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     On June 20, 2018, the MN Supreme Court recognized that citizens still have rights.  Halper & Joseph founding partner, Greg Joseph, represented residents of Bloomington, MN to a Minnesota Supreme Court decision (the Jennissen case) that reinforces the right of residents to determine their own trash haulers over mandated use of a hauler selected by city officials.

     On November 14, 2018, the St. Paul City Council voted 6-1, denying citizens' right to submit trash Ordinance #18-39 to a ballot vote.  Despite finding our Petition “legally sufficient,” the City claims that the subject matter is “not appropriate to submit to the electorate.”

     We (residents of St. Paul, MN) strongly disagree, and in order to enforce our right to vote on St. Paul's new trash plan, our only remedy is to sue the City.  We have retained Greg Joseph, the same attorney who successfully defeated the pre-emption claim on behalf of residents in Bloomington, MN.  [see Documents to Download]

     In addition to securing St. Paul residents' fundamental right to vote on the new trash plan, we seek to return our City to a lower cost trash collection system with a greater range of options, including opting out and sharing services.

     Instead of forcing residents to pay for unnecessary trash collection services, we support more responsible lifestyles that emphasize recycling and composting.

     Our all-volunteer committee has registered our "St. Paul Trash Lawsuit" as a Political Action Committee (PAC) in order to raise the funds we need to pursue this lawsuit.  We will comply with all financial PAC reporting requirements and we hope that you will continue to support our efforts by spreading the word to your neighbors and friends in and beyond St. Paul.

  • FAQ: I don't live in St. Paul -- can I donate?    YES.

     In order for us to succeed in this effort, we seek your help.  We ask that you make a donation (in any amount) at the link of our website.  In order to start the lawsuit, we raised an initial $15,000 to $20,000.  If the City continues to oppose our efforts, additional funds (beyond that $20,000) will be required to carry our case through the trial court, appellate court, and up to the Minnesota Supreme Court.

     Your contributions are Greatly appreciated:  Time;  Expertise;  $$;  Etc.

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