In plaintiffs' case challenging the constitutionality of regulations promulgated by defendants imposing restrictions on lobster fishing, district court appropriately exercised federal question jurisdiction over the case and its judgment is affirmed and the merits ruling is upheld for substantially the reasons set forth in the district court's opinion.
Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island
Decided October 23, 2009
Opinion by: Selya, Circuit Judge
For Appellant: Robert J. Caron
For Appellee: Sean H. Donahue and Gary E. Powers, Chief Deputy Legal Counsel, Department of Environmental Management, Donahue & Goldberg, LLP, Terence J. Tierney, Special Assistant Attorney General, Mark A. McSally, and Kelly, Kelleher, Reilly & Simpson