Docket No.: 02-1593 Topics:
Certiorari Granted: Sep 30 2003
Argued: January 20, 2004
Decided: March 31, 2004
43 U.S.C. 351, Economic Activity, Natural Resources, Anti-Injunction Act, Bureau of Land Management, EPA, Internal Revenue Code, equitable relief, habeas, patent, stare decisis
PartyNames: BedRoc Limited, LLC, and Western Elite, Inc. v. United States, et al.
Petitioner: BedRoc Limited, LLC, and Western Elite, Inc.
Respondent: United States, et al.
Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: CA 9, 314 F.3d 1080 QUESTIONS PRESENTED The Pittman Underground Water Act of 1919 (the "Pittman Act") authorizedpatents of up to 640 acres of land in Nevada to applicants who successfully developed subterranean water sources, provided that such patents reservedto the United States "all the coal and other valuable minerals." Citing Watt v. Western Nuclear , 462 U.S. 36 (1983), the Ni nth Circuit ruled that the Pittman Act reserved all sand and gravel as "valuable minerals," regardless of whether the materials at any given property had economic value at thetime the land was patented.
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