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League of Minnesota Cities offers insurance for litigation over zoning and city-services

The League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust (LMCIT) coverage to its members for “litigation relating to land use regulation, development or redevelopment, franchising, or enterprise operations” even if there is no claim for damages. An “enterprise operation” means any arrangement under which the city offers goods or services for a fee, such as utilities, telecommunications services, etc.

The coverage includes legal fees, most damages the city might be required to pay, and some supplementary payments, including up to $200,000 of statutory attorney fees. (See my post of June 19, 2006 on collective action by the legal functions of several Midland (UK) cities.). The law departments of these cities, if the cities have one, will benefit from this collective insurance coverage.