Notible Lawsuits Against the City of Billings – Karen’s Top 5
Does anyone else see the pattern here? Show us the money! That is what seems to be the norm anymore when it comes to the City of Billings. The City has been plagued with lawsuits over the past few years, and in some cases rightly so. Here are just a few of the lawsuits that have been filed against our lovely city.
A medical marijuana storefront owner files a lawsuit on his behalf and others against the city of Billings. The suit challenged the city's emergency ordinance banning storefronts that sell medical cannabis. The plaintiff's attorney Chris Lindsey of Missoula said his clients had two hopes; suspend law enforcement activity when it comes to regulating medical marijuana businesses and to stop and eliminate the city's ordinance altogether.
A Billings subdivision developed by Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg (R) and Managed by his wife, Jan, filed a lawsuit against the city of Billings and the Billings Fire Department. Rehberg Ranch LLC said property and equipment was damaged at Rehberg Ranch Estates because the Billings fire department breached its duty during a wildfire that burned more than 1,100 acres in the subdivision in July of 2008.
In a complaint filed with the state Human Rights Bureau, two Billings Police detectives, Sandra Leonard and Gaye Gauthier, claimed that they'd been supervised and treated differently from other detectives, and that the city was keeping separate personnel files on them that weren't kept for other officers.
In July 2007, a jury awarded Feuerstein $1.3 million in damages because the city violated employment laws and his free-speech rights. Issues concerning who was going to pay the money awarded for the damages made this a very notable case.
Billings police officer Terry Becktold settled for $300,000 from the City of Billings and the police department, after filing a free-speech lawsuit for speaking out during another Steve Feuerstein's case.