Judge Agrees To Wash. Tribe And Contractor Settlement

Law360 (November 12, 2020, 5:42 PM EST) — A Washington federal judge has approved a deal between the Puyallup Tribe of Indians and two construction companies in a $19 million suit over missing payments from a casino project.

U.S. District Judge Barbara Jacobs Rothstein granted Absher Construction Co., Kitchell Contractors Inc. and the Puyallup Tribe’s motion to permanently dismiss the suit Tuesday, after pausing the suit in early October so that the parties could discuss a settlement.

The contractors had claimed the tribe refused to enter arbitration that it allegedly agreed to, while the Puyallup Tribe argued the dispute should be heard in tribal courts. 

A late October filed jointly by…

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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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