Calif. Appeals Court Reverses Denial Of Water-Use Pact

Law360, New York (December 7, 2011, 7:22 PM EST) -- A California state appeals court on Wednesday overturned a lower court’s ruling nullifying a landmark 2003 water-use agreement to reduce the state's dependence on the Colorado River.

In a 166-page opinion, a three-judge panel rejected Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Roland Candee's January 2010 ruling that one of the contracts under the 2003 Quantification Settlement Agreemen violated the state’s constitution.

Judge Candee had stated it would impose an unconditional obligation on the state to pay certain possible excess costs in exchange for residents’ access to the...
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