A Look At The Impact Of Lewis V. Clarke Thus Far

Law360, New York (May 16, 2017, 3:28 PM EDT) -- In Lewis v. Clarke, the U.S. Supreme Court held that individual capacity suits against tribal employees are not cloaked by an Indian tribe’s sovereign immunity. As most Indian tribes have already acquired general liability insurance to cover the tortious actions of their employees, the ruling might have little impact. But the breadth of the court’s opinion should give tribal interests pause to reflect on just how far this decision reaches.

Lewis involved a tort claim filed in state court against a limousine driver employed by an...
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