LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Alaska Tells FERC $45B Pipeline Project Won't Do Harm

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 4:37pm
The state-owned developer of a proposed $45 billion liquefied natural gas pipeline in Alaska tried to convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Thursday that the project isn't environmentally unsound.

9th Circ. Affirms Tribe Members Can't Exit Casino Fraud Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 2:48pm
A Ninth Circuit has panel affirmed that several members of the Pinoleville Pomo Nation aren’t immune from claims that they duped a company into investing $5.38 million in a sham casino project.

Enviro Groups Double Down In Bid To Keep Border Wall Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 1:16pm
Environmental groups doubled down in D.C. federal court to keep their lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s emergency authority to reallocate congressional funding to build a long-promised southern border wall.

Mohegan Sun Casino Fined By Pa. For Low Security

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 12:49pm
Days before the Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs casino launches sports betting, Pennsylvania's gambling regulator announced the casino was fined $150,000 for not having enough security staff.

Enviros Say High Court Wage Ruling Supports Sea Monument

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 12:20pm
Environmentalists told the D.C. Circuit this week that the U.S. Supreme Court's June ruling that state wage-and-hour laws don't apply to drilling workers off the coast of California supports their contention that offshore areas can be designated as national monuments.

What To Look For In White Collar Cases This High Court Term

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 11:09am
Several upcoming U.S. Supreme Court decisions — involving such varied issues as criminal procedure, statutory interpretation and public corruption — may see traditional liberal-conservative fault lines fall by the wayside and may have a notable impact on white collar criminal defense practice, say Harry Sandick and Jacob Newman of Patterson Belknap.

Consider The Power Of Tactical Empathy

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 3, 2019 - 10:48am
By employing tactical empathy techniques to understand the interests behind the positions taken by others, attorneys can gain the upper hand in deal negotiations and litigation while still promoting and preserving long-term relationships with opponents, judges and others, say Shermin Kruse of TEDxYouth@Wrigleyville and Ursula Taylor of Strategic Health.

Coeur d'Alene Tribe in the market for a new casino executive

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - October 3, 2019 - 10:08am
The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is searching for a new leader for its gaming enterprise following the departure of its chief executive officer.

Poarch Band of Creek Indians seeks commercial casino in Illinois

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - October 3, 2019 - 9:50am
At least three tribal nations are pursuing casinos in Illinois.

Insurer Seeks Win On Last Claims Over DOI $20M Tribal Loan

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 6:34pm
Great American Life Insurance Co. urged an Ohio federal judge to grant it an early win on its remaining claims against the U.S. Department of the Interior secretary for what the insurer said was an arbitrary cancellation of a $20 million loan guarantee.

Gov. Can't Break Up, Shake BLM Sage-Grouse Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 6:04pm
An Idaho federal court on Wednesday blocked the Trump administration's attempt to break up a lawsuit challenging its sage-grouse protection policies and scatter them to separate courts, siding with environmental groups who argued the conservation plans for eight Western states should be considered together.

Calif. Tribe Says It Belongs In Pomo Casino Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 5:35pm
The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has pressed a D.C. federal court to allow it to intervene in the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians' suit over the federal government's rejection of its casino plan, saying it has standing to join the litigation.

5th Circ. Asked To Rethink Indian Child Welfare Act Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 4:20pm
Texas, Louisiana and Indiana and several foster couples urged the Fifth Circuit on Tuesday to revisit its decision that the Indian Child Welfare Act is constitutional, saying the ruling conflicts with a 2018 U.S. Supreme Court decision by allowing the federal government to commandeer state courts.

Experian Must Face Delinquent Payday Loan Suit Again

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 1:04pm
Reversing his previous ruling after a successful appeal, a California federal judge certified a class of more than 100,000 payday loan customers who claim consumer-reporting giant Experian "jeopardized" their credit history by reporting debts on disputed loans.

The Problem — And Opportunity — Of Implicit Bias In The Bar

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 12:27pm
Law firms are beginning to recognize implicit bias as a problem. But too few recognize that it is also an opportunity to broaden our thinking and become better legal problem solvers, says Daniel Karon of Karon LLC.

Mass. Town, Tribe Get Approval On Pact To Secure Casino Site

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 2, 2019 - 11:26am
A Massachusetts federal judge has approved a Native American tribe’s agreement with the town of Aquinnah to secure a casino construction site in Martha’s Vineyard while the two sides dispute municipal permits for the project.

J&J Inks $20.4M Deal Just Ahead Of Opioid Bellwether

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 7:43pm
Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay $20.4 million to resolve claims by two Ohio counties that were going to be at the center of the first bellwether trial later this month in multidistrict litigation against drugmakers blamed for the U.S. opioid crisis.

Opioid MDL Judge Rips Ohio AG's Late Bellwether Attack

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 5:56pm
The Ohio attorney general's new campaign to torpedo the first bellwether trial in multidistrict opioid litigation is happening way too late and misconstrues key legal issues, the MDL's supervising judge told the Sixth Circuit on Tuesday.

5 Questions For The DOJ's Jeffrey Bossert Clark

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 5:25pm
The head of the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Jeffrey Bossert Clark, told Law360 in an exclusive interview that the Trump administration is improving its record of defending regulatory actions after a shaky start that included losing efforts to delay implementation of chemical safety and methane emissions rules.

Mass. Tribe Faults DOI's Reading Of Statute In Casino Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 5:13pm
A Massachusetts tribe is fighting the U.S. government’s bid for a quick win in the tribe’s federal lawsuit challenging a decision not to hold land in trust for a casino, arguing the government ignored its own opinion and case law.

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