Second Circuit Affirms Preliminary Injunction against Enforcement of PACT Act against Red Earth LLC

Here is today’s opinion in Red Earth LLC v. United States: 10-3165_opn

An excerpt:

Appeal from an order of the Western District of New York (Richard J. Arcara, Judge) granting a preliminary injunction to stay enforcement of provisions of the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act (“PACT Act”) that require mail-order cigarette sellers to pay state excise taxes.  The government argues that the district court erred in concluding that plaintiffs were likely to succeed on their claim that the PACT Act’s provision requiring out-of-state tobacco sellers to pay state excise taxes regardless of their contact with that state violates due process.  We affirm the district court’s order granting the preliminary injunction.

Briefs are here and here and here.

Top Ten Indian Law Cases of 2010 on Turtle Talk

A slightly different list than our first post, this post looks at the top cases in Indian law based on hits to the post on Turtle Talk.  These can include posts about preliminary matters in the case.  Cases will only make one appearance on the list at their highest spot (adding the total number of hits from all posts on a case would not change the top ten list).  We made a note when materials from a case made it into the top 20 most downloaded documents of the year.

1. Wells Fargo v. Lake of Torches EDC, post with materials on the case (the final decision post would be number 6 on this list; the final opinion is the 10th most downloaded document of the year).

2. Red Earth LLC v. United States, preliminary injunction in PACT Act case (additional materials in this case would be number 10 on this list).

3. United States v. Fred Paquin, indictment of former Sault Tribe chief of police (the indictment is the 8th most downloaded document of the year).

4. Miranda v. Nielson, federal court rejects tribal stacked sentencing.

5. Saginaw Chippewa Tribe v. Granholm, boundary settlement materials.

6. United States v. Cavanaugh, federal district court dismissal of indictment as previous uncounseled convictions in tribal court could not be used as evidence of “habitual offender” status.

7. Menominee Tribal Enterprises v. Solis, OSHA applies to tribal enterprise (the decision in this case is the 20th most downloaded document for the year).

8. Pacheco v. Massengill, federal district court grants ICRA habeas petition.

9. Attorney’s Process and Investigation Services v. Sac and Fox Tribe, federal court upholds tribal jurisdiction over nonmember.

10. United States v. Tohono O’odham Nation, Supreme Court grants cert.

Update to Second Circuit Materials in Red Earth v. US (PACT ACT Case)

Here are briefs for Red Earth and amici:

Red Earth Brief

Seneca Free Trade Assn Brief

Seneca Nation Amicus Brief

And the amicus brief for the states:

States Amicus Brief

Seneca Nation v. Paterson Update

Many more pleadings:

Memorandum in Opposition to Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Affirmation of Peter J Kiernan

Affirmation of Daniel Smirlock

Affirmation of Jamie Woodward

Cayuga Motion to Intervene

Cayuga Nation Motion for PI and TRO

Red Earth Memorandum in Support of Motion to Appear as Amicus

Prior materials here and here.

Federal Court Lifts Remainder of Injunction against Enforcement of PACT Act

Here are the updated materials (h/t Indianz):

US Motion to Stay

Seneca Free Trade Assn Motion for Injunction

US Response to Seneca Free Trade Assn

Red Earth Response to US Motion for Stay

Red Earth Response to Seneca Free Trade Assn

Order – (8-12-10)

Earlier materials are here.

Federal Court Preliminary Injunction in PACT Act Tobacco Case

Here is an update in Red Earth LLC v. United States (W.D. N.Y.) (news article here, via Pechanga):

USA Opposition to Motion for PI

Order – PI (7-30-10)

The TRO materials are here.