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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

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

Manatt on Medicaid: Monthly Expansion Recap, March 2017 #2

Arkansas - Governor Proposes Changes to Medicaid Expansion Waiver as House Passes Bill to Cap Expansion Enrollment - Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) released a proposal to amend the State's Medicaid expansion waiver by...more

Your Daily Dose of Financial News

by Robins Kaplan LLP on

Eddie Lampert’s Sears mega-gamble appears to finally be catching up with him. Or the store, at least. Mr. Lampert, it seems, will come out not as worse for the wear as one might have expected....more

Courts Continue Trend of Recognizing Tribal Immunity in Bankruptcy Proceedings

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Judge Christopher S. Sontchi of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware (Court) issued a decision on Feb. 28, 2017, that has important – and positive – significance for Native American tribal governments, their...more

Tribes’ Federal Water Rights Include Groundwater—But How Much?

by Stoel Rives LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently ruled that federal reserved water rights held by Indian tribes extend to groundwater underlying reservation lands. Determining the quantity of that groundwater, however, is reserved for another day....more

Ninth Circuit Holds that Federal Reserved Water Rights Extend to Groundwater

by Snell & Wilmer on

On March 7, 2017, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its decision in Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians v. Coachella Valley Water District, Case No. 15-55896. In this decision, the Court unequivocally held that...more

You Don’t Look Like You Are From Around Here: EEOC Guidance on National Origin Discrimination

If you weren’t sure what it meant to discriminate against someone because of their national origin, the EEOC wants to help. The newly revised Section 13 of the EEOC Field Manual provides guidance on how the EEOC defines...more

Federal Court in Oklahoma Rules that Bond Issued on a Sovereign Tribal Construction Project is Not a Miller Act Bond Even Though...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

United States ex rel. J.A. Manning Constr. Co. v. Bronze Oak, 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 6054 (N.D. Okla. Jan. 17, 2017) - In May 2014 the Cherokee Nation issued a bid notice for bridge and roadway construction in Mayes...more

Court Affirms Incorporating Federal Labor Laws Into Tribal Code Does Not Waive a Tribe's Sovereign Immunity

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On February 21, 2017, a federal court in Wisconsin reaffirmed a tribe's sovereign immunity with respect to Title VII claims of wrongful termination. See Bruguier v. Du Flambeau, 16-cv-604-jdp, (W. Dist Wisc. February 21,...more

Economic Conditions, Not Environmental Regulation, to Shutter Arizona Coal Plant 25 Years Sooner Than Expected

by Snell & Wilmer on

In a demonstration that not all regulations solve the problems they were intended to, and a testament to the power of market conditions, owners of the controversial Navajo Generating Station (NGS) power plant near Lake Powell...more

Six Tips for Tribal Governments to Reduce Tribal Member Taxes in 2017

by Holland & Knight LLP on

As the Republican-led Congress and White House move forward on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and major tax-reform legislation, there are several new opportunities that may benefit tribal governments and their...more

Ninth Circuit affirms tribal lenders subject to CFPB investigative demands

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The Ninth Circuit recently issued its opinion in CFPB v. Great Plains Lending, LLC, et al., in which three tribal-affiliated, for-profit lending companies (“Tribal Lenders”) challenged the authority of the CFPB to issue civil...more

Initial Wave of Environmental, Energy Changes Under the Trump Administration

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In the initial week of the Trump Administration, a lot has happened and more changes are planned. Here are the highlights from Week One: Confirmation Hearings - Confirmation hearings were conducted for Scott Pruitt...more

First Steps: A Look at Trump Administration Executive Actions Regarding Energy Projects

by Hogan Lovells on

On January 24, the Trump Administration issued one Executive Order and Three Presidential Memoranda that affect energy projects in the United States, including in particular two pipeline projects blocked by the Obama...more

2016 Native American Tax Litigation Roundup

One driver of economic development for many tribes is derived from their ability to impose taxes on business activities on Reservations free from state and local taxation. This year, there has been continued litigation to...more

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