Water is life, so when government action is damaging or destroying waterways interested parties will want to act quickly to avoid damage to their vital interests. Disputes about these actions can involve private parties, and they can even involve other state governments.

Not long ago, we told you about two states that were involved in a waterway dispute over a river that flows through both. One state contended that the other used too much of the river’s water, and it also contended that this harmed the state’s economy. The dispute went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which was trying to find a resolution to the problem.

Fortunately, that dispute is quite a bit bigger and more complex than what many Tennessee citizens are facing. When citizens consider public interest litigation, their goals are likely to be things such as access to improved environmental conditions, quality of life protections and protecting the people’s rights to waterways and other natural resources.

And many public interest matters involve a broad range of stakeholders. For example, open records and open meetings are vital to a functioning democracy. Unfortunately, citizens sometimes need to resort to litigation to protect their rights in these areas.

It can be crucial to get experienced representation for public interest litigation. At the Hurley Law Firm, P.C., our lawyers have the resources and experience necessary to provide excellent representation for our clients. We are not afraid to recommend mediation, arbitration or a judicial settlement conference instead of a trial in order to minimize costs and move a case forward. For more information on the services we provide, please see the public interest litigation page on our website.