Casino Ruling May Take Bargaining Chip Away From Tribes

By Andrew Westney (August 3, 2018, 9:31 AM EDT) -- A recent Tenth Circuit decision that a suit over a slip-and-fall at a Navajo casino belongs in tribal court bolsters tribes' authority over their businesses, but it could end up costing tribes leverage in negotiating business deals beyond gaming compacts.

A Tenth Circuit panel on July 24 reversed a district court decision that a personal injury suit against the Northern Edge Navajo Casino should be heard in New Mexico state court, saying that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act doesn't permit tribes to give jurisdiction over tort claims to states and must tackle those claims in tribal court.

But while the circuit court...

Stay ahead of the curve

In the legal profession, information is the key to success. You have to know what’s happening with clients, competitors, practice areas, and industries. Law360 provides the intelligence you need to remain an expert and beat the competition.

  • Access to case data within articles (numbers, filings, courts, nature of suit, and more.)
  • Access to attached documents such as briefs, petitions, complaints, decisions, motions, etc.
  • Create custom alerts for specific article and case topics and so much more!


Hello! I'm Law360's automated support bot.

How can I help you today?

For example, you can type:
  • I forgot my password
  • I took a free trial but didn't get a verification email
  • How do I sign up for a newsletter?
Ask a question!