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Legal News
22 May 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [opinion, PDF] a challenge to a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] in the American Indian trust [class website; JURIST news archive] class-action lawsuit. Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Elouise Cobell, who successfully led plaintiffs in the Indian trust class action lawsuit [class action website] against the US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website], died from cancer Sunday at age 65. The resulting $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] for mismanaged Indian land royalties was the largest settlement … [read more]


Legal News
7 Oct 2011
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday ruled [judgment, PDF] that challengers of the $3.4 billion settlement agreement [JURIST report] in the American Indian trust class-action lawsuit [backgrounder] will not be required to put up a bond before proceeding with … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jun 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Judge Thomas Hogan of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Monday approved [DOI press release] a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] in the American Indian trust [news archive] class-action lawsuit. The suit has been underway for 15 years, with a federal judge approving of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Wednesday signed [press release] a bill [HR 4783 materials] authorizing funds for a settlement with minority farmers over discrimination claims. The settlements include $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] mismanaged funds [DOI materials] held … [read more]


Legal News
1 Dec 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Tuesday voted 256-152 to authorize settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include [AP report] $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] mismanaged funds [DOI materials] held in … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Friday authorized by voice vote settlements between the US government and minority farmers for alleged discrimination. The settlements include [AP report] $3.4 billion to resolve claims that the Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] mismanaged funds [DOI materials] held in trust for … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2010
by Eryn Correa

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday extended the deadline for Congress to approve the $3.4 billion settlement concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of funds [DOI materials] held in trust for American Indian landowners [JURIST news archive]. Judge Thomas … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] US district court judge James Robertson granted Congress additional time [transcript, PDF] Thursday to approve a $3.4 billion settlement [agreement, PDF] against the government in a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST news archive] brought for its alleged mismanagement of American Indian trust funds. The delay, the third since … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US government announced [press release] Tuesday that a settlement agreement [text, PDF] worth more than $3.4 billion has been reached in a 13-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs' website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds [DOI materials] for a group of some 500,000 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] must provide an accounting in a 13-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs' website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] in a 12-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs website; JURIST news archive] concerning the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans. Plaintiffs led by Eloise Cobell had argued that the federal government … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2008
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [court website] began hearings Monday in Cobell v. Kempthorne [plaintiff's website; DOJ materials], a class-action suit brought in 1996 alleging US government mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans and their heirs. Judge James Robertson … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson said Monday in a court hearing that he would set a dollar figure [plaintiffs press release] on the US government's alleged mismanagement of trust funds for a group of some 500,000 Native Americans in a 12-year class action lawsuit [plaintiffs website; JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday scheduled a June trial to resolve the decade-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website; JURIST news archive]. In January, US District Judge James Robertson ruled [PDF text; JURIST report] that the US … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia Wednesday ruled [PDF text] that the US Department of the Interior (DOI) [official website] "unreasonably delayed" the accounting of billions of dollars of American Indian money [DOI Indian Trust Fund website], adding that it is now … [read more]


Legal News
10 Oct 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] Wednesday conducted an evidentiary hearing in the decade-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website; JURIST news archive]. The class-action suit involves the alleged mismanagement by the US Department of the Interior [official website] of American Indian … [read more]


Legal News
7 Mar 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Native American plaintiffs in the decade-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] have rejected a new $7 billion settlement proposal from the US government but the chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee [official website] nonetheless says he will hold a hearing later this month to provide … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Plaintiffs in the 10-year-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] on Monday petitioned [PDF text; press release] the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reconsider a decision to pull an outspoken judge [JURIST report] from the case. In July, the appeals court ruled … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Senate Indian Affairs Committee [official website] on Wednesday postponed consideration [press release] of the Indian Trust Reform Act [HR 4322 summary], legislation that would settle a decade-old class-action lawsuit [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] brought by Native Americans alleging the mismanagment of American Indian money [DOI Indian … [read more]

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