“Army Corps Faces Trial in $300M Missouri River Flooding,” Law360
March 15, 2018
A Court of Federal Claims judge on Tuesday ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ projects on the Missouri River caused serial flooding of private landowners’ property, clearing the way for a trial over an estimated $300 million in damages.
The lawsuit was filed in 2014 by farmers, landowners and business owners from six states who claimed that the Corps’ actions constituted a “taking without just compensation” in violation of the Fifth Amendment. After considering the testimony of several expert witnesses from both sides, Judge Nancy B. Firestone found that some of the plaintiffs have proven the Corps’ liability.