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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.

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Founder July 19, 2010 @ 3:05 p.m.

After the "BEST Don Bauder, Matt Potter is NEXT in line!


SurfPuppy619 July 19, 2010 @ 3:57 p.m.

Now watch the court of appeals over turn this judgement, just like the state courts did when he won.

BTW-how does the gov coem up with a total of $500???? Just more fraud on behalf of the gov FORCING a lawsuiut.

Will anyone get fired for this ? No.

No one will even be disciplined over it.


Don Bauder July 19, 2010 @ 4:04 p.m.

Response to post #1: Matt is ahead of me in line. Best, Don Bauder


Don Bauder July 19, 2010 @ 4:06 p.m.

Response to post #2: The $500 was based on $100 each for five parcels. Best, Don Bauder


SurfPuppy619 July 19, 2010 @ 5:02 p.m.

The $500 was based on $100 each for five parcels

Yes, and how was that calculated? It is patently absurd.


Don Bauder July 19, 2010 @ 5:40 p.m.

Response to post #5: I don't know how it was calculated. In any negotiation, one side goes in very high and the other side goes in very low. That's what happened here. Best, Don Bauder


MURPHYJUNK July 21, 2010 @ 9:38 a.m.

geeze, nothing. Patriotic here, charge the gov for defending the border

IMHO money grabbing slugs


Don Bauder July 21, 2010 @ 10:39 a.m.

Response to post #7: San Diego, thy name is Money Grabbing. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh July 24, 2010 @ 12:53 p.m.

Roque de la Fuente is/was a Mexican national with a penchant for suing governments. He struck it rich, or so it seemed at the time, when he won a nearly-$100 million award from the City of San Diego. Now he, or his family, is at it again. Don't you find it a bit amusing that a Mexican can do so well in our US justice system? Would he be so successful if he sued the Mexican government, or the City of Tijuana? LOL

The ironies of this matter are countless.


Don Bauder July 24, 2010 @ 6:10 p.m.

Response to post #9: I have followed Roque for years. He hated me. I've only done a column or two on him since I joined the Reader seven years ago. No particular reason. Best, Don Bauder


Visduh July 24, 2010 @ 10:21 p.m.

One might wonder if many or most of the Cadillac buyers who have purchased their vehicles from De la Fuente ever realized that in "buying American" they were actually buying their cars from a Mexican. Maybe now that we have the NAFTA and WalMart, citizenship and country of origin make little difference. If everything we buy is foreign, then nothing is foreign.


Don Bauder July 25, 2010 @ 8:20 a.m.

Response to post #11: A couple of decades ago I bought a Honda from a dealership owned by De la Fuente. Had I known, I would have looked elsewhere. Best, Don Bauder


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