The $3.4 billion Indian trust land settlement known as Cobell has been one of the most hotly-litigated and longest-running class actions in history. It took almost two decades for lawyers representing hundreds of thousands of Native Americans with land held in trust by the U.S. Department of the Interior to win recompense for their clients. Even then the settlement wasn’t final until Congress signed off and Washington, D.C., federal judge Thomas Hogan approved the deal on June 21.