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TOP TEN CONSUMER COMPLAINTS IN 2016

December 30, 2016

Imposter scams were at the top of this year’s Consumer Complaints categories, announced Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem. Over one hundred North Dakota residents fell victim to these scams, with individual victims losing thousands of dollars. Included in the “imposter scam” category are the fake IRS calls, the phony grandchild in distress calls, fake sweepstakes and romance scams. 


ACCIDENT REPORT INFORMATION

December 30, 2016

If an accident report involves a crime and a victim has affirmatively asserted their rights under Marsy’s law, certain contact information may be protected. Read the Opinion: 2016-L-04


NOTICE REQUIREMENTS IF QUORUM ATTENDS MEETING OF ANOTHER PUBLIC ENTITY

December 29, 2016

The North Valley Arts Council violated the law when a quorum of its member attended a Public Arts Commission meeting where a merger between the two organizations was discussed and approved but NOVAC did not provide notice of their attendance at the meeting. The NOVAC must create detailed minutes of the meeting. Read the Opinion: 2016-O-23


HOLIDAY SAFETY MESSAGE FROM THE NORTH DAKOTA STATE FIRE MARSHAL

December 23, 2016

State Fire Marshal Jeff Huber reminds everyone to stay safe and warm during this holiday season, and to take proper fire safety precautions. “As everyone gets busier during the holidays, we often become rushed, distracted or tired,” says the State Fire Marshal. “That’s when home fires are more likely to occur.”


ND FILES LAWSUIT CHALLENGING NEW DEPARTMENT OF INTERIOR COAL MINING RULE

December 20, 2016

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem filed a lawsuit today with the ND Public Service Commission against the U.S. Department of Interior Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSM) over OSM’s so-called “Stream Protection Rule” under the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (SMCRA). 


TAX STATUS OF LEASED STATE PROPERTY

December 15, 2016

State property leased for pasture or grazing purposes is exempt from a leasehold interest tax. Read the Opinion: 2016-L-03


FARGO CITY COMMISSION VIOLATED THE LAW

December 14, 2016

The Fargo City Commission violated the open meetings law when it took final action during a closed executive session. The City instead should have reconvened in an open meeting to make the motion and take a roll call vote.  Read the Opinion: 2016-O-22


CEASE AND DESIST ORDER ISSUED AGAINST ELITE SUPPLIES

November 23, 2016

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem today issued a Cease and Desist Order, banning Krystle Lester and her business Elite Supplies, of Anaheim, California, from doing business in the state due to alleged violations of the consumer fraud law and refusal to cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation.


STENEHJEM AND DAKOTA ACCESS LLC SIGN INTERIM AGREEMENT ADDRESSING LAND PURCHASE

November 17, 2016

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem announced today that his office has completed the initial review of the recent land purchase by Dakota Access, LLC, for compliance with the state’s corporate farming laws.


STENEHJEM APPOINTS NEW CHIEF DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

November 9, 2016

BISMARCK, ND - Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has appointed Troy Seibel as Chief Deputy Attorney General, effective December 1, 2016.