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California Must Face Water Challenge in Federal Court (Correct)

Feb. 25, 2021, 4:32 PM; Updated: Feb. 26, 2021, 3:11 PM

The Department of Justice can proceed with its claims that California violated state law when it changed its water quality control plan for the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta system in federal court, the Ninth Circuit ruled.

Granting a partial stay of the state law claims in federal court is allowed in limited circumstances, but the federal government’s actions here don’t amount to the type of forum shopping that justifies a stay, according to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

The Justice Department sued California’s State Water Resources Control Board after it approved an amended...

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