Immigration

  • February 10, 2017

    Judge Finds Scant Evidence For Trump’s Immigration Ban

    A Virginia federal judge battered the Trump administration Friday for lacking a “scintilla of evidence” to justify an immigration ban targeting seven Muslim-majority countries, weighing whether to impose a more lasting block on the controversial policy than that upheld Thursday evening by the Ninth Circuit.

  • February 9, 2017

    Witness Ties Agent To Smugglers In Cuban Ballplayers Trial

    Federal prosecutors rounded first as they build their case at a trial in Miami against a sports agent and trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the United States, calling the first alleged co-conspirator on their witness list to the stand Thursday.

  • February 9, 2017

    Trump's Removal Priorities Spare No Unauthorized Immigrants

    Although momentarily eclipsed by the rollout of his now-blocked travel ban, President Donald Trump has widened the pool of people who should be viewed as priorities for deportation to the point where anyone who entered the U.S. without authorization could be deemed a target for removal, experts say.

  • February 9, 2017

    Marlboro Addiction Controlled Refugee's Life, Jury Hears

    A Cuban refugee who fled to Miami and began a 14-year love affair with Marlboro cigarettes said Thursday that their maker, Philip Morris, is to blame for the lung cancer she survived after having one lung removed.

  • February 9, 2017

    Immigration Ban Detainees Hurt By Lack Of Counsel, DHS Told

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers refused to let immigrants speak to attorneys as detainees languished at airports without food, medical care or places to sleep and coerced them to sign away their rights to enter the country in the wake of the recent immigration ban, say reports compiled by two legal aid organizations.

  • February 9, 2017

    Ala. Attorney General Replaces Sessions In Senate

    Alabama’s attorney general took the spot of former Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions in the U.S. Senate Thursday, as the latter has gone on to his own post as the nation's attorney general under President Donald Trump.

  • February 9, 2017

    9th Circ. Keeps Block On Trump's Immigration Ban

    A Ninth Circuit panel refused to lift the block on President Donald Trump’s immigration ban for people from seven mostly Muslim countries on Thursday, a decision that was hailed as “a complete victory” by challengers to the order but that immediately drew a fierce Twitter response from the president.

  • February 9, 2017

    Senator Wants Hearings On Trump's Executive Orders

    Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Wednesday called for hearings on President Donald Trump’s executive orders aimed at building a border wall, increasing immigration enforcement and temporarily barring people from seven predominantly Muslim nations, saying the orders are inconsistent with America’s heritage as a nation of immigrants.

  • February 9, 2017

    2 Mass. Sanctuary Cities Sue Trump Over Funding Cut Threat

    Two sanctuary cities in Massachusetts, backed by a legal team including lawyers from Goodwin Procter LLP, on Wednesday filed suit against President Donald Trump over his threats to strip federal funding for defying his immigration priorities.

  • February 9, 2017

    Disney Renews Bid To Toss Ex-Park Workers' Race Bias Suit

    Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. on Wednesday once again urged a Florida federal judge to dismiss a suit brought by 30 former theme park workers who allege national origin and race discrimination, echoing arguments that it previously made to address their renewed complaint.

  • February 8, 2017

    Judge Says Immig. Ban Delays UK Trip for Bailed HSBC Exec

    A New York federal judge said on Wednesday he was holding off allowing a senior HSBC Holdings PLC executive accused of running a currency manipulation scheme involving a $3.5 billion foreign exchange transaction to return to England to await trial because the United Kingdom may eventually join the countries subject to the president’s immigration ban.

  • February 8, 2017

    Senate OKs Sessions As Trump's Attorney General

    Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., will serve as the next U.S. attorney general after Senate Republicans voted through President Donald Trump's pick for the nation's top prosecutor on Wednesday despite weeks of Democratic opposition.

  • February 8, 2017

    Trump Draws Ire Of Legal Community With Court Criticisms

    President Donald Trump called the U.S. judiciary “so political” and a Ninth Circuit hearing “disgraceful” in a speech Wednesday to law enforcement officials, the latest in a string of critical comments about the courts that have resulted in outrage from some in the legal industry.

  • February 8, 2017

    Seyfarth Snags Ex-USCIS Director For Immigration Group

    Seyfarth Shaw announced Wednesday that the former director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is bringing his vast experience in immigration and health care policy enforcement and white collar prosecution to the firm as a partner in Washington, D.C.

  • February 8, 2017

    Counsel Not Guaranteed In Illegal Re-Entry Fight: 9th Circ.

    The Ninth Circuit on Tuesday upheld a Mexican man’s conviction and sentence for illegal re-entry, ruling that he had no Fifth Amendment due process right to hire counsel in his expedited removal proceeding.

  • February 8, 2017

    Bill Would Nix Fed Transport Cash For 'Sanctuary' Locales

    A Republican congressman has introduced a bill that would block federal transportation funds from being awarded to state and local governments that act as “sanctuaries” for unauthorized immigrants.

