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Pristine Land

Phoenix, AZ: (Dec-27-07) The state brought a lawsuit against developer George H. Johnson, alleging that Johnson and several of his contractors harmed pristine state trust lands without permits. The suit, filed in 2005, saw the founder of the Johnson Ranch file a countersuit against the state and Attorney General Terry Goddard for alleged slander. Records stated that Goddard argued that he shouldn't have to defend himself against the counterclaim because he had immunity as attorney general.

As part of a settlement reached, Johnson and several of his contractors will pay $12 million to settle the state lawsuit over breach of permits. Additionally, a three judge Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that Goddard only had limited immunity that would protect him if he could show he acted in good faith in issuing a news release concerning the lawsuit he filed on behalf of state agencies. [MOHAVE DAILY NEWS: PRISTINE LAND]

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Published on Dec-27-07


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