Private Property

Michigan Family Wins 25-year Battle with Government Over Lake Access

Lakewood, CO. – October 2, 2018 – A generation-long battle over access to a lake in northern Michigan between private landowners and the U.S. Forest Service ended Monday when the United States Supreme Court denied an appeal by environmental groups, who sought to restrict recreational use of the lake (Herr v. U.S. Forest Service).  In 2010, David and Pamela Herr purchased land on the shore of…

Sunnyside Gold Corporation v. United States Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Minimizes Responsibility For Water Spill And Leaves Neighbors Financially Liable

Case Summary In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency released 3 million gallons of mineralized water at the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. To minimize its responsibility for the spill, the EPA hastily designated a vast area surrounding the mine as a Superfund site and thereby subjected its neighbors to financial liability for its actions.…