boone and crockett club position statement

Equal Access to Justice Act

First Adopted September 30, 2011 - Updated September 30, 2011 - Reviewed January 7, 2014

 

Situational Overview

The Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) allows for the reimbursement of legal fees to individuals with a net worth of $2 million or less, a for-profit company with a net worth of $7 million or less, or a non-profit with no limit on their net worth that have filed suit against the federal government. Certain environmental/anti-hunting non-profit organizations have been abusing EAJA, taking advantage of no cap on net worth for non-profits, and are diverting needed funds for wildlife management and conservation away from those intended purposes in order to pay their legal fees.

Position

The Boone and Crockett Club opposes abusive practices under the EAJA. Consistent with its position on this issue, the Club’s Board of Directors has authorized the Conservation Policy Subcommittee to form a coalition of affected organizations that include, but are not limited to, the communities of agriculture, energy, timber, commercial fisheries, and recreational user groups such as shooting sports, hunting, and angling. The purpose of this coalition will be to evaluate how EAJA is being wrongfully used and identify the means and processes to remedy the situation. The Club is fully aware that many groups utilize EAJA for its well-intended purposes and that any aforementioned remedies will need to be surgical in nature with a primary focus on wildlife, land and water issues, as well as how EAJA relates to other associated federal acts such as the Endangered Species Act.

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