Judge Won't Lift Calif. Shark Fin Ban Despite Bias Claims

Law360, San Diego (January 3, 2013, 4:53 PM EST) -- A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected a bid to lift a state ban on the sale and distribution of shark fins, finding no evidence that the law was enacted to discriminate against Chinese-Americans.

U.S. District Judge Phyllis Hamilton denied a preliminary injunction motion by Chinatown Neighborhood Association and Asian Americans for Political Advancement, determining the law to stop the practice of shark finning, where fishermen cut off the shark’s fins and toss it back in the water, serves a legitimate government interest. It aims to...
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Case Information

Case Title

Chinatown Neighborhood Association et al., v. Edmund Brown, et al.,

Case Number



California Northern

Nature of Suit

Constitutional - State Statute


William H. Orrick

Date Filed

July 18, 2012


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