Sioux Tribe Wins Tax Suit For Casino Contractor Work

Law360 (October 22, 2020, 7:47 PM EDT) — A South Dakota federal judge has ruled that the state can’t tax contracting work performed by a nontribal company on the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe’s on-reservation casino, saying the tax is preempted by both the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and the Indian Trader Statutes.

The tribe had asked for a declaration that the state couldn’t impose its excise tax for work by contractor Henry Carlson Co. on a $24 million renovation project at the tribe’s Royal River Casino in Flandreau, South Dakota.

U.S. District Judge Karen E. Schreier ruled Wednesday that although IGRA didn’t expressly preempt the tax on the construction…

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Military Contractor Wants Suit Over Hurricane Relief Tossed

Law360 (October 20, 2020, 10:21 PM EDT) — Military contractor AECOM has asked a Louisiana federal court to throw out a whistleblower suit accusing it of receiving too much funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to reconstruct educational institutions hit by 2005’s Hurricane Katrina, arguing the government hasn’t proved AECOM’s actions were fraudulent or violated the False Claims Act.

The motion to dismiss the case was filed Monday, the same day the Louisiana Department of Education, which the government added to the suit in July and accused of mispresenting the extent of the hurricane damage to some of its buildings, pushed to have claims against it dropped, too….

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Navy Contractor Says Rival Can’t Use Info From Prior Suit

Law360 (October 15, 2020, 8:51 PM EDT) — A U.S. Navy contractor urged a D.C. federal court to toss out claims it hurt its competitor’s business with unfavorable testimony in a separate dispute between the competitor and the Navy, saying that the testimony is privileged.

Global Defense Logistics SRL hit back Wednesday at MLS-Multinational Logistic Services Ltd.’s complaint that it committed tortious interference by intervening in 2018 in a bid protest MLS had launched against the Navy. According to MLS, a statement from GDL employee Edwin Myhre endorsing a change in the Navy’s contract language was calculated to ingratiate GDL with the military branch and harm MLS’ standing….

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