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Megaload Court Filings
Since March 2011, IRU has been working in the courts, as well as the court of public opinion, to push government agencies toward fulfilling their obligations under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to regulate megaloads in the Clearwater and Lochsa Wild and Scenic River corridor of northern Idaho.

On February 7, 2011, IRU won its first federal court case seeking clarification that the U.S. Forest Service has authority to regulate megaloads in the Wild and Scenic River corridor.

On Aug. 8, 2013, IRU returned to federal court with co-plaintiff the Nez Perce Tribe to a seek further ruling declaring that the Forest Service can enforce rules it had since implemented. The court granted a temporary injunction on Sept. 13 that prevents megaloads from entering the National Forest and Wild and Scenic River corridor pending review of the impacts they pose to tribal sovereignty and the cultural, spiritual and aesthetic qualities of the Wild and Scenic River corridor.

“The plaintiffs are not seeking damages; they are seeking to preserve their Treaty rights along with cultural and intrinsic values that have no price tag,” Winmill wrote.

Filings and litigation timeline for the March 2011 - February 2013 legal process:

  • March 10, 2011: IRU files complaint
  • May 25, 2011: Forest Service files response
  • June 15, 2011: IRU files amended complaint
  • Aug. 18, 2011: Federal Highway Administration files motion to dismiss
  • Sept. 14, 2011: Forest Service files motion to dismiss
  • Sept. 19, 2011: IRU files opposition to FHWA motion to dismiss
  • Oct. 11, 2011: IRU files opposition to Forest Service motion to dismiss
  • March 9, 2012: Court issues order granting and denying motions to dismiss
  • Aug. 31, 2012: IRU files motion for partial summary judgement
  • Oct. 17, 2012: Forest Service and FHWA file motion for summary judgement and opposition to IRU motion
  • Dec. 3, 2012: Nez Perce Tribe files motion for amicus status
  • Dec. 3, 2012: Nez Perce Tribe files amicus brief
  • Dec. 3, 2012: IRU files reply brief
  • Jan. 14, 2013: Forest Service and FHWA files final reply brief
  • Jan. 14, 2013: Nez Perce Tribe response to Forest Service & FHWA opposition
  • Feb. 7, 2013: Memorandum Decision affirming IRU Claims
  • Feb. 7, 2013: Judgment


  • Filings and litigation timeline for the ongoing legal process, initiated Aug. 7, 2013.

  • Aug. 8, 2013: IRU and Nez Perce Tribe file complaint
  • Aug. 8, 2013: IRU and Nez Perce Tribe file brief in support of complaint
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Peter Grubb declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Borg Hendrickson declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Linwood Laughy Declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Kevin Lewis declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Bill Sedivy declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Silas Whitman Declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Michael Lopez declaration
  • Aug. 8, 2013: Second Michael Lopez Declaration
  • Aug. 26, 2013: General Electric motion to intervene opening brief
  • Aug. 26, 2013: General Electric files motion to intervene
  • Aug. 26, 2013: William Heins declaration

    Second round of filings on injunction hearing:

  • Sept. 3, 2013: Forest Service reply
  • Sept. 3, 2013: Rick Brazell declaration
  • Sept. 3, 2013: General Electric opposition brief
  • Sept. 3, 2013: Heins declaration
  • Sept. 3, 2013: Uhler declaration
  • Sept. 3, 2013: Charniak declaration
  • Sept. 3, 2013: Specialized Carriers amicus brief
  • Sept. 6, 2013: IRU and Nez Perce Tribe file amended complaint
  • Sept. 6, 2013: IRU and Nez Perce Tribe file reply brief
  • Sept. 6, 2013: Bill Sedivy amended declaration
  • Sept. 6, 2013: Michael Lopez second declaration
  • Sept. 6, 2013: Angela Picard declaration
  • Sept. 6, 2013e: Paulette Smith declaration
  • Sept. 6, 2013: Nakia Williamson declaration
  • Sept. 13, 2013: Judge Winmill grants injunction temporarily blocking megaloads
  • Sept. 20, 2013: GE files motion to reconsider Winmill's ruling
  • Sept. 20, 2013: William Heinz declaration in support of motion for reconsideration
  • Sept. 25, 2013: Forest Service files motion for reconsideration
  • Sept. 25, 2013: Forest Service files brief in support of motion for reconsideration
  • Sept. 25, 2013: Forest Service files exhibits in support of motion for reconsideration
  • Oct. 2, 2013: IRU and Nez Perce Tribe respond to GE and Forest Service motion to reconsider
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