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New ND farm equipment manufacturer law won't be enforced for now

The new John Deere 9620 RX drew plenty of interest Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, during the Big Iron Farm Expo at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo. David Samson / The Forum

BISMARCK—A new North Dakota law being challenged by major farm equipment manufacturers won't be enforced for now, a federal judge ruled last week.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and several big-name companies challenged Senate Bill 2289, which went into effect Aug. 1. The association said it would "impose unprecedented restrictions" on farm equipment manufacturers in their relationships with dealers.

In an order filed Wednesday, Aug. 16, extending the time allowed for the state to respond to the complaint, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Charles Miller said Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem can't enforce "or institute an action for any alleged violation" of the new law until the court rules on the association's motion for a preliminary injunction.

John Hageman

John Hageman covers North Dakota politics from the Forum News Service bureau in Bismarck. He attended the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, where he studied journalism and political science, and he previously worked at the Grand Forks Herald and Bemidji Pioneer.  

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