances....
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