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Under obscure law, California High-Speed Rail Authority sues everybody, invites you to argue case in court

(Source: San Jose Mercury News, March 28, 2013)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. ó The state of California has filed a civil case against everyone -- literally, the whole world -- seeking to validate $8.6 billion in voter-approved bonds for its $69 billion high-speed rail project.

The lawsuit, titled "High-Speed Rail Authority v. All Persons Interested," is meant as a pre-emptive strike so the state can confirm that it's definitely legal to issue some of the bonds needed to begin bullet train construction this summer. By citing a somewhat obscure California civil code, the state can use the "sue now or forever hold your peace" strategy to prevent a string of future lawsuits and, instead, deal with the legal issues in one fell swoop.

Full story: San Jose Mercury News

Thursday, March 28, 2013

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