State Supreme Court clears way for lawsuit in state court vs. tribal casino

Posted: June 29, 2011 in Uncategorized
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Barrey Massey’s AP story in Wednesday’s New Mexican could be a pretty big deal for Northern New Mexican, an area with many tribal casinos and a long history of drunken driving cases (for everyone, not just tribal members).

In Barrey’s story, he writes:

The family of two siblings killed in a car accident can seek damages against a tribal casino for serving them alcohol after they became intoxicated, the state’s highest court has ruled.

Santa Ana Pueblo’s casino had argued that the legal dispute should be handled in tribal court rather than in a state court. The state Supreme Court disagreed in a ruling on Monday.

The unanimous decision permits a wrongful death lawsuit to move ahead against the Santa Ana Star Casino near Bernalillo.

Here is a link to Bartrey’s story as published in The New Mexican:

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