Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Rotenberg Shot Down 


Once again the courts have ruled against the bully boy tactics of the crack University of Minnesota legal staff.

From the Pioneer Press:

State appeals court rules in favor of aviation enthusiasts in UMore Park case 

When airplane enthusiasts were told they had to leave land they leased at UMore Park in Rosemount, they reluctantly complied.

Then they asked the property owner -- the University of Minnesota -- for the cost of moving their planes, hangars and other property.

On Monday, June 25 the Minnesota State Court of Appeals ruled in the group's favor, ruling the University must distribute nearly $142,000 to the 10 hangar owners who made up the now-defunct Jensen Field private airstrip. 
The appellate court concluded the hanger owners are considered "displaced" because they temporarily used the leased land while the university planned its redevelopment with the use of federal funds.

The appellate decision reverses a September 2011 ruling by a university-appointed administrative hearing officer who concluded the group is not considered "displaced" because the leases were terminated by specific terms of the lease, not by the turbine project.

University General Counsel Mark Rotenberg did not immediately return a call for comment Monday. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. I wonder what the U of M legal expenses were for this dog-fight?

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