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Seneca v. Seneca

Matter Name: Seneca v. Seneca
Client Name:J C Seneca
Case Summary: Plaintiff brought an action in New York Supreme Court to enforce a contract in a commercial dispute between two members of the Seneca Nation of Indians. Supreme Court held that it had subject matter jurisdiction pursuant to a forum selection clause in the parties’ agreement. On appeal, the Appellate Division affirmed holding that state court had concurrent jurisdiction with tribal court and the forum selection clause does not violate the Seneca Nation’s right to self­‑government.
Date of DecisionMay 3, 2002
Practice AreaIndian Law, Litigation and Business Acquisitions, Divestitures and Financing Transactions