LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

IRS Should Use Tax Law To Combat The Opioid Epidemic

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 17, 2019 - 12:32pm
The IRS, which enforces anti-trafficking tax laws against state-regulated cannabis businesses, should be fair and apply the same policy against pharmaceutical companies that illegally market their opioids, says Kat Allen at Wykowski Law.

Why States And Cities Are Concerned About Census Accuracy

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 17, 2019 - 10:58am
The 2020 census will impact every state, city and county in the United States, because population is a major factor in how the federal government distributes funds. Despite apprehensions about an undercount, there are reasons for optimism about the accuracy of the census, says Lou Cannon of State Net Capitol Journal.

A Chat With Gilead Sciences Legal Ops Leader Gary Tully

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 17, 2019 - 8:39am
In this monthly series, legal recruiting experts from Major Lindsey & Africa interview legal industry leaders about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here, Rod Osborne talks with Gary Tully, head of legal operations at Gilead Sciences.

NY Tribe, Town Look To Avoid Trial In Gambling Dispute

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 5:10pm
The Cayuga Nation and the New York village of Union Springs told a federal judge Wednesday they don't want a bench trial in the tribe's suit challenging the village's anti-gambling ordinance, saying pleadings should be finished so the court can rule on the legal issues at the case’s core.

Dems Unveil Infrastructure Plan With Broadband Focus

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 2:01pm
Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee want to put $40 billion toward expanding internet access across the country as part of a $120 billion-plus infrastructure bill they've proposed.

Tribes And Enviros Seek Halt On Copper Mine Construction

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
Tribes and environmental groups suing the Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a key permit for a planned copper mine told an Arizona federal court Wednesday that a preliminary injunction is needed to halt construction and prevent the destruction of cultural sites and water sources.

Tribal Bills Win House Passage Despite Trump Tweet

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 1:11pm
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a pair of tribal bills favoring Native American land rights, including legislation reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, after the bills were delayed last week when a tweet from President Donald Trump sparked Republican opposition.

5 More States Target Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 12:51pm
Five states slammed Purdue Pharma LP and its owners with new lawsuits Thursday accusing the pharmaceutical giant of fueling the opioid crisis by deceptively marketing its drugs, adding to a host of lawsuits the company is facing over its purported role in the epidemic.

Seminole Tribe suspends revenue sharing payments with state of Florida

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 16, 2019 - 6:14am
After receiving $1.8 billion from the Seminole Tribe, the gravy train is over for the state of Florida.

DOI Head Defends Delay Of Offshore Drilling Plans

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 6:36pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Wednesday said it makes sense to pause plans to open up more offshore areas to drilling after a court recently ruled President Donald Trump can't rescind his predecessor's indefinite ban on drilling in large swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

North Dakota To Appeal Dismissal Of Purdue Opioid Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 6:25pm
The North Dakota attorney general on Tuesday said that the state will appeal a judge's dismissal of its suit alleging that Purdue Pharma fueled the opioid crisis by misrepresenting the risks of opioids, the first decision to ax a state attorney's suit over the crisis.

Calif., Enviros Sue Water District To Block Dam Project

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 3:10pm
The state of California and several environmental and fishing groups are suing an agricultural water district over its efforts to help the federal government raise the height of the state’s largest reservoir, saying the project poses significant risks to the McCloud River and its wild trout fishery.

Saving Education Spectrum Will Boost Profits, Says Study

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 2:34pm
A nonprofit organization that has been fighting to keep the Federal Communications Commission from repurposing a swath of the spectrum reserved for educational institutions rolled out a study Wednesday that says preserving the space for educators will not only help keep kids in school, but also boost the U.S. economy.

IHS Hires Law Consultant On Heels Of Sexual Abuse Scandal

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 1:03pm
The Indian Health Service has tapped an independent security and law enforcement consultant to conduct a medical quality assurance review to better protect its patients following the conviction of an IHS doctor for sexually abusing Native boys.

Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 12:53pm
My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

Oil And Gas Groups Say Walrus ESA Suit Should Fail

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 11:32am
Oil and gas industry groups told an Alaska federal court that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reasonably decided not to protect the Pacific walrus even though its sea ice habitat is likely to decline, arguing that the Endangered Species Act wasn't meant to combat climate change.

Prospective Candidate Renews Bid To Halt Cherokee Election

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 5:51pm
A woman challenging a Cherokee Nation determination that she is ineligible to run for office renewed her fight over the upcoming election on Tuesday after a D.C. federal judge tossed her initial case on procedural grounds the same day.

Mohegan's Bid To Nix Wynn License Meets Skeptical Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 5:42pm
A state court judge in Boston's Business Litigation Session said Tuesday that Mohegan Sun's request to nullify a casino license awarded to Wynn Resorts based on violations of public meeting laws was "extraordinary" and likely unwarranted, given that Wynn's casino has already been built and could open in June. 

Dilworth Paxson Dodges ERISA Suit Over Tribal Bond Scam

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 4:36pm
A South Carolina federal judge let Dilworth Paxson LLP exit a suit claiming it played a role in a scheme to steal over $8 million from an employee retirement plan through a tribal bond fraud, saying the firm didn't have to face an Employee Retirement Income Security Act claim or a state law claim.

Seminole Tribe Halts $350M Annual Casino Payments To Fla.

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 4:21pm
The Seminole Tribe of Florida informed Florida's governor in a hand-delivered letter Tuesday that it will stop making its annual casino revenue sharing payments of about $350 million, pointing to ongoing infringement of their gambling compact but expressing a readiness to negotiate a resolution.

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