The Law: Disputing Disney

In the heart of California's magnificent sequoia forests, in a lonely valley called Mineral King, Walt Disney Enterprises wants to build a $35 million resort, complete with ski lifts, swimming pools and housing to handle crowds of 14,000 tourists per day. In 1969, the corporation got a permit from the U.S. Forest Service to start work on the resort.

To the wilderness enthusiasts of the Sierra Club, the Disney plan was an outrage. They filed suit to stop it and carried their fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court—only to be faced with...

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