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Oklahoma Supreme Court Does An About-Face on Tribal Sovereignty–Strikes Down Jurisdiction for Tort and Prize Claim and Dram-Shop Lawsuits, by Gerald L. Jackson, Crowe & Dunlevy


In a significant reversal of several recent decisions, the Oklahoma Supreme Court adopted the position that “courts of competent jurisdiction” in the model gaming compact does not include Oklahoma state courts and that tribes are immune from dram-shop liability in state court unless the tribe expressly waives its sovereignty immunity.