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Lawsuit over man's death in India comes to Wyo.

July 2, 2014
Associated Press

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A federal lawsuit seeking damages against a Wyoming-based wilderness training academy over the death of a hiker on a 2011 trip to India will be heard in Wyoming.

The lawsuit filed by Elizabeth Brenner of Minnetonka, Minnesota, against the Lander-based National Outdoor Leadership School was transferred to U.S. District court in Cheyenne last week.

Brenner accuses the school of negligence in the September 2011 death of her son, Thomas Plotkin. The 20-year-old man died during a backpacking trip in India that was led by the school.

Bruce Palmer is spokesman for the school. He says the school discloses the risks of its programs to students in advance.

Lawyers for Brenner had fought to keep the lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota. Attempts to reach them for comment Tuesday were unsuccessful.



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