Tribe's Enviro Suit Over Hydroelectric Dam Gets Quashed

Law360, New York (March 12, 2014, 4:15 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Tuesday signed off on the federal government's bid to dismiss the Skokomish Indian Tribe's lawsuit seeking damages deriving from a hydroelectric project built upstream of their reservation, citing lack of jurisdiction.

Judge Francis M. Allegra noted Section 1500 of Title 28 of the U.S. Code, which states that the Court of Federal Claims cannot take on any case that is simultaneously pending against the U.S. in any other court in the country. Judge Allegra cited three precedent-setting cases: 2009's...
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