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District court entitled to review statutory argument even though brought up for first time on appeal

The Supreme Court of Montana, in a June 25 decision, upheld a lower court's reversal of a disciplinary decision by the state's Board of Plumbers, holding that a disciplined licensee was entitled to raise a defense at the appellate stage arguing that he had not actually violated state plumbing law because of a statutory exception for permitting requirements.

The Supreme Court of Montana, in a June 25 decision, upheld a lower court's reversal of a disciplinary decision by the state's Board of Plumbers, holding that a disciplined licensee was entitled to raise a defense at the appellate stage arguing that he had not actually violated state plumbing law because of a statutory exception for permitting requirements.

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