The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will grant Dakota Access LLC the final approval needed for its controversial $3.8 billion, 1,172-mile crude oil pipeline and ax a planned environmental review, moves that come as a blow for the tribes and green groups who have been fighting the pipeline for months.
A contractor pressed a federal court Monday not to toss his lawsuit seeking to halt the Blue Lake Rancheria’s tribal court dispute accusing him of fraudulently inducing the tribe’s casino into a gambling software development deal on the grounds that the judge who presided over it has a relationship with the tribe.
The Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel on Monday said it would appeal to the Ninth Circuit a win that California and the U.S. government received from a federal judge when he found the tribe's bingo website flouted federal law because patrons had initiated bets from outside tribal lands but within the state, where gambling is illegal.
The Havasupai Tribe urged an Arizona federal judge Monday not to toss its suit accusing Arizona groundwater well owners of illegally depleting an aquifer that provides water to the tribe, saying it has adequately stated a federal common law claim alleging unlawful interference with its water rights.
A federal judge on Tuesday shot down a bid by Dakota Access pipeline protesters to block police from using excessive force when responding to civil protests, saying protesters aren’t always protected by the Constitution and can easily remove themselves from demonstrations.
The federal government may be close to giving the go-ahead to the Dakota Access pipeline at a disputed North Dakota site after the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the pipeline developer updated a D.C. federal judge on the tribe’s suit over the project Monday.
A couple has filed a lawsuit in Washington state court seeking damages for the emotional distress they claim to have suffered stemming from the Nooksack Tribe's efforts over the past year to disenroll one of them.
The leading Republican and Democrat on the House Committee on Natural Resources traded barbs over what impact repealing the Affordable Care Act would have on a related Native American health care law, with Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., calling Monday for Republicans to put forward their replacement for Obamacare.
Nearly 450 former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency employees questioned whether Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, nominated by President Donald Trump to lead the agency, is qualified for the role, in a letter that was sent to the U.S. Senate on Monday, according to the Environmental Integrity Project.
The descendants of a member of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Mission Indians have asked the Ninth Circuit to rethink upholding a ruling in favor of the U.S. Department of the Interior in a dispute over the denial of their applications for enrollment in the tribe and for increases in their recorded blood degree.
Two California tribes and the state each pushed a federal judge Thursday for a quick win in the tribes' suit seeking to eliminate a provision establishing an expiration date in their gambling deals with the state, with the sides disagreeing over whether such a provision is permitted under federal law.
The North Dakota Public Service Commission has rejected Dakota Access LLC’s bid to toss accusations that it flouted requirements by failing to immediately notify the commission about the discovery of a cultural site during work on its controversial pipeline, setting the stage for a hearing on whether the company’s failure was willful.
A California federal judge said Thursday that he would delay ruling on a bid by the Elem Indian Colony of Pomo Indians of the Sulphur Bank Rancheria to dismiss litigation by members of the tribe over their alleged disenrollment, despite tribal officials' contention that it isn’t trying to oust the members.
A Three Affiliated Tribes member and his attorney urged a North Dakota federal court on Thursday to reject as premature Enerplus Resources Corp.’s bid for a quick win in its lawsuit seeking to recover $2.96 million in mistaken overpayments made to them under a deal concerning oil and gas royalty interests.
Montana Gov. Steve Bullock removed a roadblock he erected against the slaughter of bison from Yellowstone National Park, saying in a Thursday letter to park officials that he was content with their promise to keep 25 bison safe for eventual relocation to a Native American reservation.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at repealing the Department of the Interior’s so-called waste prevention rule Friday, as part of a larger effort to curb former President Barack Obama’s later rules.
A Montana federal judge said Wednesday that he would consider a casino developer’s bid for a restraining order against Chippewa Cree Tribe gaming commissioners at a hearing next week, a day after the company filed suit alleging the officials are trying to thwart payments the tribe owes the firm under a settlement agreement.
The Energy Transfer Partners unit behind the Dakota Access pipeline urged a D.C. federal judge Wednesday to block the release of documents in the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s suit over the project, saying the material could be used by terrorists to attack the pipeline and that the controversy around the project heightens the risk the information will be exploited.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton announced on Thursday that the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council has rejoined the firm as a partner on its Native American affairs team after stepping down from his role and will work from its Washington, D.C., office.
A company whose assets are connected to a $1.3 billion judgment against professional race car driver and alleged payday loan mogul Scott Tucker and his companies defended itself in Nevada federal court Wednesday against a bid to hold it in contempt for trying to sell a disputed vehicle trailer.
The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.
In part 2 of this three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP highlights decisions from the Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Circuits. In particular, these cases reflect issues common to the energy-producing states as well as additional Endangered Species Act decisions.
Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.
In part 1 of his three-part review of 2016's most significant environmental cases, Anthony Cavender of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP analyzes decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court and the D.C., First, Second, Third and Fourth Circuits, noting, among other observations, the unusual number of Endangered Species Act cases decided by the D.C. Circuit.
Tommy Shepherd of Jones Walker LLP discusses recent developments in the Mississippi gaming industry, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017.
Following the 2016 election, marijuana legalization is spreading across states and becoming less important at the federal level. While marijuana is not yet treated like tobacco and alcohol, the federal policy environment seems unlikely to impose significant restrictions on access in the near future, say Richard Spees and Joshua Mandell of Akerman LLP.
A decade’s worth of multiple bar association initiatives, conferences, corporate law summits, detailed research reports and opinion pieces on the pay gap has seemingly fallen on the deaf ears of BigLaw. However, recent events presage substantial movement toward pay equity in law firms, say Stephanie Scharf of Scharf Banks Marmor LLC, Michele Coleman Mayes, general counsel for the New York Public Library, and Wendi Lazar of Outten & Golden LLP.
A California federal court recently rendered decisions in CashCall and Navient Solutions with “true lender” implications of potential significance to the marketplace lending industry, but with markedly contrasting results, say attorneys with Kaye Scholer LLP.
Now that the Standing Rock protests have brought Indian interests into the national spotlight, the incoming administration has the opportunity to implement beneficial policies regarding the federal trust responsibility owed to Indians and tribes, if we can acknowledge lessons learned from the past, says David Smith of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP.
Pro se litigation can be a time-consuming cost of doing business, particularly for large, well-known companies. Though pro se cases occasionally include interesting, even amusing, claims, like all litigation, they must be taken seriously. In this article, attorneys from Shook Hardy & Bacon LLP detail several practical approaches to dealing with the problems posed by pro se litigants.