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Supreme Court appeal planned in Miccosukee Tribe casino case

The family of a non-Indian woman who was allegedly over-served alcohol at the casino owned by the Micosukee Tribe plans an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Tatiana Furry was reportedly drinking heavily at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming before she drove away. She was in the wrong lane when she collided with a vehicle driven by Kent Billie, a tribal member, in the early morning hours of January 21, 2009.

Furry died and her family sued the tribe under state and federal dram shop laws. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed the case due to sovereign immunity.

"We're taking this to the Supreme Court for review, attorney Bruce Rogow told The Miami New-Times. "We feel like we have a much better chance than most."

Get the Story:
Miccosukee Tribe Again Avoids Lawsuit Over Fatal 2009 Car Crash (The Miami New Times 7/10)

11th Circuit Decision:
Furry v. Miccosukee Tribe (June 29, 2012)

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