Tuesday, August 26, 2014 4:57 PM PT
By IULIA FILIP 

     JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CN) - Florida sued a ring of bulldog breeders to stop them from selling illegally imported puppies and misrepresenting their health and age to buyers.

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     AUSTIN (CN) - A Texas city claims in court it was duped into approving a "feasibly impossible" $2 million wind farm by a businessman who colluded with a state employee to get the project funded.

By ELIZABETH WARMERDAM 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The Marshall Islands urged a federal judge to advance its claims over the failure of the United States to stop the nuclear arms race. 

By DAVE TARTRE 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The U.S. government has setted its claim for unpaid cleanup costs related to the spill of 422 gallons of fuel into San Francisco Bay. 

By CHRIS MARSHALL 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) -- A Northern California slaughterhouse swapped out diseased cow heads and told workers to carve "USDA Condemned" out of cow carcasses in order to push tainted meat onto the consumer market, according to an indictment unsealed Monday in Federal Court. 

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. pleaded not guilty today to 28 federal felony charges stemming from the 2010 pipeline explosion in San Bruno that killed eight people and injured dozens.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged Tuesday with obstructing a federal investigation into a 2010 pipeline explosion that killed eight people and injured dozens in San Bruno, the U.S. Attorney's Office said.

By PHILIP A. JANQUART 

     (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must revisit its plan to protect grizzlies from the effects of a Montana logging project, a federal judge has ordered. 

By DAVID LEE 

     AUSTIN (CN) - The "stigma" of environmental contamination that has already been removed does not merit damages for a Texas ranch, the state's high court ruled. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The makers of Kettle brand chips persuaded a federal judge to dismiss claims that its "reduced fat sea salt chips" were falsely advertised, though the judge gave the plaintiff leave to amend his complaint. 

By CAMERON LANGFORD 

     HOUSTON (CN) - BP did not lie to federal regulators to obtain an offshore mineral lease, a federal judge ruled, finding the would-be whistle-blowers who sued the company have merely "blown their own horn." 

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     (CN) - After a Kentucky dairy farmer went bankrupt, his 435 leased cows were improperly sold to settle a bank's security interest, the 6th Circuit ruled. 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Uncle Sam sued a winery and one of its customers for $1.6 million on Friday, claiming the customer drove his car over dry grass on winery property, setting off a wildfire that burned 698 acres, including 4 acres of National Forest.

     BUFFALO, N.Y. (CN) - In a lawsuit that gives a peep into the economics of the biofuel business, a biofuel company claims a Travelodge breached contract by removing its waste vegetable cooking oil collector and selling its waste oil to a competitor.

     NEW ORLEANS (CN) - After raiding a chicken ranch, the Louisiana Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals gave away the rancher's 620 hens, killed his 395 roosters, and a Rolex watch went missing too, the chicken farmer claims in court.

By ARVIN TEMKAR 

     SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The National Park Service has "embarked on a reckless venture to transform Muir Woods [National Monument] into an amusement park," a nonprofit citizens' group claims in court.

     SACRAMENTO (CN) - California's ban on importing, transporting and possessing mountain lions hunted outside of California is unconstitutional, a hunting club claimed in a lawsuit Wednesday.

By JONNY BONNER 

     SALT LAKE CITY (CN) - Utah seized 36,000 prime acres of falsely characterized "highway" from the federal government via a "litigation assault" filed three decades too late, environmentalists claim in court.

By ROBERT KAHN 

     SAN DIEGO (CN) - Marijuana patients claim in court that San Diego and the California Coastal Commission will foul the air, snarl traffic and force people to grow marijuana indoors, wasting energy and increasing global warming, because of their wrongheaded decision to allow no more than 36 marijuana co-ops in the city.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - The government is illegally forcing a Bay Area oyster farm to shut down, which will devastate the businesses that rely on its oysters, the Tomales Bay Oyster Co. and several other business claim in Federal Court.

By ADAM KLASFELD 

     BROOKLYN (CN) - The Coast Guard's and EPA's response plans for an oil train derailment near the lower Hudson River or New York Harbor are legally insufficient and put public safety and the environment at risk, the Center for Biological Diversity claims in court.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     LOS ANGELES (CN) - Donors claim in court that anti-whaling activist Paul Watson and his Sea Shepherd Conservation Society took donations from them under false pretenses, by intentionally sinking the ship they gave to the cause and then blaming Japanese whalers, to solicit more donations.

By RYAN ABBOTT 

     ARLINGTON, Va. (CN) - A biofuel company claims in court that diesel fuel producers stole its method of harvesting vegetable oil from seeds of the African jatropha tree by secretly recording the process with a smart phone during a meeting.

By REBEKAH KEARN 

     OAKLAND, Calif. (CN) - California is endangering honeybees, and the billion-dollar industry they support, by expanding approvals for neonicotinioid pesticides, which have been linked to colony collapse disorder, environmental groups claim in court.

By MARLENE KENNEDY 

     ALBANY, N.Y. (CN) - Local electric rates will jump by $155 million in the next three years unless New York reconsiders a plan to keep a 1950s-era coal-fired power plant operating in the Finger Lakes, ratepayers and their advocates claim in court.

By KEVIN LESSMILLER 


     DOTHAN, Ala. (CN) - Campbell's Soup sued a food processor, a distributor and a grocer, claiming it hired the processor to destroy unusable food or feed it to farm animals, but the processor diverted it and sold it to people through the grocer.

By CTPOST 

     Several types of peanut butter and almond butter have been recalled by manufacturers according to a notice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, including some from Whole Foods and Trader Joe's. Read more at CTPost.com.

From THE WALL STREET JOURNAL 

     Two years ago, Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. initiated a plan to eliminate genetically modified ingredients from its ice cream, an effort to address a nascent consumer backlash and to fulfill its own environmental goals. Read more at The Wall Street Journal.

From DELAWARE ONLINE 

     The Environmental Protection Agency, armed with federal Superfund money, has joined in a search for the source of toxic contamination that triggered recent shutdowns of two New Castle-area public water supplies, with efforts initially focusing around the New Castle Airport. Read more at Delaware Online.

By BLOOMBERG 


     The chemical triclosan has been linked to cancer-cell growth and disrupted development in animals. Regulators are reviewing whether it's safe to put in soap, cutting boards and toys. Read more at Bloomberg.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed two Southern Florida butterflies as endangered under the Endangered Species Act. The agency also designated more than 22,000 acres of critical habitat for the Florida leafwing and Bartram's scrub-hairstreak in a separate action. 

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - Two small minnows found only in Texas now have endangered status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also designated critical habitat for the fish in the Upper Brazos River Basin in 11 Texas counties. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Mine Safety and Health Administration has proposed a more efficient civil penalty system, to better address safety and health issues among miners.

By RAMONA YOUNG-GRINDLE 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has listed three southeast plants as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, after a 15-year wait on the candidate list. 

By TISH KRAFT 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Center for Biological Diversity has requested the United States stop fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna and recommend an international moratorium, according to a government announcement. 

By NICK MCCANN 

     WASHINGTON (CN) - The Food Safety and Inspection Service plans to require businesses that grind raw beef to keep records of where it comes from, to help identify the source of foodborne illnesses like E. coli and salmonella.