Montana Supreme Court dismisses lawsuits related to university campuses

The Montana Supreme Court says two lawsuits challenging the constitutionality of campus-related bills passed in the 2021 legislative session should be filed in district court first. One lawsuit was filed by the Montana Board of Regents and the other by the Montana Federation of Public Employees, which multiple other parties joined.

Wednesday’s rulings say district courts can handle both matters. The responses say the court “determines there is no need to order a summary response and no ‘urgency or emergency factors exist making litigation in the trial courts and the normal appeal process inadequate.’”