Supreme Court To Hear Mont. Riverbed Rent Case

Law360, New York (June 20, 2011, 3:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a hydroelectric company's suit accusing Montana of unfairly seeking tens of millions of dollars in back rent for use of the state's rivers, despite rent already paid to the federal government.

The case comes to the high court from the Montana Supreme Court, which ruled that PPL Montana LLC, owner of two hydroelectric projects on Montana rivers, is liable for back rent payments because the riverbeds at issue belong to the state. PPL appealed in August, saying...
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