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Update to White v. City of Elk River

USA - April 10 2014 Property rights advocates scored a significant win with the December 2013 Minnesota Supreme Court reversal in White v. City of Elk River. The White…

Supreme Court rejects clear test for determining priority of mechanic’s liens

USA - November 12 2013 On August 28, 2013, the Minnesota Supreme Court issued its decision in Big Lake Lumber Inc. v. Security Property Investments, Inc., rejecting an…

Koontz v. St. John's river water management district: implications for property owners in Minnesota and beyond

USA - July 11 2013 Amidst the much publicized same-sex marriage decisions issued by the Supreme Court the week of June 24, the Supreme Court also issued a decision that…

White v. City of Elk River clarifies legal framework of legal nonconforming uses

USA - April 2 2013 The Minnesota Court of Appeals recently clarified the restrictions applicable to certain legal nonconforming uses. When a zoning regulation is…

Minnesota Supreme Court reverses court of appeals and holds that pesticide drift into organic fields may not give rise to trespass claims

USA - October 2 2012 In an August 2012 decision, the Minnesota Supreme Court held that particulate matter, including pesticides that drift onto organic farms, cannot form the basis of a trespass claim.