2017 Federal Courts Cases

Last updated: February 17, 2017

Next Update Should be Ready by:
March 1, 2017

Recently Added Cases:

Knighton v. Cedarville Rancheria of Northern Paiute Indians
2017 WL 616465
Case No. 16-cv-02438-WHO
United States District Court, E.D. California.

Legal Topics: Tribal Court Jurisdiction; Tribal Government - Fraud

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United States v. Cooley
2017 WL 499896
CR 16–42–BLG–SPW
United States District Court, D. Montana, Billings Division.
Signed 02/07/2017

Legal Topics: Indian Civil Rights Act; Tribal Criminal Jursidiction


Jones v. United States
2017 WL 382373
United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.
January 27, 2017

Legal Topics: Bad Men Treaty Provision

Related News Stories: Ute tribe proceeds with suit against U.S. for tribal member's death (UBMedia) 2/6/17, Appeals court reinstates Ute Tribe's wrongful death lawsuit (McClatchyDC) 2/6/17, Court reinstates Ute Tribe's wrongful death suit in 2007 reservation shooting (Salt Lake Tribune)2/4/17

United States v. Barnes
2017 WL 375629
Case No. 16-1188
United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit.
January 26, 2017

Legal Topics: Oklevueha Native American Church; Marijuana Manufacturing

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau v. Great Plains Lending, LLC
2017 WL 242560
No. 14-55900
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

*Synopsis: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) brought action against several for-profit tribal lending entities, seeking enforcement of investigative demands it served on entities. After issuing order to show cause as to why entities should not comply with demands, the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Michael W. Fitzgerald, J., denied entities' petition to set aside demands. Entities appealed.

*Holding: The Court of Appeals, Rawlinson, Circuit Judge, held that CFPB did not plainly lack jurisdiction to issue demands against entities.

Related News Stories: Court enforces CFPB civil investigative demand against tribal lending entity; rejects argument that tribal sovereignty precludes such demands (JD Supra) 2/2/17, Ninth Circuit affirms CFPB authority to investigate tribal lenders (Consumer Financial Services Review) 1/26/17

Hackford v. State of Utah
2017 WL 217963
No. 15-4120
United States Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit.

Legal Topics: Criminal Jurisdiction

Swinomish Indian Tribal Community v. BNSF Railway Company
2017 WL 132448
No. C15-543RSL
United States District Court, W.D. Washington, at Seattle.

Legal Topics: Easement Agreement

Related News Stories: Court says tribe's suit against BNSF can proceed (Goanacortes) 1/18/17

Scudero v. Moran
2017 WL 68612
5:16-CV-00005 JWS
United States District Court, D. Alaska.

Legal Topics: Indian Civil Rights Act - Exhaustion of Tribal Remedies

The Tulalip Tribes v. United States
2017 WL 58836
No. 2:15-cv-00940-BJR
United States District Court, W.D. Washington.

Legal Topics: Indian Commerce Clause

Related News Stories: Native Americans and taxes: Tulalip Tribes challenge state taxation on tribal lands (Indian Country Today) 1/09/17

Whiteagle v. United States
2017 WL 53294
United States District Court, W.D. Wisconsin.

Legal Topics: Tribal Exhaustion Doctrine


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