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American Indian Tribe Loses Suit Over Trusted Massachusetts Land

The Bureau of Indian Affairs didn’t have the authority to take into trust land in Massachusetts for the Mashpee Wampanoag Indian Tribe, according to the First Circuit, which ruled Thursday that the tribe didn’t qualify as “Indian” under a relevant provision of the Indian Reorganization Act.

Coronavirus Combat Plans Drawn Up by U.S. Courts (1)

The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has drawn up plans for dealing with the spreading coronavirus, with an eye toward maintaining “essential elements of prevention and maintaining essential services” in the event of an outbreak.

Arizona Voters Lose Challenge to McSally’s Pick for Senate Seat

Arizona voters lost their challenge to Gov. Doug Ducey’s appointment of fellow Republican Martha McSally after the death of Sen. John McCain, as the Ninth Circuit Thursday said the state’s law governing appointments and elections in the aftermath of a Senate vacancy is constitutional.

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Making Millions Off Others’ Lawsuits: How Litigation Finance Works

For centuries it was considered taboo for a third-party to have a financial stake in a lawsuit. Today, thanks to an industry re-examining the relevance of legal doctrines from feudal times, a new crop of firms have sprouted to invest in lawsuits for profit. The concept, known as litigation finance, has quickly spawned a multi-billion dollar industry that is getting the attention of the country’s largest law firms.

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