Native American

  • February 02, 2024

    Pennsylvania AG's Clout In Opioid Deal Likely Has Wide Reach

    A Pennsylvania court's ruling that the attorney general had the power to overrule local district attorneys' objections to a big opioid settlement could affect the prosecutors' power dynamic beyond the painkiller litigation, overshadowing other areas where they could share jurisdiction or clash over politically sensitive issues, attorneys told Law360.

  • February 01, 2024

    Texas Judge Says Tribal Telecom Immune To Contract Suit

    A telecom owned by the Gila River Indian Community can't be sued in federal court for $247,000 in unpaid invoices stemming from a contract to provide the company with billing software, a Texas federal court has ruled.

  • February 01, 2024

    GAO Nixes Protests To Army's Costly Pick For $549M Deal

    The U.S. Government Accountability Office freed the U.S. Army Materiel Command from claims it unreasonably snubbed two contractors for an installation support deal in favor of a company with a more expensive bid, saying the command justified the price differential.

  • February 01, 2024

    Pharma Hikma Reaches $150M Opioid Settlement With States

    Hikma Pharmaceuticals and several attorneys general announced a $150 million agreement in principle on Thursday resolving cases brought by a group of states and localities alleging the company fueled the opioid crisis by failing to report suspicious opioid orders from potentially illegal distributors.

  • February 01, 2024

    Ariz. Tribes Push To Halt Work On SunZia Line

    Two tribes and conservation groups are urging an Arizona federal judge to pause construction on a 550-mile power transmission line approved by the U.S. Department of the Interior before the work damages historic and cultural resources they claim the government failed to properly assess and safeguard.

  • February 01, 2024

    Native Microcap Co. Seeks Stay In $3.4M Stock Scam Suit

    The chief executive officer of a penny stock company with Native American ties has asked a New York federal magistrate judge to pause a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission suit, saying a trial may not be needed because a share buyback deal is underway.

  • February 01, 2024

    Alaska Tribes Seek Canada Recognition To Consult On Mines

    A group of tribal governments in southeast Alaska is asking Canadian regulators to acknowledge its historic presence along the boundary-crossing Unuk River, in order to protect the watershed from open-pit gold and silver mining Skeena Resources Ltd. is proposing in British Columbia.

  • February 01, 2024

    Energy Co. Seeks Final $12.6M Award For Tribal Equipment

    Merit Energy Operations is asking a federal district court to enter judgment after an arbitration panel determined that two Wyoming Native American tribes must pay $12.6 million to purchase equipment from the company after a lease agreement to operate on reservation land expired.

  • January 31, 2024

    8th Circ. Won't Revisit VRA Ruling Nixing Private Right To Sue

    A split Eighth Circuit panel has declined to rehear arguments in a voting rights case in which civil rights groups accuse Arkansas officials of crafting a redistricting plan that dilutes minority voting strength, in turn upholding its prior ruling that private parties can't sue for alleged violations under Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act.

  • January 31, 2024

    ND Tribes' Bid For District Is Gerrymandering, 8th Circ. Told

    The basis for two Native American tribes' dilution allegations in a Voting Rights Act case constitutes a preference for racial gerrymandering in seeking to join their reservations into one elongated district, North Dakota Secretary of State Micheal Howe told the Eighth Circuit.

  • January 31, 2024

    MAGA Hat Teen Asks Justices To Hear Suit Against Media Cos.

    A man suing news organizations for defamation over their coverage of an encounter he had with a Native American activist while he was a teenager wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to revive his claims, saying the Sixth Circuit was wrong to decide that descriptions of his actions during the confrontation were protected opinion.

  • January 31, 2024

    Tribes, Enviro Orgs. Try To Join Tongass Roadless Rule Fight

    A coalition of tribes, conservation groups, fishers and tourism businesses is pushing to help defend a 2023 rule that reinstated roadless area protections for about 9 million acres in Tongass National Forest and is now being challenged by Alaska, power companies and business and industry groups.

  • January 30, 2024

    EEOC's Kotagal Touts New Effort To Bolster Worker Outreach

    The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has launched a new initiative led by Commissioner Kalpana Kotagal aimed at making the agency more accessible to workers from marginalized communities, especially in remote parts of the country where the agency's physical presence is limited. 

