LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Judging A Book: Thapar Reviews Gorsuch's 'A Republic'

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 2:08pm
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch's new book "A Republic, If You Can Keep It" offers hope for our constitutional system through stories of American greatness, and sheds much-needed light on originalism for skeptics, says Sixth Circuit Judge Amul Thapar.

DEA Slow To Act In Opioid Crisis, Inspector General Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 12:30pm
The Office of the Inspector General on Tuesday said that the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration dragged its feet in responding to the opioid crisis, authorizing more opioid production as overdoses rapidly climbed starting in 2000.

Challenges To Trump's Monument Cuts Proceed — For Now

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 11:43am
A Washington, D.C., federal judge has denied the Trump administration's efforts to sink two lawsuits challenging the president's decision to shrink two national monuments, but she left the door open for the government to try again.

Alabama-Coushatta Tribe asks Supreme Court to hear sovereignty case

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - October 1, 2019 - 8:20am
The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe is turning to the nation's highest court for help with its disputed casino in Texas.

Quapaw Nation debuts casino on ancestral territory in Arkansas

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - October 1, 2019 - 7:44am
The Quapaw Nation is paying tribute to one of its chiefs with a commercial casino in Arkansas.

Drug Cos. Push 6th Circ. To Disqualify Opioid MDL Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - October 1, 2019 - 7:20am
Drug distributors on Tuesday asked the Sixth Circuit to disqualify the Ohio federal judge supervising multidistrict opioid litigation based on perceived bias, a dramatic request that comes three weeks before a milestone trial.

House Dem Faults BLM's Arctic Drilling Climate Analysis

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 4:23pm
The Democratic chair of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources accused the Trump administration Monday of climate denial in its analysis of the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

PTAB Cuts Down Two More Allergan Restasis Patents

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 2:56pm
The Patent Trial and Appeal Board has invalidated two patents on Allergan's dry-eye drug Restasis, delivering the potential final blow to a group of patents the drugmaker sought to shield from PTAB under the cover of tribal sovereign immunity.

Minn. Agency Denies Water Approval For Enbridge Pipeline

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 2:23pm
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has rejected Enbridge Energy LP's request for a Clean Water Act certification for the controversial Line 3 oil pipeline, saying the agency needs more information on the project's environmental impacts before it considers signing off on the plan.

Purdue's $38M Bonus Plan In Ch. 11 Draws Watchdog's Ire

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 1:43pm
The Office of the United States Trustee objected late Friday in New York to a motion from bankrupt opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma LP seeking to pay its workers up to $38 million in bonuses, arguing the filing doesn’t have enough information about who would be getting them and reaches beyond the normal scope of relief early in a case.

Texas Tribe Asks Justices To Hear Bingo Block Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 1:19pm
A Texas tribe has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its challenge to a Fifth Circuit decision that affirmed state law bars it from offering bingo, saying the ruling creates a circuit split regarding interpretations of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

DHS Continues To Waive Enviro Laws To Build Border Barrier

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 12:50pm
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday again set aside numerous environmental laws it said were in the way of quickly building barriers in Texas along the far southern border with Mexico that are meant to stem the flow of unauthorized immigrants.

Enviros Seek Win In Suit Over EPA Advisory Committee Policy

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 12:08pm
An environmental group said the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s policy that prevents scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on agency advisory committees should be overturned because it was based on the improper assumption that the grants could lead to bias.

Opioid Negotiation Class May Be Organic Procedure Evolution

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 12:05pm
The so-called negotiation class approved by an Ohio federal judge in the multidistrict opioid litigation seems to demonstrate the common law system’s ability to respond to new factual situations, and the concept may be destined to play a role in resolving increasingly complex mass litigation in the future, says Deborah Hensler at Stanford​​​​​​​ Law School.

True Wellness Requires A Deeper Look At Atty Profession

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 11:31am
While I applaud all of the law firms that have signed the American Bar Association's campaign to improve attorney well-being, to achieve a truly holistic solution we must ask difficult questions about what we do, how we do it and the expectations we have set for ourselves and our clients, says Edward Shapiro at Much Shelist.

4 Energy-Related Supreme Court Cases To Watch This Term

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 30, 2019 - 7:59am
The U.S. Supreme Court's new term will see the justices being asked to determine the scope of federal energy and environmental laws that carry big implications for energy projects both existing and in the works. Here's a four-pack of energy-related cases on the Supreme Court's docket that are worth watching.

Maui Council Chair Wants Hunton Cut Off In Water Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 27, 2019 - 5:28pm
As Maui government leaders fight over whether to pull their closely watched groundwater fight from the U.S. Supreme Court's docket, the county council chair told Law360 she will push to cut off funding to Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP lawyers who've been helping litigate the case.

New Bills Focus On Native American Health Care Access

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 27, 2019 - 5:08pm
Federal lawmakers put forward bills in the U.S. House of Representative and Senate on Thursday to tackle mental health and substance abuse issues in Indian Country, encourage Native Americans to work in health care and provide funding for nursing homes serving Native American veterans.

Enviro Group Loses FOIA Bid For Trump Border Wall Docs

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 27, 2019 - 4:43pm
The U.S. Army of Corps of Engineers and U.S. Customs and Border Protection reasonably withheld certain border wall-related documents provided to the Trump transition team, a D.C. federal judge ruled Friday, rejecting a wildlife protection group’s bid for the information.

Tribe's $1.1M Request Granted In IHS Clinic Funding Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 27, 2019 - 3:21pm
A D.C. federal judge ordered the Indian Health Service on Thursday to pay the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Tribe the full amount it requested to fund certain health programs, saying the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act didn't allow the agency to cut that funding back.

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