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Reading the Law Right

Recently, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reclaimed millions of dollars in housing funds that had been awarded to an Arizona Native American tribe, under questionable circumstances and with the tribe’s belief that federal law had been violated in the process. The dispute boiled down to the interpretation of federal statutes governing the use of such funds, requiring the Quarles & Brady team to argue in federal court against the Department of Justice. We were able to convince the court that the tribe’s reading of the key statutes was correct, and the court ordered that the funds be returned to the tribe.