Doughty's judgment awarding a preliminary injunction to all those countries said his arrangement applies nationwide.
The 13 states said the government bypassed comment spans and other bureaucratic measures required before such flaws can be undertaken. Doughty heard arguments in the case a week at Lafayette.
The lawsuit was filed in March. The nations opposing the suspension stated that it had been undertaken without the mandatory comment periods and other bureaucratic actions.
Federal attorneys also argued that the public notice and comment period does not apply to the suspension, so the rental sales are not required by legislation and the Secretary of the Interior has broad discretion in renting choices.
Even though Landry and the suit's assistants said the moratorium has driven up costs and endangered energy occupations, Biden's suspension did not stop firms from drilling on existing leases.
"No present lease was cancelled as a consequence of some of the actions contested, and development action from exploration through production and drilling has continued in similar levels since the previous four decades," attorneys for the government argued in briefs.
A long-term stop to gas and oil sales would suppress future creation and may harm states such as Louisiana which are heavily determined by the sector that has led to global warming.
The lawsuit notes that coastal countries receive considerable revenue from onshore and offshore gas and oil activity. Preventing rentals, the lawsuit claims, would decrease earnings that pays Louisiana attempts to restore coastal wetlands, increase energy prices and cause significant job losses in oil-producing nations.