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Judge Orders US To Pay $1.6M In La. Land Use Suit

Law360 (December 21, 2010, 6:48 PM EST) -- A federal judge has ordered the U.S. to pay two landholding companies $1.6 million because it had leased land for resource exploration without paying the companies for exploration rights they held on property near a U.S. Army fort and a national forest in Louisiana.

Judge Nancy Firestone of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims ruled Monday that the government had temporary leased portions of the land for mineral exploration without paying usage fees to the plaintiffs, Central Pines Land Co. LLC and Tower Minerals Co. LLC, ...
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