Calif. Judge DQ'd From Atty Fees Fight In Water Plan Dispute

By Matt Perez (November 25, 2020, 8:36 PM EST) -- A California appeals court Tuesday ruled that a lower court judge should be disqualified from hearing a dispute over attorney fees after the Imperial Irrigation District fended off a challenge to its water distribution plan, ruling the district had the right to request a new judge after its initial loss in the case was overturned on appeal.

The order derives from a years-long court battle between California's Imperial Irrigation District and farmer Michael Abatti over a contentious water distribution plan and by extension the water rights in the Imperial Valley. After Abatti won an initial judgment overturning the plan in superior...

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