Federal Courts Can't Hear Indian Land Row, 9th Circ. Says

Law360, New York (August 5, 2011, 6:08 PM EDT) -- The Ninth Circuit decided Friday that a contract dispute between two Montana oil and gas companies over U.S.-held land allotted to Indian tribe members is outside of federal jurisdiction, affirming a lower court's decision to dismiss the suit.

The suit from K2 America Corp. asserted state tort and contract claims against Roland Oil & Gas LLC, and was dismissed by a Montana federal judge for lack of subject matter jurisdiction. On appeal, K2 argued that lower court was the proper venue to settle its dispute involving...
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