Instead of having to take a plane, Ralph Lancaster now can just walk the half-mile from his office to the courthouse.
In an order filed last week in the U.S. Supreme Court, the Maine lawyer and special master in a “water wars” lawsuit between Georgia and Florida moved the trial between the two states to Portland, Maine, from Washington, D.C.
The order doesn’t state why the move was made, but it makes traveling more convenient for Lancaster, whose law office, Pierce Atwood LLP, is near the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where the trial is set to start Oct. 31.
In the lawsuit, Florida is basically accusing Georgia of “overconsumption” of water in the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin, which includes Lake Lanier, leading to economic troubles for Florida’s oyster industry in the Gulf of Mexico.
Georgia has denied the allegations.