As McKinsey Is Dragged Into MDL, Fresh Atty Tensions Arise

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 24, 2021 - 5:56pm
Newly filed cases accusing McKinsey & Co. of inflaming the opioid crisis contain the clearest signs yet that tribes and local governments will pull the consulting powerhouse into multidistrict opioid litigation, where fresh discord emerged Wednesday among plaintiffs attorneys.

Haaland's DOI Chances Get Lift With Manchin Nod

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 24, 2021 - 3:38pm
New Mexico congresswoman and Pueblo of Laguna member Deb Haaland took a key step on Wednesday toward becoming the first Native American to assume a Cabinet position, as Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.V., said he will vote to confirm her as President Joe Biden's choice to lead the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Judge Recommends To Drop Suit Over Slawson Drilling Sites

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 24, 2021 - 1:58pm
A magistrate judge told a North Dakota federal court that he thought the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation's suit challenging government approval of eight drilling sites should be tossed since he did not think the sites negatively impacted the surrounding area.

Kathy Griffin Laughs Off Twitter 'Doxing' Suit At 6th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 24, 2021 - 1:53pm
The Sixth Circuit on Tuesday affirmed a lower court's decision tossing a lawsuit accusing comedian Kathy Griffin of encouraging her Twitter followers to "dox" Covington Catholic High School students seen in a 2019 viral video in a faceoff with a Native American elder, agreeing the court lacks jurisdiction because the incident's connections to Kentucky are too tenuous.

Appeals Court Sides With Showtime In Cayuga 'Billions' Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 24, 2021 - 1:15pm
A New York state appellate panel has affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a defamation suit by the Cayuga Nation and one of its council members over what they called a negative portrayal of the official in an episode of Showtime's fictional show "Billions."

It's Time For Law Firms To Start Loving And Leveraging Data

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 24, 2021 - 8:54am
The volume and diversity of data managed by law firms today — from client files to internal financial records — may seem daunting, but when properly organized, good data can help practitioners stay competitive by providing sharper insight into firm resources and cost of work, say Jaron Luttich and Barry Wiggins at Element Standard.

Pelosi Addresses Native American Policy Changes With NCAI

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 7:11pm
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday talked with Native American leaders about plans to change certain legislative policies so they better serve tribal citizens, including approaches to combating the climate crisis, addressing "problematic" commercial bond provisions and ensuring improved tribal consultation.

Pelosi, Fauci Discuss COVID-19 Inequalities At NCAI Event

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 5:34pm
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday candidly discussed the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on Native American citizens stemming from historic inequalities, while making promises of federal-level actions to alleviate unequal social conditions.

4 Tribes Urge Court To Keep Suit Over Gambling Compacts

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 4:56pm
The Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Citizen Potawatomi Nations urged a D.C. federal judge not to toss their suit claiming the Oklahoma governor formed illegal gambling compacts with four tribes, since the disputed agreements have negatively impacted their gambling revenue.

DOI Pick Haaland Assures Fossil Fuels Still Needed For Now

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 4:48pm
Deb Haaland, a New Mexico congresswoman and Pueblo of Laguna member who could become the first Native American to take a Cabinet post, said during a hearing Tuesday that she's willing to work with Republican senators who questioned whether she would undermine the U.S. fossil fuel industry as leader of the U.S. Department of the Interior.

Former DOJ Enviro Atty Returning to Hicks Thomas

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 2:16pm
Hicks Thomas LLP has welcomed back a partner to its Sacramento, California, office who left the firm in 2017 to take an appointment as deputy assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice's environment and natural resources division.

Alaska Native Corps. Make COVID-19 Relief Case To Justices

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 1:54pm
Alaska Native corporations are equivalent to tribes under the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act and are due a cut of March 2020 pandemic relief funds set aside for tribes, a group of ANCs has told the U.S. Supreme Court.

Keys To Protecting Clients During Law Firm Dissolution

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 23, 2021 - 12:30pm
Whether a law firm dissolution is amicable or adversarial, departing attorneys should take steps to maintain their legal and ethical responsibilities toward clients, and beware client confidentiality pitfalls when joining new firms, say John Schmidt and Colin Fitzgerald at Phillips Lytle.

3 Developments As America's Virus Death Toll Hits 500,000

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 6:09pm
President Joe Biden voiced heartache and hope as the U.S. on Monday officially recorded 500,000 lives lost to COVID-19, and public health leaders outlined actions to strengthen vaccination efforts imperiled by coronavirus mutations and severe winter weather.

Walmart Says DOJ's 'Sensationalist' Opioid Suit Rings Hollow

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 6:07pm
The U.S. Department of Justice's allegations that Walmart helped spur the nationwide opioid epidemic by failing to scrutinize suspicious prescriptions are "sensationalist" and should be tossed, the retail chain told a Delaware federal judge on Monday, saying pharmacists don't have the training to second-guess doctors' medical judgments.

NCAI President Says Biden Must Prioritize Tribal Sovereignty

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 3:27pm
President Joe Biden has taken early, promising steps but the United States must do much more to show true commitment to tribal sovereignty, environmental preservation and racial justice, National Conference of American Indians President Fawn Sharp said Monday.

Tribe Members' Ore. Highway Suit Too Late, Judge Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 2:54pm
An Oregon federal judge has thrown out a challenge by tribal members and others against a completed highway widening project, agreeing with recommendations from a magistrate judge that the claims fail because the issues were not raised early enough.

2nd Circ. Backs NY's $225M Award Against Seneca Nation

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 2:08pm
The Second Circuit on Monday rejected the Seneca Nation of Indians' bid to overturn a $225 million award issued to the state of New York in a gambling compact dispute, saying an arbitration panel didn't flout the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act by not letting the federal government weigh in on its decision.

NY AG Opioid Trial Gets March Start After COVID-19 Delays

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 11:48am
The jury selection process for the bellwether trial in the New York attorney general's suit over the opioid crisis will begin in March, after delays in the long-anticipated trial due to the coronavirus pandemic, a state judge said Monday.

How Case Management Orders Can Support New Attorneys

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 22, 2021 - 9:10am
Courts are leading the way in ensuring oral argument opportunities for newer attorneys by incorporating innovative language in a variety of orders, and private parties can and should follow suit by incorporating similar language into case management orders, say Megan Jones and Halli Spraggins at Hausfeld.


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