Immigration Bill Would Swamp Federal Circuit, Critics Say

Law360, New York (March 21, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- A controversial bill that would add immigration appeals to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has prompted reactions from industry experts and patent attorneys, some of whom are concerned that the legislation would force a bottleneck of cases in the already overburdened court.

The proposal, sponsored by Senator Arlen Specter, would give the Federal Circuit jurisdiction over all future appeals in deportation and asylum cases, which are currently handled by the 12 regional federal appeals courts.

Specter has said the...
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