The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association has made revisions to the Equal Access to Justice Act (EAJA) one its top policy priorities for 2012.
The EAJA was designed to level the playing field between small businesses and individual citizens and the federal government. It allows plaintiffs to recover legal costs from the federal government when they prevail in a case against the federal government.
But NCBA says although EAJA was intended to protect citizens’ rights, it has become a means for radical environmental and animal rights groups to target ranchers by challenging in court their rights to natural resource uses. That’s why NCBA is seeking changes to the EAJA.
At the recent Cattle Industry Convention, we discussed that issue with Dustin Van Liew, director of federal lands for NCBA and executive director of the Public Lands Council.