Native American claims

Plaintiffs’ lawyers, now used to soliciting litigation from municipal governments, labor union health and welfare funds, and Medicare assistance plans, have been trying the same thing with Indian tribes (note: we don’t care much for “Indian” as it reflects Columbus’ 500-year-old navigational error, so we opt for the more accurate Canadian term – “First Nations”). 

Jurisdiction is hardly the spiciest of topics we discuss on this blog and yet it definitely qualifies for frequent-blogging status. That’s likely because as defendants, we don’t get first choice of jurisdiction. We get hauled into the court of plaintiff’s preference after which we are afforded some ability to change jurisdiction but that often requires