Jason Klohs v. Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program Policy Board Set for Summary Judgment Hearing

JULY 5, 2011  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Jason Klohs, a non-resident property owner in the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood of Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis NRP Policy Board are set to present cross-motions for summary judgment before the Honorable Mel I. Dickstein of the Hennepin County District Court on July 7, 2011 at 8:45 a.m. in downtown Minneapolis.

Klohs filed suit against the City of Minneapolis, the NRP and the Marcy-Holmes Neighborhood Association in 2010 (Klohs stipulated to dismissal of his claims against the City).  The question before the Court is whether or not the NRP Policy Board’s grievance procedure is a violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Specifically, a provision of the grievance procedure requires an aggrieved person to submit to binding arbitration to complete the administrative grievance process.  Because a litigant must exhaust their administrative remedies, the policy provision essentially insulates the NRP from any judicial challenge, a violation of the First Amendment rights to freedom of speech and redress of grievances.

Please direct all inquiries to Ryan H. Ahlberg at rahlberg@ahlberglaw.com.

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