Michael Best Partner John Sheehan was quoted in the Panama City News Herald's article, "Supreme Court weighs arguments in Water Wars" on January 8, 2018.
"Lawyers for Florida asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to reject a special master’s report denying the state relief in its long-running dispute with Georgia over water flow into the Apalachicola River.
After watching the oral arguments, John Sheehan, a veteran water-litigation lawyer with the Michael Best law firm, said he believed it was possible that Florida could prevail in its request to have the case returned to the special master for arguments over a water allocation plan.
“I thought going in it was definitely an uphill struggle for Florida because the court would probably be a little deferential toward the special master’s report,” Sheehan said. “It was pretty clear in the arguments that the court had some problems with the special master’s report and they weren’t just going to rubber-stamp it for sure.”