North Dakota Supreme Court Affirms Attorney Fees For Well Owner's Frivolous Suit

BISMARCK, N.D. - The North Dakota Supreme Court on Jan. 14 unanimously affirmed an award of $23,279 in attorney fees for members of an environmental watchdog group accused by a natural gas and oil extraction company of trespassing on its leasehold in Bottineau County, N.D., after concluding that the trial judge did not abuse his discretion by ruling that the lawsuit filed by the company was frivolous (Sagebrush Resources v. Daryl Peterson, et al., No. 20130080, N.D. Sup.; 2014 ND 3).

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