A Ninth Circuit panel on Monday upheld a $1.3 billion award against pro race car driver Scott Tucker's loan companies, rejecting his arguments that his customers would not have been deceived by the loan terms because he included fine print clarifying the payment schedule.
The parents of a baby born with serious brain injuries have urged an Oklahoma federal court to grant their motion for partial summary judgment against a tribal hospital over claims that negligent care resulted in the injuries, arguing that the court should immediately find in their favor on three significant issues.
A group of Indian tribes has sued Wisconsin in federal court over the collection of property tax on tribal land, asking the Western District of Wisconsin to place an injunction on the assessment or collection of tax.
A proposed class of borrowers is seeking certification in Virginia federal court in their suit against a financier allegedly notorious for using tribal sovereignty to float payday advance services far in excess of state-regulated interest rate caps, saying his business unlawfully collected about $18.4 million from consumers.
DLA Piper’s Eric Falkenberry quantifies litigation risk for buyers and sellers in the M&A arena, runs data boot camps for colleagues and helps dream up innovative new analytics tools, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review aspects of an immigration law that let the government skip environmental reviews related to a controversial border wall with Mexico and additionally allowed construction to move forward, denying pleas by environmental groups to strike down parts of the law.
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The Navajo Nation on Thursday pressed a Texas federal judge to let the tribe join an appeal of his ruling that the Indian Child Welfare Act is unconstitutional, saying the judge has the discretion to let it intervene and that the tribe needs to protect its own laws.
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday they will continue to support the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act and state protections even as the U.S. Department of the Interior loosens prohibitions on industrial activities that result in the killing of migratory birds.
A gas pipeline company urged the full Tenth Circuit on Thursday to reconsider a circuit panel’s recent ruling that the company couldn’t condemn land in which the Kiowa Tribe has a small interest, saying the ruling and another Tenth Circuit decision could hamper gas pipeline development at a critical time.
Two Michigan nonprofit groups have backed a bid in federal court by several Michigan cities and counties to end a suit by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians seeking recognition by the state of its reservation boundaries, arguing that the tribe is barred from any reservation claim.
Indigenous tribal leaders on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border spoke out in opposition Wednesday against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, telling energy regulators the project would nearly triple the number of oil tankers moving through the Salish Sea and harm critical feeding grounds for orcas.
A divided Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Hopi Tribe can’t bring a public nuisance suit based on its religious objections to an Arizona ski resort’s use of artificial snow made from wastewater, overturning a lower court decision in favor of the tribe.
The Senate Committee on Indian Affairs passed bills Wednesday dealing with criminal jurisdiction, blood quantum requirements for Oklahoma tribal lands, and federal rights-of-way, a day after the full Senate approved legislation to resolve a separate jurisdictional issue over crime for an Iowa tribe and allow tribes to operate distilleries.
Two Republican senators have teamed up to push the Federal Communications Commission to pick up the pace in finalizing proceedings that would allow for expanded use of "white spaces," or the spaces left between television stations on the spectrum, for broadband, which they say would allow for wider availability in rural and tribal areas.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce threw its support behind Chevron and other oil and gas companies in their appeals before the Ninth Circuit, challenging a decision to remand to state court public nuisance lawsuits lodged by five municipalities who claim the companies significantly contributed to climate change.
The Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation appeared disinclined Thursday to create a new MDL for “opioid babies” whose mothers used prescription narcotics, sharply questioning whether such a move would actually expedite the infants’ suits.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and oil and gas trade groups have urged the D.C. Circuit to rule that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission properly approved the $3.5 billion Mountain Valley gas pipeline project, saying the agency wasn’t required to analyze downstream greenhouse gas emissions as part of its National Environmental Policy Act review.
A California tribe and others urged the Ninth Circuit on Tuesday to uphold a ruling that would require the Bureau of Land Management to conduct more review before extending geothermal leases on land important to the tribe, saying the agency’s interpretation of the Geothermal Steam Act would upset the law’s balancing of development with environmental protection.
A group of U.S. legislators issued a bipartisan resolution Tuesday recognizing the 40th anniversary of the Indian Child Welfare Act as the law is on the ropes in two circuit courts over claims that it is unconstitutional.
Attorneys should think beyond the Veterans Day parades and use their time and talents to help the many veterans facing urgent legal issues, says Linda Klein of Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz PC.
The decision last month by Baker McKenzie’s global chairman to step down due to exhaustion indicates that the legal profession needs to mount a broader wellness effort to address long hours, high stress, frequent travel and the daily demands of practice, says Leesa Klepper, director of Thrivewell Coaching.
Based on last week's oral arguments in Washington v. Cougar Den, it's likely that the outcome will turn on whether the U.S. Supreme Court considers Washington's fuel tax to be on the possession of fuel, or on the Yakama Nation's importation of fuel, say Catherine Munson and Rachel Saimons of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
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.