The "Filed Rate" Doctrine. Plaintiff dairy farmers filed tort claims seeking injunctive relief and damages alleging that Northern States Power Company (NSP) provided electricity in a manner that harmed their cows. NSP contends that the claims are barred because electricity is provided pursuant to a filed rate that is approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC). The Minnesota Court of Appeals held that the “filed rate doctrine” precluded the injunctive relief claim and did not bar the damages claim. The court refused to defer the issue to the MPUC under the primary jurisdiction doctrine. Siewert has been stayed pending the Minnesota Supreme Court's decision in Hoffman v. N. States Power, which also involves the filed rate and primary jurisdiction doctrines. (Siewert v. N. States Power Co.)

Property Variance. Appellants, the City of Lakeland and a property owner, seek to overturn the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) refusal to certify a variance granted by the city for property on the St. Croix River. The Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed because the DNR commissioner failed to meet the 60-day deadline established in Minn. Stat. § 15.99. Briggs and Morgan represents the property owner in this matter. (In re Hubbard ex rel. City of Lakeland)

Forum Non Conveniens . The Minnesota Supreme Court will decide whether the district court properly dismissed a Vanuatu corporation’s claims against a Minnesota resident that arose from a failed paulownia tree-growing enterprise in Panama on forum non conveniens grounds. The district court found that Panama was an "available" and "adequate" forum, but the Minnesota Court of Appeals reversed because Panama law bars claims that have been previously dismissed on forum non conveniens grounds. (Paulownia Plantations v. Rajamannan)