LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Seneca Tribe Says NY Gov. Can't Dodge Thruway Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 18, 2019 - 1:10pm
The Seneca Nation of Indians has the right to sue New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other individual state officials over a highway on reservation land, the tribe told a New York federal court in pushing to keep its case alive.

Seminole Tribe continues to hire employes for $1.5 billion casino expansion

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 18, 2019 - 11:00am
A two-day job fair at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood comes after the debut of a striking 638-room hotel in the shape of a 450-foot tall guitar..

US Trustee Says Sackler Ties Bar E&Y From Purdue Ch. 11

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 18, 2019 - 9:20am
Ernst & Young LLP shouldn't be allowed to serve as bankrupt Purdue Pharma LP's auditor because of the accounting firm's ongoing work for the Sackler family — which is expected to pay billions of dollars toward a massive settlement over Purdue's opioid marketing practices — the federal bankruptcy watchdog is arguing. 

Enterprise Rancheria debuts long-awaited 'Hard Rock' casino

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - November 18, 2019 - 6:51am
With a customary guitar smash, the Estom Yumeka Maidu Tribe of the Enterprise Rancheria opened a casino in partnership with the Seminole Tribe's well-known Hard Rock brand.

Calif. Tribe Rebuts Gaming Co.’s Reading Of Contract

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 3:53pm
Members of a California tribe have pressed a federal court to hand them a quick win in a development company’s breach of contract suit that claims the tribe lured it into investing $5.38 million in a sham casino project, saying the company misinterpreted the terms of their financial deal.

J&J's $572M Opioid Loss Cut To $465M As Judge Fixes Math

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 3:36pm
An Oklahoma judge formally slashed Johnson & Johnson's $572 million defeat in the nation's first opioid-crisis trial to $465 million Friday after acknowledging an astonishing arithmetic error.

Motley Rice's Joseph Rice On The Opioid MDL And More

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 3:25pm
Motley Rice LLC’s Joseph Rice speaks to Law360 about the ongoing multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis, which has resulted in settlements worth $260 million so far, as well as the changes in jury verdicts and the law he has seen over the years.

Purdue Says Paying States' Costs Will Help Ch. 11 Estate

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 2:15pm
Bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP told a New York bankruptcy court Friday that its plan to pay the expenses of state governments participating in a settlement of claims related to Purdue’s role in the opioid epidemic is a sound exercise of its business judgment and is essential to the Chapter 11 case.

Senate Bill Aims To Reduce Indian Medical Staffing Shortages

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 2:08pm
Sens. Tom Udall, D-N.M., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, put forward legislation Friday that aims to address health care staffing shortages at the Indian Health Service by providing tax breaks for two education programs.

Okla. Gov. Hits Tribes With Tough Talk On Casino Compacts

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 1:34pm
Oklahoma’s governor has suggested his dispute with Native American tribes over casino compacts with the state may lead to a legal battle, saying he tried to negotiate a revenue agreement by Jan. 1 but talks broke down when tribal leaders walked out on him at a meeting late last month.

Ariz. Tribe Hits IHS With $8.6M Contract Costs Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 12:56pm
The San Carlos Apache Tribe hit the Indian Health Service with a complaint in Arizona federal court Thursday, alleging the IHS failed to cover millions of dollars of costs and lost revenue stemming from the health care coverage the tribe provided under contract with the agency.

Justices' Maui Ruling Could Change Groundwater Permitting

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 10:39am
Oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court in County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund raise the possibility that the national permitting system for discharging wastewater into the ground will need to be retrofitted, says Marcia Greenblatt of Integral Consulting.

Seminole Tribe Claims It's Immune To Church Takeover Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 15, 2019 - 9:45am
The Seminole Tribe of Florida invoked its sovereign immunity in calling Thursday for a federal court to toss a Haitian Baptist church's lawsuit alleging several armed tribal police officers helped the widow of a former pastor seize control of its property and lock out church members.

Tribes Have Priority Over Water Rights, Fed. Circ. Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 14, 2019 - 4:47pm
The Federal Circuit on Thursday ruled against a coalition of southern Oregon and Northern California farmers who argued they weren’t properly compensated when the federal government declined to release water to them, saying tribal water rights were first in line.

8th Circ. Stands By Keeping Gas Royalties Out Of Tribal Court

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 14, 2019 - 4:28pm
The Tenth Circuit has rebuffed a request by Three Affiliated Tribes court officials that it rethink a ruling that tribe members' suits seeking royalties for the flaring of natural gas on reservation lands can’t be heard in tribal court, despite the officials’ claims the decision flouted U.S. Supreme Court precedent and trampled on tribal court authority.

Lummi Nation's Crab Fishing Blocked By Wash. Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 14, 2019 - 2:18pm
A Washington federal judge on Wednesday halted the Lummi Nation’s plans to take part in winter crab fishing in an area off the state’s coast, saying three other tribes that have long fished those waters had shown that letting the Lummi join in could hurt them economically and culturally.

Wis. Cities, Towns Ask Out Of Tribes' Property Tax Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 14, 2019 - 1:29pm
Six Wisconsin cities and towns have asked a federal judge to dismiss them from a suit brought by Chippewa tribes over property tax collection on tribal lands, saying they shouldn't be included for simply following state law.

Purdue's Law Firms Must Return Retainers, US Trustee Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 14, 2019 - 8:29am
The U.S. trustee in Purdue Pharma LP's bankruptcy case has objected to the company's bid to let its law firms, including Skadden and Davis Polk, keep the retainers they were paid before Purdue's bankruptcy filing, saying the move unfairly favors those firms over other creditors in the case.

Navajo Nation Won't Back Tribal Energy Co.'s New Coal Mines

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 13, 2019 - 4:33pm
The leadership of the Navajo Nation said Tuesday the tribe will not provide financial backing for bonds that a tribe-owned energy company needs to operate three mines it recently acquired from a bankrupt coal miner.

DOI Pushes For End To MGM Suit Over Tribal Casino Plan

LAW360 (Native feed) - November 13, 2019 - 3:13pm
The U.S. government urged a D.C. federal court to toss MGM Resorts' suit over a $300 million planned tribal casino, saying the government’s decision to approve amendments clearing the way for a casino was straightforward and legal.

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