Representative Litigation

United States Supreme Court

  • 2010 Hemi Group LLC and Kai Gachupin v. City of New York

    RICO and tax issues arising from on-reservation sales over the internet
  • 2014United States v. Dann

    defense of Western Shoshone aboriginal Indian title and the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley
  • 2014Mountain States Tel. & Tel. Co. v. Pueblo of Santa Ana

    right of way trespass and 1924 Pueblo Lands Act

Federal Courts of Appeal

  • 1974Tewa Tesuque v. Morton (10th Cir. Ct. App.)

    tribal land leasing dispute
  • 1980Weahkee v. Norton (10th Cir. Ct. App.)

    racial discrimination against Native Americans by Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • 1992United States v. Imperial Irrigation District (9th Cir. Ct. App.)

    reservation flooding trespass
  • 2002Ysleta del Sur Pueblo v. Texas (5th Cir. Ct. App.)

    tribal sovereignty in connection with civil contempt order
  • 2008City of New York v. Smoke-Spirits.com, Inc. (consolidated) (2d Cir. Ct. App.)

    on-reservation sales over the internet
  • 2010Hemi Group LLC v. State of Illinois, (7th Cir. Ct. App.)

    on-reservation sales over the internet
  • 2014McCurdy v. Steele (10th Cir. Ct. App.)

    tribal election dispute

Federal District Courts, Court of Claims, Claims Court, and Court of Federal Claims

  • 1974Yanito v. Barber (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Utah)

    unlawful discrimination against Native American candidates for county commission
  • 1976Lewis v. Weinberger (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. N.M.)

    challenge to policy and practice of the Indian Health Service of denying contract medical care to off-reservation Indians
  • 1976Harjo v. Kleppe (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. D.C.)

    declaratory and injunctive relief against Interior Department in tribal government matters
  • 1981Pueblo of Santo Domingo v. United States (U.S. Ct. Cl.)

    land claim before the United States Indian Claims Commission
  • 1986Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. United States (U.S. Ct. Fed. Cl.)

    damages claim for mismanagement of tribal trust assets
  • 1994Soboba Band of Mission Indians v. United States (U.S. Cls. Ct.)

    trespass damages claim before the United States Indian Claims Commission for unlawful non-Indian appropriation of reservation water supplies
  • 1999State of Texas v. Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (U.S. Dist. Ct. W.D. Tex.)

    matters related to injunction on gaming activities
  • 2000Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians v. Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (U.S.D.C. C.D. Cal.)

    trespass to reservation water rights
  • 2009Peratrovich, et al. v. United States (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Alaska)

    action to enforce Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act subsistence priority for marine water resources
  • 2010State of Illinois v. Hemi Group (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Ill.)

    on-reservation sales over the internet
  • 2011Paiute Shoshone Indians of the Bishop Community of the Bishop Colony v. City of Los Angeles (U.S. Dist. Ct. E.D. Cal.)

    recovery of tribal lands
  • 1994Torres Martinez v. Imperial Irrigation District (U.S. Dist. Ct. S.D. Cal.)

    reservation flooding trespass
  • 2007Whiskers v. United States (U.S. Dist. Ct. Utah)

    claim for damages for breach of trust for failure to distribute United States Indian Claims Commission judgment funds to beneficiaries
  • 2008Western Shoshone Identifiable Group v. United States (U.S. Ct. Fed. Cl.)

    claim for damages for breach of trust for mismanagement of trust funds
  • ????United States v. Tucson (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Ariz.) and Alvarez v. Tucson (U.S. Dist. Ct. D. Ariz.)

    adjudication of surface and groundwater rights, allottee water rights, mining lease violations and environmental damage

State Courts

  • 2004 California Parking Services, Inc. v. Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians (Ct. App. Ca. 4th App. Dist., Div. II)

    tribal sovereign immunity
  • 2004Munoz v. Jackson (N.M 1st Jud. Dist. Ct.)

    defense of challenge to inclusion of Native American on primary ballot
  • 2004Republican Party of New Mexico v. New Mexico Taxation and Revenue (amicus) (N.M. S. Ct.)

    open government
  • 2007In re the General Adjudication of the Gila River (Ariz. Maricopa County Sup. Ct.)

    quantification of Indian water rights
  • 2008City of New York v. Smoke-Spirits.com, Inc. (Ct. App. N.Y )

    challenge to application of state public health and consumer protection laws to on reservation sales
  • 2012Toomey v. City of Truth or Consequences (amicus) (N.M. S. Ct.)

    open government
  • 2013Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd. v. State of New Mexico ex rel. New Mexico Office of the Attorney General (N.M 1st Jud. Dist. Ct.)

    limits on state regulation of retail sales on reservations and Indian nation-to-nation commerce
  • ????Oldham v. Oldham (N.M. S. Ct.)

    complex statutory construction harmonizing family law and probate
  • ????State of Oregon v. Hemi Group (Or. Circ. Ct., Marion County)

    on reservation sales over the internet