Federal Court Holds Hualapai Business Immune From Suit

Here are the materials in Zhang v. Grand Canyon Resort Corp. (C.D. Cal.):

57-first-amended-complaint.pdf

60-1-motion-to-dismiss.pdf

60-3-declaration.pdf

67-opposition.pdf

74-reply.pdf

76-dct-order.pdf

Arizona SCT Holds Tribal Company Did Not Establish Status as Subordinate Entity and Was Not Entitled to Immunity

Here is the opinion in Hwal’Bay Ba J Enterprises v. Jantzen:

hwalbay-v.-jantzen-ariz-2020.pdf

An excerpt:

An Indian tribe’s “subordinate economic organization” serves as an “arm of the tribe” and therefore shares its sovereign immunity. This tort case affords us an opportunity to identify factors courts should examine to decide whether a tribal entity serves in that capacity. After doing so, we conclude the tribal entity here did not prove it is a subordinate economic organization entitled to share the tribe’s immunity, and the superior court therefore did not err by denying the entity’s motion to dismiss.

Briefs are here.

Arizona SCT Materials in Hwal’Bay Ba J Enterprises v. Jantzen

Here are the available briefs:

petition-for-review.pdf

response-in-opposition.pdf

amicus-in-opposition.pdf

arizona-sct-case-summary.pdf

Oral argument video here.

https://supremestateaz.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=2691

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

Hualapai Nation

Associate Judge. NEW Closing date: 3/2/2017.

National Indian Education Association (NIEA)

Tribal Education Specialist, Washington D.C.

National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)

Staff Attorney, Washington D.C. First review 2/21/2017. Open until filled.

Friday Job Announcements

Job vacancies are posted on Friday. Some announcements might still appear throughout the week. If you would like your Indian law job posted on Turtle Talk, please email indigenous@law.msu.edu.

American Probation and Parole Association

Grants Manager, Tribal Programs, Seattle, WA.

Grants Manager, Tribal Programs, Sacramento, CA. Both close January 3, 2017.

Hualapai Nation

Associate Judge, Tribal Court. Closes December 30, 2016.

Defamation Defendants’ Counterclaims against Grand Canyon Skywalk Development Dismissed

Here are the updated materials in the case now captioned Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC v Cieslak (D. Nev.):

91 Defendant Motion to File Counterclaims

100 Opposition

102 Reply

113 Magistrate R&R

An excerpt:

Defendants seek to amend their answer to allege a counterclaim against the Plaintiffs. The proposed counterclaim alleges two causes of action: abuse of process and intentional interference with prospective economic relations. Plaintiffs oppose the motion on the grounds that it is untimely, will cause undue prejudice to them and that the proposed counterclaim would be futile because neither cause of action states a legally viable claim for relief.

119 DCT Order Adopting R&R

Prior post in this matter here.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Development Defamation Suit Proceeds against PR Firm

Here are the materials in Grand Canyon Skywalk Development LLC v. Steele (D. Nev.):

17 Scutari & Cieslak Motion to Dismiss

20 Tribal Council Defendants Motion to Dismiss

22 GCSD Response to 17

27 GCSD Response to 20

31 Scutari & Cieslak Reply

32 Tribal Council Defendants Reply

63 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal of Cesspooch

64 Notice of Voluntary Dismissal of Tribal Council Defendants

66 DCT Order

Complaint posted here.

Grand Canyon Skywalk Development Corp. Sues Hualapai Officials for Defamation and Other Claims

Here is the complaint in Grand Canyon Skywalk Development Corp. v. Steele (D. Nev.):

GCSD v Steele et al Complaint

An excerpt:

This is an action for defamation, business disparagement, and civil conspiracy. The Defendants have conspired to publish and have in fact published false and intentionally defamatory statements designed to disparage the reputation of Plaintiffs. The statements have resulted in damaging the reputations of GCSD, Jin and Quasula, and substantial damages have been incurred, in Las Vegas, Nevada, where Jin and Quasula reside, and where GCSD is headquartered.