Native American

  • March 11, 2014

    Lewis Tein Says Tribe's $84M Suit Rehashes Tossed Claims

    Miami law firm Lewis Tein PL and its principals on Monday urged a Florida state court to toss the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida's $84 million lawsuit against the firm, its principals and the tribe's former chairman, saying it is a rehashing of an intratribal dispute previously dismissed.

  • March 10, 2014

    IRS Says Certain Tribal Trust Money Is Income Tax-Free

    Per capita distributions made to Native American tribe members from funds held in trust by the U.S. secretary of the interior are exempt from federal income taxes, according to interim guidance issued by the Internal Revenue Service on Monday.

  • March 10, 2014

    Wash. Senate OKs Extending Tribal Property Tax Exemption

    The Washington Senate passed legislation Friday that would extend tax breaks for Indian tribes by exempting any tribe-owned property used to spur economic development from state taxes.

  • March 7, 2014

    Akin Gump, Casino Developer Sent To Mediation In Fee Row

    A Texas appeals court on Thursday ordered mediation for Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP as the firm defends a win over claims that it defrauded a Native American casino and resort developer by taking millions in legal fees while the developer went unpaid.

  • March 4, 2014

    The King Of Late Night: Judge Robert Gerber

    New York Bankruptcy Judge Robert Gerber talks to Law360 about midnight-oil marathon hearings, the future of the Article I specialist, and how lawyers should be more like journalists.

  • March 4, 2014

    Mall Of America Lands Financing For $300M Expansion

    The Mall of America said Tuesday that it has secured financing for its planned $300 million expansion, allowing the country’s largest indoor shopping mall to start construction on a project that will include a luxury hotel, office tower and additional food and retail space.

  • March 3, 2014

    Wis. Gov. Wants 6 Months For Study On $808M Casino

    To make room for an independent economic study on a controversial $808 million casino resort proposed by a tribe and Hard Rock Cafe International Inc., Wisconsin's governor announced Friday that he had asked the U.S. Department of Interior to push back a decision deadline.

  • February 26, 2014

    $1.3B Mohegan Sun Casino Moves Forward With Voter Nod

    A joint venture of Mohegan Sun and the owners of Suffolk Downs racetrack has secured a spot in the race for one of Massachusetts' gambling licenses after the town that would host its proposed $1.3 billion casino approved the companies' new plans in a special referendum Tuesday.

  • February 25, 2014

    The Unstoppable Trailblazer: Judge Shira Scheindlin

    New York Southern District Judge Shira Scheindlin talks to Law360 about e-discovery, judging fearlessly and how to read the Constitution in the age of smartphones.

  • February 25, 2014

    6th Circ. Blocks $245M Casino As Mich. Preps For High Court

    The Sixth Circuit agreed Monday to reinforce a lower court's injunction against a proposed $245 million tribal casino in Michigan while the state makes a U.S. Supreme Court bid challenging the scope of tribal immunity under federal law.

  • February 24, 2014

    2 Calif. Lawmakers Lead Push To Legalize Online Poker

    California Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, and Assemblyman Reginald Jones-Sawyer Sr., D-Los Angeles, introduced legislation Friday that could pave the way toward authorizing online poker in the state and permit Indian tribes with gambling rights to vie for the new licenses.

  • February 21, 2014

    NLRB Blasts Tribe's 6th Circ. Bid To Skirt Casino Order

    The National Labor Relations Board on Friday asked the Sixth Circuit to enforce the agency's order against a Native American tribe that bans union activities at its casino, arguing that the tribe has wrongfully claimed that the casino is outside the federal agency's jurisdiction.

  • February 20, 2014

    Fla. Dodges Tribe's Tax Suit Over Casino Restaurant Rent

    A Florida federal judge on Thursday dismissed the state as a defendant in the Seminole Tribe of Florida's suit challenging a state utilities tax and sales tax levied on the rent the tribe charged to companies running restaurants at tribal casinos.

  • February 20, 2014

    NM Senate Squashes Navajo Deal For 5 Casinos

    The New Mexico Senate on Wednesday refused to pass a tribal compact that would allow the Navajo Nation to build and operate as many as five casinos, after concerns were raised over the development rights and provisions keeping personal liability claims under tribal jurisdiction.

  • February 19, 2014

    Indian Tribe Embezzler Asks To Be Spared From Prison Time

    A former employee of the Indian tribe that owns Foxwoods Resort Casino asked a Connecticut federal judge Wednesday to spare him prison time when he is sentenced for allegedly using false timekeeping records to steal more than $177,000 from the tribe in 2007.

  • February 18, 2014

    8th Circ. Urged To Revive Suit Over $925M Bakken Shale Buy

    Two Native American women on Tuesday appealed the dismissal of their class action against Bakken Shale development middlemen, telling the Eighth Circuit that they got much less money for their oil-rich land than the market value in a $925 million sale to The Williams Co. Inc.

  • February 13, 2014

    Neb. Town Ruled To Be On Tribal Land Must Pay Sales Tax

    A Nebraska federal judge ruled Thursday that a small town in the northeast portion of the state is located within the Omaha Indian Reservation, a decision that will require the town's liquor establishments to pay sales tax and fees to the tribe.

  • February 13, 2014

    Foxwoods Near Deal To Assume State's Casino Police Duties

    The tribal organizations behind Connecticut’s Foxwoods casino is close to striking a deal that would put law enforcement duties for the complex in the hands of the tribe, a source told Law360 on Thursday.

  • February 12, 2014

    Fla. Arcade Drops Challenge To Gray-Market Slot Ban

    A Bradenton, Fla., arcade on Wednesday withdrew its challenge to a Florida law banning so-called gray-area slot machines, which the arcade had argued is arbitrary, irrational and vague.

  • February 11, 2014

    NIGC To Meet Tribes Over NEPA Trigger In Casino Deals

    The National Indian Gaming Commission will conduct one-on-one consultations with tribes across the country this year as it moves toward modifying its policy of requiring a National Environmental Policy Act review to approve casino management deals, according to a Federal Register notice Tuesday.