Pair Who Landed Plane Near Ryder Cup Reach Settlement in Lawsuit

Pair Who Landed Plane Near Ryder Cup Reach Settlement in Lawsuit Photo: KSTP/File

July 11, 2018 06:24 PM

The two men who filed a lawsuit after being charged for landing a float plane on a lake near the Ryder Cup in 2016 have reached a settlement with the City of Chaska and police chief Scott Knight.

Charges were later dismissed against Dean Scott Johnson and James R. Render, the pilot and passenger in the plane.

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In their lawsuit, they claimed they were not aware of any restrictions on the lake, and that their rights were violated. They claimed the incident caused them embarrassment and emotional distress and were seeking $225,000.

Court documents show a settlement was reached Tuesday, though terms of the settlement were not released.

"Mr. Johnson and Mr. Render agreed to settle their case because it was never about the money," their attorney Dan Rasmus said via email. "They brought the civil rights lawsuit to establish they were fully compliant with all aviation rules and regulations when they landed the float plane on Lake Hazeltine during the 2016 Ryder Cup. They believe the settlement vindicates their actions."

The City of Chaska declined to comment on the matter.

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