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New Conservation Restrictions for the Northern Long-Eared Bat Will Have Limited Impact on Development in Massachusetts

A new Endangered Species Act rule protecting the northern long-eared bat will likely have only limited impact on development and land use activities in Massachusetts due to fairly specific restrictions imposed by the final rule published in January by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS).  See 81 Fed. Reg. 1900 (Jan. 14, 2016).  The northern long-eared bat was listed as a threatened species in April 2015 and its protection was governed by an interim rule until the final rule was published.  Because the range of the northern long-eared bat’s range covers 37 states including Massachusetts and much of New England, land owners, developers, and other stakeholders have been awaiting finalization of the rule. Read More ›

No Appeal to Housing Court for Major Development Projects Says Top Mass. Court

Appeals of major development projects of 25 or more dwelling units or 25,000 square feet or more of gross floor area cannot go to the Massachusetts Housing Court, as jurisdiction for these projects is exclusively with the Superior Court and Permit Session of the Land Court, according to a recent decision by the highest Massachusetts court.  Read More ›

Parker Moore Quoted in BloombergBNA on Likely Legal Challenges to Final ESA Critical Habitat Rules

Parker Moore, a Principal in Beveridge & Diamond's Washington, DC office and leader of the firm’s Endangered Species and Wildlife Protection practice group, was quoted in a BloombergBNA Daily Environment Report article titled "Species Habitat Rules May Face Multiple Lawsuits." The article discusses two recently finalized rules governing the designation of critical habitat area for listed species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the definition of “destruction and adverse modification” of critical habit. Due to the expansive authority asserted by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, the probability of lawsuits is high. “I fully expect a challenge from both sides,” Mr. Moore said. Read More ›

Aladdine Joroff to Co-Chair Program on Environmental Due Diligence and Allocating Risks

Aladdine Joroff, an associate in Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.’s Wellesley office, will chair a continuing legal education program about environmental due diligence as a tool to determine the scope of, and develop defenses to, environmental risks in real estate and corporate transactions.  The panel will also address strategies for allocating and managing potential liabilities associated with risks discovered during due diligence.  The program is sponsored by the Boston Bar Association. Read More ›