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Malpractice Landscape Is Becoming Riskier For BigLaw

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 11, 2020 - 9:50am
A recent survey of lawyers’ professional liability insurers revealed an increase in malpractice claims against law firms, suggesting clients will demand more accountability in the coming decade, say Gerald Klein and Amy Nguyen at Klein & Wilson.

Enviro Beats Feds In Challenge To EPA Committee Policy

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 6:07pm
A New York judge on Monday overturned a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency policy that prevents scientists who receive EPA grants from serving on agency advisory committees, siding with an environmental group and ruling that the change was "arbitrary and capricious."

Fishers Want Full DC Circ. Review Of Offshore Monument Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 3:28pm
The Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association and other fishing trade groups want the full D.C. Circuit to review their challenge to an oceanic monument that will result in a fishing ban off the coast of Cape Cod, arguing Monday that a three-judge panel misunderstood the limits of the federal government's authority to establish offshore monuments.

Judging A Book: Humetewa Reviews 'Guilty People'

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 1:11pm
In her new book, "Guilty People," Abbe Smith successfully conveys that seeing ourselves in people who commit crime may be the first step to exacting change in our justice system, says U.S. District Judge Diane Humetewa of the District of Arizona.

Consumers Can't Take Back Consolidation Bid, Lender Says

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 12:58pm
The founder of a parent company to an online lender accused of flouting usury laws has asked a Virginia federal court to consolidate three proposed class actions, arguing the plaintiffs asked for the same in a move for multidistrict litigation that's since been withdrawn.

EPA Hemp Pesticide Approval Is A Big Step For Cannabis

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 12:35pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s recent approval of certain pesticides for the cultivation of hemp is a first for the federal government, and represents a major milestone in the development of a full-fledged, properly regulated and profitable cannabis industry, says Richard Blau of GrayRobinson.

Native Leaders Urge Indian Country To Get Political In 2020

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 12:23pm
Native American leaders on Monday brought a message of unity and political action ahead of the 2020 presidential election at a National Congress of American Indians policy summit as the tribal advocacy group kicked off a week of events in Washington, D.C.

White House Looks To Chop EPA Budget By 26%

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 10, 2020 - 12:09pm
The Trump administration on Monday again said it wants to slash spending on environmental and energy programs, releasing a budget for fiscal year 2021 that is reminiscent of previous efforts to cut spending that failed to get buy-in from Congress.

Opioid MDL 'Negotiation Class' Gets Bombarded At 6th Circ.

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 7, 2020 - 4:51pm
Drug distributors and cities fired away Friday at a “negotiation class” intended to help resolve the multidistrict opioid litigation, telling the Sixth Circuit that the unprecedented approach flouts class action procedures and is tainted by attorney conflicts of interest.

2 Tribes To Intervene In Okla. Gambling Pact Renewal Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 7, 2020 - 3:38pm
A federal judge has granted two tribes' bids to intervene in a suit accusing Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt of stirring up public uncertainty over the expiration of gaming compacts with over 30 tribes as he seeks to gain a higher percentage of casino revenue-sharing for the state.

DOI Slates $171M For States, Tribes To Repurpose Mines

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 7, 2020 - 3:36pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt has announced that $170.9 million in grants is earmarked for states and tribes to reclaim and repurpose abandoned coal mines that pose environmental and safety threats to mining communities. 

Defense Agency Can't Extend $47M Deal For New Contractor

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 7, 2020 - 2:37pm
The Defense Information Systems Agency should cut short a $47.4 million communications support contract, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, which has said the agency unreasonably extended the deal when it switched contractors.

Washington Wants Out Of Tribal Hunting Rights Treaty Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 7, 2020 - 10:48am
The state of Washington has urged a federal judge to ditch the Snoqualmie Tribe’s suit seeking to affirm that it signed a treaty covering tribes’ hunting and fishing rights.

Tribe Loses Bid To Force FERC Preservation Rule Changes

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 7, 2020 - 10:14am
The Narragansett Indian Tribe can't prevent the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission from approving the future destruction of sacred artifacts like those that stood in the way of a Kinder Morgan unit natural gas pipeline, a D.C. Circuit panel said Friday.

Atty For Ex-Tribal Exec's 'Frivolous' FCA Suit Must Pay $10K

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 6, 2020 - 5:25pm
A Washington federal judge on Wednesday stood behind an earlier decision to hand out sanctions amounting to more than $10,000 to an attorney who helped a former tribal health executive mount a “frivolous” False Claims Act case against the Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe.

Sierra Club Sets Aside $601M Border Wall Funding Claims

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 6, 2020 - 4:10pm
The Sierra Club voluntarily dropped claims over $601 million in Treasury funds that were diverted for U.S.-Mexico border wall projects, but can raise the claims again in the future, according to documents filed Thursday in California federal court.

Tribe Slams Asset Manager For Risky Investments

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 6, 2020 - 3:59pm
A Native American tribe has sued an asset management firm in California federal court, saying it shirked its duty to buy securities that matched the tribe's investment profile and ended up losing about $1.32 million within days.

Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe Sues Gov't Over Blighted Building

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 6, 2020 - 3:57pm
The Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe launched a suit in federal claims court accusing the U.S. government of letting a government building located on the tribe's reservation fall into disrepair.

Utah Clear To Intervene In Tribal Water Mismanagement Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - February 6, 2020 - 3:06pm
Utah has the go-ahead to step into the Ute Indian Tribe’s suit over the U.S. Department of the Interior's alleged mismanagement of the tribe’s water rights.

Eight plead guilty to stlealing more than $5 million from Miccosukee Tribe

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - February 6, 2020 - 2:03am
Eight people admitted they stole $5.3 million in cash from Miccosukee Resort and Gaming in Florida.

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