Case Update: Houston Flooding Cases

In a recent article, we reported on the massive filing of hundreds of just compensation cases in the Court of Federal Claims arising from flooding associated with Hurricane Harvey hitting Houston in August 2017. Chief Judge Susan Braden has consolidated all of the...

The Mojave Desert Tortoise Moves In

In the 1980s, James Doyle, a successful real estate developer, purchased over 2,440 acres of land in St. George, Utah and invested large amounts of money to plan development that included luxury homes and nine golf courses. In the early 1990s, the U.S. Fish and...

Location, location, location

Attorney Robert J. Gaudet was engaged to help conclude litigation pending in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In the fee agreement with Gaudet, Plaintiffs, Manuel Almanza, etc., agreed to pay him fees equal to the amount awarded by the Court for his services. After...

A Taxing Matter

Gary and Connie Meissner filed a pro se complaint in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims seeking a refund of $67,931 of alleged overpayments on their 2014 and 2015 tax returns and interest.  The Government moved to dismiss for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. On...

Timing is Everything

On January 29, 2018, Plaintiffs, Ampersand Chowchilla Biomass, LLC and Merced Power, LLC moved to compel the United States to produce three categories of documents: (1) the billing records of the Government’s expert witness; (2) communications between the facilities’...