CHICAGO - The Minnesota Court of Appeals has upheld a district court's ruling to dismiss a lawsuit that challenged the state of Minnesota's ability to issue bonds to assist Northwest Airlines.

But the 3-to-0 decision, released last Friday, did not preclude similar lawsuits in the future and raised concerns about the law that permits the sale of $620 million of bonds by the state and Minneapolis/St. Paul Metropolitan Airports Commission to assist the carrier in building maintenance facilities in the state.

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