The legal battle surrounding the Billings County Commission’s plan to build a bridge over the Little Missouri River is heating up. Recently the Commission announced its intention to use eminent domain on private land owned by the Short Family to construct the bridge. The Short Family is challenging this move with two lawsuits. Read more … Read More
The North Dakota Supreme Court sided with the State in their recent ruling, stating that state regulators did not need to review the location of the proposed refinery just 3 miles away from North Dakota’s #1 tourist attraction, Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Justice Vandewalle dissented with the ruling, stating the dispute was really about whether … Read More
Braaten Law Firm served as local counsel for the lawsuit challenging North Dakota’s process for throwing out ballots with questionable signatures. Judge Welte said, “the voter is irreversibly disenfranchised for that election” because there is currently no process to inform the voter whose ballot was thrown out. Judge Welte said the law “is likely … Read More
A North Dakota law requiring that signatures match a voter’s ballot application has caused problems for certain voters. Braaten Law firm serves as local counsel for two advocacy groups who are challenging this law. Read more about the lawsuit here.
Derrick was recently awarded the 2019 Business Stewardship Award from the North Dakota Chapter of the Soil and Water Conservation Society. The Business Stewardship Award is presented to recognize the efforts of a business to promote soil and water conservation even though their bottom line may be profit motivated. This effort may be done by … Read More
Derrick Braaten and Troy Coons, the Chairman of Northwest Landowners, held a press conference in Bismarck last week to respond to an oil company’s request to intervene in the pore space lawsuit. The Williston Herald and the Bismarck Tribune both published stories after their press conference, discussing Continental’s request to step in on the state’s … Read More
Braaten Law Firm recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of our clients, the Short Family, in US District Court. This lawsuit challenges a proposed bridge crossing the Little Missouri River. Read more about it here.
Williams County denied Secure Energy’s Conditional Use Permit application for a TENORM facility and told them they can reapply. They then voted for a 12 month moratorium on any new Conditional Use Permits for TENORM facilities. Braaten Law Firm’s Carey Goetz was on hand at the meeting, representing a number of clients. Read more about … Read More
In the most recent UND Law Review (https://law.und.edu/law-review/) Editors included a “North Dakota Energy Law Litigation Update.” Two of the five cases featured in the update were brought by Braaten Law Firm. Editors featured these “to indicate cases of first impression, cases of significantly altered earlier interpretations of North Dakota law, and other cases of … Read More
Braaten Law Firm attorney Carey Goetz appeared with clients today at a Williams County Commission meeting where commissioners heard spirited testimony from many landowners concerning a conditional use permit for a TENORM facility in Williams County. Goetz raised concerns on behalf of clients saying, “This is a genie that once let out of the bottle … Read More