Tag Archives: Sovereign Immunity

Supreme Court Rejects Sixth and Eleventh Circuit’s “Discretionary Function” Immunity for TVA

In Thacker v. Tennessee Valley Authority, the Supreme Court held that sovereign immunity does not necessarily shield TVA’s “discretionary functions” from liability.  Justice Kagan’s unanimous opinion reversed the Eleventh Circuit, which had sided with longstanding Sixth Circuit precedent treating many TVA functions as immune from suit. Congress created the Tennessee Valley Authority, a government-owned corporation, … Continue Reading

Two Supreme Court Decisions On Certiorari From the Sixth Circuit

This week brought two decisions from the Supreme Court on cases from the Sixth Circuit.  In Michigan v. Bay Mills Indian Community, the Supreme Court affirmed the Sixth Circuit’s decision that Michigan could not bring a lawsuit against an Indian-owned casino based on tribal sovereign immunity even though the casino was not located on the … Continue Reading