9th Circ. Says Feds Can Snuff State Land Rights

Law360, New York (June 14, 2012, 6:19 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit on Thursday ruled that the federal government's use of eminent domain fully trumps states' sovereign rights to tidelands and waterways, paving the way for the U.S. government to do what it wishes with a San Diego naval station.

In its unanimous ruling, the panel struck down the California State Lands Commission's contention that it should keep an interest in the tidal and submerged lands that California received when it joined the Union. The commission had said it was entitled to preserve the 32-acre...
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