Justices' Tie Means Dollar General Can't Dodge Tribal Court

By Andrew Westney (June 23, 2016, 11:04 AM EDT) -- Dollar General will have to face a $2.5 million lawsuit in tribal court over the alleged sexual assault of an underage Native American intern, after the U.S. Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday and upheld a decision that said the tribe had jurisdiction. 

With its 4-4 per curiam ruling, the Supreme Court affirmed a Fifth Circuit ruling that a Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians tribal court could hear the sexual assault case brought by a former underage tribe member who was part of an internship program at an on-reservation Dollar General store.

Dollar General had argued that there is a strong presumption against tribal...

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