The Center for Biological Diversity has urged the U.S. Supreme Court to reject bids by the state of Alaska, oil and gas groups, and Alaska Natives to overturn the National Marine Fisheries Service’s decision to list the Pacific bearded seal as a threatened species, saying the listing properly relied on climate change models and won't overly burden the groups.
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Friday named more than 130 scientists from academia, nonprofits, and the public and private sectors to three scientific advisory committees on the condition they won’t be eligible for any grant money during their terms.
An attorney’s unexpected medical leave in one case and the possible settlement of another has whittled the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket down to just two oral arguments this week: a dispute over safe harbors from bankruptcy clawbacks and a question about Congress’ power to define federal court jurisdiction.
A Washington federal judge on Thursday dismissed a suit brought by three nontribal couples challenging the tribe’s property tax, saying the couples cannot sue yet since the tax has not been enforced.
The U.S. Department of the Interior has refused to comply with public records law and is withholding documents related to the Trump administration’s review of national monuments, a lawsuit filed by several environmental groups in D.C. federal court alleged on Thursday.
A California county on Wednesday dropped its lawsuit over the federal government’s decision to take more than 1,400 acres of land into trust for the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, a day after the county approved a settlement with the tribe.
The Seneca Nation and the state of New York this week named the arbitrators to represent them in proceedings related to the nation’s announcement in March that it will no longer make payments of about $115 million a year to the state under their tribal-state gaming compact.
The Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC each urged a D.C. federal judge on Wednesday not to require them to take extra safety measures while the agency conducts further environmental review of the company’s crude oil pipeline, saying the steps sought by two Native American tribes aren’t needed.
The Bureau of Land Management on Wednesday sent to the White House for review a proposal to rescind or revise an Obama-era regulation aimed at limiting venting and flaring from gas wells on federal lands, which is the final step before it is made public.
A California appeals court on Tuesday backed a lower court’s tossing of a suit against officials of a tribe in the state from a tribal faction that alleged that defamatory statements were made about them in a published notice threatening disenrollment, agreeing that the suit was barred by sovereign immunity.
The tribes that own the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods casinos in Connecticut told the U.S. Department of the Interior on Tuesday that the agency must publish its approval of changes to their tribal-state gaming compacts needed for a proposed joint casino, saying the department’s bid to avoid either endorsing or rejecting the revisions wasn’t an option under federal law.
The House of Representatives passed a series of bills Wednesday intended to change policy on federal forests and certain tribal lands, over Democratic objections that one of the measures would gut environmental protections.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt said his recent decision to prohibit members of the agency’s scientific advisory committees from receiving EPA grants will reduce conflicts of interest, but experts say the move could exclude many of the nation’s best environmental scientists and damage the agency’s scientific integrity.
The Navajo Nation Council rejected a bill Tuesday that would have provided $65 million to develop an aerial tram, entertainment center and hotels for Grand Canyon sightseers on Navajo land, a vote that came amid concerns about the project’s cost, environmental impact and effect on the cultural practices of the Navajo and other tribes.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy on Tuesday signed off on a budget plan containing provisions allowing daily fantasy sports contests in the state, just one day after Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s approval of a bill containing similar measures that also creates a path toward wagering on sporting events.
The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, which is currently locked in a suit with Michigan officials over the state’s taxing authority, asked a Michigan federal court on Tuesday to strengthen the protective order in the case so that financial information it discloses won’t be subject to public release.
A federal judge on Wednesday granted a bid from the Seneca Nation of Indians to toss legal action it had lodged against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that sought millions in annual federal health care funds for various years.
Several Democratic lawmakers said in a statement Monday that they had called on the Office of Management and Budget to fully fund a plan to design a housing project on the Columbia River owed to four Native American tribes under their treaties with the federal government.
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Tuesday said that in an effort to avoid conflicts of interest, no member of one of the agency’s scientific advisory committees may receive an EPA grant while serving in that role.
The Lummi Tribe of Washington state asked the Federal Circuit to reconsider its decision that the Court of Federal Claims was wrong to assert jurisdiction over the tribe’s bid to win back housing grants from the federal government, saying the ruling misclassified the money.
Christopher Scalia and Edward Whelan have published an indispensable collection of the late Justice Antonin Scalia's best speeches. "Scalia Speaks: Reflections on Law, Faith, and Life Well Lived" puts on full display Justice Scalia’s skilled writing, quick wit and uncommon wisdom on a wide range of topics — from law to turkey hunting, says Judge William Pryor of the Eleventh Circuit.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
The role of the general counsel has significantly grown in importance, with the GC now often replacing the senior partner in the outside law firm as the primary counselor for the CEO and the board. This inside counsel revolution was given great impetus by the financial crisis that started 10 years ago, says Ben Heineman Jr., former general counsel of General Electric Co.
There has been much discussion of discovery proportionality in federal litigation since the December 2015 changes to Civil Rule 26. But arbitrators have long used procedures to simplify the discovery process that courts have only recently begun to adopt, says attorney and arbitrator Richard Seymour.
Today's law firm chief financial officer should be involved in many areas beyond traditional financial management, including operations, risk management and information technology. He or she can support strategic planning throughout the process, from development of the plan to its implementation, measurement and eventual evolution, say Tyler Quinn and Marc Feigelson of Kaufman Rossin PA.
Clients are beginning to expect and demand that their external lawyers provide advice tailored to the client's industry. Aside from this, law firms should want to move toward a sector approach because industry-focused groups are a natural place for cross-practice collaboration to flourish, say Heidi Gardner and Anusia Gillespie of Harvard Law School.
In their new book, "The Judge: 26 Machiavellian Lessons," do Ronald Collins and David Skover prove their thesis that hypocrisy is the key to judicial greatness? Some of the examples they present are hard to dispute, says Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit.
Even though four of Allergan’s patents were invalidated in the Eastern District of Texas on Monday, the inter partes reviews will likely continue. While the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's sovereign-immunity motion may succeed at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Congress can — and should — render this whole debate moot, says Joshua Landau, patent counsel at the Computer and Communications Industry Association.
Financial Crisis Anniversary
After nearly a decade of recession-accelerated change in the legal industry, “merit-based” compensation has largely come to mean measuring attorney success using some combination of origination and working attorney hours metrics. However, there are signs that the real impact of the recession is still around the corner, and that building a book isn’t enough, says Peter Zeughauser of Zeughauser Group.
While it lends more than $100 million each year to our nation’s college students — including law students — the U.S. Department of Education surprisingly limits loan counseling to one-time entrance counseling for first-time student borrowers. Is this rational? asks Christopher Chapman, president of AccessLex Institute, a nonprofit focused on access to legal education.
The shift to electronic filing has somewhat eased the task of reviewing briefs and their supporting files. An e-brief takes e-filing to the next level, says Christine Falcicchio, a principal at Strut Legal Inc.