Marzulla Law Legal Report - May 25, 2011

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In This Issue:

- Federal Circuit Upholds Reclamation Contract Rights Against Government Demands To Reallocate Water

On March 18, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit issued a decision with far-reaching implications for water rights involving federal reclamation policy and the federal Endangered Species Act

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Stockton East Water District, Central San Joaquin Water Conservation District, and the California Water Service Company v. United States.

In this case, the Federal Circuit ruled squarely in favor of protecting the federal reclamation contract rights of the water districts against federal demands to reallocate the district's water for fish protection purposes. The Federal Circuit held that by refusing to deliver the water to the water districts as required by the terms of their contracts, the federal government had breached the water delivery contracts and are thus liable for contract damages.....

- Staff Spotlight - Lucy Wiggins

Lucy Wiggins joined Marzulla Law in 2007 as an associate attorney. During the summer of 2009 she took a leave of absence from Marzulla Law to serve as a law clerk with the Honorable Judge Block in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims....

- About Our Law Firm

Marzulla Law, LLC is a Washington D.C.- based law firm. Nancie G. Marzulla and Roger J. Marzulla help property owners get paid just compensation when the Government takes their property through inverse condemnation.

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