Justices Could Check Tribal Court Reach In Sex Abuse Row

By Andrew Westney (June 17, 2015, 2:37 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision to review a challenge to tort claims brought against Dollar General Corp. in the Choctaw Nation's court will push the limits of the justices' willingness to recognize tribal court authority to exercise jurisdiction over and punish nontribal members, experts say.

The high court agreed Monday to hear an appeal brought by Dollar General seeking to overturn a Fifth Circuit ruling that the company was subject to the Choctaw Tribal Court's jurisdiction in a sexual assault case brought by a former intern and tribe member, after the retailer argued in its petition last June that the...

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