- Associated Press - Sunday, October 26, 2014

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A former Rapid City landfill employee who challenged the city is now being asked to foot the legal costs of his lawsuit.

Randy Meidinger was fired as a landfill scale house attendant in 2009 after a police investigation prompted by then-Councilman Sam Kooiker’s probing of landfill practices. The Rapid City Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1wzCU3L ) Meidinger was later cleared of all criminal charges.

Meidinger sued the city, Kooiker and city employees in federal court in 2012, claiming his constitutional rights were violated. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Viken dismissed Meidinger’s case last month.

Defense attorney John Nooney is now asking a federal court to make Meidinger pay about $75,000 in legal fees and other expenses.

Meidinger’s attorneys say there’s no legal foundation for the court to assess the costs against their client.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, http://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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