Here are the materials (so far) in Michelin Retirement Plan v. Dilworth Paxon LLP (D.S.C.):
Jury selection is set for February 2020. Wakpamni Lake Community Corporation did not file a response. The clerk issued a default judgment against WLCC. Docket no. 173.
We posted a complaint yesterday filed by a Chicago retired employee fund against individuals and law firms that worked on this deal.
Here are a few more docs (there is a lot to dig up, but this is a start):
galanis-et-al-indictment.pdf [he was convicted, parts of it on appeal now]
federal-brief-in-us-v-archer.pdf [details the scheme, appeal in related conviction]
366_f.supp_.3d_477.pdf [galanis decision, on appeal]
Here is the opinion in State v. Stanton:
Upon review of the complaints, a magistrate concluded that recent federal legislation removed state jurisdiction for crimes committed on the Settlement. As a result, the magistrate dismissed the three pending misdemeanor charges and assessed costs against the Meskwaki Nation. The magistrate further advised that the Tama County Sheriff should consult with the county attorney to determine whether prisoners such as the defendant should even be received and retained in custody by the Tama County Sheriff. The district court further stated that tribal police officers should be instructed by tribal judicial officers to cease and desist from charging persons with violations of the Iowa Code as such charges “will only serve to clog state courts and result in the imposition of court costs upon the Meskwaki Tribe for cases which must be dismissed.”
Resistance to Application for Discretionary Review [Vander Mey pleading]
Federal and tribal amicus briefs not available. If anyone has them, please send to me. Would also love to read the lower court opinion.
Judge Vander Mey is a repeat player on TT. In 2011, mad about the Iowa Supreme Court’s same-sex marriage decision, he refused to accept the tribe’s immunity defenses in civil actions. He was removed from the bench for a time, but then reinstated.
In 2017, Vander Mey again refused to acknowledge tribal sovereignty in another civil suit.
Here is the unpublished opinion in State v. Ziegler (Minn. Ct. App.):