Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida

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Seminole Tribe of Florida v. Florida
Court Supreme Court of the United States
Citation 517 U.S. 44 (1996)
Date decided 1996
Overturned Pennsylvania v. Union Gas Co.
Case Opinions
majority written by William Rehnquist


The Seminole Tribe sued the State of Florida for violating the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.


Whether, when Congress clearly intends to abrogate the States’ sovereign immunity, they have the power under Article 5 of the 14th Amendment.


The 11th Amendment restricts the judicial power under Article III, and prevents congressional authorization of suits by private parties against nonconsenting States.