Legal Memorandum: Exaltation of Form over Substance in MN

Issue: Under Minnesota law, if there is no actual harm or threat to the public, must a rule or ordinance contain alternative measures to ensure no harm to the public occurs?

Area of Law: Administrative Law, Administrative Law & Regulation (Federal and State), Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Alternative measures; No harm to the public; Exaltation of form over substance
Jurisdiction: Minnesota
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: None
Date: 09/01/2014

Because there is no adverse impact on safety to begin with, proposing “alternative measures” to assure that there is “no harm to the public” is pointless, an unnecessary exaltation of form over substance.  See United States v. DiFrancesco, 449 U.S. 117, 142 (1980) (“The exaltation of form over substance is to be avoided.”). 


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