MSBA Legal News Digest

National Legal News | Tuesday, August 19, 2014


  • Boomtown: Risks and Rewards in the Peace Garden State. North Dakota's oil boom has spawned sudden increases in population, business, and opportunity for roughnecks and lawyers alike. But the challenges for practitioners and courts have grown apace. Go to Bench & Bar Header

  • Firm hasn't paid ND fine for wastewater violation. It's been two years since state regulators touted a record $1.5 million fine against a company for illegally dumping 20,000 barrels of toxic liquid and threatening drinking water supplies near a large western North Dakota city, and little has changed. Go to Associated Press Header

  • Scotland claims on national treasure fuel independence row. Debt, North Sea oil and the pound sterling are just some of the economic issues pitting Edinburgh against London ahead of Scotland's independence referendum in one month's time. Go to AFP Header

  • Fighting to keep the oil boom out of North Dakota park. From the vista where Valerie Naylor stands, the scenery is undeniably spectacular: Sculpted hills with layers of beige sandstone and ribbons of gray coal, pockets of cottonwood trees and junipers rustling, the serpentine Little Missouri River shimmering below. Go to Star Tribune Header

  • Lawsuit Seeks Records Related To Missouri Shooting. An attorneys' group is suing to try to get police records about the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The lawsuit filed Monday [Aug. 18] by the National Bar Association contends the Ferguson Police Department is in violation of the state open-records law for not releasing reports, videos and photos about the Aug. 9 shooting. Go to KMOX-Missouri Header

  • Violent crime in North Dakota up more than 7 percent again. While statewide crime increased in 2013, Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said the crime numbers for the year contained some positives: fewer rapes and murders. Most of the rise in aggravated assaults occurred in the oil patch. Go to Bismarck Tribune Header

  • Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it'. Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer's repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright. Go to The Telegraph Header

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