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Water (generally)

Navajo Nation v. U.S. Department of the Interior

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court's dismissal of a Native American tribe's breach of trust claim in a lawsuit concerning water rights to the Colorado River. The tribe initially sued DOI, arguing the Department violated NEPA...

Florida v. Georgia

The U.S. Supreme Court, in an ongoing dispute between Florida and Georgia over the apportionment of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin's waters, agreed unanimously with a special master's latest recommendation on remand...

Massachusetts Lobstermen's Ass'n v. Raimondo

The U.S. Supreme Court denied certiorari in a lawsuit concerning President Barack Obama's 2016 proclamation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts National Marine Monument off the New England coast. Commercial fishing groups had...

Hawkins v. Haaland

The D.C. Circuit affirmed dismissal of a lawsuit concerning reserved water rights in the Klamath River Basin. Ranchers sued to prevent Native American tribes from exercising reserved water rights in the basin that interfered with the...

United States v. State Water Resources Control Board

The Ninth Circuit reversed a district court order staying state law claims in a lawsuit concerning the California Water Resources Control Board's amendments to its water quality control plan for the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San...

Clark Fork Coalition v. Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation

The Montana Supreme Court reversed, 5-2, a lower court decision reversing the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation's (DNRC's) issuance of a beneficial water use permit for a proposed silver and copper mine beneath...

United States v. Walker River Irrigation District

The Ninth Circuit affirmed in part and vacated in part a district court's dismissal of a county's complaint in long-standing litigation over appropriation of water in the Walker River Basin. The county argued the public interest and...

Texas v. New Mexico

The U.S. Supreme Court denied, 8-0, Texas' motion to review a river master's final determination in a long-running dispute over how Texas and New Mexico share water. Texas challenged the river master's determination that New Mexico was...

United States v. Aboulsman

The Tenth Circuit held, 2-1, that a sovereign must affirmatively act to extinguish aboriginal water rights in a lawsuit concerning water rights of the Pueblos of Jemez, Santa Ana, and Zia in the Jemez River Basin in New Mexico. The...

Berry v. Chicago, City of

The Illinois Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit concerning the city of Chicago's replacement of water meters and water main pipes as well as the partial replacement of lead service lines that run between water mains and residences...

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