The effort to fight Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar’s decision to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been moving full steam ahead since the November 30 announcement.

Last week, the Lunnys, represented by Cause of Action along with Stoel Rives, LLP; SSL Law Firm, LLP, and Briscoe Ivester & Bazel LLP filed a lawsuit against the federal government and Secretary Salazar after the farm was denied the renewal of its special use permit and given 90 days to finish up all operations, shut down their business, and move off of National Park Service land.

Today, the Lunnys’ attorneys filed a motion for a temporary restraining order in hopes of providing relief for the Lunnys to operate their business while we fight this abuse of authority and bring justice for the families, the community and the company affected by this decision.

The goal of the temporary restraining order is to prevent irreparable harm, which cannot be compensated by money, from being done to the company and the oysters while the court decides whether or not the government’s decision was unlawful. Freezing time on the 90-day sentence will allow Drakes Bay to continue working until the court has reached a decision in the case.

You can find the motion here and read more on the case here.

For more updates on the case be sure to check out our newsroom.


As of May 24, 2013, Cause of Action no longer represents Drakes Bay Oyster Company, the Lunny family, or Dr. Corey Goodman and will be withdrawing as counsel from the litigation.