LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Feds Get OK To Deny Pacific Walrus Habitat Protections

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 27, 2019 - 11:10am
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's move not to extend Endangered Species Act protections to the Pacific walrus despite the oncoming threat of climate change and sea ice loss is reasonable despite the agency reversing a past finding, an Alaska federal judge has said.

Pursuing Wellness

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 27, 2019 - 7:25am
In this Expert Analysis series, leaders at some of the law firms that committed to the American Bar Association's 2018 pledge to improve mental health and well-being in the legal industry explain how they put certain elements of the initiative into action.

Eastern Shawnee Tribe announces closure of 'Bordertown' casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - September 27, 2019 - 3:46am
Four years after welcoming big crowds to its Western-themed gaming facility, the Eastern Shawnee Tribe is calling it quits.

Pamunkey Tribe keeps options open in pursuit of $700 million casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - September 27, 2019 - 2:46am
The recently recognized Pamunkey Tribe is moving forward with a $700 million gaming resort in Virginia.

Jason Galanis To Be Resentenced In Wake Of Plea Troubles

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 5:57pm
Inveterate fraudster Jason Galanis is on track to cop a joint plea and be resentenced for two separate cases involving a $37.6 million scheme to defraud reinsurance investors and a $60 million tribal bond swindle after a Manhattan federal judge implied Thursday that Galanis had been burned by ineffective assistance of counsel.  

J&J Launches Appeal Of $572M Okla. Opioid Judgment

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 5:44pm
Johnson & Johnson kicked off its promised appeal of a $572 million judgment in Oklahoma's first-in-the-nation trial over drugmaker liability for the opioid crisis, calling the ruling profoundly flawed and warning of "grave implications" for large swaths of the private sector.

'Negotiation Class' In Opioid MDL Is Unlawful, 6th Circ. Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 5:01pm
A first-of-its-kind "negotiation class" designed to seek nationwide settlements in the multidistrict opioid litigation flouts federal law and improperly entices plaintiffs attorneys to cut deals, a group of cities has told the Sixth Circuit.

EPA Contractor Can Contest Navajos' Gold King Spill Claims

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 2:18pm
A New Mexico federal judge ruled Wednesday that a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency contractor can challenge the judge's ruling that hundreds of Navajo Nation members didn't bring claims too late against the company in multidistrict litigation over the Gold King mine spill.

Pomo Fight Rival Tribe's Bid To Intervene In DOI Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 1:37pm
The Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians has asked a D.C. federal court not to let another tribe intervene in its case against the federal government for interfering with a casino plan, saying its rival would not be affected by the suit’s outcome.

How BigLaw Is Adapting To Plaintiff-Side Litigation

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 11:41am
While many have treated Kirkland & Ellis' recent creation of a contingency fee-based plaintiffs practice as market disruptive, it is another manifestation of forces that have been changing the business of BigLaw for some time, says Elizabeth Korchin at Therium Capital Management.

Opioid MDL Judge Won't Withdraw Over Bias Charge

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 26, 2019 - 5:25am
The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict opioid litigation refused Thursday to disqualify himself from the historic case, rejecting assertions from drug distributors that he appears biased against them.

Battle Lines Drawn For Opioid MDL's Bellwether Trial

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 6:34pm
Drug manufacturers and distributors on Wednesday previewed their attack plans for the first bellwether trial in multidistrict opioid litigation, pinning blame for an addiction epidemic on corrupt doctors, criminal cartels and even the local government plaintiffs themselves.

Enbridge Says Wis. Tribe Breached Pipeline Contract

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 3:43pm
Enbridge Energy Co. Inc. filed a counterclaim Tuesday in a suit seeking to force the company’s Line 5 pipeline off a Wisconsin tribe's reservation, saying the tribe breached its contract with the company to help keep the pipeline operating for another 24 years.

FCC Infrastructure Policies Boost US 5G Moves, Carr Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 2:33pm
Cutting red tape is helping the U.S. compete against China for dominance in emerging wireless technologies, despite a recent court setback, FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr told a Washington, D.C., audience on Wednesday.

Pursuing Wellness: A Focus On Firm Holistic Health Training

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 12:58pm
Our most concerted efforts toward implementing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge, which we signed one year ago, have centered on educating attorneys and staff by including well-being components in firm trainings and professional development programs, says Andrew Glincher at Nixon Peabody.

Washington Pot Cos. Targeted In Cop's Vaping Injury Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 12:18pm
In what is purported to be the first personal injury suit in Washington state connected to the nationwide vaping health crisis, a police officer on Monday accused six cannabis companies of manufacturing and selling vaping products that sent him to the hospital with lung injuries.

17 States Sue Trump Over Endangered Species Act Rollbacks

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 11:13am
California and 16 other states sued the Trump administration Wednesday over Endangered Species Act rollbacks, saying the new rules violate the law's intent and leave animals, plants and habitats at risk.

Judging A Book

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 25, 2019 - 6:22am
Are the latest books on the judicial system worth reading? Federal judges share their thoughts in this series of book reviews.

Ex-Koch Staffer Gets Top DOI Atty Post Amid Perjury Claims

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 24, 2019 - 7:21pm
The Republican majority in the U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Daniel Jorjani as the U.S. Department of the Interior's top lawyer, despite Democrats' claims that Jorjani lied to legislators about his involvement in a controversial public records proposal at the agency.

Opioid MDL Judge Rejects J&J's Attack On Trial Format

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 24, 2019 - 6:44pm
The Ohio federal judge overseeing multidistrict opioid litigation on Tuesday rejected Johnson & Johnson's bid for a bench trial instead of a jury trial on liability for an epidemic of painkiller addiction, saying "12 heads are better than one."

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