A Ramsey County District Court judge this week dismissed lawsuits that sought to settle complaints between participants on the St. Paul neighborhood Facebook page and other officials.
Judge Thomas A. Gilligan said that St. Paul Planning Commissioner Rich Holst, Ramsey County Commissioner Trista Matas Castillo and contributors to the “Rice Street Neighbors” Facebook page over defamation claims and counter-claims met the legal standards for continuing the legal dispute. don’t, junior
Holst filed a lawsuit on the “Rice Street Neighbors” page on February 24 against six contributors, four of whom were known by name and two not. The lawsuit against Thomas Tehle, Michelle Hays, Paul Krieger, Marge McPartlin, “John Doe” and “Mary Roe” alleges that the six defendants called them “dirty” and “lazy” and accused them of having an extramarital affair. tarnished reputation.
Krieger fired back with legal counterclaims seeking to link Holst and Matus Castillo to alleged violations of the open meeting law, alleged violations of traffic count data and other unfairness.
“In short, Holst’s motion for default against Krieger and Tehle is denied. Krieger’s counterclaims and cross-claims are dismissed in its entirety. Krieger’s motion to dismiss the complaint against them is rejected.” Rejected,” wrote Gilligan.