U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Thursday the appointment of a Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma citizen with an extensive background in tribal finance as deputy assistant secretary for policy and economic development at the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
The attorney general of Michigan has said that a state education official has no legal authority to hold back state funding for schools that continue to feature Native American-themed mascots or logos, despite efforts in the state to curb their use.
From a U.S. Supreme Court decision that will save the Washington Redskins' trademark registration to the dismissal of a lawsuit alleging NFL teams improperly handed out painkillers to players without regard to potential long-term risks, 2017 has already been a busy year for litigation surrounding the sports industry. Here, Law360 takes a look back at some of the biggest court rulings in sports so far this year.
The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers told an Oregon federal judge Wednesday that they had reached a deal that would settle litigation over cleanup costs at a Superfund site and set a schedule for the government to pay for future work.
A former executive board member of a tribe in South Dakota has been sentenced to 20 months in prison for helping embezzle more than $415,000 from his tribal organization, federal prosecutors announced Wednesday.
The federal government urged the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday to cement a decision that rejected a citizen group’s bid to send back to state court a dispute over the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians' use of a piece of land for a casino expansion.
Two California water agencies urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to overturn a Ninth Circuit ruling that the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians’ federal water rights extend to groundwater in the Coachella Valley, saying the decision would frustrate state and local governments’ own efforts to manage scarce water resources.
A would-be whistleblower pursuing a False Claims Act suit alleging an Alaska Native corporation abused a Small Business Administration contracting program for disadvantaged groups through sham subsidiaries pressed an Alaska federal judge Wednesday to make the company cough up documents he says will help his case.
The Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians on Wednesday again urged the D.C. Circuit to toss a lower court's ruling that backed the U.S. Department of the Interior’s approval of a separate California tribe’s proposed casino, arguing the DOI’s interpretation of land regulations is “capricious” and invalid under California law.
Members of the Navajo Nation Labor Commission say they don't oppose a bid by two Arizona public school districts to put on hold a Ninth Circuit decision that allows district employees to bring claims before the commission.
Justice John Paul Stevens discusses Justice Neil Gorsuch, the pitfalls of originalism, and his beloved Chicago Cubs, in the second article based on Law360’s exclusive interview with the legendary jurist.
The state of Florida dropped its Eleventh Circuit appeal Wednesday of a ruling that the Seminole Tribe of Florida can continue to offer card games such as blackjack for the remainder of a gambling deal it inked with the state.
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community let a June 30 revenue-sharing payment deadline pass in the wake of the tribe's fight to prevent a competing Ho-Chunk Nation casino from expanding, state and Stockbridge-Munsee representatives told Law360 on Wednesday.
The U.S. Supreme Court granted a Utah city’s request to dismiss its petition challenging a ruling authored by then-Tenth Circuit Judge Neil Gorsuch which overturned a lower court's decision in a Native American tribe’s lawsuit over its reservation boundaries.
Arizona’s coal-fired Navajo Generating Station is another step closer to staying open through 2019 after the president of the Navajo Nation and the facility’s owners signed a lease extension that will make the Navajo an “energy tribe.”
The Crow Indian, Crow Creek Sioux and Standing Rock Sioux tribes have launched a lawsuit attempting to block the federal government from moving forward with its plan to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone population of the grizzly bear, on religious freedom grounds.
Justice John Paul Stevens discusses Merrick Garland, President Donald Trump, and how the Supreme Court has changed over the past few decades, in the first of two articles based on Law360’s interview with the 97-year-old retiree. This is part of an ongoing series of exclusive Law360 interviews with current and former Supreme Court justices.
A group of citizens has asked the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court victory for the federal government that greenlighted a tribe’s proposed casino hotel in Yuba County, California, saying the U.S. Department of the Interior has no concrete plans to mitigate the environmental impacts of the project.
A Tenth Circuit panel has instructed a district court to vacate an order voiding the federal approval of oil and gas leases and drilling permits challenged in a National Environmental Policy Act suit, saying the federal government has retroactively approved the leases based on a new NEPA analysis.
A confederated tribal nation pressed the Ninth Circuit to uphold a more than $8.25 million award for past costs spent responding to pollutants that a Canadian mining company dumped into the Columbia River.
Despite acknowledging what's important to the health and welfare of tribal nations, President Donald Trump's proposed $303 million cut from tribal funding essentially tells tribes that treaty and trust responsibilities do not matter to him. Tribes will need to turn to the courts and Congress for justice, says Lawrence Roberts of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Last month, the American Bar Association published revised guidance regarding an attorney’s duty to protect sensitive client material in light of recent high-profile hacks. The first step in compliance is understanding how your data is being stored and accessed. There are three key questions you should ask your firm’s information technology staff and/or external solution vendors, says Nick Holda of PreVeil.
One of the easiest ways to improve civil jury trials is to give juries substantive instructions on the law at the beginning of the trial rather than at its conclusion. It is also one of the most popular proposals we are recommending, say Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman of the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project.
Lateral candidates looking to make the last — or perhaps only — move of their career cannot afford to just stand by and let a law firm’s vetting process unfold on its own, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
One frequently hears from leading malpractice insurers that one of the highest risk categories for law firms is that of lateral partners not sufficiently vetted during the recruitment process, says Howard Flack, a partner at Volta Talent Strategies Inc. who previously led lateral partner recruiting and integration at Hogan Lovells.
This is the second in a series of articles discussing ideas proposed by the NYU School of Law Civil Jury Project to resuscitate the American jury trial. In this article, Stephen Susman, Richard Lorren Jolly and Dr. Roy Futterman argue for setting early and strict time limits in civil jury trials.
President Donald Trump's executive order mandating the review of national monuments with the goal of opening public lands to mineral development could provide some economic benefits, but history has shown that most mineral development booms are followed by inevitable busts, says professor Hillary Hoffmann of Vermont Law School.
In its most recent petition advocating mandatory disclosure of litigation finance, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce simply rehashes the same arguments from its previous failed efforts to convince the Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure of the dire implications of undisclosed funding relationships, say members of IMF Bentham Ltd.
If we truly believe in providing litigants with a jury of one’s peers, we must adopt strategies to ensure that parties and their representatives have a say in selecting their jury. When only judges participate, the result is a less representative and less fair cross section of the community, say Stephen Susman, Richard Jolly and Roy Futterman of NYU School of Law's Civil Jury Project.
Lawyers faced with clients who can’t or won’t listen to their advice must consider that the core of this risky decision may be a person's inability or refusal to relinquish a prime identity in times of uncertainty, say dispute resolution experts Robert Creo and Selina Shultz.