Calif. Court Hoses Pollution Suit Over PacifiCorp Dams

Law360, New York (March 31, 2010, 1:52 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court has rejected an attempt by Indian tribal leaders and fishermen to impose state environmental rules on PacifiCorp. Inc. hydroelectric projects that allegedly cause toxic algae blooms, finding that federal law undoubtedly reigns supreme over the federally regulated dams.

The Court of Appeal for the State of California, First Appellate District, issued a ruling Tuesday not only affirming earlier opinions against the plaintiffs but also reversing a previous award of $138,000 in attorneys' fees on the grounds that their legal battle had not...
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