PPL Montana, LLC v. Montana
|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|10-218||Supreme Court of Montana||
Dec 7, 2011
|Feb 22, 2012||9-0||Kennedy||OT 2011|
Holding: The Montana Supreme Court’s ruling that the state of Montana owns and may charge for use of the riverbeds at issue was based on an infirm legal understanding of the Court’s rules of navigability for title under the equal-footing doctrine.
Judgment: Reversed, 9-0, in an opinion by Justice Kennedy on February 22, 2012.
- Opinion analysis: Montana dunked on riverbeds (Thomas Merrill)
- Argument recap: The law of portages (Thomas Merrill)
- Argument preview: In the footsteps of Lewis and Clark (Thomas Merrill)
Briefs and Documents
Merits Briefs for the Petitioner
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Petitioner
- Brief for the United States of America
- Brief for The Creekside Coalition et al.
- Brief for Freeport-McMoran Corporation et al.
- Brief for the Mountain States Legal Foundation and the Utah Farm Bureau Federation
- Brief for the Montana Farm Bureau Federation et al.
- Brief for Professors John L. Allen et al.
- Brief for American Petroleum Institute et al.
- Brief for Montana Water Resources Association et al.
- Brief for Wilbur and Kathryn Hardy et al.
Merits Briefs for the Respondent
Amicus Briefs in Support of the Respondent
- Brief for Stephanie Ambrose Tubbs
- Brief for the National Wildlife Federation et al.
- Brief for the California Sportfishing Protection Alliance et al.
- Brief for Oregon et al.
- Opinion below (Supreme Court of Montana)