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Epic Battle

Oct 08, 2018

Paso Robles: Jury trial in an epic battle:  Cindy Steinbeck of Steinbeck Vineyards and Winery writes, “Over the past four weeks, an epic David and Goliath legal fight culminated in a historic jury trial protecting the groundwater rights of landowners from governmental taking without compensation. On one side of the courtroom sat lawyers for San Luis Obispo County, San Luis Obispo County Flood Control and Conservation District, the City of Paso Robles, Atascadero Mutual Water Company, Templeton Community Services District and San Miguel Community Services District represented by no less than 5 law firms, nine in court lawyers and a cadre of jury and trial consultants, media presentations and governmental representatives. On the other side sat representatives of the 1,000 plus landowners desperately trying to preserve their rights to the groundwater they pump from the wells on their property, which are their sole source of water, represented by father and son, Mr. Richard Zimmer & Mr. William Zimmer from a single law firm, Clifford & Brown. When the dust settled, the jury rejected the governmental attempt to take any meaningful groundwater rights from the landowners. ... ”  Read more from the Paso Robles Daily News here:  Paso Robles: Jury trial in an epic battle