Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Bureau of Land Management et al, No. 2:2014cv00226 - Document 54 (D. Nev. 2014)

Court Description: ORDER Granting 52 Joint Case Management Statement. Signed by Magistrate Judge Cam Ferenbach on 10/17/14. (Copies have been distributed pursuant to the NEF - MMM)
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Center for Biological Diversity v. United States Bureau of Land Management et al Doc. 54 Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 1 of 7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEVADA SOUTHERN DIVISION CENTER FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY, ) ) Plaintiff, ) vs. ) ) UNITED STATES BUREAU OF LAND ) MANAGEMENT, et al., ) ) Defendants, ) ) and ) ) SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER ) AUTHORITY, ) ) Defendant-Intervenor. ) ) WHITE PINE COUNTY, et al., ) ) Plaintiffs, ) ) vs. ) ) UNITED STATES BUREAU OF LAND ) MANAGEMENT, et al., ) ) Defendants, ) ) and ) ) SOUTHERN NEVADA WATER ) AUTHORITY, ) ) Defendant-Intervenor. ) _____________________________________ ) 24 Case No. 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT Case No. 2:14-cv-00228-APG-VCF (Consolidated) Counsel for all parties in these two consolidated cases have conferred and propose the 25 following joint case management statement and schedule to govern the proceedings in both cases. 26 The parties agree that these are actions for review on an administrative record pursuant to the 27 Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 706 et seq., and therefore shall proceed in accordance 28 with Local Rule 16-1(c)(1). The parties are requesting longer than usual briefing periods and JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT Dockets.Justia.com Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 2 of 7 1 extensions of the page limits due to the voluminous Administrative Record that is being prepared 2 for the challenged actions and the large number of claims and complexities that are involved. 3 The parties are in agreement that this case will very likely be resolved on cross motions for 4 summary judgment. The parties note that the United States’ Partial Motion to Dismiss certain 5 Tribal claims in the White Pine County case [Dkt. No. 31] is still pending before the Court. The 6 government’s motion was initially filed under Case No. 2:14-cv-00228-ASB, and later refiled 7 under consolidated Case No. 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF on June 10, 2014. The substance and 8 timing of the Court’s decision on the Partial Motion to Dismiss may cause the parties to seek 9 modifications to the proposed schedule described below. The parties agree that, depending on 10 the Court’s ruling on the Partial Motion to Dismiss certain Tribal claims, the Tribes reserve the 11 option to file separate briefs on the Tribal claims, within the collective page limits set forth 12 below for the White Pine County Plaintiffs. If the Tribes do so, Federal Defendants and 13 Defendant-Intervenor may also file separate briefs on the issues briefed by the Tribes within the 14 collective page limits established for the White Pine County case. 15 16 All proposed deadlines below are for both consolidated cases. 1. Lodging of the Administrative Record1: 17 November 21, 2014. 18 The parties agree, subject to the Court’s approval that the administrative record may be 19 submitted in electronic form on hard drives rather than in paper form. 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 2. Deadline for Seeking Leave to Amend Complaint: January 30, 2015. Federal Defendants will lodge one Administrative Record for both cases. Plaintiffs agree that for most claims in these two cases, the Court’s review is limited to the Administrative Record, subject to certain limited exceptions. The complaints in both cases, however, include a claim seeking to compel the Federal Defendants to prepare a “Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement” (SEIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act. An action to compel an agency to prepare an SEIS is not a challenge to a final agency decision, but rather an action arising under 5 U.S.C. § 706(1), and therefore judicial review is not limited to the record as it existed at any single point in time. Friends of the Clearwater v. Dombeck, 222 F.3d 552, 560 (9th Cir. 2000). The Federal Defendants and Defendant-Intervenor reserve the right to oppose any motion to supplement should one be filed. JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 3 of 7 1 3. 