The NOLS Headquarters building in Lander. (file photo)

(Cheyenne) – A Minnesota woman’s attempt to have a negligence lawsuit against the Lander-based National Outdoor Leadership School heard in Minnesota has failed. The case will be heard in U. S. District Court in Cheyenne.

Elizabeth Brenner of Minnetonka, MN said the outdoor adventure school was negligent after her son, Thomas Plotkin, 20, plunged over 300 feet to his death while hiking along a canyon wall in India in September 2011 while taking a NOLS course. His body was never recovered.

In response to the suit, NOLS said all of its students are well aware of the dangers and risks of the programs they register for, and each sign a statement saying they’ve been made aware of those risks before they embark on the class.

The school said its personnel and all its records are located in Wyoming.

Read details of the lawsuit claims here.