NorthWestern Energy sued

Montana wrongful death lawyers file lawsuit alleging NorthWestern Energy responsible for natural gas explosion which killed a Bozeman woman.

Montana wrongful death lawyers-NorthWestern Energy sued after natural gas explosion killed Bozeman woman employed at Montana Trails Gallery.

Gallatin County, MT–Montana wrongful death attorneys representing the family of Tara Reistad Bowman, a 36 year-old Bozeman woman who was killed in a natural gas explosion on March 5, 2009, filed a personal injury claim on behalf of her grieving family. The wrongful death suit was filed in Gallatin County District Court on Thrusday, October 15, 2009 and named NorthWestern Energy and Leonard Leveaux.

According to court documents filed by the wrongful death attorneys representing Tara’s husband, Christopher Bowman, NorthWestern Energy failed to maintain a pipe line that leaked natural gas and caused an explosion in downtown Bozeman. The 8:12 a.m., blast demolished half a city block including Montana Trails Gallery where Tara was working at the time of the explosion. The personal injury suit further alleges a pipe joint on a 2-inch service line which ran behind Montana Trails Gallery had deteriorated and the defective pipe led to the explosion.

As reported by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, legal experts involved in this lawsuit claim NorthWestern Energy, a utility company headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and provides service for Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota is responsible. The wrongful death litigation also named the utility company’s system integrity manager, Leonard Leveaux. NorthWestern has not provided any comment about this wrongful death claim.

Montana wrongful death attorneys alerts by legal news reporter Heather L. Ryan.

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