The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has affirmed a lower court’s ruling dismissing a challenge to California’s law criminalizing the sale or distribution of shark fin. Chinatown Neighborhood Ass’n v. Harris, No. 14-15781 (9th Cir., order entered July 27, 2015). The plaintiffs, two groups representing Asian-Americans who seek to serve shark-fin soup, a traditional Chinese dish, argued that the law violates the Commerce Clause of the U.S. Constitution and is preempted by the Magnuson- Stevens Act. The Ninth Circuit rejected the claims, finding that the lower court did not err in refusing to grant leave to the organizations so that they could fully brief the preemption issue. Further, the shark-fin ban does not violate the Commerce Clause, the court found, because the effects on interstate commerce result from regulation of in-state conduct. Additional details about the groups’ complaint appear in Issue 447 of this Update.