The Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands enjoys sovereign immunity from lawsuits arising under its own laws unless it consents to be sued. 1
The Commonwealth has a statute that waives its immunity with respect to a set of negligence claims arising under Commonwealth law. 2
This limited waiver specifically excludes claims arising from five enumerated circumstances, including claims for intentional torts and “claim[s] based on the detention of any goods or merchandise by any law enforcement, excise or customs officer.” 3
The statute contains strict limits on the damages that plaintiffs can collect against the Commonwealth. 4
These limits apply also to claims against government employees acting within the scope of employment. 5
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