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California Appeals Court Again Overturns Water Extraction Refund

Mealey's (September 9, 2015, 11:41 AM EDT) -- SAN JOSE, Calif. — A California appeals court on Aug. 12 issued a new opinion in a case involving groundwater extraction fees but reached the same conclusion, overturning a trial court’s $4.62 million refund (Great Oaks Water Company v. Santa Clara Valley Water District, No. H035260, Calif. App., 6th Dist.).

(Great Oaks opinion available. Document #95-150910-026Z.)

As part of its authority to prevent depletion of its aquifers, the Santa Clara Valley Water District charges a groundwater extraction fee to the Great Oaks Water Co., a water...
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