The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill Monday that will allow Native American tribes to take more control over energy development on their lands, teeing the legislation up for signature by President Donald Trump.
Two employees of a Blackfeet Tribe early childhood health and education program overseen by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services pled guilty to stealing money through a scheme where they and others falsely claimed thousands of overtime hours they did not work, the U.S. Department of Justice said Friday.
A tribe countering Maine's suit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pressing a federal court to declare that the state cannot lower water quality standards on the Penobscot River's main stem because it must be free from pollution so the tribe can maintain its fishing culture.
Developer TransCanada Corp. may not move forward with certain pre-construction activities on the Keystone XL pipeline while the U.S. Department of State conducts its environmental review, a Montana federal judge has held, delivering another setback to the Trump administration’s bid to build the controversial pipeline amid protests by environmental and indigenous groups.
Native Americans living on Indian lands are among the people least likely in the United States to have access to high-speed internet service, the U.S. Census Bureau reported Thursday.
The Senate has approved a bipartisan bill that would bolster law enforcement efforts to investigate the abductions and murders of Native American women, many of which “go uninvestigated and unresolved,” according to the measure’s co-sponsor.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Dakota Access LLC said that several Native American tribes had failed to follow a D.C. federal judge’s order to spell out what claims they plan to continue with in their challenge to the Dakota Access pipeline, as the tribes contended that the record in the case should be fleshed out first.
Morgan Lewis' J. Kyle Poe, a self-proclaimed "elder millennial," created a client management platform to streamline the firm's work in asbestos litigation that is now used across practice areas, making the firm's business more efficient and upping its ability to attract clients through innovative fee arrangements, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.
The Federal Communications Commission has urged the D.C. Circuit to toss out a petition for review by tribes and environmentalists regarding the commission’s plan to accelerate the building of 5G infrastructure, saying the deployment of small-cell fixtures is not a major federal action.
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Thursday unveiled revisions of an Obama-era plan to protect greater sage-grouse and their habitat that environmental groups immediately denounced as a giveaway to oil and gas developers and other industries that threatens the bird's future.
South Dakota officials have urged a federal court to hold off on barring the government from taxing purchases by nontribal members at a Sioux tribe's casino, arguing it would be "extremely unlikely" for the state to recover distributed escrow funds if it wins an Eighth Circuit appeal of the lower court's judgment.
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared ready Thursday to reject a historic challenge to separate prosecutions by states and the federal government for the same offense, as both liberal and conservative justices expressed reservations about overturning “170 years” of precedent.
The federal government has recommended that the U.S. Supreme Court reject a petition claiming Ute Indian Tribe officials tried to extort money from a business owner near the tribe’s reservation, saying there isn't any plain conflict in how state courts handle the question of when parties to litigation must exhaust their remedies in tribal court.
A Pueblo tribe on Wednesday slammed Texas' move to stop its bingo machine operations, arguing in federal court that the state's bingo classifications improperly exclude Indian tribes and that the state impinges on the tribe's rights under the Fourteenth Amendment.
The U.S. Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation on Thursday denied a request from plaintiffs representing "opioid babies" — infants of mothers who were addicted to prescription drugs — to separate their suits into a distinct multidistrict litigation, ruling that their unique damages don’t outweigh the inconvenience caused by such a separation.
Ogletree's Evan Moses uses unconventional strategies to boost the firepower of his class action practice, including a homegrown Monte Carlo algorithm, earning him a spot on our 2018 list of Data-Driven Lawyers.
The U.S. Senate on Thursday narrowly confirmed Bernard McNamee to fill a vacant slot on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission over unified Democratic opposition due to his role in the Trump administration's efforts to bail out coal and nuclear plants and his documented criticism of renewable energy.
The U.S. Supreme Court has probed the federal government, the state of Oklahoma and the Muscogee (Creek) Nation on how much the tribe’s jurisdiction might expand if its historical reservation still exists, and worries that disruption in a huge part of Oklahoma could spur a ruling that hems in tribes’ criminal and civil authority over non-Indians, experts say.
The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday rejected a petition by two Sioux tribes seeking a rehearing of their challenge to South Dakota's removal of Native American children in emergency custody proceedings.
Wyoming will turn to the Ninth Circuit to challenge a September ruling that threw out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to remove Endangered Species Act protections for the Yellowstone population of grizzly bear, the state told a Montana federal court Wednesday.
Jason Idilbi, former BigLaw associate and general counsel of the tech startup Passport Labs Inc., returns to Law360 to share recent thoughts on best practices for newer associates — whether they are serving external clients or senior attorneys within their firms.
In a new, extraordinary book, "Tough Cases: Judges Tell the Stories of Some of the Hardest Decisions They’ve Ever Made," 13 of my judicial brethren have courageously and dramatically humanized the judicial process, says U.S. District Judge Frederic Block of the Eastern District of New York.
Much time and attention have been focused on improving lawyers' abilities to communicate with and persuade juries in complex trials. But it is equally important to equip and prepare jurors to become better students in the courtroom, say attorneys with DLA Piper and Litstrat Inc.
While in-house technology investments on the scale and complexity needed to compete with large firms remain cost prohibitive for small and midsize law firms, cloud-based services offer significant cost savings and productivity gains with little to no capital investment, says Holly Urban of Effortless Legal LLC.
With the Milbank/Cravath pay scale once again equalizing compensation at many Am Law 100 firms, there is even more pressure for firms to differentiate themselves to top lateral associate candidates. This presents strategic considerations for both law firms and lateral candidates throughout the recruitment process, says Darin Morgan of Major Lindsey & Africa.
In this series featuring law school luminaries, Stanford Law School professor Jeffrey Fisher discusses his motivation for teaching, arguing before the U.S. Supreme Court and what the court might look like if Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed.
The first comprehensive overhaul of California's Rules of Professional Conduct in nearly 30 years becomes operational on Nov. 1. Some of the new rules mirror the model language used by the American Bar Association, but many continue to reflect California’s unique approach to certain ethical questions, says Mark Loeterman of Signature Resolution LLC.
The balancing act between protecting attorneys’ speech rights and ensuring unbiased adjudications was highlighted recently in two cases — when Michael Cohen applied for a restraining order against Stephanie Clifford's attorney, and when Johnson & Johnson questioned whether a Missouri talc verdict was tainted by public statements from the plaintiffs' counsel, says Matthew Giardina of Manning Gross & Massenburg LLP.
In Sheppard Mullin v. J-M Manufacturing Co., the California Supreme Court ruled last month that a law firm's failure to disclose a known conflict with another current client did not categorically disentitle the firm from recovering fees. But the court didn’t provide hoped-for guidance on how to write an enforceable advance conflict waiver, says Richard Rosensweig of Goulston & Storrs PC.
In this monthly series, Amanda Brady of Major Lindsey & Africa interviews management from top law firms about the increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Melanie Green, chief client development officer at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP.