Tribe Can Seek Cleanup Suit Fees After All, Judge Says

By Andrew Westney (April 1, 2016, 10:47 PM EDT) -- A federal judge ruled Friday that a group of tribes in Washington state can seek to recover certain litigation fees and costs incurred in the group's claim against a Canadian mining company over pollutants dumped into the Columbia River, changing his mind after rejecting the tribes' bid for the costs last year.

In November, Senior U.S. District Judge Lonny R. Suko partially denied the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation's bid for $9.2 million in litigation costs, ruling that the tribes lacked enforcement authority under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act that could have allowed them to recover about...

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