Gov't Seeks Quick Win In Calif. Tribe's Health Costs Suit

Law360, New York (March 16, 2016, 10:05 PM EDT) -- The federal government on Wednesday asked a D.C. federal court to throw out most of the Redding Rancheria's tribal health administration lawsuit without discovery, saying the claims are clearly preempted by several federal statutes.

The Rancheria sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Indian Health Service in December 2014 alleging that the agencies had not compensated the tribe for more than $1 million in medical costs and abdicated their contractual and trust responsibilities. In January, it agreed to divide its suit into two phases, but the tribe has said extensive discovery will be needed.

But the U.S....

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