Law firm responds to Wyoming tribe's lawsuit

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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The former law firm for the Northern Arapaho Tribe says the Wyoming tribe and its current lawyers have filed a "vindictive" lawsuit despite knowing the allegations in it were false.

The Casper Star-Tribune reports that Lander-based Baldwin, Crocker & Rudd and managing partner, Kelly Rudd, filed a response Monday to the tribe's lawsuit against the firm.

The tribe's lawsuit accuses the firm of failing to return tribal trust money and other issues during its more than 30 years working for the tribe.

The Lander firm says it returned all trust fund money and denied the other accusations.

The tribe fired the former law firm in June and hired an Atlanta-based firm.

A spokesman for the tribe says the tribe stands behind its lawsuit but otherwise declined to address specifics.