Court sinks Casitas claim in federal lawsuit

Tim Dewar, Ojai Valley News publisher

A U.S. Court of Appeals panel ruled “no harm, no foul” Wednesday in the Casitas Municipal Water District’s (CMWD) 2005 lawsuit against the federal government. On Jan. 26, 2005, CMWD filed suit in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims asserting that the federal government had violated the Fifth Amendment by taking its property without compensation. The suit stems from the 1997 listing of the West Coast

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