LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Wash. State Slams Transfer Of Military Funds For Border Wall

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 19, 2019 - 3:14pm
Washington state joined an onslaught of litigation against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration with a lawsuit filed in federal court Thursday challenging the administration’s authority to dip into funds earmarked for military construction projects to pay for a border wall.

9th Circ. Faults BLM's Blanket Extension Of Geothermal Deals

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 19, 2019 - 2:56pm
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday upheld a decision for the Pit River Tribe and environmental groups that the Bureau of Land Management had to perform more review before extending a group of geothermal leases, saying that having a single productive lease didn't justify longer leases for the larger unit.

Purdue Files Ch. 11 Suit Seeking Stay Of Opioid Litigation

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 19, 2019 - 2:17pm
Bankrupt drugmaker Purdue Pharma LP filed an adversary complaint late Wednesday in New York court seeking a stay of the pending litigation brought by various states, Native American tribes and individuals who did not agree to a settlement framework reached before the company filed for bankruptcy.

Pursuing Wellness: A Firm's Work With Mental Health Experts

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 19, 2019 - 1:37pm
Signing the American Bar Association's well-being pledge last year was a natural progression of our firm's commitment to employee wellness, which has included developing partnerships with professionals in the mental health space to provide customized programming to firm attorneys and staff, say Annette Sciallo and Mark Goldberg at Latham.

Bulk Of SD Anti-Pipeline Riot Laws Struck Down

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 19, 2019 - 12:37pm
A South Dakota federal judge has blocked the bulk of a set of state laws aimed at limiting protests of the Keystone XL pipeline, saying the "riot boosting" statutes could have even landed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in jail for his civil rights protests.

Another Round In The Battle Over The Clean Water Act

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 19, 2019 - 10:10am
The Obama-era Clean Water Rule used the full extent of federal power to protect the country's water under the Clean Water Act. Last week, that rule was repealed, giving more authority to states. At issue are questions of federalism and science, and a confusing U.S. Supreme Court case, says Allyn Stern of Beveridge & Diamond.

British Columbia Ordered To Reconsider Pipeline Approvals

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 18, 2019 - 7:22pm
The British Columbia Court of Appeal on Tuesday ordered the province to reconsider environmental approval for the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline, finding that another court has since ruled that a Canadian National Energy Board report used in that approval was flawed.

Army Corps Says It Doesn't Owe ND For DAPL Protests

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 18, 2019 - 3:34pm
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urged a federal judge to throw out North Dakota's suit seeking $38 million for the agency's alleged failure to control protests against the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying it had to weigh its relationships with tribes and other delicate policy issues in handling the protests.

Indian Lands Need More Spectrum Access, Sens. Hear

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 18, 2019 - 3:00pm
Broadband experts told a Senate panel Wednesday that to spur tribal economic development, the federal government should collect more data about high-speed internet coverage on Native American lands and tap into unused spectrum to improve access for tribes.

Pursuing Wellness: When A Firm Brings Counseling On Site

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 18, 2019 - 2:31pm
One year ago, our firm signed the American Bar Association's well-being pledge and embraced a commitment to providing on-site behavioral health resources, which has since become a key aspect of our well-being program, say Meg Meserole and Kimberly Merkel at Akin Gump.

Opioid 'Negotiation Class' Justifies DQ Bid, Distributors Say

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 18, 2019 - 1:12pm
Drug distributors and pharmacies on Tuesday continued to press their surprise effort to disqualify the judge overseeing the opioid multidistrict litigation, saying his recent approval of a novel negotiation class merits their last-minute play.

Wis. County Fights Tribe's Quick Win Bid In Zoning Reg. Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 18, 2019 - 12:06pm
A Wisconsin county has told a federal court that the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians is not entitled to a win in its suit accusing the county of improperly imposing a zoning ordinance on its reservation, saying tribe member-owned land can be regulated.

Purdue Says 'Lives, Dollars' At Stake In Bankruptcy Case

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 5:46pm
Besieged opioid maker Purdue Pharma LP made its first appearance in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday, winning approval to pay almost $2 million to key employees and up to $1.5 million in monthly legal fees, while touting its proposed settlement of opioid litigation as a benefit to America. 

DOI Appeals Board Nixes Forest Removal At Grand Staircase

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 4:14pm
A U.S. Department of the Interior board has tossed a Bureau of Land Management decision to replace thousands of acres of native forests in the Grand Staircase-Escalante national monument with foraging plants for livestock, saying it didn't consider the cumulative effects of non-native seeds on migratory birds.

Comanche Leader Slams Okla. 'Saber Rattling' In Gaming Row

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 3:26pm
The Comanche Nation’s chairman said the gaming compact between Oklahoma and the tribal nation will automatically renew at the end of 2019 despite Gov. Kevin Stitt’s claims otherwise, and urged the state to avoid “saber rattling and legal wrangling” as it tries to negotiate new deals with tribes.

Pursuing Wellness: Inside A Firm Meditation Program

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 2:10pm
After our firm signed the American Bar Association’s well-being pledge one year ago, we launched two key programs that included weekly meditation sessions and monthly on-site chair massages to help people address both the mental and physical aspects of working at a law firm, says Marci Eisenstein at Schiff Hardin.

States, Enviros Push Calif. Judge To Enforce EPA Landfill Rule

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 12:12pm
States and environmentalists on Monday urged a California federal judge to stick to his guns and force the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to implement Obama-era landfill air pollution regulations despite the agency's claim that the judge's order is now irrelevant.

DC Circ. Tosses Clean Power Plan Challenges

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 12:06pm
The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday tossed legal challenges to the Obama administration's signature climate change plan, accepting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's argument that because it has replaced the regulations, the litigation is moot.

Tribe, Enviros Urge 9th Circ. To Undo BLM Mining Permit Win

LAW360 (Native feed) - September 17, 2019 - 11:19am
An Alaskan Indian village and conservation groups have told the Ninth Circuit that the Bureau of Land Management violated federal environmental laws when it refused to look at the impact a potential mine would have before greenlighting preliminary exploration activities.

Mohegan Tribe expands gaming enterprise to Las Vegas

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - September 17, 2019 - 9:26am
The Mohegan Tribe's gaming enterprise continues to grow beyond its homelands in Connecticut.

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