ND Supreme Court denies appeal by state to fine out of state DAPL security firm

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WILLISTON, ND – JULY 25: A construction worker specializing in pipe-laying sandblasts a section of pipeline on July 25, 2013 outside Watford City, North Dakota. North Dakota is currently experiencing an oil boom, creating thousands of jobs throughout the state and billions of dollars in new state revenue. Local two-lane roads that are used to […]

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied an appeal by state regulators who sought up to $2 million in fines from a North Carolina company that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Justices in an opinion released Thursday upheld Judge John Grinsteiner’s dismissal of the case by North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board.

The board sued TigerSwan in 2017, alleging the company that handled security for the pipeline developer illegally operated without a state license.

Grinsteiner dismissed that case and the fines against the company.

The state’s high court also agreed with the lower court’s rejection of TigerSwan’s request for reimbursement of at least $165,000 in attorney fees.

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