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Second of 3 companies drops lawsuit over Williston’s crew camp ban

A judge’s order dated July 6 dismisses the complaint from Target Logistics that was originally filed in April 2016. Williston Herald file photo

WILLISTON, N.D. -- Two of the companies that filed a federal lawsuit against Williston in 2016 to stop the city from barring crew camps within city limits have dropped their cases, but one company is still suing.

A judge’s order dated July 6 dismisses the complaint from Target Logistics that was originally filed in April 2016. The company had requested its complaint be dismissed on June 29. Halliburton, which joined Target Logistics’ suit in June 2016, was dismissed at that company’s request in April.

Weatherford, which operated a crew camp starting in 2012, joined the lawsuit in late December and is still seeking damages and asking the court to stop Williston from banning the camps.

In the company’s complaint, lawyers for Weatherford wrote that after the city passed an ordinance in August 2016 that forced crew camps to close, the company was sued by Workforce Housing LLC, the contractor it had hired to run its camp.

Lawyers are claiming the city acted unconstitutionally when it forced crew camps to close. One argument Weatherford’s attorneys make is that the ordinance amounted to economic protectionism.

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