2017 Sovereign Immunity News Stories

Supreme Court shakes up docket by accepting sovereignty case at request of tribe (Indianz) 12/11/17 (See Upper Skagit Indian Tribe v. Lundgren)

United States Court rules Restasis Patents invalid, rasises concerncs about Allergan-Mohawk Tribe agreement (Mondaq) 12/8/17

U.S. Senators press Allergan for details on patent deal with tribe (The New York Times) 11/7/17

IP Subcommittee to hold hearing on sovereign immunity in patent cases (House of Representatives Judiciary Committee) 11/2/17 (See Allergan INC. v. TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, INC.)

Tribal group sues San Joaquin County over hemp grow (KCRA) 10/30/17

Native American tribe sues Amazon and Microsoft over patents (Ars Technica) 10/18/17

A Northwest tribal sovereignty battle, centered on culverts (High Country News) 10/17/17

Mylan invalidates Allergan's patents on Restasis (Cision PR Newswire) 10/16/17 (See Allergan INC. v. TEVA Pharmaceuticals USA, INC.)

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe outraged at Senator McCaskill over sovereign immunity bill (IP Watchdog) 10/6/17

Four Senators are calling for an investigation into a deal between Allergan and a Native American tribe (CNBC) 9/27/17

Apple is being sued for patent infringement by a Native American tribe (Ars Technica) 9/27/17

Sovereignty and trust: Interview with Congressman Raul Grijalva (Harvard Political Review) 9/23/17

Native American tribe moves to dismiss Allergan case (U.S. News) 9/22/17

U.S. judge cites tribal sovereignty in dissmissing coal lawsuit (Santa Fe New Mexican) 9/13/17

Alaska Native tribes sovereign immunity upheld in ruling (Juneau Empire) 9/9/17 (See Douglas Indian Association v. Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska )

California Indian tribes form cannabis trade group (MG) 9/5/17

Tribes really need more than sovereign immunity defense (JD Supra) 8/29/17

Washington asks high court to overturn Yakama Nation treaty victory (Indianz) 6/23/17

Fourth Circuit affirms finding that arbitration agreement in payday loan obtained over the internet is unenforceable (Reinsurance Focus) 5/31/17 (See Dillon v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A.)

Seneca County's fight to foreclose on tribe's tax-delinquent properties gets a reset (Finger Lakes Times) 5/24/17

Santee Sioux trial verdict: Canabis consultant 'not guilty' on all charges (Leafly) 5/24/17

Santee Sioux trial, day 3: "Whose marijuana is it?" (Leafly) 5/24/17

Matthew Fletcher: Expect 'uptick' in litigation after Supreme Court decision (Indianz) 5/17/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

Fourth Circuit again rejects arbitration request under payday loan agreement (JD Supra) 5/15/17 (See Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Great Plains Lending, LLC; Hayes v. Delbert; Dillon v. BMO Harris Bank, N.A.)

Exploring tribal sovereign immunity with Lewis v. Clarke (K&L Gates) 5/11/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

Judge rules against Seneca County: Siragusa rejects claim against Cayuga Indian Nation over tax issue (Finger Lakes Times) 5/10/17 (See Cayuga Indian Nation of New York v. Seneca County, New York)

The Supreme Court's decision in Lewis v. Clarke potentially opens the door of tort liability for tribal employees (JD Supra) 4/27/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

US Supreme Court takes narrow view on tribal immunity (The Guardian) 4/25/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

Jenn Weddle: 'Best possible result' from Supreme Court in sovereignty case (Indianz) 4/25/17 (See Lewis v. Clarke)

Washington Supreme Court rejects sovereign immunity defense in quiet title action (National Law Review) 3/21/17 (See Lundgren v. Upper Skagit Indian Tribe)

Courts continue trend of recognizing tribal immunity in bankruptcy proceedings (Holland & Knight) 3/21/17 (See In re Money Center of America, Inc.)

Oneida Nation prevails as Supreme Court declines immunity case (Indianz) 3/20/17 (See Meyers v. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin)

Connecticut suit could affect tribal compacts (Albuquerque Journal) 3/9/17

Georgia AG follows familiar pattern; settles suit against California payday lender for alleged rent-a-tribe scheme (JD Supra) 2/13/17

Tribal sovereign immunity on trial at US Supreme Court (Indian Country Today) 2/3/17

Court enforces CFPB civil investigative demand against tribal lending entity; rejects argument that tribal sovereignty precludes such demands (JD Supra) 2/2/17

CashCall to refund millions over illegal online lending scheme (Augusta Free Press) 1/31/17

Ninth Circuit affirms CFPB authority to investigate tribal lenders (Consumer Financial Services Review) 1/26/17

Federal judge rules against tribes in cigarette-tax dispute (New York Law Journal) 1/25/17

California Supreme Court declines to extend tribal sovereign immunity to payday lending businesses (JD Supra) 1/10/17

Argument analysis: Court unlikely to resolve complex issues about scope of sovereign and tribal immunity (SCOTUSblog) 1/10/17

Justices weigh tribal immunity for limo crash (Courthouse News) 1/09/17

Argument preview: The perversity of tribal sovereignty (SCOTUSblog) 1/05/17

Tribal sovereign immunity not a bar to payday lending enforcement action, California Supreme Court rules (JD Supra) 1/04/17


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