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American Indian Tribes and Canadian First Nations: The Impact of Gaming Law and Policy on the Industry

In the United States, Indian gaming is a $29 billion industry, with some 240 American Indian tribes operating more than 450 gaming operations in 28 states. Alan Meister, Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report (2016). In...more

Orrick's Financial Industry Week in Review

Financial Industry Developments - Agencies Publish Study on Banking Activities and Investments under Dodd-Frank - On September 8, 2016, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Federal Deposit Insurance...more

Ninth Circuit Holds Air Emissions Not Covered by CERCLA

Decision finds operator of a lead and zinc smelter not liable as an “arranger” under CERCLA for aerial deposition of heavy metals. On July 27, a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit unanimously held...more

U.S.-Canada Arctic Partnership Calls for Collaboration with Native Americans, Alaska Natives

President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced in early March 2016 a new partnership to confront the challenges of a changing Arctic. The partnership calls for the involvement of key stakeholders...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #4

Leading the News - South Sudan: On August 25th, a panel of United Nations (U.N.) experts monitoring U.N. sanctions on South Sudan released a report disclosing evidence that South Sudanese solders raped children,...more

Update: Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act Now In Force

The Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act (ESTMA) came into force on June 1, 2015. ESTMA is designed to reduce international corruption by enacting reporting obligations with respect to payments made to foreign and...more

The Definitive Guide To Igaming In The United States

In this issue: - Introduction - Business Opportunities In Igaming - The Critical Role Of The Land-Based Casinos - As Conduits For Igaming - As Partners With Igaming Operators -...more

Changes To Iron Ore Royalties In Western Australia

On 28 November 2014, the Western Australian Government made changes to the manner by which iron ore royalties payable to the Government are calculated. These changes more clearly prescribe the scope of permissible deductions...more

Doing Business in Canada: Aboriginal Law

ABORIGINAL LAW: Canadian law has long recognized the rights of aboriginal peoples, sometimes called First Nations, as the first occupiers of the land. With the founding of Canada in 1867 constitutional powers were...more

Foley Hoag Authors Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and Free, Prior, and Informed Consent

The U.N. Global Compact recently released a Good Practice Note on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights and the Role of Free, Prior, and Informed Consent (“FPIC”) authored by Amy Lehr, an associate in Foley Hoag’s Corporate Social...more

Gaming Legal News - January 2014 • Volume 7, Number 3

In This Issue: - BULGARIA ADOPTS NEW GAMBLING TAX REGIME: - by Nadya Hambach, LL.M (Velchev & Co.): Bulgaria has a new gambling taxation regime effective January 1, 2014, which, together with the...more

Gaming Trends in 2014

Calendar year 2014 is guaranteed to be an interesting year on many fronts, including the gaming industry. The expansion of gaming in Ohio is off and running at a dramatic pace, with more gaming to come on line this year via...more

Federal Government Blocks International Online Gamblers, Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Sue

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes have filed suit against Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell after the Department Interior blocked their effort to offer real-money online gaming to international customers....more

Gaming Legal News - December 2013 • Volume 6, Number 27

In This Issue: - NORTHWEST GAMING LAW SUMMIT: The Seminar Group’s 11th annual Northwest Gaming Law Summit, which has a heavy focus on tribal gaming, is set for December 12–13 in Seattle, Washington... -...more

Land Tenure Risk: Why it Matters for Companies, Investors, and Communities

Two important new reports focus on land tenure conflicts between companies and communities. In September, the Rights and Resources Initiative released a report entitled, “Global Capital, Local Concessions: A...more

Federal Court Finds No Duty to Consult Aboriginal Group on Investment Treaty

On August 26, in Hupacasath First Nation v. Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Federal Court held that the Government of Canada has no constitutional duty to consult the applicant First Nation prior to ratification of the...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 22 July 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Reports: British Medical Association (BMA): 17 July 2013 - Medical students complete national prescribing test pilot. A...more

Health Alert (Australia) - 8 July 2013

In This Issue: - Judgments - Legislation - Reports - Excerpt from Judgments: New South Wales. Medical Tribunal - Health Care Complaints Commission (HCCC) v Saedlounia [2013] NSWMT 13...more

ICMM Releases Position Statement on Indigenous Peoples Establishing Commitment to FPIC

The International Council of Mining & Metals (“ICMM”) recently released a position statement on indigenous peoples and mining that explicitly requires its 22 member companies to work to obtain the free, prior, and informed...more

Brazil’s Belo Monte Move: Will National Development Banks Start Taking Human Rights and Environmental Concerns More Seriously?

In late November, the Brazilian national development bank (“BNDES”, by its Portuguese initials) announced its approval of a $10.8 billion loan to finance the construction of the Belo Monte dam, the world’s third largest...more

John Ruggie Gives Opening Address at U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights

On December 4 and 5, more than 1,000 participants from 85 countries gathered for the first U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum focused on “trends and challenges” in the implementation of...more

The Revised Equator Principles Call on Companies to Seek Free, Prior, and Informed Consent. Next up: Governments?

The new draft Equator Principles reflect and build upon the IFC Performance Standards’ requirement that companies obtain the free, prior, and informed consent ("FPIC") of indigenous peoples for development projects. This...more

The Canadian Oil Sands: A Backgrounder: Environmental Concerns

Climate Change - The production of petroleum from oil sands uses significant amounts of energy, almost all derived from the combustion of fossil fuels and resulting in CO2 emissions. As a result, oil sands operations...more

Gaming Legal News: March 29, 2012 • Volume 5, Number 6

In this Issue: - DICKINSON WRIGHT JOINS FORCES WITH LEADING MACAU LAW FIRM MdME Dickinson Wright and MdME are pleased to announce that they have entered into a cooperation agreement to provide comprehensive legal...more

The Legal Definition of the Crime of Apartheid: A Tool to Assist Those in Determining the Existence of Contemporary Apartheid

Discussions about the existence of contemporary apartheid are quite often emotionally charged in popular discourse. Labeling a State or State actor as a perpetrator of apartheid can send an informed debate adrift. As a...more

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