2 3 Deadline for Parties to Confer on Record Disputes: February 17, 2015. 4. Deadline for Filing Motion to Complete and/or Supplement the Administrative Record: 4 March 17, 2015. 5 If a motion to complete and/or supplement the Administrative Record is filed, any 6 opposition will be due within 21 days after the filing of the motion, and the movant’s reply will 7 be due within 14 days after the filing of the opposition. If a motion to complete and/or 8 supplement is filed, the summary judgment briefing schedule set forth below shall be stayed 9 pending the Court’s resolution of the motion. Within 10 days of an order of the Court resolving 10 the motion to complete and/or supplement, the parties shall jointly submit a proposed revised 11 summary judgment briefing schedule. 12 Assuming that no motion to complete and/or supplement the Administrative Record is 13 filed, summary judgment briefing shall proceed as follows: 14 5. Deadline for each set of Plaintiffs to file: a) a concise statement of undisputed material 15 facts; b) summary judgment motions; and, c) supporting opening briefs (Plaintiff in 16 Center for Biological Diversity will be limited to 40 pages, and Plaintiffs in White Pine 17 County, et al. will be limited collectively to 60 pages): 18 May 1, 2015 19 6. Deadline for the Federal Defendants to file their responses to each of Plaintiffs’ motions, 20 and: a) a concise statement of undisputed materials facts; b) summary judgment motions; 21 and, c) supporting opening briefs (the combined response and opening brief in response 22 to each set of Plaintiffs’ briefs will be limited to 40 pages in the Center for Biological 23 Diversity case and 60 pages in the White Pine County case): 24 July 10, 2015 25 7. Deadline for the Defendant-Intervenor to file its responses to each of Plaintiffs’ motions, 26 and: a) a concise statement of undisputed materials facts; b) summary judgment motions; 27 and, c) supporting opening briefs (the combined response and opening brief in response 28 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 4 of 7 1 to each set of Plaintiffs’ briefs will be limited to 40 pages in the Center for Biological 2 Diversity case and 60 pages in the White Pine County case): 3 July 17, 2015 4 8. Deadline for each set of Plaintiffs to file their combined response and reply briefs 5 (Plaintiff in Center for Biological Diversity will be limited to 40 pages, and Plaintiffs in 6 White Pine County, et al. will be limited collectively to 60 pages): 7 September 4, 2015 8 9. Deadline for the Federal Defendants to file their final reply briefs to each of the 9 Plaintiffs’ replies (Defendants’ reply in the Center for Biological Diversity case will be 10 limited to 30 pages, and Defendants’ reply in the White Pine County case will be limited 11 to 45 pages): 12 October 23, 2015. 13 10. Deadline for the Defendant-Intervenor to file its final reply briefs to each of the 14 Plaintiffs’ replies (Defendant-Intervenor’s reply in the Center for Biological Diversity 15 case will be limited to 30 pages, and Defendant-Intervenor’s reply in the White Pine 16 County case will be limited to 45 pages): 17 October 30, 2015. 18 Respectfully submitted on October 17, 2014. 