Sturgeon v. Frost: A little case in Alaska poses big questions for federalism

Matthew J. Sanders is of counsel to Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, LLP. He is a member of the Trends editorial board.

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Time and again we see that big cases often begin with little disputes. On its face, Sturgeon v. Frost is a simple case about whether the National Park Service may prohibit John Sturgeon from using his hovercraft on waters within the Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve (Preserve) in Alaska. But following the Ninth Circuit’s latest decision in the case, issued in October 2017 after a remand from the Supreme Court, Sturgeon may come to define the… [more]

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