LAW & TREATY RIGHTS

Tribes And Enviros Seek Halt On Copper Mine Construction

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 1:37pm
Tribes and environmental groups suing the Army Corps of Engineers for issuing a key permit for a planned copper mine told an Arizona federal court Wednesday that a preliminary injunction is needed to halt construction and prevent the destruction of cultural sites and water sources.

Tribal Bills Win House Passage Despite Trump Tweet

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 1:11pm
The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a pair of tribal bills favoring Native American land rights, including legislation reaffirming the Mashpee Wampanoag reservation as trust land in Massachusetts, after the bills were delayed last week when a tweet from President Donald Trump sparked Republican opposition.

5 More States Target Purdue Pharma Over Opioid Marketing

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 16, 2019 - 12:51pm
Five states slammed Purdue Pharma LP and its owners with new lawsuits Thursday accusing the pharmaceutical giant of fueling the opioid crisis by deceptively marketing its drugs, adding to a host of lawsuits the company is facing over its purported role in the epidemic.

Seminole Tribe suspends revenue sharing payments with state of Florida

INDIANZ.COM (gaming) - May 16, 2019 - 6:14am
After receiving $1.8 billion from the Seminole Tribe, the gravy train is over for the state of Florida.

DOI Head Defends Delay Of Offshore Drilling Plans

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 6:36pm
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt on Wednesday said it makes sense to pause plans to open up more offshore areas to drilling after a court recently ruled President Donald Trump can't rescind his predecessor's indefinite ban on drilling in large swaths of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans.

North Dakota To Appeal Dismissal Of Purdue Opioid Suit

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 6:25pm
The North Dakota attorney general on Tuesday said that the state will appeal a judge's dismissal of its suit alleging that Purdue Pharma fueled the opioid crisis by misrepresenting the risks of opioids, the first decision to ax a state attorney's suit over the crisis.

Calif., Enviros Sue Water District To Block Dam Project

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 3:10pm
The state of California and several environmental and fishing groups are suing an agricultural water district over its efforts to help the federal government raise the height of the state’s largest reservoir, saying the project poses significant risks to the McCloud River and its wild trout fishery.

Saving Education Spectrum Will Boost Profits, Says Study

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 2:34pm
A nonprofit organization that has been fighting to keep the Federal Communications Commission from repurposing a swath of the spectrum reserved for educational institutions rolled out a study Wednesday that says preserving the space for educators will not only help keep kids in school, but also boost the U.S. economy.

IHS Hires Law Consultant On Heels Of Sexual Abuse Scandal

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 1:03pm
The Indian Health Service has tapped an independent security and law enforcement consultant to conduct a medical quality assurance review to better protect its patients following the conviction of an IHS doctor for sexually abusing Native boys.

Why I Became A Lawyer: Completing The Journey Home

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 12:53pm
My mother's connection to her Native American heritage had a major influence on my career — my decision to enter the legal profession was driven by the desire to return to my tribal community and help it in any way I could, says Jason Hauter of Akin Gump.

Oil And Gas Groups Say Walrus ESA Suit Should Fail

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 15, 2019 - 11:32am
Oil and gas industry groups told an Alaska federal court that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reasonably decided not to protect the Pacific walrus even though its sea ice habitat is likely to decline, arguing that the Endangered Species Act wasn't meant to combat climate change.

Prospective Candidate Renews Bid To Halt Cherokee Election

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 5:51pm
A woman challenging a Cherokee Nation determination that she is ineligible to run for office renewed her fight over the upcoming election on Tuesday after a D.C. federal judge tossed her initial case on procedural grounds the same day.

Mohegan's Bid To Nix Wynn License Meets Skeptical Judge

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 5:42pm
A state court judge in Boston's Business Litigation Session said Tuesday that Mohegan Sun's request to nullify a casino license awarded to Wynn Resorts based on violations of public meeting laws was "extraordinary" and likely unwarranted, given that Wynn's casino has already been built and could open in June. 

Dilworth Paxson Dodges ERISA Suit Over Tribal Bond Scam

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 4:36pm
A South Carolina federal judge let Dilworth Paxson LLP exit a suit claiming it played a role in a scheme to steal over $8 million from an employee retirement plan through a tribal bond fraud, saying the firm didn't have to face an Employee Retirement Income Security Act claim or a state law claim.

Seminole Tribe Halts $350M Annual Casino Payments To Fla.

LAW360 (Native feed) - May 14, 2019 - 4:21pm
The Seminole Tribe of Florida informed Florida's governor in a hand-delivered letter Tuesday that it will stop making its annual casino revenue sharing payments of about $350 million, pointing to ongoing infringement of their gambling compact but expressing a readiness to negotiate a resolution.

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.

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