  • February 8, 2017

    5 Insights From Reddit GC Melissa Tidwell

    We filed an amicus brief opposing Trump’s executive order on immigration along with fellow tech companies like Airbnb, Facebook, Google, and many others. I’m very proud to be standing in solidarity with our industry peers, says Melissa Tidwell, vice president and general counsel at Reddit.

  • February 8, 2017

    Groups Sue To Block Trump’s 2-For-1 Regulatory Order

    Public interest legal groups on Wednesday sued the Trump administration, alleging a January executive order mandating that executive agencies eliminate two regulations for every new one is “irrational” and puts public safety at risk by not considering any beneficial effects of new rules.

  • February 7, 2017

    Feds Probe Passports, Tax Docs At Ballplayer Smuggling Trial

    Federal prosecutors in the trial of a sports agent and a trainer accused of smuggling Cuban baseball players into the U.S. raised questions Tuesday about details of passports, tax records and other official documents provided to Major League Baseball to gain clearance for clients to sign lucrative contracts.

  • February 7, 2017

    9th Circ. Weighs Trump Travel Ban In Contentious Hearing

    A Ninth Circuit panel on Tuesday grilled both sides in a contentious hearing on the government’s bid to reinstate President Donald Trump’s ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries, raising questions about the plaintiff’s standing and the president’s authority to use religion as a criterion in barring travelers to the United States.

Expert Analysis

  • Avoiding The Hidden Costs Of Bargain-Priced E-Discovery

    Michael Cousino

    Many organizations are interested in finding electronic discovery partners who offer tantalizingly low prices for electronic discovery services. However, unforeseen gaps, lax security practices, ignorance of global practices and delayed deliverables can all add up to a surprisingly large final cost, says Michael Cousino of Epiq Systems.

  • Employment-Based Immigration And Trump: What To Expect

    Brian J. Coughlin

    As President-elect Donald Trump continues to assemble his cabinet and develop strategies for his first 100 days in office, U.S. employers with temporary foreign workers contemplate an uncertain future. Despite Trump’s prediction that he will in time be regarded as the country’s “greatest jobs president,” many in the international business community remain apprehensive, say Brian Coughlin and David Iannella of Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen & Loewy LLP.

  • Saving Lawyers 1 Breath At A Time: Mindfulness In The Law

    Jennifer Gibbs

    As critical as lawyers are to society, they are reported to be the most frequently depressed occupational group in the United States. In response to the inherently stressful nature of the practice of law, more and more lawyers are turning to an ancient contemplative practice called “mindfulness,” says Jennifer Gibbs of Zelle LLP.

  • What Will DOL's Immigration Policy Look Like Under Puzder?

    Becki L. Young

    It is still unclear how much legal immigration policy will change in the new Trump administration. However, both President-elect Donald Trump and his nominee for secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor, Andrew Puzder, have worked in industries that rely heavily on foreign nationals and it is entirely possible that legal immigration will stay within historic norms, says Becki Young, co-founder of Hammond Young Immigration Law LLC.

  • Understanding How Blockchain Could Impact Legal Industry

    R. Douglas Vaughn

    Blockchain is essentially a computerized public ledger that can apply to almost anything that a person might save into a database or spreadsheet. This versatile technology may enhance the legal industry by providing an improved record keeping system, setting up "smart contracts" and tracking intellectual property and land records, say R. Douglas Vaughn and Anna Outzen of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP.

  • A New And Promising Immigration Tool For Entrepreneurs

    Jonathan Grode

    A recent decision from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services is potentially a game-changer for how entrepreneurial-minded individuals can utilize the EB-2 national interest waiver to secure a green card. The ruling is poised to expand the NIW within reach of the international entrepreneur, say Matthew Galati and Jonathan Grode of Green and Spiegel LLC.

  • New Year, New Immigration Laws For Calif. Employers

    Gregory A. Wald

    No one can deny that 2017 will be a year of change, but when it comes to laws relating to immigration and employment, change may look different in California compared to the rest of the nation, says Gregory Wald of Squire Patton Boggs LLP.

  • Be Prepared For Law Firm Data Breach Litigation

    Scott Vernick

    The April 2016 leak of "Panama Papers" documents from law firm Mossack Fonseca removed any doubt that the threat of cyberattacks against the legal industry is more than hypothetical. While the case law on law firm data breach litigation has largely yet to be written, there are certain fundamental tenets worth reviewing, say Scott Vernick and Peter Buckley of Fox Rothschild LLP.

  • 7 Legal Industry Predictions For 2017

    Haley Altman

    Since 2008, the legal relationship dynamic has consistently evolved, leading clients to demand more "value" for services received. In 2017, investment in and adoption of new technology and prioritizing cybersecurity will lead to an increase in billable hours and shifts in realization rates, says Haley Altman of Doxly.

  • Disney Outsourcing Cases Can Guide Trump Administration

    Matthew S. Groban

    The recent litigations against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts challenging its decision to outsource information technology jobs to foreign H-1B workers illustrate the challenges that the new administration will encounter as it seeks to maintain jobs for American workers, says Matthew Groban of Epstein Becker & Green PC.