Federal judge rules against Encana’s efforts to avoid wrongful death lawsuit in tribal court

Federal judge rules against Encana’s efforts to avoid wrongful death lawsuit in tribal court by Ben Neary, April 24, 2012, Associated Press
In a ruling hailed as a victory for American Indian sovereignty, a federal judge has tossed out a lawsuit that Encana Oil and Gas Inc. had filed against a tribal judge on the Wind River Indian Reservation. … Encana sued St. Clair in February over his ruling that his court had jurisdiction over the company in a wrongful death lawsuit. St. Clair ruled in December that Encana had to answer a tribal court lawsuit brought by the estate of Jeremy Jorgenson, a young Shoshone man who died on Jan. 1, 2009. According to statements in court papers, Jorgenson died in a car wreck after drinking at a drilling site operated by DHS Drilling Co., a contractor for Encana.

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