A California federal judge on Wednesday rejected a real estate developer's attempt to escape U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission allegations that he and others defrauded mostly Chinese investors of $9.5 million by convincing them to invest in projects in return for promises of EB-5 visas.
With the partial federal government shutdown likely to extend into next week as the logjam continued on Wednesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi canceled President Donald Trump's invitation to deliver the State of the Union during the funding lapse.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that it, and most of its component agencies, won’t move forward with pending acquisitions until the partial federal shutdown ends, citing limited resources.
Despite the federal government shutdown over President Donald Trump’s immigration enforcement demands, Democrats have recently introduced legislation that would offer a path to legal status for immigrant farmworkers, support Temporary Protected Status for Haitians, and establish privacy protections and new employment opportunities for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals beneficiaries. Here, Law360 examines their proposals.
A Haitian man can’t duck a deportation order because a nonlawyer wrongfully advised him that he didn’t need to attend his asylum hearing, the Third Circuit held Wednesday in a published opinion.
An advocacy group for adopted children weighed in on a retired U.S. Army intelligence officer’s bid to obtain an immigrant visa for his adopted teenage daughter, urging the Tenth Circuit on Tuesday to find that adopted children have equal rights under the law as biological children for immigration purposes.
A group of advocacy organizations and individuals lambasted the Trump administration's plan to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, putting census experts and an immigrant rights advocate on the stand Tuesday in Maryland federal court to detail the harm the move would cause.
The Tenth Circuit on Tuesday held that district courts do not have the jurisdiction to review tardy habeas corpus petitions under a 2005 counter-terrorism law, leaving in place a removal order filed against a Cambodian citizen who had obtained U.S. citizenship using a fake ID.
Efforts to end the record-breaking partial federal government shutdown crawled forward Tuesday as Senate leaders agreed to a series of votes on bills that could end the showdown over President Donald Trump's demand for $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the southern border.
Several higher education institutions and organizations challenging a new government policy that tightens compliance requirements for student and visitor exchange visas have urged a North Carolina federal court not to toss the case, saying the suit’s strength is demonstrated by the government’s “silence” when it comes to justifying its directive.
Challengers to the Trump administration's policies toward immigrant children held in detention centers have broadened the putative class action to include thousands of minors nationwide, saying the government's procedures violate the due process rights of the children and the adults seeking to shelter them in the United States.
President Donald Trump on Saturday proposed to end the federal government shutdown by temporarily extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and Temporary Protected Status for some 300,000 noncitizens in exchange for more than $6 billion in border security funding.
A Tennessee federal judge declined Friday to certify a class of investors who allege that private prison operator CoreCivic Inc. misrepresented its safety, security and rehabilitation standards, saying shares of the company didn’t decline when the supposed misstatements were first revealed.
Business immigration attorneys said they have mostly been able to conduct business as usual in spite of the federal government shutdown, though certain key programs remain inactive and low agency staffing levels have slowed down services.
The U.S. Supreme Court won’t hear oral arguments over evidentiary disputes in a case related to the Trump administration's inclusion of a question about citizenship status on the 2020 census, according to a Friday docket entry.
A Texas federal judge on Thursday vacated his previous order that a Texas county violated a man’s Fourth Amendment rights by holding him based on a detainer request from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, saying a subsequent Fifth Circuit ruling on a related matter left no other option.
A California restaurant chain has agreed to pay $4 million to end a wage theft case pending before state labor regulators that alleges it underpaid about 300 immigrant workers, a legal group representing the workers has said.
The Trump administration is turning to the D.C. Circuit to protest a judge’s decision to scrap a policy established by former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions that largely barred victims of domestic and gang violence from obtaining asylum, according to a notice filed Thursday.
The Trump administration has lost a bid to push back a case accusing it of unlawfully attempting to bar noncitizens who use certain public welfare programs from obtaining immigration benefits, with a Maryland federal judge noting the "significant ramifications" to residents' well-being if the case was halted during the government shutdown.
A bill filed in the Texas Legislature on Thursday would make it a misdemeanor offense to falsely pass off a child as a family member at a designated border crossing.
Earlier this month, a California federal court denied discovery into the identification of third-party funders with a financial interest in the outcome of an underlying patent infringement action. This decision in MLC v. Micron follows a long line of well-reasoned precedent across U.S. federal courts, say Matthew Harrison and Sarah Jacobson of Bentham IMF.
In today’s aggressive immigration enforcement environment, compliance has never been more important. And every company, whether employing foreign nationals on visas or not, must comply with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s I-9 employment verification requirements, say attorneys with Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC.
The lack of minority partners comes at a high cost to firms, say attorneys at Lightfoot Franklin & White LLC, as they suggest several practical ways to tackle this problem.
Alternative dispute resolution providers have made great strides toward diversity, but recent statistics show there is still work to be done. There are certain steps ADR providers can take to actively recruit more women and minority candidates to serve as arbitrators and mediators, says James Jenkins of the American Arbitration Association.
Alternative fee agreements can help align law firm and client interests, increase efficiency and eliminate corporate extortion, among other benefits. They are the best thing to happen to the practice of law in decades, says Kelly Eisenlohr-Moul at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP.
My rough calculations suggest “extreme vetting” of U.S. visa applicants could be as good as building a wall, and the human and economic costs would be much less, says Stephen Pazan, special counsel at Barket Epstein Kearon Aldea and LoTurco LLP and a former consular officer with the U.S. Department of State.
Can lawyers lead a revolution? According to "The Clamor of Lawyers: The American Revolution and Crisis in the Legal Profession" — a slim but elegant volume by Peter Charles Hoffer and Williamjames Hull Hoffer — they can and they did, says First Circuit Judge David Barron.
Lawyer-directed nonrecourse litigation funding is more likely to protect a lawyer's exercise of independent professional judgment than traditional means of litigation finance, and furthermore enables worthwhile cases that otherwise could not be funded, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.
Contrary to what the New York City Bar Association concluded in an ethics opinion last year, lawyer-directed nonrecourse commercial litigation funding does not violate New York rules on sharing fees with nonlawyers, say Peter Jarvis and Trisha Thompson of Holland & Knight LLP.
Although the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's recently proposed changes to the H-1B visa lottery are intended to make the process quicker and easier, they appear unlikely to be finalized before the next H-1B cap application period begins, says Matthew Kolodziej of Jia Law Group.