Appeal for fine against DAPL security company denied

The North Dakota Supreme Court has denied an appeal by state regulators to fine a North Carolina company up to $2 million that handled security for the developer of the heavily protested Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Justices in an opinion released Thursday upheld Judge John Grinsteiner’s dismissal of the case by North Dakota’s Private Investigative and Security Board.

The board sued TigerSwan in 2017, saying the company that handled security for the pipeline developer illegally operated without a state license.

Grinsteiner dismissed that case and the fines against the company.

The state’s high court also agreed with the lower court’s rejection of TigerSwan’s request for reimbursement of at least $165,000 in attorney fees.