FMC Wants Idaho Tribe's Courts Probed Over $21M Judgment

Law360, Chicago (April 8, 2015, 5:14 PM EDT) -- FMC Corp. on Monday pressed an Idaho federal judge for discovery into whether the tribal courts of the Shoshone-Bannock tribes were biased when they slapped the chemical manufacturer with a $20.5 million judgment over alleged permit violations at a hazardous waste site on reservation land.

In January, Philadelphia-based FMC sued the tribes to void the judgment, arguing the tribal courts don't have jurisdiction over FMC-owned land at the Fort Hall reservation outside Pocatello, and that the company was denied due process because the tribal courts are controlled by the Shoshone-Bannock.

In a Monday motion, FMC said the tribes have a "fundamental...

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