A Crow tribe member who is battling Wyoming over his conviction for illegal hunting on federal land urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday to take up the federal government’s invitation to review the case, swapping blows with the state over whether granting review would wrongly unsettle an earlier federal court ruling on the tribe's treaty rights.
A National Labor Relations Board regional director on Tuesday dismissed a petition that sought recognition for a teachers union at the Quileute Tribal School in Washington state, saying the employer was performing a "unique tribal government function."
A court-appointed monitor has gotten the go-ahead to sell imprisoned ex-race car driver Scott Tucker's special edition Ferrari to help satisfy the Federal Trade Commission's $1.3 billion judgment against him for running tribe-affiliated predatory lending companies.
Native American tribes are on their way to having their own track within the ever-growing multidistrict litigation over the opioid epidemic in Ohio federal court, according to an order Monday from the federal judge overseeing the case.
The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday nixed a Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians faction's appeal of an injunction ignited by a dispute at the Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino in California, finding that tribal court rulings the faction referenced weren't relevant to what was before the lower court.
Public interest groups asked a D.C. federal court Monday to agree that they had standing to challenge President Donald Trump's executive order that two federal regulations have to be repealed for each new one, citing several examples they said showed the policy's harm and arbitrary nature.
The D.C. Circuit on Monday said it won't rethink its recent decision backing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's addition of the entire Bonita Peak Mining District in Colorado to the federal Superfund list, rejecting a request by mining company Sunnyside Gold Corp. to do so.
The Tenth Circuit said Monday that California, New Mexico and several conservation groups may continue their appeal of a Wyoming federal judge’s stay of the implementation of an Obama-era rule that would put restrictions on natural gas wells on public and tribal lands.
The Eleventh Circuit on Monday upheld a Florida district court ruling that a Miccosukee Tribe of Indians member owes taxes on tribal payments the federal government contended were improperly derived from casino revenue, potentially putting many more tribe members on the hook for back taxes.
A Federal Circuit panel Monday grilled attorneys for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, the federal government and a group of pharmaceutical companies over whether patents transferred to tribal nations are shielded from inter partes review by sovereign immunity.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday issued a criminal sentencing ruling that sidestepped a larger issue of how fragmented 4-1-4 decisions should be interpreted by lower courts — something environmental attorneys had been watching for its importance to the ongoing battle over the Clean Water Act's reach.
The invalidity of one clause should not negate an entire arbitration agreement, especially since federal policy strongly encourages enforcing arbitration, an Oklahoma tribe recently told the U.S. Supreme Court in a bid to restore a $27 million arbitration victory against Oklahoma involving alcohol sales tax exemption.
A Washington federal judge on Friday denied bids from various tribes for a temporary restraining order barring the Lummi Nation from carrying out a crab fishery plan in an area of water that encompasses Skagit Bay, saying that the Lummi has already said it doesn't have any plans to actually fish the waters.
An Alaskan tribe and three conservation groups on Friday urged a federal court to grant them summary judgment in their challenge to U.S. Bureau of Land Management decisions allowing a mining exploration project to go forward, saying the agency wasn’t allowed to put off environmental analysis required under federal law.
The Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe on Monday urged a South Dakota federal judge to bar the state from collecting an excise tax on a contractor working on a tribal casino while the tribe's tax dispute with state officials plays out in court.
The Federal Circuit will hear arguments Monday on whether tribal sovereign immunity can insulate patents from review at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, wading into an issue one judge has suggested could spell the end of the review proceedings.
The Government Accountability Office has signed off on a recent Federal Communications Commission rule exempting small cell fixtures, necessary for building up next-generation or 5G networks, from environmental and historic reviews.
The federal government and a mining company each pressed a Wisconsin federal judge on Friday to toss a tribe's challenge to the state of Michigan’s authority to review the company’s wetlands permit application, arguing the tribe hasn’t pointed to a specific duty the federal government had to perform under the Clean Water Act.
A Texas federal judge on Friday declined the Navajo Nation's request to intervene in a suit brought by Texas and some foster families challenging the Indian Child Welfare Act, deciding that the tribe's interests were already represented by other tribes and the federal government.
Oil and gas developer Prima Exploration Inc. has hit the Bureau of Indian Affairs and two rival developers with a suit in North Dakota federal court, alleging the agency worked secretly with the companies to end Prima’s lease on land within the Fort Berthold Reservation and let the other companies develop the land instead.
Buried deep inside the recently passed Consolidated Appropriations Act, legislation reviving the formerly expired Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act offers opportunities for potential purchasers of federal public lands, while also creating a source of funding for important conservation transactions, says John Andrews of Snell & Wilmer LLP.
One way law firms differentiate themselves from the competition to attract and retain top talent is through their real estate and workplace strategies. Taking a lead from the hospitality industry can help create a more inviting, welcoming and collaborative workspace environment, says Bella Schiro of Jones Lang LaSalle Inc.
In his first year on the U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Neil Gorsuch has proven to be a narrow-minded elitist who consistently votes in favor of corporations and the powerful, acting to roll back protections for workers, consumers, LGBTQ individuals and other marginalized communities, says Elliot Mincberg of People for the American Way.
The impact of millennials has already been felt within the legal community by our eagerness to embrace new technologies. One way that we will have potentially even more impact lies in our willingness to embrace new ways of developing business and financing law, says Michael Perich of Burford Capital LLC.
The FBI raid of the office of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer set off a firestorm of controversy about the sanctity of the attorney-client privilege, epitomized by Trump's tweet that the "privilege is dead." But attorney-client privilege is never taken lightly — I have battle scars from the times I have sought crime-fraud exceptions, says Genie Harrison of the Genie Harrison Law Firm.
In this series, experts discuss the unique aspects of closing a law firm, and some common symptoms of dysfunctionality in a firm that can be repaired before it's too late.
I am often asked, “When there are one or more partner departures, what can a firm do to prevent this from escalating to a catastrophic level?” The short answer is “nothing.” Law firms need to adopt culture-strengthening lifestyles to prevent defections from occurring in the first place, says Larry Richard of LawyerBrain LLC.
Given the competing public policies of protecting clients’ right to counsel of their choice, lawyer mobility, and the fiduciary duty partners owe to a dissolved firm, it behooves law firms to carefully review their partnership agreements to make sure they adequately spell out what happens in the unfortunate event that the law firm chooses to wind down, say Leslie Corwin and Rachel Sims of Blank Rome LLP.
There has been, of late, significant dispute as to the application of the unfinished business doctrine, particularly with respect to hourly rate matters of now-dissolved large law firms. And the California Supreme Court’s recent decision in Heller Ehrman, like others as to similar points, is highly questionable, says Thomas Rutledge of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.
Congress recently introduced a bill to strip Native American tribes of sovereign immunity on issues relating to patents, but this proposed law only delays resolution of the confusion over a real problem on new attacks on pharmaceutical patents, says Anthony Caso, director of the Claremont Institute’s Constitutional Jurisprudence Clinic at Chapman University Fowler School of Law.