Immigration

  • March 08, 2024

    Migrant Parole Program Survives GOP States' Challenge

    A Texas-led coalition of states lost their bid to challenge a Biden administration program letting Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans temporarily work in the U.S., after a federal judge ruled Friday they lack standing to sue over the program.

  • March 08, 2024

    Weather Data Revives Lumber Co.'s H-2B Visa Application

    An Illinois lumber company's weather reports had helped prove it would face labor shortages during the warmer seasons, a U.S. Department of Labor judge ruled, ordering a certifying officer to revisit the company's request to hire eight seasonal workers.

  • March 07, 2024

    Biden Blasts 'Hidden Fees' During State Of The Union

    During what could be his last State of the Union, President Joe Biden touted on Thursday night his administration's efforts to protect consumers by combating such issues as "junk fees" and price gouging.

  • March 07, 2024

    House Backs Migrant Detention Bill After Ga. Student Death

    The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed legislation that would require the federal government to take into custody undocumented migrants accused of theft, a bill that was crafted in the wake of the killing of a University of Georgia student last month.

  • March 07, 2024

    9th Circ. Gives Salvadoran Woman 2nd Chance At Asylum

    A Ninth Circuit panel unanimously ruled that the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals must assess the Salvadoran government's ability to protect a woman facing deportation after seeking asylum, saying the agency had only determined that the government was willing to pursue her persecutors.

  • March 07, 2024

    GOP States Seek To Save Biden's Asylum Limits Rule

    Several Republican attorneys general said Thursday their states should get the opportunity to intervene in the Biden administration's attempt to settle a lawsuit over a rule limiting asylum, saying the rule actually helps states deal with unlawful immigration.

  • March 07, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Board Ignored Salvadoran's Testimony

    The Ninth Circuit has ordered the Board of Immigration Appeals to reconsider whether deporting a Salvadoran mother and daughter would expose them to state-condoned gang violence, faulting the board for "entirely" failing to address evidence that local police cooperated with gang members.

  • March 07, 2024

    Long-Distance Truck Drivers Again Found Eligible For H-2B

    An administrative law judge has revived a trucking company's bid to temporarily hire foreign drivers, saying the Office of Foreign Labor Certification's answers to frequently asked questions, which a certifying officer relied on when denying the bid, got immigration law wrong.

  • March 06, 2024

    8th Circ. Rejects Appeal Of Denial Of Pause In Green Card Fight

    The Eighth Circuit on Tuesday unanimously rejected a challenge by a group of Indian nationals to a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' refusal to issue final decisions on their status adjustment applications seeking lawful permanent residency, finding the panel lacks subject-matter jurisdiction to hear the case.

  • March 06, 2024

    Feds Resolve Immigrant Father-Son Border Separation Suit

    The U.S. government has finalized a settlement with a Guatemalan father and son to end a $6 million lawsuit alleging federal immigration officers forcibly separated them at the border and blaming the Trump administration's policies for the trauma the two suffered as a result, according to recent court filings.

  • March 06, 2024

    House Votes To Require DHS Border Contract Reviews

    A newly passed bill by the U.S. House of Representatives seeks to ensure accountability of federal contracts for operations and services along the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • March 06, 2024

    Lottery Winners Say Visa Wait Has Sent Them To The Border

    Winners of the diversity visa lottery pressed the Washington, D.C., federal court to order the immediate processing of thousands of green cards, saying visa hopefuls who have waited years to immigrate are now entering through the U.S.-Mexico border instead.

  • March 06, 2024

    GEO Tries To Keep Immigration Site Inspection Suit In Fed Court

    Private prison operator GEO Group argued this week that the Washington state labor department's lawsuit accusing GEO of unlawfully turning away inspectors from an immigrant detention facility should stay in federal court since GEO was merely following U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement instructions.

  • March 05, 2024

    Settlement Gets 'Tire Spinning' EB-5 Fraud Suit Unstuck

    Winter thawed in a Florida courthouse on Tuesday when the last remaining defendant in a nearly decade-long $50 million investment fraud suit agreed to settle the case, surprising the judge and opposing counsel after refusing for years to strike a deal.

