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DC Circ. Says ATF Can Inspect Tribal Cigarette Cos.’ Records

Law360 (July 3, 2018, 8:07 PM EDT) -- The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday upheld a ruling that four cigarette companies owned by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska must let the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives inspect their sales records, saying that being owned by a tribe doesn’t shield tribal companies from federal record-keeping laws.

Ho-Chunk Inc., which is the Winnebago tribe’s economic development arm, and three subsidiaries had asked the circuit court to overturn a D.C. district judge’s May 2017 ruling that the companies had to show their records of tobacco transactions to...
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Case Title

Ho-Chunk, Inc., et al v. Jeff Sessions, et al

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Appellate - DC Circuit

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2899 Other Statutes APA/Review Agency

Date Filed

June 8, 2017

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