October 21, 2020         
Lancôme & ProLiteracy Celebrate National Immigration Day   •   Illinois HIV Care Connect Launches “Speaking Up About HIV Stigma” Campaign in Spanish to Encourage Social Media Enga   •   Digital Cognitive Health Company, Savonix, Unveils Japanese Website to Better Serve Clients and Expand Outreach in Japan   •   Women’s Business Enterprises National Council Awards Certification to Tadler Law LLP   •   Securus Technologies Commits To Hiring Incarcerated And Formerly Incarcerated Women In Partnership With Televerde   •   Department of Defense awards tech firm Coapt $2.3M to develop virtual reality-based therapy to ease phantom limb pain   •   Garmin Announces Its Next Generation Ecosystem for Divers, Featuring Descent Mk2 Series and Descent T1 Transmitter   •   Babyscripts Announces Commercial Partnership with Roche Diagnostics   •   Educate Girls’ Solution to Empower 1.5M Girls to Go to School Gets Selected at MIT Solve’s Learning for Girls &   •   Bacardi First in Fight Against Plastic Pollution With 100% Biodegradable Spirits Bottle   •   Cicero Diagnostics Announces its Scientific Advisor, Dr. Bruce Lessey, Will Be Featured at The Endometriosis Summit Event During   •   REVOLVE Continues to Elevate International Service Levels, Raising the Bar for the Customer Experience in Canada   •   Diverse Leadership Key to Continental’s Strength in North America   •   Build-A-Bear Entertainment Announces Film Premiere of 'Deliver by Christmas'   •   Vouch4Vets.org Launches VetStory© Video Referral Platform for Veteran Job Seekers   •   ESSENCE and Pepsi Host 2-Day "She Got Now" Virtual Homecoming Event   •   Fifth baby born in Greece using the maternal spindle transfer method as part of pilot trial conducted by the Institute of Life a   •   Five Powerhouse Performers Team Up to Release New Single “PINK” Raising Funds for Susan G. Komen’s Fight to En   •   Pillar Launches Collaborative Online Platform, Helping Families Better Protect & Care for Their Loved Ones   •   High School Responder President and Founder Barbara A. Grimm Announces the Launch of High School Responder™ and Appoints F
Bookmark and Share

Legal Fees Plague Indian Settlement

 WASHINGTON -- Washington Rep. Doc Hastings has subpoenaed the plaintiffs' lawyers handling the $3.4 billion settlement in a class action lawsuit over the federal government's mismanagement of American Indian trust accounts.

At issue are the $223 million in fees the lawyers want from the plaintiffs per a contingency fee agreement they say was made with their clients.

Hastings, acting as chairman of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over American Indian relations, believes the fees are excessive and wants to see the agreement, a spokesman said.

"Every dollar that the attorneys collect is coming out of the pocket of these individual Indians," Spencer Pederson, spokesman for the Natural Resources Committee, said.

The terms of the settlement assert no more than $99.9 million in fees can be taken, but the issue will ultimately be decided by a federal judge.

Dennis Gingold, one of the plaintiffs' attorneys, told a blogger for Legal Times that the attorneys have not responded to the subpoenas because they touch on attorney-client confidentiality issues.

"We agree with the Justice Department that the matter is before a United States district court and the committee does not have jurisdiction over these issues," Gingold told the Legal Times.

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., the ranking democrat on the committee, called the subpoenas "a partisan, personal attack" on the attorneys.

"This action, taken without prior notice or approval of the committee, and without any consultation with the minority, raises serious questions of decorum, undermines the legitimacy of any future investigation into these matters, and could threaten to destroy pending settlement of a century-old pattern of abuse of Native Americans by the United States government," Markey told the Legal Times.


STORY TAGS: Native American News, Indian News, Native News, Minority News, Civil Rights, Discrimination, Racism, Diversity, Racial Equality, Bias, Equality

Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News