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TigerSwan appeals attorney fees ruling to state’s high court

March 1, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Carolina security company that won a court case in the wake of protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline is continuing to pursue reimbursement of its attorney fees.

North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board sued TigerSwan in 2017, alleging the company that handled security for the pipeline developer illegally operated without a state license.

Judge John Grinsteiner ultimately dismissed the case, but he also rejected TigerSwan’s request for reimbursement of at least $165,000 in attorney fees. Grinsteiner said the board’s case wasn’t frivolous even though the board lost.

TigerSwan has appealed to the state Supreme Court.

The board has appealed the dismissal of its case to the state Supreme Court and also is seeking up to $2 million in fines against TigerSwan through an administrative complaint.