19 _/s/ Marc Fink__________________ Marc Fink (MN Bar No. 343407) Center for Biological Diversity 209 East 7th Street Duluth, Minnesota 55805 Tel: 218-464-0539 mfink@biologicaldiversity.org 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 10-17-2014 27 28 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT Julie Cavanaugh-Bill (NV Bar No. 11533) Cavanaugh-Bill Law Offices, LLC Henderson Bank Building 401 Railroad Street, Suite 307 Elko, Nevada 89801 Tel: 775-753-4357 julie@cblawoffices.org Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 5 of 7 1 2 3 Attorneys for Plaintiff Center for Biological Diversity _/s/ Simeon Herskovits______________ Simeon Herskovits, Nevada Bar No. 11155 ADVOCATES FOR COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT P.O. Box 1075 El Prado, New Mexico 87529 Phone: (575) 758-7202 Fax: (575) 758-7203 simeon@communityandenvironment.net 4 5 6 7 8 9 Kelly C. Brown, Nevada Bar No. 5591 White Pine County District Attorney County Courthouse 801 Clark St., Suite 3 Ely, Nevada 89301 Phone: (775) 293-6565 Fax: (775) 289-1559 kbrown@mwpower.net 10 11 12 13 14 Paul Echo Hawk, pro hac vice P. O. Box 2634 Kirkland, WA 98083 Telephone: (206) 457-6918 paulechohawk@gmail.com 15 16 17 Attorneys for Plaintiffs White Pine County, Nevada; Great Basin Water Network; Central Nevada Regional Water Authority; Sierra Club;; Ely Shoshone Tribe; Duckwater Shoshone Tribe; Baker, Nevada, Water & Sewer General Improvement District; Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment; Utah Rivers Council; Utah Audubon Council; and League of Woman Voters of Salt Lake, Utah 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT __/s/ Rovianne A. Leigh________________ Rovianne A. Leigh, pro hac vice Curtis G. Berkey, pro hac vice Scott W. Williams, pro hac vice Berkey Williams LLP 2030 Addison Street, Suite 410 Berkeley, California 94704 Telephone: (510) 548-7070 Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 6 of 7 1 2 3 Paul Echo Hawk, pro hac vice P. O. Box 2634 Kirkland, WA 98083 Telephone: (206) 457-6918 paulechohawk@gmail.com 4 5 6 7 Julie Cavanaugh-Bill (NV Bar No. 11533) Cavanaugh-Bill Law Offices, LLC Henderson Bank Building 401 Railroad Street, Suite 307 Elko, Nevada 89801 Tel: 775-753-4357 julie@cblawoffices.org 8 9 10 11 12 Attorneys for Plaintiffs Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Reservation 13 14 __/s/ Luther L. Hajek___________________ DANIEL G. BOGDEN United States Attorney District of Nevada BLAINE T. WELSH Assistant United States Attorney Nevada State Bar No. 4790 333 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Suite 5000 Las Vegas, Nevada 89101 Telephone: 702-388-6336 Facsimile: 702-388-6787 Email: blaine.welsh@usdoj.gov 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 Facsimile: (510) 548-7080 cberkey@berkeywilliams.com swilliams@berkeywilliams.com rleigh@berkeywilliams.com JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT SAM HIRSCH Acting Assistant Attorney General Environment and Natural Resources Division LUTHER L. HAJEK Trial Attorney, Natural Resources Section United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Div. 999 18th St., South Terrace, Suite 370 Denver, CO 80202 Telephone: 303-844-1376 Facsimile: 303-844-1350 Email: luke.hajek@usdoj.gov Case 2:14-cv-00226-APG-VCF Document 52 Filed 10/17/14 Page 7 of 7 1 MAUREEN RUDOLPH Trial Attorney, Natural Resources Section United States Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Div. 601 D St., NW Washington, DC 20004 Telephone: (202) 305-0479 Facsimile: (202) 305-0274 Email: maureen.rudolph@usdoj.gov 2 3 4 5 6 7 Attorneys for Defendants United States Bureau of Land Management; and United States Department of Interior 8 9 10 __/s/ Hadassah M. Reimer_____________ Gregory J. Walch (Nev. Bar No. 4780) Dana R. Walsh (Nev. Bar No. 10228) Southern Nevada Water Authority 1001 South Valley View Blvd. (MS #480) Las Vegas, Nevada 89153 Tel.: (702) 258-7166 Fax: (702) 875-7002 greg.walch@lvvwd.com dana.walsh@lvvwd.com 11 12 13 14 15 16 Murray D. Feldman (Idaho Bar. No. 4097) Holland & Hart LLP 800 W. Main Street, Ste. 1750 Boise, Idaho 83702 Tel.: (208) 342-5000 Fax: (208) 343-8869 mfeldman@hollandhart.com 17 18 19 20 21 Hadassah Reimer (Wyo. Bar No. 6-3825) Holland & Hart LLP 25 S. Willow St., Ste. 200 PO Box 3099 Jackson, WY 83001 Tel.: (307) 734-4517 Fax: (307) 739-9744 hmreimer@hollandhart.com 22 23 24 25 26 Attorneys for Defendant-Intervenor Southern Nevada Water Authority 27 28 JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT STATEMENT