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Struggle Over New Casino In Connecticut Continues Unabated

by Goodwin on

Just recently, Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes released a letter from the Interior Department, their latest salvo in a struggle with MGM Resorts International over a new casino in the state. The letter has the...more

The Continuing Attack on Tribal Sovereign Immunity at the Supreme Court

by GableGotwals on

Immunity of tribal officers and employees from suit in state and federal court for tort liability should concern tribal governments engaged in gaming operations. Often, because of historical antecedents and general belief,...more

Fourth Circuit Again Rejects Arbitration Request Under Payday Loan Agreement

by Goodwin on

On May 10, 2017, the Fourth Circuit affirmed the Middle District of North Carolina’s refusal to compel arbitration under the terms of a payday loan agreement. In Dillon v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A., BMO Harris attempted to compel...more

"Double Dip" Effectively Approved by Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued Release No. 104 to Manufacturers and Release No. 180, which invalidated earlier agency releases addressing the treatment under the Medicaid drug rebate...more

Foley Hoag Releases Summary Report on Good Practices for Oil Pipelines, as Commissioned by the Dakota Access Consortium of Lenders

On May 9, we released a public summary of our report “Good Practice for Managing the Social Impacts of Oil Pipelines in the United States.” The independent report was prepared by Amy Lehr, Cicely Parseghian, and Gare...more

Exploring Tribal Sovereign Immunity with Lewis v. Clarke

by K&L Gates LLP on

The U.S. Supreme Court recently held that tribal employees can be sued in their individual capacities for torts they commit while acting within the scope of their employment. Relying upon cases involving tort suits against...more

April 2017: The 13 Biggest Labor And Employment Law Stories

by Fisher Phillips on

It’s hard to keep up with all the recent changes to labor and employment law. While it always seems to evolve at a rapid pace, the last few months have seen an unprecedented number of changes. April 2017 was another month...more

SCOTUS Explores Tribal Sovereign Immunity in Lewis and Clarke Fender Bender

by Snell & Wilmer on

On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a unanimous opinion in Lewis v. Clarke, a case involving tribal sovereign immunity. The Court held that when a tribal employee is sued in his or her individual capacity, that...more

CFPB doubles down on its attacks against online tribal lenders

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a new lawsuit filed in an Illinois federal district court, the CFPB alleges that four online tribal lenders engaged in unfair, deceptive, and abusive acts or practices in violation of the Consumer Financial Protection Act...more

Tribe's Indemnification of Employee Does Not Confer Sovereign Immunity

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On April 25, 2017, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a much anticipated ruling, which may impact the ability of Tribes to rely on sovereign immunity in certain types of tort claims alleged against their employees....more

U.S. Supreme Court Holds Sovereign Immunity Does Not Protect Tribal Employee Sued Individually

by Littler on

On April 25, 2017, by unanimous vote (8-0) vote, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Native American tribe’s sovereign immunity from lawsuits does not extend to a tribal employee sued over actions he took within the scope of...more

Lewis v. Clarke And The Failed Expedition To Secure Tribal Rights: SCOTUS Rules Against Tribal Employee Immunity

by Fisher Phillips on

The U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled yesterday that tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to employees who are sued in their individual capacities, even if the alleged wrongdoing occurs while the employee is acting...more

The Supreme Court’s Decision in Lewis v. Clarke Potentially Opens the Door of Tort Liability for Tribal Employees

On April 25, 2017, the Supreme Court announced its decision in Lewis v. Clarke, holding that tribal sovereign immunity does not bar individual-capacity damages actions against tribal employees for torts committed within the...more

Supreme Court Decides Lewis v. Clarke

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

On April 25, 2017, the Supreme Court decided Lewis v. Clarke, No. 15-1500, holding that an Indian tribe’s sovereign immunity does not bar a suit against a tribe official or employee, in their individual capacity, for acts he...more

The Supreme Court - April 26, 2017

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Lewis v. Clarke, No. 15-1500: Petitioners Brian and Michelle Lewis were involved in an automobile accident with a limousine transporting patrons of the Mohegan Sun Casino, a casino operated by the Mohegan Tribal Gaming...more

Appellate Court Notes

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Supreme Court Advance Release Opinions: SC19651 - Southwest Appraisal Group, LLC v. Administrator, Unemployment Compensation Act - Appellate Court Advance Release Opinions: AC38279 - Al Dente, LLC v....more

Massachusetts Gaming Update: First Circuit Decision Allows Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe a Second Shot at Martha’s Vineyard Casino

by Goodwin on

It’s ‘play on’ for the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah). On April 10, a First Circuit Court of Appeals three-judge panel weighed in on the nearly three-and-a-half-year dispute between the Tribe and the Commonwealth, the...more

While the Slants are in the Spotlight, Chief Wahoo is on Deck

Throughout the past decade, attorneys, judges, plaintiffs, and defendants have invested thousands of hours in the fight over offensive trademarks. Most of the public is aware of the controversy surrounding the Washington...more

Expert Panel’s Recommendations to Increase the Number, Cost and Timing of Federal Environmental Assessments

On April 5, 2017, the federal environmental assessment (EA) expert panel released its report, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada. The report recommends broadening the scope of assessments to...more

A CEAA change

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The Expert Panel mandated by the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to review federal environmental assessment processes has now delivered its report, Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in...more

Beyond Borders: B.C. Court Rules U.S. Resident Has Aboriginal Right to Hunt in Canada

On March 27, 2017, in an unprecedented decision, the Provincial Court of British Columbia (Court) ruled in R. v. DeSautel (DeSautel) to recognize the aboriginal rights of a First Nation whose members reside in the United...more

Availability of Tribal Economic Development Bond Allocations

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Based on a recent Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announcement, the Published Value Cap Limit for Tribal Economic Development Bonds (TEDBs) is steadily shrinking...more

D.C. Circuit Awards Navajo Nation $15.7 Million in Additional Annual ISDEAA Funding

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Court: Bureau of Indian Affairs Failed to Act in Timely Manner on Tribal Funding Proposal - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on April 4, 2017, ruled that the Navajo Nation is entitled to...more

Riverside County Issues RFP for Broadband Infrastructure

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

Riverside County has issued a Request for Participants, seeking private companies who are willing to partner with the County and build out wireline and wireless broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed, broadband...more

Environment: The Concept of Legal Personality – From Companies to Natural Entities?

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

New Zealand’s Parliament has just passed a bill to enable the Whanganui River to be recognised as a legal person. It will now be represented by two nominees: one appointed by the Maori community (or Iwi), and another...more

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