Kevin Sandstrom, one of Eckberg Lammers’ lead civil litigation attorneys, recently won a landmark trespassing dispute between rural property owners and a multinational energy corporation. Kevin represented the property owners, Gerald and Barbara Engelking and their son Jeremy, in accusing Enbridge Energy of illegally installing oil pipelines on their land. Jurors agreed with Sandstrom and awarded $150,000 in damages to the Engelking family.
The case, which had been in the courts for years, stems from an argument over a 1949 easement agreement allowing Enbridge to install pipelines on the property. At the heart of the dispute was whether or not Enbridge was authorized to place pipelines anywhere on the Engelking’s property or only within a very specific section of the land. The case even drew national media attention in 2009 when Enbridge had one of the property owners arrested for trespassing and disorderly conduct for confronting pipeline workers who were on his land without permission.
Read the full article from the Duluth News Tribune.