Legal Alert - SCOTUS Explores Tribal Sovereign Immunity in Lewis and Clarke Fender Bender


by Aaron T. Martin

On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Lewis v. Clarke, a case involving tribal sovereign immunity. The Court held that when a tribal employee is sued in his or her individual capacity, that employee is the primary party and does not benefit from the rule that “Indian tribes are generally entitled to immunity from suit.” In so holding, the Court reversed the decision of the Supreme Court of Connecticut.

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