Wash. Supreme Court Affirms Water Law Changes

Law360, New York (November 1, 2010, 5:28 PM EDT) -- Indian tribes, the Sierra Club and other advocates have lost a bid in the Supreme Court of the State of Washington to overturn changes to state law from 2003 that defined certain private developers as municipal water suppliers, a loss that environmental advocates say will encourage sprawl.

The Washington Supreme Court unanimously upheld the 2003 changes on Thursday, rejecting the challengers’ arguments that the amendments violated their right to due process and the separation of powers.

The high court’s decision partly reversed a 2008 decision in...
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