Calif. Tells 9th Circ. Feds Can't Snuff State Land Rights

Law360, Los Angeles (March 8, 2012, 6:55 PM EST) -- The federal government can’t use eminent domain to completely extinguish a state’s sovereign rights in tidelands and waterways, the California State Lands Commission told the Ninth Circuit on Thursday, saying California should get back a San Diego naval station if the U.S. tries to sell it.

The commission’s attorney Alan V. Hager argued Thursday that when California joined the Union in 1850 on equal footing with the original 13 states, it gained title to tidal and submerged lands and beds of navigable waters, holding them in...
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