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Appeals court says NC fisheries challenge can continue

North Carolina's intermediate-level appeals court says coastal recreational anglers can keep suing the state on accusations that government regulators have devastated near-shore fishing stocks. A state Court of Appeals panel ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of the Coastal Conservation Association of North Carolina and more than 80 individuals who sued the state in 2020. A trial judge refused to dismiss the lawsuit, which state attorneys wanted. They also said the state hasn’t waived sovereign immunity, which exempts such lawsuits unless an agency consents. But the appeals panel says that such immunity doesn't bar claims related to the handling of natural resources in the government's trust.