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Memo Opposing Stay Pending Appeal

Memo Opposing Stay Pending Appeal

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Natural Resources Defense Counsel v. White
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IRELL &
MANELLA
LLP
A
Registered Limted Liability
Law
Partnership Including
Professional
Corporations
Richard
B.
Kendall (State
Bar No.
90072)Gregory
A.
Payer (State
Bar No.
232303)Josh
B.
Gordon (State
Bar No.
244818)IRELL
&
MANELLA
LLP
1800
Avenue of the Stars, Suite 900
Los
Angeles, California 90067-4276Telephone: (310)277-1010Facsimile: (310)203-7199Email: gfayer@irell.comAttorneys
for
PlaintiffNatural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
JoelR.
Reynolds (State
Bar No.
85276)
Cara
A.
Horowitz (State
Bar No.
220701)NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, INC.
1314
Second StreetSanta Monica,
CA
90401Telephone: (310)434-2300Facsimile: (310)434-2399Email: chorowitz@nrdc.orgAttorneys
for Plaintiffs
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.;International Fund
for
Animal
Welfare;
Cetacean Society International;League
For
Coastal Protection;Ocean Futures Society;
and
Jean-Michel CousteauUNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
CENTRAL
DISTRICT
OF
CALIFORNIA
WESTERN
DIVISION
NATURAL
RESOURCES DEFENSECOUNCIL, INC.
et al,
Plaintiffs,
v.DONALD C.
WINTER, Secretary
ofthe
Navy,
et
al.,
Defendants.
CaseNo.
SACV 07-0335
FMC
(FMOx)
PLAINTIFFS' MEMORANDUM
OF
POINTS
AND
AUTHORITIES
IN
OPPOSITION
TO
DEFENDANTS'
EXPARTE
APPLICATION
FOR
STAY PENDING APPEAL
Judge: Hon. Florence-Marie Cooper
Ctrm: 750
1803438
-Redacted-
OPPOSITION
TO
DEFENDANTS'
EXPARTE
APP.
FOR
STAY PENDING APPEAL
Case 8:07-cv-00335-FMC-FMO Document 107 Filed 01/11/2008 Page 1 of 24
 
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IRELL & MANELLA LLP
A
Registered Limited Liability
Law
Partnership Including
Professional
Corporations
TABLE OF CONTENTSPage
I.
INTRODUCTION
1
II. DEFENDANTS ARE NOT ENTITLED TO A STAY OF THECOURT'S MITIGATION ORDER
4A.
Legal Standards
4
B.
The
Navy
Is Not
Likely
to
Prevail
on the
Merits
of Its
Appeal
5
1.
TheCourt Correctly Held That
Plaintiffs
AreLikelytoPrevail
on the
Merits
of
Their NEPA
and
CZMA Claims
5
2.The Court Correctly Determined that
Plaintiffs
HaveShown a Possibility of Irreparable
Injury
Absent
Injunctive
Relief.5
3.
The Mitigation that the Court Ordered Is Both PracticableandSignificantly Protective of the Marine Environment 6
a.
The
Court's Determination that
the
MeasuresSet Forth in the Mitigation Order Are BothPracticable and Protective of the MarineEnvironment
Is Not
Clearly Erroneous
7b. The
Balance
of the
Harms
and
Public InterestFavor Imposition of the Mitigation Measuresthat the Court Has Ordered 14C.Traditional Deference to the Executive Branch RegardingMatters of National Security Cannot
Justify
a Stay 15D. The Equities Do Not Favor Issuance of a Stay 17III. CONCLUSION
20
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IRELL & MANELLA LLP
A
Registered Limited LiabilityLawPartnership IncludingProfessionalCorporations
TABLE
OF
AUTHORITIES
Pagefs)
Cases
Am.
Bioscience
v.
Thompson,
243 F.3d 579 (D.C.Cir. 2001) 10
Arizona Cattle Growers'Ass'n
v.
U.S. Fish
and
Wildlife,
Bureau
of
Land Management,
273 F.3d 1229 (9th Cir. 2001) 5
Asarco Inc.
v.
EPA,
616
F.2d 1153 (9th Cir. 1980)
10
As
hero
ft
v.
ACLU,
542
U.S.
656
(2004)
4
Earth Island Institutev.U.S. Forest Service,
442
F.3d 1147 (9th Cir. Mar.
24,
2006)
4, 14
Fund
for
Animals
v.
Clark,
27
F.Supp.2d
8
(D.D.C. 1998)
14
Gilligan v. Morgan,
413U.S. 1(1973)16
GWENAlliance
v.
Aldridge,
855
F.2d 1380 (9th Cir. 1988)
16
Hilton
v.
Braunskill,
481
U.S. 770,
107
S.Ct. 2113,
95
L.Ed.2d
724
(1987)
4
Makau
v.
Rumsfeld,
163
F.Supp.id
1202 (D. Haw. 2001) 14
Minidoka
Irrigation Dist.
V.
Dep't
of
Interior
of
U.S.,
406
F.3d
567
(9th Cir. 2005)
5
Nat
'I
Audubon
Soc
V v.
Dep 't ol
422
F.3d 174 (4th Cir.
2005)
I. 16
Nat
7
Wildlife
Fed'n
v. Nat
'I
Marine Fisheries Serv.,
422
F.3d
782
(9th Cir. 2005)
3
Natural Resources
Defense
Council, Inc.
v.
Winter,
508F.3d
885
(9th Cir. 2007) passim
NLRB
v. Brown,
380U.S. 278,85S.Ct. 980,13L.Ed.2d839(1965)5
NRDC
v. Evans,
279 F.Supp.2d 1129 (N.D. Cal. 2003) 14, 15
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