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Native American

  • July 18, 2014

    Tribes Urge Appeals Courts To Force Quick NLRB Reviews

    Three Native American tribes urged the Sixth and Tenth Circuits on Thursday not to vacate several NLRB orders concerning its jurisdiction over their casinos in light of Noel Canning, arguing that the appeals should be held in abeyance and the orders remanded for expedited review.

  • July 18, 2014

    5 Insights From Pfizer Chief Litigation Counsel Michael Parini

    We are not afraid of risk, and my boss and his boss accept that sometimes things won’t go our way. We want our outside counsel to be creative thought partners who don’t use the same old playbook, says Michael Parini, chief litigation counsel for Pfizer Inc.

  • July 16, 2014

    Ariz. City Switches Stance On Casino Imperiled By Fed. Bill

    Reversing course from its longstanding position against a proposed tribal casino, the city council of Glendale, Arizona, voted Tuesday to pull back its formal opposition — just days before a U.S. Senate committee hearing is expected on legislation that would block the controversial project.

  • July 16, 2014

    Obama Unveils Local Climate-Change Aid Programs

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday unveiled a series of initiatives to help states and local communities deal with the impacts of climate change, including millions of dollars to strengthen rural portions of the electric grid and improve coastal and stormwater management.

  • July 11, 2014

    Canada High Court Says Ontario Can OK Native-Land Logging

    The Supreme Court of Canada on Friday threw out a First Nations appeal to stop Ontario from issuing logging permits, saying that the province doesn't need federal government approval to determine land use.

  • July 10, 2014

    NYC's Suit Over Untaxed Cigarette Ring Moves Forward

    New York City's lawsuit accusing LaserShip Inc. of violating the Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act for its role as a "key link" in an illegal untaxed cigarette distribution network among Seneca Nation of Indians smoke shops will carry on, a New York federal judge ruled on Thursday.

  • July 9, 2014

    5th Circ. Nixes Tribal Bid To Block Texas Drilling

    The Fifth Circuit on Wednesday dismissed a tribal lawsuit accusing the federal government of illegally approving drilling leases on aboriginal land in Texas, finding that the government has sovereign immunity from any broad challenge by the tribe.

  • July 8, 2014

    5 Insights From Home Depot GC Teresa Roseborough

    As a Fortune 50 company, we have to keep a close eye on a host of legal and regulatory developments. In particular though, we’ve been very actively working with other retailers and retail associations to provide a framework for taxation of pure play "e-tailers" that mirrors that of brick-and-mortar retailers, says Teresa Wynn Roseborough, general counsel of The Home Depot Inc.

  • July 7, 2014

    HHS To Pay Out $83M In ACA Community Residency Grants

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will award $83.4 million in Affordable Care Act grants to support community and tribal clinic residency programs for primary care physicians, it announced Monday, significantly expanding the grant program from the previous year.

  • July 7, 2014

    Maine Sues EPA Over Control Of State's Tribal Waters

    The Maine Department of Environmental Protection on Monday lodged a complaint against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Maine federal court, arguing that the DEP has authority over all waters within state borders, despite EPA claims for jurisdiction within Indian territories.

  • July 2, 2014

    Groups Seek File On Judge Who Sent Racist Obama Email

    A pair of Indian advocacy groups are seeking the preservation and eventual release of an investigative file on the former chief judge of the Montana federal court, who retired last year amid a Ninth Circuit probe into a racially charged email he sent about President Barack Obama, according to court papers filed Tuesday.

  • July 2, 2014

    Florida Appeals Court Reverses $4M Judgment Against Tribe

    A Florida appeals court on Wednesday reversed a $4.1 million judgment against the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida over a fatal car crash involving two tribe members, saying it could not be liable for damages since it was not a party to the suit.

  • July 1, 2014

    Martha’s Vineyard Gambling Row To Stay In Federal Court

    A request from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to remand a lawsuit back to state court challenging the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe's plan to build a gambling facility on Martha's Vineyard was denied Monday by a federal judge in Boston.

  • June 25, 2014

    Aussie Gaming Co. Eyes $1B Takeover Of VGT

    Australian gaming machine maker Aristocrat Leisure Ltd. confirmed Wednesday that it is in advanced discussions to purchase U.S. rival Video Gaming Technologies Inc., which specializes in machines for Native American casinos, pending appropriate due diligence for the deal.

  • June 24, 2014

    Postgame: Drinker Biddle's Witten Talks Redskins Win

    The attorney who won last week's dramatic ruling that stripped the Washington Redskins football team's trademark registrations doesn't specialize in trademark law, but he is a veteran litigator with strong feelings on the underlying, emotionally charged issues at play in the case.

  • June 20, 2014

    Dollar General Asks Justices To Limit Tribal Authority

    Dollar General Corp. has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether a store intern who says he was molested by his former supervisor can pursue negligence claims against the retailer in tribal court, arguing previous rulings have unduly expanded the scope of tribal jurisdiction over nonmembers.

  • June 19, 2014

    Calif. Wins TRO To Stop Armed Tribal Casino Fight

    A California federal judge on Wednesday issued a temporary restraining order to stop two groups warring over control of a tribal casino from moving forward into armed conflicts and from closing the operation, despite arguments that such an enjoining violates the tribe's sovereign immunity rights.

  • June 19, 2014

    Cadwalader Can't Slip $17M Malpractice Ruling In Six Flags Suit

    A New York appeals court on Thursday upheld a malpractice judgment against Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft LLP worth $17.2 million over fees that Washington Redskins owner Daniel M. Snyder had to pay UBS AG during a proxy battle for control of Six Flags Inc., saying the firm clearly caused Snyder’s losses.

  • June 18, 2014

    End Is In Sight For 'Redskins' After TTAB Ruling

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's decision to strip the Washington Redskins of its trademark registrations isn't just a blow to the team's ability to protect and enforce its brand — it might just be the beginning of the end for the controversial name itself.

  • June 18, 2014

    TTAB Cancels Washington Redskins' Trademark Registrations

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board on Wednesday canceled the trademark registrations for the Washington Redskins' name, ruling that the National Football League team name is disparaging to American Indians.