  • March 05, 2024

    Fed. Circ. Doubts Whether Atty Fee Suit Has Legs

    The Federal Circuit didn't seem convinced Tuesday morning that a U.S. Court of Federal Claims order overturning an attorney fee award was even ripe for appeal, but by the end of oral arguments, the panel's ire was drawn toward an eleventh-hour challenge to jurisdiction.

  • March 05, 2024

    DocGo Hit With Investor Suit Over 'Limitless' Charter Clause

    A mobile-healthcare company under scrutiny after being awarded a $432 million contract to provide services for migrants in New York City has been hit with a stockholder suit in Delaware's Court of Chancery alleging that the company's charter contains "broad and limitless" provisions that run afoul of state corporate law.

  • March 05, 2024

    8th Circ. Says Minor's Duress From Gang Can't Aid Asylum Bid

    The Eighth Circuit has refused to overturn an immigration judge's decision denying asylum to a Honduran man who trafficked guns and drugs for MS-13 as a child, finding that his counsel didn't show how duress was linked to the asylum claim.

  • March 05, 2024

    ADI Can't Recoup Full Quinn Emanuel Bill In IP Theft Case

    A Massachusetts federal judge on Tuesday compared Analog Devices Inc.'s pricey hiring of a Quinn Emanuel attorney to monitor its former engineer's trade secrets trial in person to paying "a brain surgeon to pop a pimple" in an order denying restitution for those costs.

  • March 04, 2024

    Ranches Nix Shepherds' 'Indentured Servitude' Suit For Now

    A Nevada federal judge culled individual ranches from a sheepherder's antitrust lawsuit Monday, ruling that for now, the proposed class action has failed to specify their role in an alleged scheme led by the Western Range Association to keep guest worker wages down to the level of "permanent indentured servitude."

  • March 04, 2024

    Judge 'Uncomfortable' In Tossing Man's No-Fly-List Suit

    A Michigan federal judge dismissed Monday a Lebanese-American businessman's lawsuit accusing several federal agencies of violating his fundamental rights by putting him on a secretive no-fly list, but the judge said the decision wasn't easy since the man couldn't face certain evidence.

  • March 04, 2024

    Alito Delays 5th Circ. Order On Texas' Migrant Arrest Law

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday delayed a Fifth Circuit order that would have allowed a Texas law authorizing the arrest and removal of migrants to take effect on March 10, giving the state three additional days to fight the Biden administration's bid to block the law.

  • March 04, 2024

    ICE Could Have Acted On $14M Deal Protest Sooner, Judge Says

    A U.S. Court of Federal Claims judge tossed a lawsuit protesting a $14.5 million U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement body armor deal, but not without chiding the agency for failing to address a purported conflict of interest earlier on in the dispute.

  • March 04, 2024

    H-2A Farmworkers Seek Partial Win Ahead Of Wage Trial

    A certified class of migrant sugarcane farmworkers under the H-2A visa program asked an Arkansas federal judge to partly rule in their favor in a wage dispute set for an April jury trial, saying payroll records indicate the farm labor contractor shorted them $410,089 and that the owner should be held liable.

  • March 04, 2024

    Deported Man Seeks Mass. Justices' OK For Remote Retrial

    A man deported to the Dominican Republic due to convictions that were later vacated asked Massachusetts' high court on Monday for permission to join the government's retrial of the same charges via videoconference because there's no legal way for him to attend the trial physically.

  • March 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Says Mexican Man's Torture By Gov't Facility Unlikely

    The Ninth Circuit refused to revive a Mexican man's bid for deportation relief, agreeing with the Board of Immigration Appeals that the man failed to show he'd likely be tortured by healthcare providers in Mexico's state-run mental health facilities.

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Expert Analysis

  • Opinion

    Private Equity Owners Can Remedy Law Firms' Agency Issues

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    Nonlawyer, private-equity ownership of law firms can benefit shareholders and others vulnerable to governance issues such as disparate interests, and can in turn help resolve agency problems, says Michael Di Gennaro at The Law Practice Exchange.

  • How To Protect Atty-Client Privilege While Using Generative AI

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    When using generative artificial intelligence tools, attorneys should consider several safeguards to avoid breaches or complications in attorney-client privilege, say Antonious Sadek and Christopher Campbell at DLA Piper.

