LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Opioid Deaths Will Rise Without J&J Fix, Okla. Judge Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 7:09pm
The head of Oklahoma's Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services took the stand Tuesday as the state's final witness in its trailblazing trial seeking to hold Johnson & Johnson liable for the opioid crisis, testifying that without a J&J-funded abatement plan, "more Oklahomans will die."

Opioid MDL Judge Seems Open To Novel Deal Approach

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 4:13pm
The Ohio federal judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation appeared receptive Tuesday to an inventive proposal to create a class of local governments to negotiate a global settlement with drug companies accused of fueling the addiction crisis, saying novel problems need novel solutions.

DOI, Tribes, Others Say Okla. Endangered Mussels Suit Fails

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 4:03pm
Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation officials, the U.S. secretary of the interior and the mayor of Oklahoma City told a federal judge Monday there is no merit to a suit claiming Oklahoma City’s plan to siphon water from a state river would put endangered mussel species at risk.

Trump To Nominate Interior Pro As NIGC Chair

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 2:44pm
President Donald Trump said Tuesday he plans to nominate E. Sequoyah Simermeyer, a longtime U.S. Department of the Interior staffer and current National Indian Gaming Commission associate commissioner, to become chair of the commission.

10th Circ. Won't Revisit Narrow BLM Drilling Permit Remand

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 1:41pm
The Tenth Circuit on Monday refused to revisit its ruling that sent only a small number of drilling and hydraulic fracturing permits back to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for additional environmental review after finding that a development's impact on water resources was not examined closely enough.

Judging A Book: McMahon On 'Roosevelt For The Defense'

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 1:40pm
In "Theodore Roosevelt for the Defense," authors Dan Abrams and David Fisher meticulously chronicle the forgotten high-profile 1915 libel trial of Teddy Roosevelt, capturing the interesting legal customs of an era before things like notice pleading and pretrial discovery, says Chief U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon of the Southern District of New York.

Defense Bill To Include Recognition For Montana Tribe

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 25, 2019 - 11:49am
Legislation that would give federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians has been added to the National Defense Authorization Act, with Montana Sens. Jon Tester and Steve Daines hailing the move as a positive development in the tribe’s decades-long fight.

Trump nominates new leader for National Indian Gaming Commission

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - June 25, 2019 - 9:25am
President Donald Trump, who has been hostile to tribal casinos, is getting a chance to remake the federal agency overseeing the Indian gaming industry.

Teva Pharma Gets Nod For $85M Opioid Deal With Okla. AG

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 24, 2019 - 7:21pm
An Oklahoma state judge has signed off on an $85 million deal between Teva Pharmaceuticals and the state of Oklahoma, putting to rest the state’s suit over the company’s alleged role in the opioid crisis, according to a consent order entered Monday.

J&J Pokes At Okla.'s $13B Plan To Fix Opioid Crisis

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 24, 2019 - 6:52pm
A Johnson & Johnson attorney took fresh aim Monday at Oklahoma's $13 billion plan to cure its opioid crisis, suggesting the plan significantly overstates the number of Oklahomans abusing opioids while drawing an admission from a state health official that the state hasn't yet determined how low that number needs to go for the plan to be a success.

Borrowers Reach $12M Deal In 3 Tribe-Linked Loan Suits

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 24, 2019 - 6:09pm
Consumers in three related proposed class actions accusing tribe-linked lenders of charging excessively high interest rates have urged a Virginia federal court to approve a $12.35 million settlement they say resolves all of their claims.

Justices Won't Hear Tribe's Appeal Over Drunken-Driving Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 24, 2019 - 5:04pm
The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to hear a petition by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians and its casino over tribal immunity related to a drunken-driving suit in Alabama, denying certiorari, although the U.S. solicitor general suggested the high court might want to review or remand the case.

Sacklers Can't Escape NY Opioid MDL

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 24, 2019 - 12:26pm
The Sackler family members who control Purdue Pharma LP can’t avoid claims they were complicit in alleged company conduct that gave rise to the nationwide opioid epidemic, a New York judge has ruled, finding they must face multidistrict litigation in the state.

Enviros Insist On Standing At DC Circ. In FERC Pipeline Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 24, 2019 - 10:53am
An environmental group has said its spending on air-testing and education creates standing to challenge a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that limits the scope of climate change reviews for certain pipeline projects, asking the D.C. Circuit to reconsider an early end to the case.

Colville Tribes weigh possible casino on ancestral territory

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - June 24, 2019 - 4:15am
The Colville Tribes are looking to work with local governments as they pursue economic development options in Washington state.

Mescalero Apache Tribe enters into partnership for sports betting

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - June 24, 2019 - 3:32am
The Mescalero Apache Tribe is joining other Indian nations in New Mexico in offering sports betting.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation reopens most of casino after historic flooding

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - June 24, 2019 - 3:02am
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation welcomed visitors back to its flagship gaming facility nearly a month after being shut down.

J&J Opioid Program For Schools A Marketing Tool, Judge Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 21, 2019 - 6:20pm
An Oklahoma health official testifying Friday in the state's landmark opioid-crisis trial heavily criticized Johnson & Johnson unit Janssen's motives for funding a prescription drug abuse education program in 2009, saying it appeared the program was "not supposed to work" as anything more than an image-burnishing tactic.

Mobile And Online Sports Betting Bill Fails To Pass In NY

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 21, 2019 - 4:09pm
Mobile and online sports betting in New York will have to wait even as the market grows in neighboring New Jersey after New York lawmakers failed to pass proposed legislation that would have expanded sports betting beyond the state's four licensed casinos.

Yakama Nation Asks 9th Circ. To Limit Wash. Jurisdiction

LAW360 (Native feed) - June 21, 2019 - 3:53pm
The Yakama Nation has urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a ruling that Washington state didn't give up control over any crimes committed by or against non-Indians on its reservation, saying the state only kept jurisdiction over cases where no Indians are involved.

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