Alaska's Native Village of Crooked Creek threw its support behind the federal government in litigation brought by half a dozen tribes challenging its approvals for a massive open-pit gold mine along the Kuskokwim River in southwest Alaska, saying the project will bring meaningful improvements to Crooked Creek.
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Alaska Native Village Defends Donlin Gold Mine Approvals

By Madeline Lyskawa

Alaska's Native Village of Crooked Creek threw its support behind the federal government in litigation brought by half a dozen tribes challenging its approvals for a massive open-pit gold mine along the Kuskokwim River in southwest Alaska, saying the project will bring meaningful improvements to Crooked Creek.

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US Sends Mixed Messages In Enbridge Line 5 Pipeline Dispute

By Crystal Owens

The Biden administration sent mixed messages to the Seventh Circuit for its first time weighing in on Enbridge's controverisal Line 5 oil pipeline, urging the court to uphold the ordered shutdown of the project while adding that a tribe's public nuisance claim should be dismissed.

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Judge Won't Rethink Ax Of Tribes 'Cultural Resource' Claims

By Madeline Lyskawa

A Washington federal judge has refused to rethink his dismissal of the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation's claims for "tribal service losses" stemming from a smelter's Columbia River pollution, saying the tribes did not meet the standard required for reconsideration.

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ND Tribe Banishes SD Gov. After Racially Charged Remarks

By Crystal Owens

A North Dakota tribe has joined two South Dakota Lakota nations in voting to banish South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem from their reservation lands after accusing her of making racially charged public comments about drug cartels allegedly operating on reservations in the state and about Native American parents.

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POLICY & REGULATION

Interior Dept. Finalizes Rule To Strengthen Endangered Species Act

By Juan-Carlos Rodriguez

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday announced a final rule it said is intended to increase participation in its voluntary conservation programs, but environmentalists slammed it as "a huge missed opportunity" to improve conditions for wildlife.

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DOI Lowers Fees For Solar, Wind Projects On Public Lands

By Madeline Lyskawa

The U.S. Department of the Interior unveiled finalized updates to its renewable energy regulations on Thursday that are aimed at promoting the development of solar and wind energy on public lands by lowering the associated fees.

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FDA Commissioner Says Congress Must Act On Hemp, CBD

By Sam Reisman

The commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Thursday that the agency did not consider hemp-derived CBD safe enough to be sold lawfully as a dietary supplement, and urged Congress to create a new pathway to regulate the substance.

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LEGAL INDUSTRY

Orrick To Pay $8M To Settle Data Breach Litigation

By Lauren Berg

A proposed class of data-breach victims asked a California federal judge Thursday to greenlight an $8 million settlement with Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP in litigation over a March 2023 data breach that purportedly exposed Social Security numbers and other personal information of more than 638,000 individuals.

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Analysis

OJ Simpson's Jury Was Sequestered. Why Not Trump's?

By Phillip Bantz

Unlike jurors in the murder case of O.J. Simpson, the 12 Manhattanites picked to hear criminal charges against Donald Trump likely won't be sequestered during the trial — easing psychological and financial burdens but potentially exposing them to outside pressures.

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Calif., NY And SD Judicial Nominees Advance To Full Senate

By Courtney Buble

Four judicial nominees were voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, including one scrutinized for his affiliation with the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association and the group's position on hot button issues.

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Leonard Leo Rebuffs Senate Judiciary Committee Subpoena

By Courtney Bublé

Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, served influential conservative and longtime Federalist Society executive Leonard Leo with a subpoena on Thursday as part of his U.S. Supreme Court ethics probe, which Leo is refusing to comply with.

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Tax Controversy Quintet Joins Bradley Arant In Atlanta

By Adrian Cruz

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP announced that it hired a five-person tax controversy team from Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Aughtry highlighted by the addition of three experienced partners, including two former Internal Revenue Service trial attorneys.

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Ex-Ellenoff Grossman Atty Faces Possible Firing Suit Remand

By Patrick Hoff

A former Ellenoff Grossman & Schole LLP associate's suit saying she was fired for protesting sexual harassment should return to state court, a New York federal judge recommended, saying the federal court can't enforce arbitration pacts invalidated by a 2022 amendment to the Federal Arbitration Act.

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Jewish Attys Sue Union Over Dues After Pro-Palestine Stance

By Emily Brill

A public defenders union violated the First Amendment by forcing two Jewish attorneys who oppose its pro-Palestine rhetoric to continue paying dues, the New York City-based attorneys claimed in a federal lawsuit filed Thursday, naming the city and their employer as defendants as well.

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LAW FIRMS IN TODAY'S NEWS

Alston & Bird

Arnold & Porter

Baker & Hostetler

Bradley Arant

Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Clement & Murphy

Culp Elliott

Daniel G. Suber & Associates

Davenport Evans

Ellenoff Grossman

Federman & Sherwood

Ford O'Brien

Fox Rothschild

Green & Noblin PC

Hooper Hathaway

Husch Blackwell

Kanji & Katzen

Nelson Mullins

Ogden Murphy

Orrick Herrington

Paduano & Weintraub

Perkins Coie

Pillsbury Winthrop

Quarles & Brady

Schubert Jonckheer

Schwabe Williamson

Schwartz Perry

Steptoe LLP

Venable LLP

White and Williams

Witherspoon Brajcich

COMPANIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

American Bar Association

American Federation of State County & Municipal Employees

Barrick Gold Corp.

Center for Biological Diversity Inc.

Earthjustice

Enbridge Energy Partners LP

Federalist Society

KPMG International

Ketchum Inc.

LinkedIn Corp.

Native American Rights Fund Inc.

NovaGold Resources Inc.

Solar Energy Industries Association

United Auto Workers

University of Southern California

GOVERNMENT AGENCIES IN TODAY'S NEWS

Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe

Bay Mills Indian Community

Bureau of Land Management

City of New York

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation

Federal Bureau of Investigation

Fish and Wildlife Service

Food and Drug Administration

Government of Canada

Internal Revenue Service

Manhattan District Attorney's Office

National Marine Fisheries Service

Oglala Sioux Tribe

South Dakota Legislature

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of the Interior

U.S. District Court for the District of Alaska

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Supreme Court

United Nations

Washington Attorney General's Office