- Sarah Delaney
Senior Marketing Manager
Briggs and Morgan, P.A.
Briggs Successfully Represents Greater MSP in Opposition to Disclose Amazon Proposal BidPrint PDFShare
Ramsey County District Court Judge Leonardo Castro dismissed with prejudice a lawsuit filed by Public Record Media (PRM) requesting that the court require the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) and Greater MSP to release Greater MSP’s proposal for a second Amazon headquarters in the Twin Cities area. Briggs attorneys argued to dismiss the case because Greater MSP – a private, non-profit organization – is not subject to the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act, and because the release of Greater MSP’s work product has the potential to put the region at a future disadvantage when competing for similar projects in the future.
According to the court order, "DEED did not have any drafts of Greater MSP's proposal and therefore could not present any draft proposals to legislative leaders. Rather, DEED received cursory outlines from Greater MSP with key points and discussed them during high-level briefings with legislative leaders."
This case has received significant media attention, below is a sampling:
- Judge Weighs Disclosure of Minnesota’s Pitch to Amazon MPR News
- DEED, Greater MSP lay out lawsuit defense Minnesota Lawyer
- Court ruling: Minnesota Amazon proposal to stay under wraps MPR News
- Plaintiff mulls appeal after Amazon HQ2 suit's defeat Minnesota Lawyer