Resident seeks to push North Hampton noise lawsuit into federal court

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A New Hampshire anti-noise activist is seeking to force a powersports dealer’s lawsuit over a noise ordinance into federal court.

Seacoast Harley-Davidson sued the city of North Hampton in Rockingham Superior Court, seeking to void a new noise ordinance.

The ordinance requires a federal Environmental Protection Agency sticker on all motorcycles manufactured after 1982, which indicates decibel levels don't exceed 80. That level is lower than the state of New Hampshire's 106-decibel requirement.

Bill Mitchell founded New Hampshire Citizens Against Loud Motorcycles (CALM), and has told the group's attorney to try to have the case moved to federal court.

"The dispute involves a federal statute and should, in our opinion, be judged in the Federal Circuit Court," Mitchell told the Portsmouth Herald.

N.H. CALM has joined North Hampton in defending the suit, but the town isn't interested in taking it to a higher court.

Posted by Holly Wagner