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CHAPTER 209-S.F.No. 848 An act relating to civil actions; creating a state court action for relief for damages caused by a federal court action that affects public participation by the plaintiff; proposing coding for new law in Minnesota Statutes, chapter 554. BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: Section 1. [554.045] [ACTION IN DISTRICT COURT.] A person may bring an action under this section in state district court against a respondent who has brought a claim in federal court that materially relates to public participation by the person. If the person demonstrates that the respondent's action in federal court was brought for the purpose of harassment, to inhibit the person's public participation, to interfere with the person's exercise of protected constitutional rights, or otherwise wrongfully injure the person, the court shall award the person actual damages and reasonable attorney fees and costs. The court may award the person punitive damages under section 549.20. Presented to the governor May 20, 1997 Signed by the governor May 22, 1997, 12:11 p.m.
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