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Judge Welte demands process for signatures in question for ND’s mail-in ballot only June election

  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

Braaten Law Firm Local Counsel for Voting Rights Lawsuit

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 Receives Business Stewardship Award

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

NWLA and Derrick Braaten Hold Pore Space Press Conference

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

Lawsuit over proposed Little Missouri Bridge

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.     

TENORM conditional use permit denied

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

UND Law Review Update Features 2 Cases Brought by Braaten Law Firm

In the most recent UND 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 weighs in on proposed TENORM facility in Williams County

Braaten Law Firm recently submitted lengthy comments to the Williams County Commission regarding a company seeking a conditional use permit for a landfill that’s seeking to become the state’s first TENORM-approved facility. The Commission delayed its vote until November 19th, 2019. Braaten Law Firm has previously represented clients in a similar matter.  Read more about … Read More

JJ England Argues Before Supreme Court

Read more here about the first of two lawsuits that Braaten Law Firm will argue before the North Dakota Supreme Court in as many weeks. Yesterday’s arguments centered around how North Dakota would regulate emissions from the proposed refinery based on a state-issued permit.   That permit “lacks legally required conditions and safeguards that would protect … Read More