Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd.

Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd.
by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Court Documents
Opinion of the Court

452 F.3d 1066

Joseph A. PAKOOTAS, an individual and enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; Donald R. Michel, an individual and enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation; State of Washington, Plaintiffs-Appellees,


TECK COMINCO METALS, LTD., a Canadian corporation, Defendant-Appellant.

No. 05-35153

United States Court of Appeals,
Ninth Circuit.

Argued and Submitted December 5, 2005

Filed July 3, 2006

Kevin M. Fong, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco, California, for defendant-appellant Teck Cominco Metals, Ltd.

Paul J. Dayton and Daniel F. Johnson, Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC, Seattle, Washington, for plaintiffs-appellees Joseph A. Pakootas and Donald R. Michel.

Alexandra K. Smith, Assistant Attorney General, Olympia, Washington, for plaintiff/intervenor-appellee State of Washington.

Loren R. Dunn, Riddell Williams PS, Seattle, Washington, for amici Washington Environmental Council, Washington, Public Interest Research Group, and Citizens for a Clean Columbia.

Rex S. Heinke, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Los Angeles, California, for amici Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Mining Association of Canada.

Brian Hembacher, Deputy Attorney General, Los Angeles, California, for amici People of the State of California ex rel. Bill Lockyer, Attorney General for the State of California, and the States of Arizona, Idaho, Montana and Oregon.

Margaret K. Pfeiffer, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, Washington, D.C., for amicus Government of Canada.

Carter G. Phillips, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood LLP, Washington, D.C., for amicus Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America.

Rob Roy Smith, Morisset Schlosser Jozwiak & McGaw, Seattle, Washington, for amicus Okanagan National Alliance in support of plaintiffs-appellees.

Catherine E. Stetson, Hogan & Hartson LLP, Washington, D.C., for amici National Mining Association and the National Association of Manufacturers.

Martin Wagner, Earthjustice, Oakland, California, for amici Sierra Club and Sierra Club of Canada.

Shannon D. Work, Funke & Work, Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, for amicus Spokane Tribe of Indians.

Before: Ronald M. Gould and Marsha S. Berzon, Circuit Judges, and William W Schwarzer,[1] District Judge. Opinion by Judge Gould.


  1. The Honorable William W Schwarzer, Senior United States District Judge for the Northern District of California, sitting by designation.

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