DOI Ditches Claim Over Preserve Committee Picks

Law360, New York (August 20, 2012, 4:29 PM EDT) -- A Florida federal judge on Monday accepted a magistrate judge's recommendation and dismissed a claim challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior's allegedly unbalanced composition of a national preserve's off-road vehicle advisory committee, overruling objections from a frustrated committee member.

Plaintiffs John Adornato III and the National Parks Conservation Association had disputed the April report and recommendation from U.S. Magistrate Judge Sheri Polster Chappell, arguing that a committee with a majority of representatives favoring fewer restrictions on off-road vehicle use in national parks cannot be considered...
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