A D.C district judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must pay certain facility costs under a contract with a tribal health organization in Alaska to provide substance abuse treatment, but sent the case back to the agency to determine how much of the $467,000 the nonprofit is seeking it should receive.
Two trade groups have won their bid in California federal court to intervene in California and New Mexico's suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior challenging its decision to cut the amount of methane that oil and gas companies can release on federal and Native American lands.
The Ohio federal judge overseeing massive multidistrict litigation over the nation's opioid crisis granted a request by lead attorneys for local governments to distribute market share data, from a federal database, of opioid sales to counties and other entities.
The Forest County Potawatomi Community is appealing to the D.C. Circuit a lower court's ruling backing a federal government decision that nixed, due to competitive concerns, a 2014 amendment favoring the tribe's gambling compact with Wisconsin under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has urged a D.C. federal court to reject proposed new claims in a suit by Connecticut and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation over their gambling agreement, saying they hadn’t shown that federal lawmakers or a White House official improperly influenced the DOI’s decision not to approve agreement changes needed for a casino project.
A group of Michigan cities and counties pressed a federal court Wednesday to end a suit by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians seeking recognition by the state of its reservation boundaries, saying the tribe’s recent arguments regarding its treaties don't jibe with its earlier claims in the litigation.
The Ninth Circuit on Thursday refused a Native American tribe’s request that it review a circuit panel ruling that it has no jurisdiction over government health care cost reimbursements for the tribe’s veterans.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's guidance on implementing an Obama-era rule restricting hydrofluorocarbon use after the D.C. Circuit vacated parts of it violates the Clean Air Act because it effectively nullifies the entire rule, several states and the Natural Resources Defense Council told the circuit court Wednesday.
The Bay Mills Indian Community has filed a notice of appeal against Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder at the Sixth Circuit, challenging his win in a lower court ruling that the state's Indian Land Claim Settlement Act does not let the tribe automatically conduct gambling on land that it bought.
Pueblo of Laguna member Deb Haaland and Ho-Chunk Nation member Sharice Davids will become the first Native American women to serve in Congress following their election Tuesday as part of the Democratic surge to a majority in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Navajo Nation member and activist Willie Grayeyes won a seat on the San Juan County Commission in Utah in Tuesday's elections, following litigation that forced the county to use revised election districts in a dispute over racial gerrymandering, as well as a separate suit to allow Grayeyes to compete in the election.
Lead attorneys for local governments suing over the opioid crisis on Wednesday told the Ohio federal judge overseeing the multidistrict litigation that since the U.S. Department of Justice does not oppose releasing market share data from a federal database of opioid sales, opioid makers and distributors have no grounds to oppose it either.
Entertainment giant The Walt Disney Co. and the Seminole tribe of Florida have claimed a win as voters in the Sunshine State approved a constitutional amendment that gives them the right to block the expansion of casino gambling.
The Ninth Circuit on Wednesday said it won’t rethink a circuit panel ruling that backed a lower court’s decision to shut down the Desert Rose Bingo website, rejecting the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel’s contention that its site didn’t violate the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
A backlash over Justice Brett Kavanaugh's bitter confirmation battle played a key role in Republicans adding to their Senate majority, as so-called “Trump state” Democrats who opposed confirmation fell to GOP challengers in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
Democrats on Tuesday seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives, giving them the ability to slow down, if not stop, the Trump administration's energy and environmental agenda with a slew of congressional investigations and hearings targeting both policies and the officials implementing them, experts say.
Democrats won back the House on Tuesday night and with it divided the chambers of Congress, putting them in position to step up investigations into President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and to run interference on his conservative agenda.
With Senate Republicans returning from a slew of victories at the ballot box, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell looks to continue a two-year project to remake the federal courts by confirming waves of conservative judges to the bench.
Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential election pushed U.S. voting security into the spotlight, leaving officials scrambling to shore up the infrastructure before midterms. But efforts remained uneven two years later, with a number of states on Tuesday shirking the surprisingly low-tech fix touted by election-integrity experts: paper ballots.
Democrats on Tuesday seized control of the U.S. House of Representatives and with it the power to begin efforts to address climate change and other environmental issues that have taken a backseat to Republicans’ deregulatory agenda over the past two years.
By 2030, it is possible that 75 percent of lawyers practicing in the U.S. will be millennials. A broadened focus on retention and advancement of all young lawyers is therefore a logical step forward but it fails to address another major retention issue that law firms should explore, says Susan Smith Blakely of LegalPerspectives LLC.
Former U.S. Attorney for the District of Idaho Wendy Olson discusses her decades of experience prosecuting white collar crimes and civil rights violations, her work and challenges as U.S. attorney, and her move to private practice.
While the SUPPORT Act is largely directed at treatment and prevention, it contains several momentous provisions for companies that manufacture, distribute or dispense opioid medications. Interestingly, the act also imposes significant analytical and reporting hurdles on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, says Jodi Avergun of Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP.
Anthony Thompson’s "Dangerous Leaders: How and Why Lawyers Must Be Taught to Lead" explores the conflict many lawyers face when charged with the responsibility of leadership. The book is an excellent read for all lawyers, says U.S. District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
The SUPPORT Act, signed into law this week, is Congress' long-anticipated response to the national opioid crisis. The act's wide-ranging provisions take aim at the entire health care continuum, reflecting the breadth of the crisis as well as the collective resolve of Congress to address the challenges, say attorneys at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP.
Trial lawyers are frequently taught that they should appear invisible during direct examination — that their job is merely to prompt the witness to start speaking. But the most powerful direct examinations are the ones in which the examiner, not the witness, is controlling the pace, say attorneys with Kobre & Kim LLP.
The process of applying for litigation financing isn’t difficult, but few do it right the first time. Following five steps in your application process will help make sure litigation funders are convinced of the value of your company's legal claims, says Molly Pease of Curiam Capital LLC.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General recently released its strategic plan for 2019 to 2023. Brian Stansbury and Leah Min of King & Spalding LLP provide insights on several noteworthy aspects, such as how the OIG will hold the EPA accountable for meeting 2019 targets and rely on data and business analytics to meet its goals.
In an era when law firms are fighting for business and clients can dictate the terms of the relationship, "value" has become a moving target. Firms that take a proactive approach by using strategies designed to articulate value over time will gain the competitive advantage, says Dan Tacone at Intapp Inc.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Pier D'Angelo, chief pricing and practice officer at Allens.