  • How New Lawyers Can Leverage Feedback For Growth

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    Embracing constructive criticism as a tool for success can help new lawyers accelerate their professional growth and law firms build a culture of continuous improvement, says Katie Aldrich at Fringe Professional Development.

  • Opinion

    Time To End Double Standard On Kids' Green Cards

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    Recent changes to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services rules have helped many children qualify for green cards, but the government's failure to extend these changes to consular processing unfairly leaves out children stuck abroad who need visas to join their parents in the U.S., says Edward Ramos at Kurzban Kurzban.

  • Twitter Legal Fees Suit Offers Crash Course In Billing Ethics

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    X Corp.'s suit alleging that Wachtell grossly inflated its fees in the final days of Elon Musk’s Twitter acquisition provides a case study in how firms should protect their reputations by hewing to ethical billing practices and the high standards for professional conduct that govern attorney-client relationships, says Lourdes Fuentes at Karta Legal.

  • Litigation Can Facilitate EB-5 Investor Visa Determinations

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    Processing times in the EB-5 investor visa program continue to rise, but filing a mandamus claim in the right venue against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services may offer applicants mired in delay a means to expedite processing, says Mark Stevens at Clark Hill.

  • 3rd Circ. Ruling Fine-Tunes The 'But It's Hemp' Defense

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    The Third Circuit’s recent U.S. v. Rivera decision, upholding the appellant’s conviction for marijuana possession, clarifies that defendants charged with trafficking marijuana have the burden of proving that the cannabis is actually federally legal hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill, say attorneys at McGlinchey Stafford.

  • ABA's Money-Laundering Resolution Is A Balancing Act

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    While the American Bar Association’s recently passed resolution recognizes a lawyer's duty to discontinue representation that could facilitate money laundering and other fraudulent activity, it preserves, at least for now, the delicate balance of judicial, state-based regulation of the legal profession and the sanctity of the attorney-client relationship, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Law Firm Professional Development Steps To Thrive In AI Era

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    As generative artificial intelligence tools rapidly evolve, professional development leaders are instrumental in preparing law firms for the paradigm shifts ahead, and should consider three strategies to help empower legal talent with the skills required to succeed in an increasingly complex technological landscape, say Steve Gluckman and Anusia Gillespie at SkillBurst Interactive.

  • The Basics Of Being A Knowledge Management Attorney

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    Michael Lehet at Ogletree Deakins discusses the role of knowledge management attorneys at law firms, the common tasks they perform and practical tips for lawyers who may be considering becoming one.

  • To Hire And Keep Top Talent, Think Beyond Compensation

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    Firms seeking to appeal to sophisticated clients and top-level partners should promote mentorship, ensure that attorneys from diverse backgrounds feel valued, and clarify policies about at-home work, says Patrick Moya at Quaero Group.

  • USCIS Can Take On The Semiconductor Workforce Gap Now

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    While the semiconductor industry is calling for legislative change to immigration policy so it can fill more jobs, there are simpler actions that the current administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services leadership can take in the meantime, says Adam Rosen at Murthy Law Firm.

  • Perspectives

    More States Should Join Effort To Close Legal Services Gap

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    Colorado is the most recent state to allow other types of legal providers, not just attorneys, to offer specific services in certain circumstances — and more states should rethink the century-old assumptions that shape our current regulatory rules, say Natalie Anne Knowlton and Janet Drobinske at the University of Denver.

  • Identifying Trends And Tips In Litigation Financing Disclosure

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    Growing interest and controversy in litigation financing raise several salient concerns, but exploring recent compelled disclosure trends from courts around the country can help practitioners further their clients' interests, say Sean Callagy and Samuel Sokolsky at Arnold & Porter.

  • Opinion

    OFAC Designation Prosecutions Are Constitutionally Suspect

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    Criminal prosecutions based on the Office of Foreign Assets Control’s sanctions-related listing decisions — made with nearly unfettered discretion through an opaque process — present several constitutional issues, so it is imperative that courts recognize additional rights of review, say Solomon Shinerock and Annika Conrad at Lewis Baach.

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