Court grants motions to dismiss complaint regarding Minnesota transmission law

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Court grants motions to dismiss complaint regarding Minnesota transmission law

June 26, 2018

The U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota on June 21 issued a ruling granting motions to dismiss a complaint filed by LSP Transmission Holdings LLC against officials of the state of Minnesota, alleging that Minnesota’s right of first refusal law violates the dormant Commerce Clause.

LSP Transmission Holdings and its affiliates build and operate transmission lines. While it currently does not have an in-state presence in Minnesota, reported the American Public Power Association, LSP has developed transmission lines elsewhere. LSP wants to compete to construct transmission lines in Minnesota.

Defendants in the proceeding included commissioners with the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission and the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

 

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