  • January 30, 2024

    Feds Say Talks Preferred In Wis. Tribal Roads Trespass Suit

    The federal government has said it prefers a negotiated resolution with a northern Wisconsin town that allows it to remain part of a tribal road system, but if an agreement can't be reached, it will continue to pursue trespassing claims and past damages against the municipality.

  • January 30, 2024

    Pipeline Cos. To Pay $7.4M For Oil Spill On Tribal Land

    U.S. officials are proposing an agreement for two companies to pay $7.4 million in penalties to settle Clean Water Act claims stemming from a July 2022 pipeline rupture in Oklahoma that spilled several hundred thousand gallons of crude oil into a creek on land owned by the Sac and Fox Nation.

  • January 30, 2024

    Tribe's Repeat Default Bids Disrespect Court, Blue Cross Says

    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan says a Native American tribe's third request for a default win in its suit alleging the insurer overcharged for tribe members' care is disrespectful and constitutes a continued violation of a court order for the tribe to identify members involved in the insurance plan.

  • January 30, 2024

    Feds, Tesoro Question Landowners' Bid To Join Pipeline Fight

    The U.S. government has told a North Dakota federal judge that tribal landowners' push to join a pipeline fight with Tesoro High Plains Pipeline Co. LLC may be premature, while the company said it threatens to turn its litigation against the government "into a circus."

  • January 29, 2024

    Green Groups Oppose Extension Of Mont. Coal Mine Analysis

    Conservation groups are fighting the U.S. government's bid for more time to correct a faulty environmental analysis of a coal strip mine expansion near the city of Colstrip, Montana, arguing that a federal court already said it would halt mining if changes weren't made within 19 months.

  • January 29, 2024

    No Need To Stop Salmon Fishing To Help Orcas, 9th Circ. Told

    Alaska, the U.S. government and a fishing trade group are all urging the Ninth Circuit to reverse a lower court ruling vacating an incidental take statement underpinning a Chinook salmon troll fishery in southeast Alaska, arguing the district court inflated questionable benefits to prey availability for endangered killer whales and failed to consider harms to Alaska communities.

  • January 29, 2024

    Justices Set March Arguments In Tribal Healthcare Dispute

    The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in March on two federal government petitions seeking to overturn orders that have the potential to cost $2 billion a year to support Native American tribes that provide insurer-funded services to their members.

  • January 29, 2024

    ND Assembly Can't Intervene In VRA Appeal, 8th Circ. Says

    The North Dakota Legislative Assembly can't intervene in an appeal by Secretary of State Micheal Howe seeking to overturn a lower court's ruling that found the government body's redrawing of districts violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, the Eighth Circuit said.

  • January 26, 2024

    Museums Cover Native Exhibits In Renewed Repatriation Push

    Museums and other institutions throughout the country are covering exhibits that display Indigenous artifacts as updates to a federal law governing the repatriation of remains and culturally affiliated objects has gone into effect.

  • January 26, 2024

    Biden Stokes LNG Uncertainty With Export Review Pause

    The Biden administration's pause of its approvals of liquefied natural gas exports to countries that don't have free-trade agreements with the U.S. will delay several projects and have potential customers question whether their supply agreements can ultimately be honored.

  • January 26, 2024

    Oglala Sioux File Suit For More Law Enforcement Funding

    The Oglala Sioux Tribe has accused the U.S. government of failing to help it hire enough law enforcement officers on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, saying in a South Dakota federal lawsuit that the U.S. Department of the Interior must adhere to its treaty and trust responsibilities.

  • January 26, 2024

    Judge OKs Consent Decree In Nebraska Tribe's VRA Dispute

    A federal judge will allow a consent decree that will resolve Voting Rights Act violation claims brought by two Native American tribes against Thurston County, Nebraska, officials to go forward, saying the settlement reasonably resolves difficult voting rights issues in a manner that is fair to all parties.

Expert Analysis

  • Navigating Discovery Of Generative AI Information

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools become increasingly ubiquitous, companies must make sure to preserve generative AI data when there is reasonable expectation of litigation, and to include transcripts in litigation hold notices, as they may be relevant to discovery requests, say Nick Peterson and Corey Hauser at Wiley.

  • Finding Focus: Strategies For Attorneys With ADHD

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    Given the prevalence of ADHD among attorneys, it is imperative that the legal community gain a better understanding of how ADHD affects well-being, and that resources and strategies exist for attorneys with this disability to manage their symptoms and achieve success, say Casey Dixon at Dixon Life Coaching and Krista Larson at Stinson.

