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Austin Tighe: The Death of Class Actions Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

Austin Tighe spoke at the Texas Trial Lawyers Annual Convention in San Antonio on class actions. His presentation focused on how class actions, despite what the Chamber of Commerce and Texans for Lawsuit Reform would have you belief, are alive and well. Four of the last five class action decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court

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Yerington Paiute Tribe Says Sovereignty Protects it From BP’s Suit

The Yerington Paiute Tribe urged a Nevada federal judge Thursday to toss a suit that seeks to bar the tribe from bringing claims against BP America, Inc. and Atlantic Richfield Co. in tribal court over environmental damage at an abandoned copper mine. “Both the tribe and the chairman have sovereign immunity from suit in federal

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BP and ARCO Attempt to Avoid Tribal Court in Contamination Suit

Austin Tighe, who represents the tribe in the tribal court proceeding, said in a statement on Monday that his client intends to move to dismiss the federal lawsuit on sovereign immunity grounds and precedent that requires BP to exhaust jurisdictional arguments in the tribal court. “Suing the tribe is consistent with how BP has acted

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Crow Creek Tribe Sues U.S. Government for $200 Million

The Crow Creek Sioux Tribe, which resides on a reservation on the eastern banks of the Missouri River in central South Dakota north of Chamberlain, is locked in a legal showdown with the federal government in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. The tribe contends its reservation of land includes rights to Missouri River water

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Austin Tighe Seeking $600 Million for Lost Land for Schaghticoke Tribes

The Schaghticoke Tribal Nation is seeking hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from the State of Connecticut for land that it says was taken from the tribe’s northwestern Connecticut reservation, beginning more than two centuries ago. In a lawsuit filed in Hartford on Thursday, the Kent tribe alleges the state took the land it

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