A pair of tribal lending companies have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review the Ninth Circuit’s conclusion that they must comply with civil investigative demands by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
CVS, Walgreens, McKesson and other companies on Friday bolstered their bid to block the Cherokee Nation’s tribal court lawsuit seeking to hold the pharmacy and drug distributor giants accountable for the opioid crisis plaguing its members, saying the alleged conduct “did not occur in Indian country.”
Frank's Landing Indian Community has urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a Washington district judge’s ruling that the tribal group can’t conduct gambling, saying that it has the right to do so under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act even though it’s not fully recognized by the federal government.
A New York federal judge sentenced inveterate white collar fraudster Jason Galanis to 173 months in prison for masterminding a $63 million bond fraud against a Native American tribal entity, with all but 60 months of it to run concurrently with the stretch he earned for running the Gerova Financial Ltd. pump-and-dump scheme.
The federal government and TransCanada Corp. continued pressing Friday to toss the Indigenous Environmental Network and North Coast Rivers Alliance’s lawsuit seeking to invalidate approvals for the company’s Keystone XL pipeline.
A California-based legal foundation urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday to accept a petition by two water agencies challenging a Ninth Circuit ruling that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ federal water rights include groundwater, saying the decision could vaporize the groundwater rights of nonfederal water users.
The Ninth Circuit signed off Friday on a group of local Alaskan governments and tribes’ decision to drop claims challenging the U.S. Department of the Interior’s rejection of a land swap facilitating the construction of a road that would allow for easier medical evacuations to Anchorage from a remote Alaskan community.
A Tenth Circuit decision overturning a murder conviction because the alleged crime occurred on the Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s reservation strongly affirms that tribal lands cannot be reduced without clear congressional approval, opening the door for Oklahoma tribes to assert authority over land long thought to be under the state's control.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have successfully implemented a slew of recommended measures for boosting emergency preparedness at high-hazard dams, the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Inspector General said Thursday.
The Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians urged a California federal judge on Wednesday not to put into effect his decision to compel arbitration in a battle between the tribe's casino and a union, saying the tribe is likely to win its appeal to the Ninth Circuit.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission argued Thursday that the D.C. Circuit lacks jurisdiction to consider the Oglala Sioux Tribe’s challenge to a license issued to a company for a proposed uranium mine in South Dakota because the underlying administrative proceedings are ongoing and no final decision has yet been rendered.
The Eighth Circuit on Thursday nixed a pair of appeals brought by Three Affiliated Tribes officials over Paradigm Energy Partners LLC’s lawsuit seeking to block them from interfering with the construction of a pair of pipelines underneath a lake on the tribe’s reservation in North Dakota, finding the challenges moot.
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians has not waived its sovereign immunity to the state of Washington’s efforts to seek indemnity from the tribe over liability for a landslide.
A Florida appeals court held Wednesday that the Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida's tribal immunity shields it from former outside counsel Lewis Tein PL’s claims the tribe spent five years trying to destroy its reputation by lodging meritless lawsuits accusing it of participating in an embezzlement scheme, among other things.
The Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians on Tuesday said that a California federal court can press the pause button on the tribe’s suit challenging a U.S. Department of the Interior decision authorizing another tribe to conduct gambling at an off-reservation site, saying the case may be stayed while the state’s highest court weighs a related case.
The attorneys general of Nevada and nine other states urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to hear a bid by two California water agencies to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ federal water rights include groundwater, saying the decision would upset the states’ carefully crafted water management plans.
State and local law enforcement officials in Utah on Tuesday urged the Tenth Circuit to re-examine a ruling that the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation's tribal court can hear a trespassing claim related to the shooting death of a tribal member, saying the decision could have dangerous consequences.
The commonwealth of Massachusetts, a town and a community group asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to review a First Circuit decision paving the way for a Native American tribe to build a casino on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Utah Attorney General’s Office on Wednesday confirmed that the state has sought $1.9 billion in damages from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the 2015 Gold King Mine disaster that affected areas in three states and two Native American reservations.
The Center for Biological Diversity on Wednesday filed suit in D.C. federal court against the U.S. Department of the Interior, alleging that three of its Freedom of Information Act requests submitted earlier this year were not filled even though the agency’s deadline to do so had passed.
One growing trend is for clients to enter into alternative fee arrangements in which one law firm represents multiple parties who “share” fees and costs in a related matter. This way parties can more efficiently manage a matter and reduce their individual legal fees. But joint representation is not without its own risks and challenges, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
Legal incubators serve as an important bridge to practice and a crucial step toward aligning the incentives of new lawyers with the needs of their clients. They may even pose a threat to the traditional law school model itself, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, says Martin Pritikin, dean of Concord Law School at Kaplan University.
Although a technical advisory recently issued by the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research provided a succinct summary of timelines under Assembly Bill 52 — which broadened tribal consultation requirements under the California Environmental Quality Act — comments from the Native American Heritage Commission indicate it recommends beginning the process as early as possible, says Brett Moore of Haight Brown & Bonesteel LLP.
If the media is going to cover your law firm’s crisis, they are going to cover it with or without your firm’s input. But your involvement can help shape the story and improve your firm’s image in the public eye, says Michelle Samuels, vice president of public relations at Jaffe.
In the final article in this series on proposed innovations to the American jury trial, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project sum up the improvements they believe the U.S. jury system desperately needs.
While no particular form is required to establish a durable alternative fee arrangement, there are terms that should, for the benefit of both client and outside attorney, be expressly set forth in the agreement itself, but are often overlooked, say attorneys with WilmerHale.
As cybercriminals continue to look for easy targets, the court system will surely enter their crosshairs. If judges and court personnel do not maintain proper data security and cyber hygiene, confidential litigant information can fall into the hands of a wide variety of bad actors, say Daniel Garrie of JAMS, David Cass of IBM Cloud, Joey Johnson of Premise Health Inc. and Richard Rushing of Motorola Mobility LLC.
When you look at your client through the "survival circuit" lens, what first appeared as an emotional mess is now valuable information about what is important to them, what needs have to be met to settle the case, or what further clarity your client requires before moving forward, say dispute resolution experts Selina Shultz and Robert Creo.
Though the current administration's stance on Carcieri-fix bills remains unclear, it is unlikely that legislators will pass a fix to the conundrum created by the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Carcieri. More probably, tribes will have to play by the administration's rules and hope they reflect the country's trust responsibility to Native American tribes, says Joshua Peterson of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.
When a law firm appoints a chief privacy officer, not only does the firm benefit from the crucial operational impact of a well-managed privacy program, but clients see how seriously you take your duties of confidentiality and competence, says Rita Heimes, research director at the International Association of Privacy Professionals.