No. 9, Orig.

446 U.S. 253 (1980)


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided April 28, 1980.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Deputy Solicitor General Claiborne argued the cause for the United States. With him on the brief were Solicitor General McCree, Assistant Attorney General Moorman, Bruce C. Rashkow, Michael W. Reed, and Margaret Strand.

William J. Guste, Jr., Attorney General of Louisiana, and Frederick W. Ellis, Special Assistant Attorney General, argued the cause for defendants. With them on the briefs were Oliver P. Stockwell and Booth Kellough, Special Assistant Attorneys General, Gary L. Keyser and C. H. Mandell, Assistant Attorneys General, and Nora K. Duncan.

MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN delivered the opinion of the Court.

We are concerned here with certain features of what appears to be the final stage of the long-continuing and sometimes strained controversy between the United States and the State of Louisiana over the proceeds of mineral leases on lands off Louisiana's Gulf Coast. Specifically at issue are the asserted obligation of the United States for interest on, or for the value...

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