Judge Says Water Contract Claims Are Statutory, Retains Jurisdiction

Mealey's (June 17, 2015, 8:35 AM EDT) -- FRESNO, Calif. — Breach of contract claims by 21 plaintiffs against the federal government for failing to deliver water are actually statutory claims, a California federal judge ruled Dec. 1, 2014 (Friant Water Authority, et al. v. Sally Jewell, et al., No. 14-765, C.D. Calif.; 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 166399).

(Opinion available. Document #95-141211-001Z.)

U.S. Judge Lawrence J. O’Neill of the Central District of California said that since the plaintiffs’ claims are statutory rather than contractual, they can seek only equitable relief under the federal Administrative...
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