Moody Hills Farms Limited Partnership v. United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service

205 F.3d 554 (1999)

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Moody Hills Farms Limited Partnership v. United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
205 F.3d 554 (1999)

  • Written by Jody Stuart, JD

Facts

Coleman Station, a hamlet in New York, was listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places in 1993. The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation simultaneously nominated Coleman Station for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. Coleman Station was then listed on the national register. Subsequently, Moody Hills Farms Limited Partnership (Moody) (plaintiff) succeeded in having the New York State register listing removed based on procedural errors in the listing process. Moody then petitioned the keeper of the National Register of Historic Places (keeper), an officer of the National Park Service (NPS) (defendant), to remove the national-register listing, and the keeper declined. In a letter to Moody, the keeper explained that Coleman Station met the criteria for the national-register listing and that procedural errors in the state listing process did not invalidate the national listing. The keeper considered all relevant factors pertaining to Coleman Station’s eligibility for listing. Moody filed suit against the NPS in federal district court. The district court concluded that because the criteria for the state and national registers were identical, the nullification of the state listing automatically voided the national listing. The NPS appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Walker, J.)

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