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US v. Milner, No. 05-35802

By FindLaw Staff on October 12, 2009 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

In an action against certain waterfront homeowners for common law trespass and violations of the Rivers and Harbors Appropriation Act of 1899 and the Clean Water Act, because the ambulatory tideland property boundary came to intersect shore defense structures the homeowners erected, judgment for plaintiff is affirmed in part where: 1) the U.S. owned the tidelands at issue and held them in trust for an Indian tribe; 2) because both the upland and tideland owners had a vested right to gains from the ambulation of the boundary, the homeowners could not permanently fix the property boundary, thereby depriving the Indians of tidelands that they would otherwise gain; and 3) the intent requirement for common law trespass was satisfied because the government requested that the encroaching parts of the structures be removed, but the homeowners failed to do so.

Read US v. Milner, No. 05-35802

Appellate Information

Argued March 13, 2008

Submitted October 9, 2009


Opinion by Judge B. Fletcher


For Appellants:

Richard M. Stephens, Groen Stephens & Klinge LLP, Bellevue, WA

For Appellee:

Brian Kipnis, Office of the United States Attorney, Seattle, WA

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