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Judge boots claims over ‘lowball’ Dakota Access easement offers
October 11, 2017 / 12:01 AM / in 12 days

Judge boots claims over ‘lowball’ Dakota Access easement offers

A federal judge in Bismarck, North Dakota, on Tuesday tossed a $4 million lawsuit against the Dakota Access natural gas pipeline project and its agents by 22 landowners who claimed the companies misled them into taking lowball offers for easements across their property.

North Dakota’s Chief U.S. District Judge Daniel Hovland found that the statements allegedly made by Energy Transfer Partners’ Dakota Access LLC and its negotiators at Contract Land Staff LLC were “mere sales talk” and “puffery,” not factual misrepresentations.

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