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Judge Holds Decision On Purdue Pharma CEO Bonus

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 4, 2019 - 4:01pm
A New York bankruptcy judge Wednesday said he would approve nearly $46 million in bonus payments for employees of Purdue Pharma, but held off considering a $1.3 million bonus for the company's CEO after hearing last-minute evidence of a $6 million payment made to him last year.

Ute Members' Banishment Suit Against Tribe Is Tossed

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 4, 2019 - 3:40pm
A Utah federal judge has nixed a suit by Ute Indian Tribe members challenging their five-year banishment from the tribe’s reservation for allegedly interfering with a tribal lawsuit against the federal government, finding that a temporary ouster doesn't allow the members to bring Indian Civil Rights Act claims.

NY Tribe Tries To Pause $255M Gaming Award To State

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 4, 2019 - 3:04pm
The Seneca Nation has urged a New York federal court to pause a judgment ordering it to give the state more than $255 million in unpaid casino revenue under a tribal-state gaming compact while it appeals the ruling.

Insys Plan Disclosures OK'd On Road To Jan. Confirmation

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 4, 2019 - 2:33pm
Documents detailing the terms of the proposed Chapter 11 plan of pain medication maker Insys Therapeutics Inc. received court approval Wednesday in Delaware, with a judge saying they adequately described the plan ahead of a January confirmation hearing.

Gun Lake Tribe shares more than $9.5 million in gaming revenues

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - December 4, 2019 - 10:19am
The Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians, also known as the Gun Lake Tribe, has shared more than $91 million with Michigan since 2011.

Wis. Towns Declare Neutrality In Asking Out Of Tribes' Tax Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 4, 2019 - 9:22am
Six Wisconsin municipalities have revised their request for a federal court to dismiss them from a dispute between Chippewa tribes and the state over property taxes on tribal lands, clarifying they aren’t taking a position in favor of either party.

Deadline approaches in tribal gaming compact dispute in Oklahoma

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - December 4, 2019 - 7:30am
Do Oklahoma's Class III gaming compacts expire at the end of the month? Tribes might soon find out.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians plans $90 million expansion of casino hotel

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - December 4, 2019 - 6:33am
The Poarch Band of Creek Indians announced plans to expand its commercial casino in Pennsylvania, just months after taking over the facility.

Tribal Bison Hunt Near Yellowstone Will Go On

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 3, 2019 - 3:39pm
A Montana federal judge on Monday rejected a bid by a property owner and her community organization to block tribes from hunting bison on public land near Yellowstone National Park as the plaintiffs pursue claims that the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service have mishandled the hunt.

Attys Report Broad Support For Opioid MDL Negotiation Class

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 3, 2019 - 3:26pm
Attorneys representing cities and counties suing the drug industry over the opioid crisis told the Ohio federal judge overseeing litigation late Monday that a novel negotiation class proposal aimed at striking a global deal has won strong support across the country.

10th Circ. Won't Delay Taking Of Cherokee Land Into Trust

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 3, 2019 - 2:20pm
The Tenth Circuit on Monday denied the Cherokee Nation's request to stay the mandate on a September panel ruling that found the federal government can take a parcel of land on the tribe's former reservation into trust for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians in Oklahoma.

Navajo Nation Sues DOI Over Denied Judicial Funding

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 3, 2019 - 12:45pm
The Navajo Nation sued the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday seeking the full $17 million it requested for judiciary funding for 2019, saying the federal government’s decision to only offer a fraction of that amount goes against the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act.

Patent Decision Highlights Cross-Appeal Considerations

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 3, 2019 - 12:04pm
The Federal Circuit's recent decision in IPR Licensing overruled precedent to hold that the cross-appeal rule is not jurisdictional, demonstrating the complexity of this seemingly simple rule and its various application within the circuit courts, says Michael Soyfer at Quinn Emanuel.

Feds Tell Justices $7B Atlantic Coast Pipeline Can Cross Trail

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 3, 2019 - 11:06am
The federal government told the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday that the U.S. Forest Service had the authority to grant developers of the $7 billion Atlantic Coast gas pipeline a right-of-way across the Appalachian National Scenic Trail and that the Fourth Circuit was wrong to hold otherwise.

Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes move forward with casino expansion

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - December 3, 2019 - 1:48am
Citizens of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes approved a limited waiver of sovereign immunity in order to obtain financing for a gaming project.

Subcontractor Says $3M Held Back From Marines Base Work

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 5:21pm
An electrical contractor sued a joint venture of engineering firms Bethel and Webcor in California federal court Monday, saying the companies stiffed it on part of a nearly $10 million subcontract for construction work at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.

Insys Files New Ch. 11 Plan Reflecting Deal With DOJ, States

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 4:31pm
Bankrupt opioid maker Insys Therapeutics Inc. filed an amended Chapter 11 plan Friday in Delaware that reflects the negotiated agreement reached among the debtor and its creditors, including the U.S. Department of Justice and numerous states, municipalities and Native American tribes.

FCC Cements Tribal Filing Window, Outreach Plan For 2.5 GHz

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 3:23pm
The Federal Communications Commission on Monday set a window of time for Native American tribes to claim spectrum licenses that are being temporarily reserved for them.

Navajo Landowners Say They Belong In NM Anti-Fracking Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 3:17pm
A group of Navajo landowners pressed a New Mexico federal court Friday to allow nearly 200 more tribe members to intervene in a challenge from environmental groups to the Bureau of Land Management's approval of more than 250 oil and gas drilling permits in the Mancos Shale.

9th Circ. Affirms IHS's Win In Navajo Man's Amputation Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - December 2, 2019 - 2:09pm
The Ninth Circuit has affirmed the dismissal of a suit accusing an Indian Health Service physician's assistant of negligently treating a Navajo Nation citizen, causing a partial foot amputation, saying the patient’s medical experts were not qualified.

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