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  • PAUL H. ACHITOFF (#5279) EARTHJUSTICE 850 Richards Street, Suite 400 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Telephone No.: (808) 599-2436 Fax No.: (808) 521-6841 Email: achitoff@earthjustice.org GEORGE A. KIMBRELL (Pro Hac Vice pending) DONNA F. SOLEN (Pro Hac Vice pending) SYLVIA SHIH-YAU WU (Pro Hac Vice pending) CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY 303 Sacramento St., 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94111 T: (415) 826-2770 / F: (415) 826-0507 Emails: gkimbrell@centerforfoodsafety.org dsolen@centerforfoodsafety.org swu@centerforfoodsafety.org Counsel for Proposed Intervenor-Defendants UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII HAWAII FLORICULTURE AND NURSERY ASSOCIATION, et al., Plaintiffs, v. COUNTY OF HAWAII, Defendant, and CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, NANCY REDFEATHER, MARILYN HOWE, and RACHEL LADERMAN, Proposed Intervenor-Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:14-cv-00267-BMK NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION OF CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, NANCY REDFEATHER, MARILYN HOWE, AND RACHEL LADERMAN FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF DEFENDANT; MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION; DECLARATION OF ANDREW KIMBRELL; DECLARATION OF NANCY REDFEATHER; DECLARATION OF MARILYN HOWE; DECLARATION OF RACHEL LADERMAN; DECLARATION OF STEVE SAKALA; PROPOSED ANSWER; CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE Case 1:14-cv-00267-BMK-NONE Document 34 Filed 08/01/14 Page 1 of 3 PageID #: 283
  • NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE TO ALL PARTIES AND THEIR ATTORNEYS OF RECORD: Notice is hereby given that Center for Food Safety (CFS), Nancy Redfeather, Marilyn Howe, and Rachel Laderman (collectively Proposed Intervenors) hereby respectfully move to intervene as of right on behalf of Defendant in the above-titled action pursuant to Rule 24(a)(2) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 24. Alternatively, Proposed Intervenors seek permissive intervention under Rule 24(b)(2) to protect their members vital interests in, and support of, Hawaii County Ordinance 13-121 (formerly Bill 113) (hereafter Ordinance 13-121), a county law that provides the Countys residents and environment greater protection from the risk of transgenic contamination and from potential pesticide drift and contamination associated with genetically engineered crops. See id. Proposed Intervenors and their members vigorously supported Ordinance 13-121, and actively participated in the legislative process to ensure its passage. As Hawaii citizens who own property and farm land near some of Plaintiffs farms that grow engineered crops, Proposed Intervenors members have unique personal interests in the protection guaranteed by Ordinance 13-121. As an organization dedicated to protecting public health and the environment from the harmful impacts of genetically engineered crops and their associated pesticide use, Case 1:14-cv-00267-BMK-NONE Document 34 Filed 08/01/14 Page 2 of 3 PageID #: 284
  • 2 Proposed Intervenors have a substantive interest in ensuring Ordinance 13-121s implementation. This Motion is based upon this Notice of Motion and Motion for Leave to Intervene, the Memorandum in Support thereof, the Declarations of Andrew Kimbrell, Nancy Redfeather, Marilyn Howe, Rachel Laderman, Steve Sakala, the Proposed Order, the Proposed Answer pursuant to Rule 24(c), and all pleadings and papers filed in this action, and upon such other matters the Court may entertain. See Fed. R. Civ. P. 24(c). DATED: Honolulu, Hawaii, August 1, 2014. Respectfully submitted, /s/ Paul H. Achitoff PAUL H. ACHITOFF ((#5279) EARTHJUSTICE 850 Richards Street, Suite 400 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Telephone No.: (808) 599-2436 Fax No.: (808) 521-6841 Email: achitoff@earthjustice.org GEORGE A. KIMBRELL (Pro Hac Vice pending) DONNA F. SOLEN (Pro Hac Vice pending) SYLVIA SHIH-YAU WU (Pro Hac Vice pending) Center for Food Safety 303 Sacramento St., 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94111 T: (415) 826-2770 / F: (415) 826-0507 Emails: gkimbrell@centerforfoodsafety.org dsolen@centerforfoodsafety.org swu@centerforfoodsafety.org Counsel for Proposed Intervenor-Defendants Case 1:14-cv-00267-BMK-NONE Document 34 Filed 08/01/14 Page 3 of 3 PageID #: 285
