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November 15, 2018
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SCOTUS 2018 Indian Law Merits Docket: Reservation Status, Tax, and Hunting Rights Cases

The Supreme Court has granted certiorari in three Indian law cases that will be decided this Term--Carpenter v. Murphy, Washington Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc., and Herrera v. Wyoming. Each involves issues that will have substantial practical and legal effects on both the parties and others.
Today, Thursday, November 15th, at 2pm EST, please join Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt as he moderates a discussion featuring Mithun Mansinghani, Solicitor General, State of Oklahoma; John G. Knepper, Chief Deputy Attorney General, State of Wyoming; and Fronda C. Woods, former Assistant Attorney General, State of Washington.
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FDA Plans Curbs on E-cigarette Sales Over Concerns About Surge in Teen Vaping
November 8, 2018

The Food and Drug Administration, alarmed by a huge increase in vaping among minors, is expected to impose severe restrictions on the sale of e-cigarette products throughout the United States — actions that will probably have a significant impact on an industry that has grown exponentially in recent years with little government oversight.

As soon as next week, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb is expected to announce a ban on the sale of most flavored e-cigarettes in tens of thousands of convenience stores and gas stations across the country, according to senior agency officials. The agency will also impose such rules as age-verification requirements for online sales, the officials say.

Gottlieb also is expected to propose banning menthol in regular cigarettes. The agency has been collecting public comments on such a prohibition, which is a major goal of the public health community but is likely to be strongly opposed by the cigarette industry.

The FDA’s initiatives on vaping are spurred by preliminary government data that show ­e-cigarette use rose 77 percent among high schoolers and nearly 50 percent among middle schoolers in 2018. That means 3.5 million children were vaping in early 2018, up 1 million from 2017.
Juul Suspends Sales of Most Flavored Products, Stops Social Media to Address Underage Vaping
November 13, 2018

Juul Labs Inc., the maker of the e-cigarette that is wildly popular with American teens, said it stopped selling its fruit-flavored nicotine pods to stores and shut down its U.S.-based Facebook and Instagram accounts.

The move follows a campaign from the Food and Drug Administration to curtail underage use of e-cigarettes. Last week, an FDA senior official said the agency would restrict sales of many fruity flavored nicotine cartridges used in vaping devices.

The curb is expected to cut Juul’s in-store retail sales by 45 percent, according to a person familiar with Juul’s sales projections. Juul said it will no longer take orders from retailers. However, stores may continue to sell their remaining stock.

Juul will also lose more than 77,000 followers on Instagram and almost 11,000 followers on Facebook. Tobacco- and menthol-flavored Juuls will still be available in retail stores. The flavors mirror what is currently available for combustible cigarettes.
Attorney General Becerra Recovers Nearly $8.8 Million Against Corrupt Operators of Sham Charity for Wounded Veterans
November 13, 2018

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced a jury verdict in favor of the State against individuals who fraudulently solicited charitable donations under the pretext of assisting wounded veterans and their families and instead illegally enriched themselves with the donated funds. In April 2017, Attorney General Becerra filed a lawsuit alleging that the operators committed fraud against California donors. Following trial, the jury awarded nearly $8.8 million to the state against defendants Matthew G. Gregory and spouse Danella J. Gregory, their adult children Matthew J. Gregory and Gina D. Gregory, and their business Gregory Motorsports. 
Utah - First Case Using Rapid DNA Testing a Success
November 14, 2018

One week after Rapid DNA was given the green light by Attorney General Sean Reyes and the Utah Attorney General’s Office, law enforcement solved its first case utilizing the new technology.

Rapid DNA testing is a new technology that allows law enforcement to analyze evidence on the crime scene and deliver results within a couple of hours. This timing is significantly shorter than the typical turnaround time often needed for DNA analysis.

After gathering the evidence, Special Agents from the AG’s Office were able to test the samples and receive results on the same day. The DNA profile of the suspect matched the DNA profiles of the samples gathered at the crime scene. 

The AG’s Office currently owns and operates two Rapid DNA analyzers. This technology is available to any law enforcement agency in the state at no cost to their local taxpayers.
AG Balderas Unveils State of the Art ICAC Mobile Crime Lab, Bringing Forensic Investigation to Rural New Mexico
November 13, 2018

New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas unveils the brand new Internet Crimes Against Children Mobile Crime Lab, which will bring forensic investigation of internet crimes against children and human trafficking to rural areas of New Mexico. This new, exciting reveal will provide agents with the Office of the Attorney General the tools to better investigate crimes and assist victims of abuse across New Mexico. The OAG will also announce the receipt of several crime-fighting grants, aimed at keeping New Mexicans safe.
Utah Becomes the Latest State to Legalize Medical Marijuana
November 11, 2018

Voters in conservative Utah have decided to join the growing number of states legalizing medical marijuana and expanding Medicaid to cover tens of thousands more low-income residents — two issues that had long stalled out with conservative state lawmakers.

Utah will be on the list of more than 30 states allowing patients legal access to medical marijuana. The measure will be revised, though, under a compromise that won the approval of influential Mormon church leaders.
Updated American Indian Law Deskbook Is Now Available

The American Indian Law Deskbook  is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years.

American Indian Law Deskbook  addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner.
Topics include:
  • Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes
  • Indian lands
  • Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction
  • Civil rights
  • Indian water rights
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Environmental regulation
  • Taxation
  • Gaming
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements