Civil Procedure Keyed to Cound
Atlantis Development Corp. v. United States
The United States brought an action against Acme General Contractors, Inc., J.H. Coppedge Co., and Louis Ray, Defendants, alleging that Defendants built caissons on reefs without a permit from the Corps of Engineers, which amounts to trespassing on governmental property. Atlantis Development Corp. (“Atlantis”), prospective intervenor, claims that it owns certain reefs and the United States cannot bring an action for trespass on property that it does not own. Atlantis told the United States that people were trespassing on the reefs. The District Court denied Atlantis’ motion to intervene on the grounds that Atlantis did not have an interest justifying intervention as of right nor of permissive intervention.
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