All this is suppose to mean what to me?
Nothing can mean anything to you unless you can comprehend it. You stated since this lawsuit has been ongoing back and forth for how many years.
My reply showed that there is only one lawsuit and that has only been going on for about three years.
My "comprehension" acknowledges that lawsuits (the s on the end of lawsuit implies several appeals. Don't attempt to minimize the amount of time
and money spent.Legal Timeline of Case
•November 25th, 2008: Two Cayuga Indian Nation-owned cigarette shops (Lakeside Trading in Seneca Falls & Union Springs), were raided by officials from the Cayuga County and Seneca County Sheriff's Department.
•December 9th, 2008: Judge rules in favor of Cayuga and Seneca counties, supporting their right to pursue a tax evasion investigation against the Cayuga Nation. (Click here for decision)
•January 21st, 2009: Appellate court issues preliminary injunction preventing tax evasion investigation from going forward until appeal is heard.
•February 18th, 2009: Judge says Cayuga Nation cannot sell cigarettes until appeals court rules on legality of Indian Nation selling cigarettes.
•April 3rd, 2009: Appeals court hears arguments on whether criminal tax evasion investigation is legal.
•July 10th, 2009: Court rules Cayugas can sell cigarettes.
•July 13th, 2009: Cayuga Nation presents settlement offer to Cayuga and Seneca counties. Cayugas offered to pay legal fees for both counties and would not pursue a lawsuit if both counties dropped their pursuit of an investigation. The next day, both counties rejected the offer.
•August 27th, 2009: Cigarettes seized in raid will not be returned to Cayuga Nation because they are part of an ongoing investigation, a judge rules.
•October 2nd, 2009: State appellate court rules counties can take case to state's highest court.
•March 25th, 2010: State Court of Appeals hears arguments from both sides in case.
•May 11th, 2010: Court of Appeals, rules Cayuga Nation cannot face criminal tax evasion charges and says state should institute system to separate sales to natives from sales to non-natives. (Note: Judges in majority decision also ruled that the Cayugas' stores are located on qualified reservations according to the federal government and the state's tax law.) Click here for full-decision: