HLFT Caps Spring Fishing Rights Trial with Win after District Court Grants FRCP 52(c) Motion
Following an eight-day bench trial, on December 30, 2022, Judge Ricardo Martinez granted our client the Upper Skagit Indian Tribe’s motion and entered judgment in the Tribe’s favor. In a subproceeding of the U.S. v. Washington case, the Court found that the evidence did not support extending the petitioning tribe’s fishing territory into marine waters. A copy of the court’s order can be found here. At trial, the Tribe was represented by its General Counsel, David S. Hawkins, and HLFT partner Tyler Farmer. The trial win is the latest of several successful collaborations with the Tribe, including a 2018 win at the United States Supreme Court.