Connecticut has once again urged a D.C. federal court to reject MGM Resorts International's bid to intervene in a suit by the state and two tribes against the federal government over its alleged inaction on changes to a tribal-state gambling deal, arguing that MGM’s involvement is improper.
The Federal Communications Commission asked the D.C. Circuit to put on hold combined challenges from Native American tribes and environmentalists to an agency rule exempting from environmental and historic reviews small-cell fixtures necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks.
A Utah federal judge won’t find San Juan County in contempt after the Navajo Nation alleged that the municipality was flouting a court order requiring it to use certain election districts recommended by a special master for the upcoming November 2018 elections in a dispute over racial gerrymandering.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s recent decision to hear Washington’s challenge to a ruling that a Yakama Nation company is exempt from a state fuel tax will show how well the tribe’s 19th century treaty rights can stand up in a high court that’s increasingly worried about such rights curbing state powers.
In its first complete term back at full strength since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia, the top U.S. court took on several cases that revealed deep divisions among its members. Here are the most stinging dissents.
Amy Coney Barrett has been sitting on the Seventh Circuit bench for only eight months, but she is rumored to be on President Donald Trump’s shortlist for potential picks to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The office of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s solicitor said Friday that it was withdrawing an Obama-era opinion by the same office that the department could take land into trust for Alaska Natives, saying that the ruling was “incomplete and unbalanced” and that it would take at least a year to reconsider.
With the Supreme Court largely punting on deciding the issues at the center of some of its biggest cases this term, the justices turned to concurrences to fight for the future of the law.
While the justices tend to join most often with colleagues whose philosophy they share, even politically charged cases can create groupings that defy easy categorization. Here are a few from the latest term.
From a raucous house party to the often-disappointing taste of wedding cake, the justices found plenty to laugh about in the latest term. Here are the top moments of legal levity.
President Donald Trump is ramping up the process of replacing Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court, interviewing four candidates Monday and revealing the White House staffers who are leading the selection effort.
Drug manufacturers and distributors must cough up many years of documents related to sales of narcotic painkillers, a special master ruled Saturday in multidistrict litigation over the opioid crisis, shooting down many industry objections.
A group of former and current Salish Kootenai College employees and board members have urged a Montana federal judge to let them out of a False Claims Act suit, calling the allegations against them conclusory.
Incoming Earthjustice President Abigail Dillen told Law360 in an exclusive interview that the environmental law group must pursue a two-pronged strategy: fighting policy rollbacks by the Trump administration while encouraging stronger clean energy and other climate change-friendly policies at the state and local level.
Three states that have mounted a federal court challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act have urged a judge not to grant the federal government a partial quick win in the suit, saying no administrative record regarding a final rule relating to the law has been entered by the government.
Once again, Justice Stephen Breyer was the most talkative member of the U.S. Supreme Court during oral arguments, but another member of the court turned heads by speaking out 50 percent more than she did in the prior term.
A handful of law firms argued multiple cases during the latest high court term — with varying degrees of success. Here’s how the familiar law firms fared in some of the most high-profile cases of the year.
Back at full strength, the justices worked their way through a docket full of blockbusters. Here’s our data-driven look at the term that was.
Over three decades on the Supreme Court, Justice Anthony Kennedy perhaps became best known for upholding the constitutional right to abortions and to same-sex marriage, but his deference to states’ rights and his inclination to take a race-blind approach to legal analysis have complicated his civil rights legacy.
Sens. John Hoeven, R-N.D., and Tom Udall, D-N.M., praised the U.S. Senate for passing a bipartisan farm bill on Thursday, emphasizing that it contains multiple provisions that are beneficial to Native American communities.
Despite the partiality some courts have shown to live video testimony, it provides no advantages — and several disadvantages — over the tried-and-true method of videotaped depositions, say attorneys with Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP.
"Uncivil Warriors: The Lawyers' Civil War," by Peter Hoffer, is a new book about the involvement of lawyers on both sides in the American Civil War. The discussion is enlightening and often fascinating, but falls short in several key areas, says Federal Circuit Judge Evan Wallach.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Murphy is just the latest flip in America’s roller-coaster treatment of gambling. This particular twist is likely to impact directly the fortunes of two groups somewhat improbably linked by their relationship to gambling — Native American tribes and the tiny Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, says David Jacoby of Culhane Meadows PLLC.
Connecting with potential prospects is now more challenging due to the EU General Data Protection Regulation, meaning that law firm microsites, blogs and social media will become more valuable than ever. The firms that deploy them strategically will increase their relative visibility and accelerate the rebuilding of their opt-in distribution lists, says Stephan Roussan of ICVM Group.
While tribes might have sovereign immunity against many third-party claims, that immunity has been eroded in recent years. Purchasing insurance can help mitigate losses, but tribes need to develop a holistic approach to truly manage all the different types of risk, say Venus Prince and Krystalyn Kinsel of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
The growth of litigation funding has only increased the controversy surrounding it. Looking to move beyond the rhetoric for and against the practice, attorney and investment analytics expert J.B. Heaton, of J.B. Heaton PC and Conjecture LLC, attempts an objective analysis of the underlying economics of the litigation funding arrangement.
Today's female lawyers stand on the shoulders of several generations of pioneers. Here, historian Jill Norgren explains how the status of women in the legal profession has changed since the 1870s.
While the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in Upper Skagit v. Lundgren stopped short of creating an immovable property exception to tribal sovereign immunity, the decision signals a willingness to do so. Indian nations should proceed with caution in applying the Nonintercourse Act to lands owned in fee simple, says Neasa Seneca of Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman LLP.
The current business climate has produced vast opportunities for seasoned lawyers to create valuable connections with millennial business owners, but first lawyers must cleanse their palate of misconceptions regarding millennials, says Yaima Seigley of Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor LLC.
While the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision this week removing the federal ban on sports betting may appear straightforward, the path toward regulating sports betting across the United States may be anything but simple, say attorneys with Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.