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Pharmaceutical Company Seeks to Use Tribal Sovereign Immunity to Avoid Inter Partes Review

by Snell & Wilmer on

Allergan announced on September 8, 2017, that it had transferred its patents covering the drug Restasis to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and will pay the tribe $13.75 million. The tribe is also eligible to receive $15 million...more

Mohawks To The Rescue? Can You Immunize Patents From PTAB Review By Assigning To A Native American Tribe?

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

In an unusual move to combat the perceived bias in favor of patent challengers at the U.S. Patent Office’s Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), the Irish drug company Allergan has decided to warehouse its key patents on the...more

A Special Thank You to Suzan Shown Harjo

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the filing of the petition to cancel the R-Word registrations held by Pro-Football, Inc., the NFL franchise playing near the Nation’s capital....more

Island Means Island: Pierce Atwood Successfully Defends Against Tribal Claim to Control State Waters

by Pierce Atwood LLP on

In 1980, the State of Maine, Congress, and Maine tribes entered into Settlement Acts to resolve claims that the tribes owned two-thirds of the State. In return for, among other things, federal recognition and money, the...more

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Issues Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas...

by Hogan Lovells on

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Office of Energy Projects, recently issued its Guidelines for Reporting on Cultural Resources Investigations for Natural Gas Projects (Guidelines)....more

Tribes Really Need More Than Sovereign Immunity Defense

The title of this article might seem familiar — it should. A year ago we published an article titled “Tribes Need More Than Just The Sovereign Immunity Defense.” In that article, we advised tribes about the value of liability...more

A 6 Step Guide to Tribal Consultation Under CEQA

The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research recently issued a technical advisory aimed at providing guidelines for consultation with Native American tribes under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA),...more

“Not So Fast,” Mr. THRILLED Daniel Snyder

Lee Corso (former coach and ESPN football analyst) frequently utters this famous sports media catchphrase on ESPN’s “College GameDay” program: “Not so fast, my friend!”...more

Advertising Law - July 2017 #3

Twitter Working to Limit Fake Stories, Accounts - In an effort to combat fake accounts, false stories and other abuses, Twitter is considering the use of a new feature to let users flag Tweets that contain misleading,...more

Ninth Circuit Clarifies Tribal Arm Sovereign Immunity Factors

by Stinson Leonard Street on

The Ninth Circuit, in U.S. ex rel. Fawn Cain et al. v. Salish Kootenai College Inc. et al., recently reversed a lower court's dismissal of a False Claims Act lawsuit by former Salish Kootenai College employees. The False...more

Trump Official Provides Insight Into the Administration's Stance on Land-Into-Trust Acquisitions and Its Interpretation of the IRA

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs held a July 13 hearing to compare 21st century trust land acquisition practices with the intent of the 73rd Congress in Section 5 of the Indian Reorganization Act...more

Tribal Estate Planning: Nuance and Consequence

by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP on

Simple estate planning is pretty straightforward. There is usually a Last Will and Testament, Power of Attorney, Health Care Directive, and Trust if necessary. But there is a niche practice within estate planning ripe with...more

Implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher Program under the 2017 Appropriations Act

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On June 28, 2017, HUD issued Notice PIH 2017-10 (HA) (the “Notice”) providing guidance on the implementation of the Housing Choice Voucher (“HCV”) program funding provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (the...more

Local Taxes on Non-Indian Possessory Interests in Indian Country OK’d by Court - BB&K Wins Major Victory for Local Agencies...

by Best Best & Krieger LLP on

In a major win affecting counties and local taxing entities throughout California, Best Best & Krieger LLP attorneys Roderick E. Walston and Steven G. Martin helped secure a federal court ruling that possessory interests held...more

Fourth Circuit Affirms Finding That Arbitration Agreement In Payday Loan Obtained Over The Internet Is Unenforceable

by Carlton Fields on

Plaintiff electronically signed a contract which contained: (1) terms governing the loan; (2) an agreement to submit disputes to arbitration; and (3) a choice of law provision which required the application of Otoe-Missouria...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

"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

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

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

FCC Vows Its Never Gonna Give Up On Bridging Digital Divide: Opens Rulemakings To Promote Access To Broadband Infrastructure

At the end of March, new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai branded April “Infrastructure Month.” He paired this declaration with the announcement of a comprehensive agenda aimed at tackling a host of infrastructure-related challenges...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

Prescribing Controlled Substances Without an In-Person Exam: The Practice of Telemedicine Under the Ryan Haight Act

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

Editor’s Note: This article is the second in a series addressing telemedicine prescribing and controlled substances, designed to give some much needed practical guidance and orientation to established healthcare providers,...more

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