LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

DC Circ. Urged To Keep Mont. Oil Lease Challenge Alive

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2019 - 2:15pm
A group of Blackfeet Nation cultural leaders have asked the D.C. Circuit to deny the federal government's bid to toss its appeal challenging a lower court's reinstatement of a canceled oil and gas lease on Montana land that is sacred to the tribe.

Slaves' Descendants Must Seek Citizenship With Tribe: Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2019 - 2:15pm
A D.C. federal judge on Monday tossed a suit by descendants of slaves once held by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation alleging discrimination by the tribe, saying they had failed to try all their options to gain tribal citizenship.

Feds Say 7th Circ. Should Dump Tribe’s CWA Mine Permit Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2019 - 2:02pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have told the Seventh Circuit it should not revive the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin's suit over a Clean Water Act permit issued by Michigan for an open-pit mine, arguing that reviewing the project was the state's job.

Ore. Blocks LNG Project Over Water Quality Worries

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2019 - 12:39pm
Oregon environmental regulators on Monday blocked a Clean Water Act permit for the proposed $10 billion Jordan Cove liquefied natural gas project, finding the export facility is "more likely than not" to violate water quality standards.

5 Myths In Legal Crisis Communications

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 7, 2019 - 10:55am
Having worked at a boutique law firm, a crisis communications agency and in BigLaw, I have identified a number of common misconceptions across these disparate business models when it comes to crisis and litigation communications, says Robert Gemmill of Hogan Lovells.

Jonodev Chaudhuri lands new job after stint at National Indian Gaming Commission

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 7, 2019 - 2:48am
Jonodev Chaudhuri will be heading up the Indian law and policy practice at the Quarles & Brady firm.

EPA Ordered To Implement Landfill Emissions Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 4:47pm
A California federal judge ruled Monday that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency failed to comply with its "nondiscretionary obligations" under the Clean Air Act to implement Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing emissions from landfills, ordering the agency to take action on the issue.

Wash., Tribes Look To Block Bid To Upend CERCLA Ruling

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 4:46pm
Washington state and the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to rebuff a Canadian mining giant's bid to escape liability for releasing waste in the Columbia River, saying a Ninth Circuit ruling doesn't spell trouble for resolving international pollution battles.

Conn. Tribe Hit With ERISA Suit Over Disability Benefits

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 3:26pm
A former Foxwoods Resort Casino dealer sued the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Hartford Insurance Co. Monday, claiming she has improperly been denied long-term disability benefits in violation of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Suit Over Indian Child Welfare Act Still Viable, Justices Told

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 3:07pm
Several sets of adoptive parents urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday to hear their bid to revive a proposed class action alleging that parts of the Indian Child Welfare Act are racially discriminatory, saying there's a circuit split over whether civil rights claims should survive when an injunction is no longer needed.

Exec Can't Shield Atty Docs In Tribe-Linked Usury Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 1:30pm
A Virginia federal judge has ordered the founder of a company connected to a tribe-linked online lender to turn over counsel documents to consumers accusing the lender of issuing loans with unreasonably high interest rates, ruling the founder had waived attorney-client privilege.

An Overview Of The Debate Over Litigation Finance Disclosure

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 10:12am
In light of a New York federal court's recent decision in Benitez v. Lopez, which joins a growing body of case law denying forced disclosure of commercial litigation finance, Stephanie Spangler of Norris McLaughlin and Dai Wai Chin Feman of Parabellum Capital break down the arguments commonly raised for and against disclosure.

Nuclear Power In The Age Of Decommissioning

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 6, 2019 - 9:46am
U.S. nuclear power plant operators are increasingly seeking to transfer responsibility for decommissioning to new specialist entities — and early examples suggest that regulatory authorities will allow and support these transfers, say attorneys at WilmerHale.

Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe back in court to defend gaming rights

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 6, 2019 - 4:33am
The Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe is being forced to defend its sovereignty again.

Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 5, 2019 - 6:02pm
They’re global managing partners, lecturers in law, parents and former state prosecutors whose work in large-scale litigation has led to landmark victories and record-breaking deals. Law360 is honoring 10 influential plaintiffs lawyers who are champions in the courtroom and leaders in and outside their firms.

House Bill Targets 'Epidemic' Of Killings Of Native Women

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 3, 2019 - 4:43pm
Four enrolled members of federally recognized tribes serving in the U.S. House of Representatives have introduced a bill to combat what they say is an "epidemic" of slain and missing indigenous women, saying they look to establish an advisory committee on violent crime supported by the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

NY Lawmakers Update Sports Betting Bill To Include Tribes

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 3, 2019 - 4:20pm
A proposed New York State Senate bill that would legalize sports betting was amended Thursday to allow the tribes that have gambling compacts with the state to participate in mobile sports betting.

Enviros Say Energy Cos. Made $440M By Skirting CAA

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 3, 2019 - 4:20pm
WildEarth Guardians on Friday sued seven Colorado oil and gas companies over 15 wells that the environmental group says violate the Clean Air Act because they're releasing pollution without the proper permits.

Conviction Of Insys Execs Will Embolden Gov't In Opioid Fight

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 3, 2019 - 4:11pm
A Boston jury sent a message that will both resonate in the pharmaceutical industry and embolden already aggressive opioid prosecutions when it convicted five former Insys Therapeutics Inc. executives of bribing doctors to prescribe opioids, experts said after Thursday's landmark verdict.

Tribal Rancher Says DOI Delinquent On Road Work

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 3, 2019 - 1:43pm
A Montana tribe member told a federal judge Thursday that the U.S. Department of the Interior hasn’t held up its end of a 2017 settlement over claims its road construction had harmed her ranch property, saying the government hasn't completed nearly $3 million in environmental restoration work required under the deal.

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