As part of a coalition of trade associations, the U.S. Chamber intervened in a case in federal court in Washington, D.C. to defend the decision of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“FWS”) to list the northern long-eared bat as “threatened” rather than “endangered” under the Endangered Species Act (“ESA”). Environmentalist groups sued FWS, arguing that the agency erred by not listing the bat as endangered. The Chamber-led coalition argues that the bat has been properly listed as "threatened" rather than "endangered" in part because the bat's population decline is due to natural causes rather than human action.
John C. Martin, Sarah C. Bordelon and Sherrie A. Armstrong of Crowell & Moring LLP served as counsel for the coalition.