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Navajo Nation v. United States

  • Practice Area(s): Breach of Trust, Complex Civil Litigation
  • Attorney(s): Sandler, Andrew L.; Regan, Christopher F.; Kelly, Brian P.
  • Court: Fed. Cl.
  • State: Dist. of Columbia
  • Docket No. 06-945L

BuckleySandler represented the Navajo Nation, the largest Indian tribe in the United States, in Navajo Nation v. United States, Case No. 06-945L, in the United States Court of Federal Claims. In August 2014, the firm achieved the largest settlement ($554 million) obtained in any action by a single Tribe against the U.S. and exceeded, by more than $170 million, the largest single resolution in the more than 100 natural resource breach of trust cases filed against the U.S. by American Indian Tribes. The suit involved claims of the mismanagement of tribal trust funds under the custody and control of the United States by, among other things, failing to supervise, control, manage, and invest tribal trust funds and resources in a manner that would maximize financial return and by failing to maintain a complete and accurate accounting of all of the trust assets under the custody and control of the United States.