Seventh Circuit Says EPA Gave Menominee Tribe “Runaround” on Back 40 Mine, Finds No Federal Agency Action to Review

Here are the materials in Menominee Tribe v. EPA:

majority-opinion-hamilton-concurrence.pdf

menominee-brief.pdf

epa-brief.pdf

aquila-resources-brief.pdf

menominee-reply.pdf

Lower court materials here.

Seventh Circuit Affirms Dismissal of Employment Action against Oneida Housing

Here are the materials in Delebreau v. Danforth:

Opinion

Opening Brief

Response Brief

Reply

Lower court materials here.

Seventh Circuit Briefs in Stockbridge-Munsee Community v. State of Wisconsin & Ho-Chunk Nation

Here:

SMC Opening Brief

Wisconsin Answer Brief

Ho-Chunk Nation Answer Brief

Reply Brief

Lower court materials here. Other materials here.

Seventh Circuit Decides Copyright Dispute Between Authors of Native-Themed Romance Novels

Here is the opinion in Rucker v. Fasano:

unpublished opinion

An excerpt:

No love is lost between romance novelists Kelly Rucker and Donna Fasano, who each wrote a tale of a wealthy teenage girl who falls in love with a boy of Native American heritage and becomes pregnant, before they are cruelly parted. To the reader’s relief, however, in each book the lovers are reunited years later, and they rekindle their fiery romance while their child explores his indigenous heritage with his father’s guidance. The characters’ happy endings, however, did not extend to the authors, who each claim to have conceived the story first. Rucker sued Fasano and her publishers for copyright infringement. In this appeal challenging the district court’s entry of summary judgment for the defendants, Rucker contends that disputes of material fact exist regarding Fasano’s access to Rucker’s story and the similarities between the two works. We affirm the judgment.

Meyers v. Wisconsin Oneida Cert Petition — Another Immunity Case

Here is the petition in Meyers v. Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin:

Cert petition

Questions presented:

1. Whether Congress abrogated the sovereign immunity of an Indian tribe under 15 U.S.C. § 1681, et seq., by providing that “any…government” may be liable for damages.
2. Whether an individual who receives a computer generated cash register receipt displaying more than the last five digits of the individual’s credit card number and the card’s expiration date has suffered a concrete injury sufficient to confer standing under Article III of the United States Constitution.

Lower court materials here.

Seventh Circuit Holds Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act Does Not Abrogate Tribal Immunity

Here is the opinion in Meyers v. Oneida Indian Tribe of Wisconsin:

ca7-opinion

Briefs here.