9th Circ. Backs Oyster Farm in Lease Fight With Interior

Law360, New York (February 26, 2013, 7:20 PM EST) -- The Ninth Circuit on Monday granted an emergency injunction allowing a major Marin County, Calif., oyster farm to stay open after the U.S. Department of the Interior failed to renew its lease because of a purportedly inaccurate environmental impact statement.

The injunction will allow Drakes Bay Oyster Co. — which currently produces about 40 percent of the oysters cultivated in California and is the last remaining shellfish cannery in the state — to avoid a Thursday shutdown deadline set by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and remain...
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