U.S. Supreme Court holds Kansas to district court fee structure in Kansas v. Colorado

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From the Denver Post (Mark Jaffe): “In the final ruling in the long-running case, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected Kansas’ argument its consultants should be paid $9.2 million by Colorado. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers argued before the court in December that his state should be on the hook only for the $40-a-day fee set by federal court rules. The court agreed. So Colorado owes Kansas precisely $199,577.19.”

More coverage from Legal Newsline (Chirs Rizo):

Appearing before the high court in November, Colorado Attorney General John Suthers argued that his state should not have to pay $9 million in expert witness fess that Kansas says Colorado taxpayers ought to pay since it was the prevailing party in a protracted water rights case. “The Supreme Court’s decision today marks a bright note for Colorado in this long-running water dispute,” Suthers said on a statement. “We are glad to see the Supreme Court sided with our position on the matter of expert witness fees and, as a result, saved Colorado taxpayers more than $9 million.” When Suthers and Kansas Attorney General Steve Six appeared last year before the U.S. Supreme Court it was 23 years after the original lawsuit was filed over flows in the Arkansas River…

“We see no good reason why the rule regarding the recovery of expert witness fees should differ markedly depending on whether a case is originally brought in a district court or in this court,” Associate Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the high court. “Many cases brought in a district court are not less complex than those brought originally in this court.”

More Coyote Gulch coverage here and here.

One thought on “U.S. Supreme Court holds Kansas to district court fee structure in Kansas v. Colorado

  1. Who said it was easy to make money in America?
    Keep in mind all this was filed well before the stuff hit the fan.

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