Hopi's Tainted Water Not Gov't's Problem, Fed. Circ. Affirms

Law360, Chicago (April 2, 2015, 4:31 PM EDT) -- The Federal Circuit on Thursday shot down the Hopi Tribe's bid to force the U.S. government to pay for clean drinking water on its Arizona reservation, ruling that the government doesn't have a fiduciary duty to safeguard water quality there.

Upholding a Court of Federal Claims decision dismissing the case, the three-judge panel said the lower court lacked jurisdiction over the suit because the Hopi couldn't point to a law or regulation demanding that the U.S. provide adequate drinking water and which could be used as a basis for money damages.

"Because the Court of Federal Claims properly concluded that the...

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