Fed. Circ. Reverses $4M Takings Award Over Water Rights

Law360, New York (July 26, 2012, 4:42 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday vacated a $4.2 million damages award to the estates of Nevada ranch owners over an alleged government taking of property rights, ruling that the federal government acted appropriately in regulating water activities on the land.

E. Wayne Hage and his wife Jean Hage won the damages four years ago when a federal claims court found the U.S. Forest Service at fault for its water access restrictions, but the appeals court said those actions were justified because the couple failed to properly...
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