Wash. Tribe Is Immune From Lake Ownership Suit, Judge Says

Law360, New York (May 5, 2015, 3:05 PM EDT) -- A federal judge on Monday tossed a lawsuit filed by landowners who had challenged the Quinault Indian Nation's ownership of a lake in northwest Washington located adjacent to their properties, concluding that the suit was barred by sovereign immunity.

U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton granted the Quinault tribe's motion to dismiss the suit without prejudice with leave to amend within 30 days.

The plaintiffs had alleged that state and federal law dictated Lake Quinault be open to the public, specifically taking issue with the tribe's decision to close the lake to the public last year.

"The court has considered the...

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