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March 13th, 2013

Supreme Court: City can count all “owners” of property for special assessment 35% rule

In a 4-2 decision released today, the Minnesota Supreme Court upheld a city’s right to conduct a special assessment when petitioned by the “owners” of at least 35% of the project frontage, including property owned by the State. The majority relied on a plain language reading of Minn. Stat. Sec. 429.031, subd. 1(f) for its holding.

HB&K attorneys George C. Hoff and Justin Templin handled the case for the city.

March 11th, 2013

Three HB&K lawyers speak at Annual City Attorneys Conference

During the 2013 Minnesota Annual City Attorneys Educational Conference, HB&K attorneys George C. Hoff and Justin Templin spoke about the challenges that e-discovery rules and procedures can present for municipalities in the ever-changing electronic age. The presentation addressed experiences in state and federal courts with e-discovery in addition to offering advice for cities to be ready to respond to discovery demands and to requests for data under the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act.

Shelley M. Ryan discussed White v. City of Elk River, 822 N.W.2d 320 (Minn. Ct. App. 2012) (rev. granted January 15, 2013), and its implications for a city’s right to revoke conditional use permits governing non-conforming uses.