Bloomberg Law: California Water Rights—A Conversation About Litigation, Solutions

May 19, 2020

O’Melveny lawyers Matt Kline and Russell McGlothlin joined this Bloomberg Industry Group roundtable discussion about water rights and how they impact tens of millions of Americans, as well as the lessons learned from the Agua Caliente ruling, a landmark decision that found the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians had reserved water rights to groundwater under its lands.

“Water rights cases tend to last for years—sometimes decades—and can be very expensive,” Kline noted. “On balance, it’s best to reach a settlement early and try to avoid litigation whenever possible.” 

“Settlement is really the name of the game when it comes to water rights,” McGlothlin added. “These are complex cases that often have hundreds, or even thousands, of claimants, along with very tough factual issues and law that can be undecided. Smart water rights lawyers know that settlement is the likeliest route to resolution, and they’ll work extra hard to find a reasonable compromise.” 

Listen to the full roundtable discussion below, or read Bloomberg's summary here.