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Ute Indian Tribe Asserts Ownership of All Federal Lands in the Uncompahgre Reservation

by Holland & Hart LLP on

On March 8, 2018, the Ute Indian Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation (the "Tribe") filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia against the United States, the Department of the...more

Court Interprets Contract Containing Mandatory De Novo Review Provision Of Arbitration Award

by Carlton Fields on

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals determined that an ADR provision of an agreement which called for arbitration, but also indicated that either party may “notwithstanding any provision of law bring an action against the...more

Patent IPRs and Allergan’s Sovereign Immunity Defense

In an age of rising healthcare costs, pharmaceutical companies can be an easy target in calls for patent reform. Patent protection helps drug manufacturers recoup their investment in developing the new drug,. It also...more

Pave it! RFRA Unlikely to Protect Sacred Burial Ground

A Federal Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court of Oregon recently issued findings and recommendations in Chief Wilder Slockish, et al. v. U.S. Federal Highway Administration, et al., concluding that federal...more

Dorsey Pro Bono Clients Effect Change in TSA Screening of Native American Religious Items

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

The Native American Church of North America and its former President Sandor Iron Rope recently entered into a settlement agreement with the Transportation Security Administration (“TSA”) that will change how the agency trains...more

Tenth Circuit Takes Expansive View of the Definition of the Term “Mining,” Holding Wind Farm Project Needs Permit Prior to...

United States of America v. Osage Wind, LLC et al., 871 F.3d 1078 2017 WL 4109940 (10th Cir. Sept. 18, 2017). Causing heartburn for project applicants developing on tribal land, the Tenth Circuit reversed the District Court...more

The Supreme Court - February 27, 2018

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Merit Management Group, LP v. FTI Consulting, Inc., No. 16-784: Prior to filing for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Valley View Downs, which sought to operate a racetrack casino in Pennsylvania, transferred $55 million to its...more

PTAB: Tribal Sovereign Immunity Does Not Provide a Basis to Terminate IPRs

by Hogan Lovells on

On February 23, 2018, in a much-anticipated decision, the PTAB ruled that tribal sovereign immunity could not be used to shield certain Allergan Inc. (“Allergan”) patents from review in a number of IPRs. Allergan had assigned...more

Tribal Sovereign Immunity Doctrine Does Not Insulate Tribes From Board Actions

by Jones Day on

In a case of first impression, the PTAB recently decided that the doctrine of tribal sovereign immunity does not apply to inter partes review proceedings. See Mylan Pharmaceuticals Inc. v. Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe,...more

Allergan’s Mohawk Gambit Fails At The PTAB

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) has not taken kindly to a move by the Irish drug company Allergan to shield its key patents on its dry-eye drug Restasis from challenge at the U.S. Patent Office by assigning these...more

Providing For De Novo Review of Award Can Invalidate The Arbitration Agreement

A recent decision from the 10th Circuit shows there is a whole new way to invalidate an arbitration agreement. In Citizen Potawatomi Nation v. Oklahoma, 2018 WL 718606 (10th Cir. Feb. 6, 2018), the court found the...more

Six Tips for Tribal Governments to Reduce Tribal Member Taxes in 2018

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• President Donald Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first major overhaul of the U.S. tax system in over 30 years. • Although few of the enacted provisions are specific to Indian Country, several...more

4 Tips For Defending Against Tribal RICO Claims

In the last decade, tribal entities and officials have increasingly become the subjects of civil suits alleging violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 U.S.C. § 1962 et seq. When originally...more

New Indian Child Welfare Act Challenges On The Horizon

Two types of challenges to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), 25 U.S.C. § 1901 et seq., now feature prominently: equal protection challenges and challenges based on the “intrafamily dispute” exception to ICWA. A petition...more

CFPB continues to retreat and lose ground in payday and high-rate installment lending

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

In a span of three days, the CFPB, under Acting Director Mulvaney, significantly retreated in the payday-lending space and suffered a court defeat in its request for monetary relief with respect to a CashCall installment...more

American Indian Law and Policy: 10 Things You Need to Know - January 2018

January 2018 marked the beginning of year two of the Trump Presidency and the second session of the 115th Congress. Congress came back into session on January 3 after recessing for the December holidays. With the passage of...more

House of Representatives Passes Bill To Restore Recognition Of Tribal Sovereignty In Labor Law Enforcement

by McGuireWoods LLP on

Earlier this month, a bipartisan 239-173 majority of the House of Representatives passed the text of the Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (H.R. 986) as an amendment to a Senate bill amending a 2010 law regarding Apache tribal...more

Wisconsin Indian Tribe Sues Federal Government to Get Involved in Permitting of Mine in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

by Husch Blackwell LLP on

The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin has sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) and Army Corps of Engineers (“Corps”) over the proposed Aquila Resources Back Forty Mine, arguing that EPA and Corps have...more

Ending the Twilight Saga: FCC Proposes Slashing Regulations to Speed Broadband Deployment

by Hogan Lovells on

The FCC has proposed to exclude so-called “Twilight Towers” from routine historic preservation review under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (“NHPA”) and its regulations.  ...more

Overturning the CFPB’s final payday loan rule by reopening rulemaking or CRA resolution

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

On December 1, 2018, three Democrat and three Republican members of the House of Representatives introduced a joint resolution under the Congressional Review Act (H.J. Res. 122) to override the CFPB’s final payday/auto...more

The Supreme Court - January 16, 2018

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

On Friday afternoon, the Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear arguments in twelve cases: Animal Science Products v. Hebei Welcome, No. 16-1220: Whether a court may exercise independent review of an appearing...more

CFPB to reconsider final payday loan rule

by Ballard Spahr LLP on

The CFPB announced yesterday that it intends to engage in a rulemaking process to reconsider, pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act, its final rule on Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans (the...more

Gaming & Hospitality Legal News: Volume 11, Number 1: Indigenous Gaming Issues In Canada

by Dickinson Wright on

The current division of jurisdiction over gaming in Canada came about as a result of a Federal-Provincial Agreement that was entered into in 1985, intended to address differences that had arisen between those governments...more

Legislation Exempting Tribes From The National Labor Relations Act Passes The House

by Varnum LLP on

The Tribal Labor Sovereignty Act (TLSA) passed the House of Representatives in the afternoon on January 10, 2018, with a 239-173 vote. The TLSA, if it becomes law, will exclude "any Indian tribe, or any enterprise or...more

As Legislation Stalls, Tribes Remain Under National Labor Relations Act: What Should Tribal Employers Do Next?

by Varnum LLP on

Despite hopeful signs in early 2017, a proposed federal law to exempt Indian tribes and tribal employers from the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) has failed to progress beyond the most introductory legislative stages as...more

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