  • PAUL H. ACHITOFF (#5279) EARTHJUSTICE 850 Richards Street, Suite 400 Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 Telephone No.: (808) 599-2436 Fax No.: (808) 521-6841 Email: achitoff@earthjustice.org GEORGE A. KIMBRELL (Pro Hac Vice pending) DONNA F. SOLEN (Pro Hac Vice pending) SYLVIA SHIH-YAU WU (Pro Hac Vice pending) CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY 303 Sacramento St., 2nd Floor San Francisco, CA 94111 T: (415) 826-2770 / F: (415) 826-0507 Emails: gkimbrell@centerforfoodsafety.org dsolen@centerforfoodsafety.org swu@centerforfoodsafety.org Counsel for Proposed Intervenor-Defendants UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF HAWAII HAWAII FLORICULTURE AND NURSERY ASSOCIATION, et al., Plaintiffs, v. COUNTY OF HAWAII, Defendant, and CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, NANCY REDFEATHER, MARILYN HOWE, and RACHEL LADERMAN, Proposed Intervenor-Defendants. ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) ) Case No.: 1:14-cv-00267-BMK MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION FOR LEAVE TO INTERVENE BY CENTER FOR FOOD SAFETY, NANCY REDFEATHER, MARILYN HOWE, AND RACHEL LADERMAN Case 1:14-cv-00267-BMK-NONE Document 34-1 Filed 08/01/14 Page 1 of 34 PageID #: 286
  • i TABLE OF CONTENTS TABLE OF CONTENTS..i TABLE OF AUTHORITIES.ii I. INTRODUCTION ...........................................................................................1 II. ARGUMENT...................................................................................................6 A. Proposed Intervenors Are Entitled to Intervene As of Right................6 Proposed Intervenors Motion Is Timely....................................71. Proposed Intervenors Have Significantly Protectable2. Interests. ......................................................................................9 The Outcome of this Case May Impair Proposed3. Intervenors Interests. ...............................................................14 The Defendant County May Not Adequately Represent4. Proposed Intervenors Interests. ...............................................16 B. At a Minimum, the Court Should Grant Permissive Intervention ......21 III. CONCLUSION..............................................................................................27 Case 1:14-cv-00267-BMK-NONE Document 34-1 Filed 08/01/14 Page 2 of 34 PageID #: 287
  • ii TABLE OF AUTHORITIES PAGE(S) FEDERAL CASES Blum v. Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner & Smith Inc., 712 F.3d 1349 (9th Cir. 2013) ................................................................22, 24, 25 California Dump Truck Owners Association v. Nichols, 275 F.R.D. 303 (E.D. Ca. 2011) .........................................................................13 Californians for Safe & Competitive Dump Truck Transportation. v. Mendonca, 152 F.3d 1184 (9th Cir. 1998) ............................................................................17 Citizens for Balanced Use v. Montana Wilderness Association, 647 F.3d 893 (9th Cir. 2011) ............................................................................8, 9 Center for Food Safety v. Johanns, 451 F. Supp. 2d 1165 (D. Haw. 2006)..................................................................3 Forest Conservation Council v. United States Forest Service, 66 F.3d 1489 (9th Cir. 1995) ..............................................................................17 Freedom from Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Geithner, 644 F.3d 836 (9th Cir. 2011) ..............................................................................23 Idaho Farm Bureau Federation v. Babbitt, 58 F.3d 1392 (9th Cir. 1995) ..........................................................................8, 11 International Center Technology Assessment v. Johanns, 473 F. Supp. 2d 9 (D.D.C. 2007)..........................................................................2 Jackson v. Abercrombie, 282 F.R.D. 507 (D. Haw. 2012) .......................................................11, 12, 15, 16 Kootenai Tribe of Idaho v. Veneman, 313 F.3d 1094 (9th Cir. 2002) ................................................................22, 23, 26 Monsanto Co. v. Geertson Seed Farms, 561 U.S. 139 (2010)..........................................................................................1, 2 Case 1:14-cv-00267-BMK-NONE Document 34-1 Filed 08/01/14 Page 3 of 34 PageID #: 288
  • iii PAGE(S) FEDERAL CASES, CONTD Northwest Forest Resource Council v. Glickman, 82 F.3d 825 (9th Cir. 1996) ........................................................................8, 9, 12 Prete v. Bradbury, 438 F.3d 949 (9th Cir. 2006) ................................................................................7 Sagebrush Rebellion v. Watt, 713 F.2d 525 (9th Cir. 1983) ........................................................................12, 16 Sierra Club v. Glickman, 82 F.3d 106 (5th Cir. 1996) ................................................................................20 Southwest Center for Biological Diversity v. Berg, 268 F.3d 810 (9th Cir. 2001) ..................................................................10, 14, 16 United Food & Commercial Workers Union Local 751 v. Brown Group, 517 U.S. 544 (1996)............................................................................................13 United States v. Alisal Water Corp., 370 F.3d 915 (9th Cir. 2004) ..............................................................................21 United States v. City of Los Angeles, 288 F.3d 391 (9th Cir. 2002) ..........................................