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Federal Government Ordered to Pay $3 Million to De La Fuente
The Court of Federal Claims has ordered the federal government to pay the family of Roque De La Fuente II $3 million in back rent. The Border Patrol installed seismic sensors for a decade through 2009 on 897 acres of De La Fuente land. The family wanted $23 million in back rent. The government offered to pay $100 for each of five parcels, according to Courthouse News Service. The Washington, D.C.-based Court of Federal Claims said the De La Fuente claim was too high and the government's offer too low. The $3 million was based on comparable leases for easements on nearby properties. Thanks to Matt Potter for coming up with this item.