DOI May Owe Attys' Fees In Mining Permit Row, 9th Circ. Says

Law360, Chicago (January 27, 2015, 4:12 PM EST) -- A coalition of tribal and conservation groups won new life Monday in their bid to force the U.S. Department of the Interior to pay their legal fees from a mining permit feud in Arizona, after the Ninth Circuit ruled the groups were eligible for — but not necessarily entitled to — a fee award.

The dispute stems from a successful 2009 challenge brought by Black Mesa Water Coalition and others against a permit revision that the Interior's Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement had granted...
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