Immigration

  • September 11, 2014

    DOL Can Use Invalidated H-2B Regs Temporarily, Judge Says

    A Pennsylvania federal judge on Thursday denied a bid by several migrant farmworker organizations to force the Department of Labor to discontinue invalidated 2008 regulations that govern applications for the employment of foreign workers under the H-2B program, saying the agency's interim use of the rules was reasonable.

  • September 11, 2014

    5 Insights From Ford General Counsel David Leitch

    We look for outside counsel who, among other things, embrace a highly collaborative approach to problem solving, recognizing that our in-house attorneys are very capable peers and that Ford’s interests may require working with firms that are in other contexts viewed as competitors, says David Leitch, general counsel of Ford Motor Co. and former deputy counsel to President George W. Bush.

  • September 10, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: JPMorgan, Shimao, JMB Realty

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.'s mobile banking business is reportedly planning to take 150,000 square feet at 5 Manhattan West, Chinese real estate developer Shimao Property is planning to redevelop an office block in downtown Sydney, Australia, and JMB Realty Corp. has refinanced a Chicago office and retail tower with a $250 million loan.

  • September 10, 2014

    Grand America Hotel Pays $1.95M To Settle ICE Claims

    Upscale hotel company Grand America Hotel and Resorts has agreed to hand over $1.95 million to settle allegations that managers at its Salt Lake City hotel created employment agencies to rehire undocumented workers terminated after a federal investigation, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday.

  • September 8, 2014

    Judge OKs Deals In Farmworker Bias Suit After Chiding EEOC

    After criticizing the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's handling of settlements meant to resolve claims that four Hawaiian farms discriminated against Thai workers, a Hawaii federal judge has signed off on the deals, which total $2.4 million, the EEOC said Friday.

  • September 5, 2014

    5 Insights From AT&T General Counsel Wayne Watts

    We had one three-year period where we successfully closed the back-to-back acquisitions of AT&T Wireless Services Inc., AT&T and BellSouth Corporation. Those years were hard to beat, says Wayne Watts, senior vice president and general counsel of AT&T Inc.

  • September 3, 2014

    Duane Morris Expands Immigration Practice In San Francisco

    International firm Duane Morris LLP has announced it hired a respected immigration attorney from Berry Appleman & Leiden LLP to join the firm as partner in its immigration practice group in San Francisco.

  • September 2, 2014

    Restaurant Co. Settles DOJ's Citizenship Discrimination Claim

    The U.S. Department of Justice said Tuesday it has reached a settlement with Texas-based Culinaire International to resolve a claim that the catering and restaurant management company engaged in citizenship discrimination by unlawfully placing documentary burdens on its permanent resident employees.

  • August 28, 2014

    Chinese Investors, US Developers Anxious About EB-5 Delays

    The U.S. government's recent announcement that it cannot issue any new EB-5 visas to Chinese investors over the next month is creating unrest among that vast pool of applicants and, with more delays expected, is raising concerns about developers' ability to meet job creation requirements.

  • August 28, 2014

    Man Indicted For $160M Hotel Scam Tied To Visa Program

    A Chicago businessman allegedly enticed hundreds of Chinese investors hoping for U.S. residency to pump $160 million into a sham hotel project by manipulating a U.S. visa program, keeping millions in fees for himself, according to an indictment handed down in Illinois federal court.

  • August 22, 2014

    $415M Vegas Casino Scores License For Weekend Opening

    The SBE Entertainment Group LLC-backed SLS Las Vegas won its final gambling license approvals from Nevada regulators on Thursday, paving the way for the $415 million casino redevelopment project's Saturday opening.

  • August 19, 2014

    EB-5 Developer Sues Rival Over Hotel Project Advertising

    American Life Inc., a developer that uses the federal EB-5 program — which gives foreigners visas in exchange for project investment — sued rival EB-5 United LLC in Washington federal court Monday, alleging the competitor falsely advertised that it was involved in developing one of ALI's hotel projects.

  • July 25, 2014

    South Fla. Real Estate Market Primed For Crowdfunding Boom

    With its booming real estate market and cash-rich but connection-poor investors, both locally and from Latin America and Europe, South Florida could become one of the hottest real estate crowdfunding markets in the coming years, experts say.

  • July 25, 2014

    Dealmakers Q&A: Paul Hastings' Rick Kirkbride

    The laws governing condo-hotel projects are vague and imprecise — a cobbling of old U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission releases and no-action letters that have caused uncertainty and have provided a platform for buyers to sue developers, says Rick Kirkbride of Paul Hastings LLP.

  • July 24, 2014

    RE Rumor Mill: Ben Shaoul, Flipkart, New York Wheel

    Magnum Real Estate's Ben Shaoul has reportedly secured $71 million for a dormitory construction project, while Flipkart is said to be eyeing a massive lease in Bangalore and the New York Wheel has reportedly received $150 million in EB-5 funding.

  • July 7, 2014

    Banks Warm Up To EB-5 Projects, But Risks Remain

    More banks are eyeing the prospect of providing financing for EB-5 projects, which allow foreigners to invest as little as $500,000 in exchange for a green card, as the special visa program gains traction among developers.

  • June 24, 2014

    Arnstein & Lehr Nabs M&A, Securities Pro In Chicago

    Chicago law firm Arnstein & Lehr LLP said Monday that it has nabbed a securities, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions pro to join its corporate transactions and counseling practice as a partner.

  • June 5, 2014

    Hotel Sector Latches On To EB-5 To Bridge Cost Gaps

    Hotel developers working on controversial or unglamorous projects have found the federal EB-5 program — which gives foreigners visas in exchange for project investment — to be a useful tool to cover cost gaps, even in the face of a flourishing debt market, experts say. 

  • May 16, 2014

    Jeffer Mangels Adds Manatt Capital-Raising Pro To LA Office

    Jeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell LLP said Friday it picked up a former Manatt Phelps & Phillips LLP pro with experience raising capital for real estate, hospitality, technology and telecommunication companies, manufacturing facilities and Internet distribution centers.

  • May 2, 2014

    EB-5 On The Rise In Retail, Mixed-Use Projects

    The EB-5 immigration program that allows foreign investors to make equity commitments in real estate developments in exchange for visas has grown in popularity for retail and mixed-use projects, but experts say the complex requirements can limit the types of deals that benefit from it.