  • House Bill Could Help Resolve 'Waters Of US' Questions

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    Legislation recently introduced in the U.S. House that would restore Clean Water Act protection to areas excluded from it by the U.S. Supreme Court's Sackett v. EPA decision faces an uphill battle, but could help settle the endless debates over the definition of "waters of the United States," says Richard Leland at Akerman.

  • Attorneys, Law Schools Must Adapt To New Era Of Evidence

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    Technological advancements mean more direct evidence is being created than ever before, and attorneys as well as law schools must modify their methods to account for new challenges in how this evidence is collected and used to try cases, says Reuben Guttman at Guttman Buschner.

  • Tips For Litigating Against Pro Se Parties In Complex Disputes

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    Litigating against self-represented parties in complex cases can pose unique challenges for attorneys, but for the most part, it requires the same skills that are useful in other cases — from documenting everything to understanding one’s ethical duties, says Bryan Ketroser at Alto Litigation.

  • New Initiatives Will Advance Corporate Biodiversity Reporting

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    Two important recent developments — the launch of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures' framework on nature and biodiversity reporting, and Nature Action 100's announcement of the 100 companies it plans to engage on biodiversity issues — will help bring biodiversity disclosures into the mainstream, say David Woodcock and Maria Banda at Gibson Dunn.

  • Pro Bono Work Is Powerful Self-Help For Attorneys

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    Oct. 22-28 is Pro Bono Week, serving as a useful reminder that offering free legal help to the public can help attorneys expand their legal toolbox, forge community relationships and create human connections, despite the challenges of this kind of work, says Orlando Lopez at Culhane Meadows.

  • Series

    Playing In A Rock Cover Band Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    Performing in a classic rock cover band has driven me to hone several skills — including focus, organization and networking — that have benefited my professional development, demonstrating that taking time to follow your muse outside of work can be a boon to your career, says Michael Gambro at Cadwalader.

  • Series

    The Pop Culture Docket: Judge Espinosa On 'Lincoln Lawyer'

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    The murder trials in Netflix’s “The Lincoln Lawyer” illustrate the stark contrast between the ethical high ground that fosters and maintains the criminal justice system's integrity, and the ethical abyss that can undermine it, with an important reminder for all legal practitioners, say Judge Adam Espinosa and Andrew Howard at the Colorado 2nd Judicial District Court.

  • Opinion

    Newman Suspension Shows Need For Judicial Reform

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    The recent suspension of U.S. Circuit Judge Pauline Newman following her alleged refusal to participate in a disability inquiry reveals the need for judicial misconduct reforms to ensure that judges step down when they can no longer serve effectively, says Aliza Shatzman at The Legal Accountability Project.

  • Extreme Weather And Renewable Project Insurance Coverage

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    The regularity and severity of extreme weather events driven by climate change are putting renewable energy projects increasingly at risk — so project owners, contractors and investors should understand the issues that can arise in these situations when seeking recovery under a builder's risk insurance policy, say Paul Ferland and Joshua Tumen at Cozen O'Connor.

  • How And Why Your Firm Should Implement Fixed-Fee Billing

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    Amid rising burnout in the legal industry and client efforts to curtail spending, pivoting to a fixed-fee billing model may improve client-attorney relationships and offer lawyers financial, logistical and stress relief — while still maintaining profit margins, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • Unpacking OMB's Proposed Uniform Guidance Rewrite

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    Affected organizations, including state and local governments, should carefully review the Office of Management and Budget's proposed overhaul of uniform rules for administering over $1 trillion in federal funding distributed each year, and take the opportunity to submit comments before the December deadline, says Dismas Locaria at Venable.

  • Opinion

    Judicial Independence Needs Defense Amid Political Threats

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    Amid recent and historic challenges to the judiciary from political forces, safeguarding judicial independence and maintaining the integrity of the legal system is increasingly urgent, says Robert Peck at the Center for Constitutional Litigation.

  • How Law Firms Can Use Account-Based Marketing Strategies

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    Amid several evolving legal industry trends, account-based marketing can help law firms uncover additional revenue-generating opportunities with existing clients, with key considerations ranging from data analytics to relationship building, say Jennifer Ramsey at stage LLC and consultant Gina Sponzilli.

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