SUWA Statement on Federal Ruling that Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Lawsuits Will Stay in DC Courts

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Circle Cliffs along the Burr Trail, Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, Utah,

Contact: Stephen Bloch, Legal Director, (801)-859-1552 or steve@suwa.org

Washington, D.C. (September 24, 2018) — This morning, Judge Tanya S. Chutkan ruled from the bench and denied a motion to transfer the lawsuits challenging President Trump’s illegal evisceration of Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments to Utah.

The United States, supported by the state of Utah, had moved to transfer the lawsuits from federal court in Washington, D.C. to Utah. That motion was opposed by the plaintiffs, including Native American tribes, conservation groups and local businesses.

“We are gratified by today’s decision by Judge Chutkan to keep these  significant cases in federal district court in Washington, D.C. With this venue issue behind us we look forward to tackling the merits of President Trump’s unlawful decisions to dismantle Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments,” said Stephen Bloch, legal director for the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance.

SUWA is a plaintiff in two of the cases challenging Trump’s actions.

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