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U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Race-Based Challenge to ICWA

by Varnum LLP on

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA) was enacted to address the high rates of Indian children being separated from their Indian families and Indian communities. The stated intent of Congress under ICWA was to “protect...more

More Instances of Tribal Sovereign Immunity Shielding Patents from PTAB Invalidation

Late this summer, Allergan entered into an agreement with the St. Regis Mohawk Nation to assign its rights in several Orange Book-listed patents involved in inter partes review proceedings, with the aim of having those...more

Sovereign Immunity and Inter Partes Review

by Knobbe Martens on

Sovereign immunity refers to the doctrine that the government cannot be sued without its consent. Specifically, the 11th Amendment precludes federal courts from exercising jurisdiction over states in suits brought by private...more

Patents for Billion Dollar Restasis Drug Under Siege

Using an innovative strategy, pharmaceutical company Allergan recently transferred the patents associated with the eye drug, Restasis, to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, in exchange for an exclusive license back. The tribe...more

Allergan and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Enter Patent Agreement to Defend Against IPR of RESTASIS® Patents

by Knobbe Martens on

In a creative move to take advantage of recent PTAB decisions regarding Sovereign Immunity, (see e.g., Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation, IPR2016-01274 and Neochord, Inc. v. University of Maryland,...more

Pharma Patents Assigned to Indian Tribe to Thwart Inter Partes Review

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

As we have previously reported, sovereign immunity of state universities (who are instruments of state government) has been used to avoid IPRs under the immunity clause of the US Constitution (“Sovereign Immunity of State...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

Making a constitutional case out of constructing pipelines

by Dentons on

In recent years, one of the most significant challenges faced by major pipeline projects has been the constitutional question of whether governments have satisfied their duty to consult Aboriginal groups as required by...more

The National Energy Board's Role in Crown Consultation

by Bennett Jones LLP on

On July 26, 2017, the Supreme Court released two seminal decisions that clarify the role of administrative tribunals, such as the National Energy Board ("NEB"), in fulfilling the Crown’s duty to consult with Indigenous...more

PLI’s “The CFPB Speaks” panel discussion

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

Earlier yesterday, at the Practicing Law Institute’s (“PLI”) 22nd Annual Consumer Financial Services Institute in New York City, Alan Kaplinsky (who is co-chairing the event) moderated a panel entitled “The CFPB Speaks,” that...more

Federal Court Certifies to the Ninth Circuit the CFPB’s Challenge to Alleged “Rent-a-Tribe” Scheme

by Goodwin on

On January 3, 2017, the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California certified for appellate review its August 31, 2016 Order finding that a California-based payday lending company used a “rent-a-tribe” scheme...more

Plus Feature: Seventh Circuit Affirms Denial of Class Certification on Spokeo Grounds in FACTA Class Action

by Benesch on

On December 13, 2016, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of a plaintiff’s motion for class certification under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (“FACTA”). In the first federal appellate...more

Environmental Litigation and Toxic Torts Update – Mountain/West Coast Case Law Highlights

Ninth Circuit Issues Major Cercla Decision Finding That Arranger Liability Cannot Be Based On Contamination Deposited On A Site By The Wind - Pakootas v. Teck Cominco Metals, No. 15-35228, 2016 U.S. App. LEXIS 13662 (9th...more

Supreme Court Benches Dan Snyder’s Team

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear Mr. Simon Tam’s arguments and review the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit’s majority decision striking as unconstitutional Lanham Act Section 2(a)’s bar against the...more

Supreme Court Corner: Q3 2016

by DLA Piper on

CASES WE ARE WATCHING - Lee v. Tam TRADEMARK – Cert. Pending Pro-Football, Inc. v. Amanda Blackhorse, et al. TRADEMARK – Cert. Pending ISSUE: Whether the Lanham Act’s disparagement clause violates the...more

Consistent Enforcement of Drug Policies Key to Avoiding Disparate Treatment Claims

Following termination stemming from a positive drug test for marijuana, a Native American female, appearing pro se, filed a federal lawsuit against her former employer, Mohave County’s Public Works Department. She alleged...more

Court Decision Dismisses Challenge to Gun Lake Band’s Trust Land

by Varnum LLP on

Last Friday, July 15, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of the Gun Lake Trust Land Reaffirmation Act. Because the Court agreed with the D.C. District Court's finding of constitutionality, it...more

Controversy Over Interior’s Trust Authority in Alaska Remains Unresolved

by Perkins Coie on

A majority panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit recently dismissed the State of Alaska’s challenge to the U.S. Secretary of the Interior’s authority to acquire land in trust for Alaska...more

No Budding in Line Washington Redskins

In a case with special significance to our DuetsBlog crew (our founder Steve Baird started the fight to cancel the THE REDSKINS trademark registrations in 1992 – see more about the Harjo case here) and significant to...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #6

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in five cases on June 23, 2016: Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, No. 14-981: Petitioner Abigail Fisher applied for admission to the University of Texas at...more

The Supreme Court - June 2016 #3

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Supreme Court of the United States issued decisions in three cases on June 13, 2016: - Puerto Rico v. Franklin Cal. Tax-Free Trust, No. 15-233: Under the Federal Bankruptcy Code, state bankruptcy laws that enable...more

A Hail Mary to the U.S. Supreme Court? Owner of REDSKINS Marks Petitions for Hearing on Constitutionality of Section 2(a) of the...

Pro-Football, Inc., the owner of multiple U.S. service mark registrations for REDSKINS, REDSKINETTES, and WASHINGTON REDSKINS, took the somewhat unusual step last week of petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court for a writ of...more

“All Aboriginal Peoples”: SCC Rules Non-Status Indians and Métis are “Indians” under the Constitution

by Bennett Jones LLP on

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Canada issued a unanimous decision in Daniels v Canada (Indian Affairs and Northern Development), 2016 SCC 12 declaring that non-status Indians and Métis are “Indians” under s 91(24) of the...more

The Federal Circuit Breathes Life into the Redskins’ Appeal

by Weintraub Tobin on

If you’re a fan of intellectual property or the National Football League, you may have heard about last July’s ruling in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. There, Judge Gerald Bruce Lee...more

Supreme Judicial Court Hears Case Involving Access to Sweat Lodges in Prisons

On October 5, 2015, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts heard argument in Trapp v. Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, SJC-11863. At issue is whether RLUIPA (and the Massachusetts Constitution) recognize...more

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