Feds Tell 9th Circ. Limits On Ex-BLM Head Now Moot

Law360 (June 10, 2021, 3:58 PM EDT) -- The federal government wants the Ninth Circuit to vacate an order limiting the authority of former acting director of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management William Perry Pendley, saying there's nothing left to fight over now that Pendley no longer holds the position.

In an opening brief Wednesday, President Joe Biden's administration urged the court to vacate as moot U.S. District Judge Brian Morris' order that enjoined Pendley from exercising the authority of an agency director. The federal government told the appellate court that because Pendley no longer works for the federal government, the order has no "prospective significance."

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