Indian Law involves civil litigation on behalf of tribes and their entities in Tribal, State, and Federal courts.
Brown Jacobson represents the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, its tribal entities and its tribal officials and employees. The range of civil litigation includes:
- Suits for personal injury
- Breach of contract claims
- Employment and wrongful termination claims
- All types of tort actions
Our practice also involves:
- Advising tribal clients in regard to land claims suits and treaty rights
- Internal tribal dispute resolution methods
- The Federal recognition process
- Tribal code revisions
- Advising tribes, tribal entities, and individual Indians regarding tax matters, and specifically, the structuring of particular tribal entities and the tax consequences thereof
Our Indian Law attorneys practice in Federal court and have successfully defended suits against the tribe, tribal entities, and tribal officials brought under Federal laws such as:
- The Fair Labor Standards Act, 29 U.S.C. 201 et seq.; 42 U.S.C. 1981; 42 U.S.C. 1983;
- The Age Discrimination Act, 29 U.S.C. 621, et seq.
- The Second Circuit Court appeal of Bassett v. Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, 204 F.3rd 343 (2nd Cir. 2000) in which the court held that the Copyright Act, 28 U.S.C. 1338, did not provide an explicit waiver of sovereign immunity from suit to allow private individuals to sue the tribe under the Act.
- The Second Circuit Court of Appeal Amicus Brief on the land into trust case on behalf of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribe, Babbitt v. Connecticut, 26 F.Supp.2d 397 (D.Conn. 1998).
- Numerous cases involving Indian Civil Rights Act claims, 25 U.S.C. 1302 et seq., brought in the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court.
The following attorneys practice Indian Law: