Native American

  • October 6, 2014

    High Court Wants SG's Input In Dollar General Assault Case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday asked the solicitor general to weigh in on an appeal brought by Dollar General Corp. that tests the limits of tribal court jurisdictions in a sexual assault case involving a former intern at one of its stores.

  • October 3, 2014

    Fla. Tribe Asks High Court To Review Fla. Fuel Tax Ruling

    The Seminole Tribe of Florida has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to take up its case seeking a refund of Florida state fuel excise taxes it has paid, saying the Eleventh Circuit's dismissal has created a circuit split and set dangerous precedent.

  • October 3, 2014

    Fla. Tribe Blasts Ex-GC's Challenge To Judge DQ Bid

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida said Thursday that objections brought by its former attorneys to its bid to disqualify a federal judge from sanctions proceedings against it lack substantial arguments and even contain falsehoods that may, themselves, warrant sanctioning.

  • October 1, 2014

    2nd Circ. Snuffs Tribes' Bid To Block Payday Loan Crackdown

    The Second Circuit on Wednesday backed a New York federal judge who refused to stop state bank regulators from targeting lenders based on Native American reservations as part of a crackdown on high-interest online payday loans, finding his conclusion that the state likely has authority was reasonable.

  • September 29, 2014

    Fed Workers Lose Class Cert. Bid In 16-Year Race Bias Suit

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge on Monday refused to certify a putative class of black and Native American secretaries and clerical workers in a contentious, 16-year lawsuit alleging the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System racially discriminated against them, saying the claims are individualized.

  • September 29, 2014

    Obama OKs Bill Helping Casino Dodge Supreme Court Ruling

    President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill to reauthorize a questioned land-into-trust deal for an embattled tribal casino, which will help put to bed pending litigation that was greenlighted by the U.S. Supreme Court two years ago.

  • September 24, 2014

    US To Pay Navajo $554M In Largest Single-Tribe Settlement

    The United States has agreed to pay the Navajo Nation $554 million as part of the largest settlement of its kind to resolve the tribe’s lawsuit alleging federal mismanagement of tribal trust funds and lands used for farming and oil and gas extraction, the Navajo Nation confirmed on Wednesday.

  • September 24, 2014

    Calif. Appeals Court Backs Gov.'s Tribal Casino Approval

    A California appeals court on Wednesday upheld a trial court's determination that the governor of California cannot be considered a “public agency” subject to the California Environmental Land Quality Act in a dispute over the approval of a casino on tribal land.

  • September 23, 2014

    Ex-GC Challenges Fla. Tribe's Bid To DQ Judge

    Former tribe general counsel Dexter W. Lehtinen's attacked the reasoning behind a recent motion by the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and its attorneys to disqualify a federal judge from sanctions proceedings against them, saying the tribe had the chance to speak out in a previous case.

  • September 22, 2014

    Redskins Should Have Sued USPTO, Not Indians: Blackhorse

    The group of American Indians who won the ruling earlier this year canceling the Washington Redskins trademark registrations urged a Virginia federal judge Monday to toss the team's appeal of the decision, saying the case was filed against the wrong defendants in the wrong court.

  • September 19, 2014

    Timing Criticized In Fla. Tribe's Attempt To Oust Judge

    The Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida and its attorneys' recent motion to disqualify the federal judge on a sanctions case over the tribe's allegedly bad faith embezzlement suit against them was not timely and lacks merit, two of the plaintiffs said Thursday.

  • September 18, 2014

    Fla. Tribe Has Sovereign Immunity In Candlebox Suit: Judge

    A Florida federal judge said Thursday that the Seminole Tribe of Florida Inc. has sovereign immunity, limiting a music management company's jurisdictional discovery to answering if that immunity was waived in a botched agreement for the band Candlebox.

  • September 17, 2014

    9th Circ. Urges Mediation In Big Lagoon Casino Case

    Members of a Ninth Circuit en banc panel on Wednesday urged California and the Big Lagoon Rancheria tribe to enter into mediation to resolve their long-standing issues over the tribe's proposed casino.

  • September 16, 2014

    NLRB Reaffirms Little River Casino Labor Violation Ruling

    The National Labor Relations Board on Monday reaffirmed its ruling that it had jurisdiction to enforce collective bargaining laws at a tribal casino, echoing its previous ruling on the matter that the Sixth Circuit had vacated in light of the high court's Noel Canning ruling.

  • September 15, 2014

    Big Lagoon Case Presents Key Test For Tribal Casino Deals

    An en banc Ninth Circuit panel on Wednesday will hear arguments in a legal tug-of-war between California and the Big Lagoon Rancheria tribe over a failed casino deal in a case that could hand states new powers to challenge tribal gaming projects.

  • September 11, 2014

    Fla. Tribe Wants Fed. Judge DQ'd From Sanctions Case

    A Florida tribe and its attorneys moved to disqualify the federal judge on a sanctions case brought by the tribe's former counsel over the tribe's allegedly bad faith embezzlement suit, saying Wednesday she has shown bias on the bench.

  • September 11, 2014

    5 Insights From Ford General Counsel David Leitch

    We look for outside counsel who, among other things, embrace a highly collaborative approach to problem solving, recognizing that our in-house attorneys are very capable peers and that Ford’s interests may require working with firms that are in other contexts viewed as competitors, says David Leitch, general counsel of Ford Motor Co. and former deputy counsel to President George W. Bush.

  • September 8, 2014

    Donziger Dodges Ecuadoreans’ Suit Over $18B Judgment

    A New York state judge has ruled that Ecuador's courts are the proper venue for a suit against class action attorney Steven Donziger brought by a group of indigenous Ecuadoreans seeking a share of the $18.2 billion pollution-related judgment Donziger helped secure against Chevron Corp., according to an order posted Friday.

  • September 8, 2014

    Dollar General Again Asks Justices To Mull Tribal Jurisdiction

    Dollar General Corp. is continuing its push for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear its appeal seeking to limit the jurisdiction of tribal courts in a sexual assault case involving a former store intern, doubling down on its claim that prior decisions are unfair to companies doing business with tribes.

  • September 5, 2014

    Idaho Tribe Must Fold Poker Games At Casino, Judge Says

    An Idaho federal judge on Friday blocked the Coeur d'Alene tribe from offering Texas Hold 'em poker at its casino and denied the tribe's request to axe a suit that alleges the poker games are a violation of a gambling compact with the state.