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Colusa, County of v. California Wildlife Conservation Bd.

ELR Citation: 36 ELR 20240
Nos. No. C051270, (Cal. App. 3d Dist., 10/19/2006)

The court upheld the award of attorney fees in favor of a county in a case involving a state agency's proposal to convert agricultural land into wildlife habitat. Although the action was ultimately dismissed, the county's action resulted in the modification of a conservation easement to permit grazing on the property at issue. Hence, the county was a successful party. In addition, the county's action enforced an important right affecting the public interest, conferred a significant benefit on a large group of people, and was necessary. The award of attorney fees was therefore proper.