US Broke Water Contract, Calif. District Tells Fed. Circ.

Law360, New York (June 17, 2013, 2:04 PM EDT) -- A California water district on Thursday urged the Federal Circuit to reverse a lower court’s decision finding the U.S. wasn’t contractually obligated to provide drainage services to its irrigated lands, arguing various contracts indeed require the government to provide irrigation water and drainage to the district.

The Westlands Water District, which buys water from the federal Central Valley Project and distributes it to area farmers, says that the language, structure and circumstances surrounding contracts executed in 1963, 1965 and a series of subsequent interim renewal contracts...
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