High Court Won't Hear FCA Dispute Over Watershed Use

By Daniel Wilson (January 7, 2019, 5:38 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday declined for the second time to hear a dispute over whether an Ohio flood control body's retention of land in alleged violation of a federal agreement, as well as "fracking" and water payments gained from that land, subjected the body to liability under the False Claims Act.

The justices turned down the petition from relators Leatra Harper and Steven Jansto over the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District's alleged violations of a decades-old flood control agreement with the federal government, due to its opening up of watershed land to oil and gas extraction, without comment.

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