As we reported last month, the United States of America and the Federal Aviation Administration had filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the City of Santa Monica in federal court seeking to confirm its alleged right to control the fate of the Santa Monica Airport. Yesterday, the federal court threw out the City's lawsuit, holding that:
- The Quiet Title Claim was time-barred;
- The takings claim had to be brought before the United States Court of Federal Claims pursuant to the Tucker Act; and
- The Tenth Amendment and Fifth Amendment Due Process Claims were not ripe.
The federal court ...
On October 31, 2013, the City of Santa Monica filed a complaint in federal court against the United States of America and the Federal Aviation Administration ("FAA") with the hope of confirming its alleged right to control the fate of the Santa Monica Airport. Both sides agree that: (i) the City leased the airport property to the United States in 1941 to support the war effort, (ii) the United States made substantial improvements to the property, (iii) the United States terminated the lease in 1948, (iv) the 1948 instrument terminating the lease contained a reversionary clause, and ...
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