City of Minneapolis Settles Produce Company Suit
The city of Minneapolis settled a suit last week for $2.3 million with a produce company that claims City Council actions hurt their business. Metro Produce Distributors Inc., was the target of a city council resolution to outlaw the practice of leaving the company's delivery trucks idling through the night. The noise caused by the trucks disturbed nearby residents in the Longfellow neighborhood, prompting the city council resolution. But a federal judge ruled in January that the council's actions unduly infringed on the company's business. The idling trucks depart from the Metro Produce distribution center between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. every day. The city decided to settle the matter rather than let the case go to trial where the amount could have been higher than the $2.3 million.