Atlantis Development Corp. v. United States
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
379 F.2d 818 (1967)
The United States government (plaintiff) was informed by the Atlantis Development Corp. (intervenor) that a set of islands off the coast of Florida were being used were being used by certain other companies (defendants) for building. After conducting a survey of the islands, the United States decided that such islands were part of United States sovereign territory and that they would require permits in order to build there. The United States then sued the defendant companies, arguing this point and that the companies were illegally building on the lands. Atlantis, recognizing that the adjudication of these islands as part of United States territory could affect its desire to build there, filed a motion to intervene in the case as a matter of right. The district court denied the motion to intervene. Atlantis appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Brown, J.)