Immigration

  • December 5, 2014

    3 More States Join Opposition To Obama Immigration Action

    Arizona, Florida and Ohio are joining the efforts of 17 other states to block President Barack Obama’s executive action allowing undocumented workers to stay in the country, the Texas attorney general’s office — which filed a federal lawsuit this week — said Friday.

  • December 5, 2014

    3rd Circ. Deep-Sixes DOL Wage Guidance In H-2B Battle

    The Third Circuit sided with workers' groups Friday and struck down U.S. Department of Labor guidance that allowed employers to use privately funded surveys to set the prevailing wages for unskilled foreign workers brought into the U.S. for temporary work under the H2-B visa program.

  • December 5, 2014

    La. Backs Couples' Bid For High Court Marriage Ban Review

    Couples who lost their trial court bid to overturn Louisiana's gay marriage ban are correct that the “extraordinary” step of U.S. Supreme Court intervention in their case before an intermediate appellate ruling is appropriate, Louisiana has told the high court, citing a “spiraling national controversy.”

  • December 4, 2014

    Obama Threatens Veto Of House Bill Over Immigration Action

    The Obama administration on Thursday threatened to veto a largely symbolic House Republican bill that would block his executive action allowing more undocumented workers to stay in the country legally as the House overwhelmingly passed the bill on the same day.

  • December 4, 2014

    Employers Prep For Immigration Revamp As States Protest

    Despite a 17-state challenge to the president’s executive action on immigration, employers watching the heated debate in Washington should still be planning as though the White House’s new guidelines will take effect, legal experts say.

  • December 3, 2014

    17 States Sue Over Obama Immigration Action

    Seventeen states sued the U.S. in Texas federal court Wednesday challenging President Barack Obama’s executive action as an unconstitutional exercise of power and seeking an injunction that would block the federal government from allowing undocumented workers to stay in the country.

  • December 2, 2014

    Fla. Same-Sex Couples Ask 11th Circ. Not To Extend Stay

    Plaintiffs fighting Florida's same-sex marriage ban have asked the Eleventh Circuit to reject the state's request to extend the stay of an injunction that would expire in January and allow gay couples to get married, arguing that the state has not shown it is likely to succeed in the appeal.

  • November 24, 2014

    Cancer-Stricken Ex-Boss Sues Unlicensed Atty For $8M Heist

    An unlicensed Houston immigration attorney and his partners embezzled more than $8 million over the span of nine years and stole clients from a former employer, according to a complaint filed in Texas court Friday.

  • November 24, 2014

    Texas AG Vows Suit Over Obama's Immigration Action

    Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, the state’s governor-elect, said Monday he’ll decide in the next two weeks whether to file suit over President Barack Obama’s executive action allowing more immigrants to stay in the country legally.

  • November 24, 2014

    Immigration Actions Could Raise Employer Compliance Issues

    President Barack Obama's new immigration actions contain several striking proposals, from allowing millions of undocumented immigrants to seek work authorization to providing much-needed visa guidance, but employers may face compliance headaches and a long wait for regulatory changes, attorneys say.

  • November 20, 2014

    Obama Announces Bold New Immigration Actions

    President Obama on Thursday said he would take executive action to allow certain undocumented immigrants with children to remain in the U.S., while beefing up border security and making it easier for highly skilled workers and graduates to stay in the country.

  • November 19, 2014

    GAO Urges Tighter Reins On Foreign Worker Recruiting Fees

    The U.S. government needs to set clearer policies on the payment of recruitment fees by foreign citizens to work on U.S. government contracts and step up its monitoring of human trafficking abuses the fees can lead to, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report published Tuesday.

  • November 18, 2014

    Florida Asks 11th Circ. To Reinstate Gay Marriage Ban

    The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized states' authority to define and regulate marriage, and Florida's ban on same-sex unions falls within case law, the Florida Attorney General's Office has argued in its opening brief asking the Eleventh Circuit to reverse a lower court's ruling that the ban is unconstitutional.

  • November 14, 2014

    High Court Asked To Rule On Ohio's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    The plaintiffs in two Ohio lawsuits challenging the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Friday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to hear their dispute after the Sixth Circuit split from other appellate courts by upholding the state’s marriage-restricting laws.

  • November 13, 2014

    A Curse On Both Attys, But No Sanctions, In FLSA Suit

    An Ohio federal judge declined to issue sanctions against defense counsel in a Fair Labor Standards Act and U.S. immigration law class action against a granite importer, saying that although the defense counsel’s behavior wasn’t appropriate, the plaintiff’s counsel also behaved poorly.

  • November 5, 2014

    NML Wants Ex-Official Kept In US In Argentine Debt Fight

    Hedge fund NML Capital Ltd. filed an emergency motion Tuesday asking a D.C. federal court to order a former World Bank director to remain in the U.S. to help it trace assets that it says could be used to pay its $3 billion of judgments and claims against Argentina.

  • October 28, 2014

    Signal Says FLSA Claims 'Botched' In Human Trafficking Suit

    Signal International LLC told a Louisiana federal judge to shave collective action claims from a suit accusing the company of coercing Indian citizens to pay expenses for temporary work visas, accusing plaintiffs of “botching” the allegations in one of a slew of motions filed Monday by multiple parties in the dispute.

  • October 23, 2014

    3rd Circ. Urged To Revive Farmworkers' DOL Wage Challenge

    The Third Circuit was urged on Thursday to overturn a district judge’s decision that forthcoming changes to the U.S. Department of Labor’s rules for the calculation of wage levels for migrant farmworkers invalidated a lawsuit challenging the current way the government allows pay rates to be set.

  • October 23, 2014

    Australia Looks To Open Native PE To Foreign Investors

    Australian private equity firms may soon be open to investment from high net-worth individuals from overseas under a proposed overhaul of the country's significant investor visa program, a move welcomed by the Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital Association on Thursday.

  • October 21, 2014

    DC Circ. Skewers DHS Visa Denial For Brazilian Chef

    The D.C. Circuit on Tuesday reversed a federal court decision denying a U.S. visa to a Brazilian chef employed by steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao Inc., saying the U.S. Department of Homeland Security wrongly excluded the chef’s culturally acquired skills in making the decision.