LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Calif. Tribe Says Ex-Employee Won't Win High Court Appeal

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 2:25pm
The Cedarville Rancheria urged the Ninth Circuit on Monday not to pause its recent ruling that the California tribe can pursue claims of shady dealings by its former administrator in tribal court, saying the ex-official's case doesn't present any issue worth the U.S. Supreme Court's time.

States, Navajo Battle Feds Over Gold King Case Management

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 1:27pm
Utah, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation clashed with the federal government Monday regarding how multidistrict litigation over the 2015 Gold King Mine spill should proceed, accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of trying to “delay responsibility.”

Iowa Opens Gates For Sports Gambling With Gov.'s Signature

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 12:40pm
Iowa has become the ninth state to legalize sports gambling since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way last year, joining the growing number of states that have jumped on the betting bandwagon.

EPA Applies Eased Oil, Gas Construction Regs To Ute Land

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 5:22pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will let oil and gas construction go forward under streamlined regulations on the Ute Indian Tribe’s reservation despite ozone pollution problems there, according to a final rule to be published Tuesday.

Identity Politics: How Firms Seal The Deal After A Merger

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 5:14pm
As regional firms join forces with large national firms, they must decide how important it is to maintain those identities. Ultimately, choices on everything from the firm’s name to local office culture must ensure old clients aren’t left behind.

Wash. AG Raises Standard For Tribal Consent, Consultation

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 5:05pm
The Washington attorney general's office has adopted a new policy requiring that it get consent from Native American tribes before pursuing certain plans that affect them, and will hold off on filing lawsuits against tribes and their businesses until they've been given a chance to try to settle the dispute.

Wis. Tribe Faces $5.5M In NIGC Fines Over Casino Funds

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 5:01pm
The St. Croix Chippewa tribe faces $5.5 million in fines for 527 alleged violations of National Indian Gaming Commission regulations, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the tribe’s own gaming ordinance, according to departing NIGC Chairman Jonodev O. Chaudhuri.

Tribal Council Candidates Say DOI Can't Nix Election Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 4:42pm
Four Nooksack tribal council candidates who sued over an allegedly fraudulent election pressed their bid for a quick win in Washington federal court Friday, saying they are properly challenging an unjustifiable policy change that led the U.S. Department of the Interior to rubber-stamp the results of the voting.

The Dangers Of BigLaw's Merger-Happy Growth Strategy

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 4:38pm
There are those who say large law firms can at times be like lemmings, playing a dangerous game of follow-the-leader with their peers. A record-breaking year for law firm mergers in 2018, which has driven drastic head count growth, is one example of that, some observers say.

The Firms That Lost The Most Attorneys In 2018

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 4:03pm
Among the firms that saw their head counts shrink the most in 2018, the losses were indicative of an aggressive lateral market, a shifting business strategy or very little at all in terms of the firm’s overall performance, depending on whom you ask.

J&J, Teva Lose Last-Ditch Bids To Avoid Okla. Opioid Trial

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 3:36pm
An Oklahoma judge on Monday swatted down eleventh-hour efforts by Johnson & Johnson and Teva Pharmaceuticals to escape the state's trailblazing opioid-crisis lawsuit, clearing the way for a dramatic trial over liability for a deadly epidemic of painkiller abuse.

Cities' Climate Suits Can't Proceed, Oil Cos. Tell 9th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 2:45pm
Chevron Corp. told the Ninth Circuit that Oakland and San Francisco cannot use state-based claims to force it and several other oil giants to pay billions for alleged climate change-related infrastructure damages, arguing the case's dismissal was dictated by federal policy.

Judging A Book: Wood Reviews 'The Making Of A Justice'

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 13, 2019 - 12:54pm
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens' new book, "The Making of a Justice," is required reading for anyone interested in 20th and 21st century America, says Seventh Circuit Chief Judge Diane Wood.

St. Croix Chippewa Tribe hit with $5.5 million fine for gaming law violations

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 13, 2019 - 9:31am
The threat of massive fines are seen as the only way to stop the St. Croix Chippewa Indians from diverting gaming revenues.

These Law Firms Keep Their Partnership Ranks Lean

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 12, 2019 - 4:02pm
Want to be a partner at these firms? Better have rainmaker potential. Here is the list of firms with the most elite partnerships, according to Law360's annual law firm ranking.

Law360 Reveals 400 Largest US Firms

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 12, 2019 - 4:02pm
The annual Law360 400 ranks the largest U.S.-based law firms and vereins with a U.S. component by domestic attorney headcount.

Megafirms Drive Thirst For Tie-Ups As Firms Scale Up

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 12, 2019 - 4:02pm
The biggest of BigLaw raised the bar for size and pace in yet another record-breaking year for mergers, as more firms tried to compete by swelling their ranks, according to Law360’s annual law firm ranking.

NC Senator Again Floats Bill To Recognize Lumbee Tribe

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 10, 2019 - 6:05pm
Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., has put forward a bill that would grant the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina full federal recognition, seeking to guarantee the tribe access to federal programs and funding, after his previous legislative bid to gain recognition for the tribe fell through.

Enviros Slam BLM Oil And Gas Plan For 720K Acres In Calif.

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 10, 2019 - 5:14pm
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday announced a plan to open about 725,000 acres in California's central coast region to oil and gas development, drawing immediate pushback from environmentalists.

Calif. Tribe Avoids $5M Fine For Opening Casino Early

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 10, 2019 - 2:13pm
The National Indian Gaming Commission has reached a deal with the Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians that will see the tribe pay roughly $26,000 of a potential $5.1 million fine for opening its San Jacinto, California, casino before receiving a required license.

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