US Ordered To Pay Landowners For Failing To Build Road

Law360, New York (October 7, 2011, 7:01 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Friday ordered the U.S. government to pay California landowners $1.7 million, finding the government breached a contract when it failed to build a promised road through the landowners' property near the Mexican border.

Three landholding companies owned by developer Roque De La Fuente of San Diego won their suit, but were awarded considerably less than the $4.1 million they were seeking.

Judge Thomas C. Wheeler found that the government, contrary to its protests, had breached an August 2008 contract between the landowners...
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