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Immigration

  • May 17, 2018

    9th Circ. Remands Asylum Petition For Transgender Woman

    The Ninth Circuit ruled Wednesday that the Board of Immigration Appeals must address an individual's status as transgender separately from sexual orientation when considering petitions for asylum and other protections, sending the case back to the immigration court for further proceedings.

  • May 17, 2018

    Trump Says 'Animals' Remark Only Meant Gang Members

    President Donald Trump on Thursday tried to reframe comments he made Wednesday that referred to some immigrants as "animals," saying he really meant to use the dehumanizing term only for members of gangs, not for immigrants in general.

  • May 17, 2018

    BALCA Affirms Texas Concrete Co. Can’t Hire Foreign Help

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Wednesday upheld the denial of a Texas concrete company’s bid to hire temporary foreign workers under the H-2B visa program, saying the business failed to show a need for the employees.

  • May 17, 2018

    ICE, CBP Hit With Suit Over Docs On 'Matador' Initiative

    An immigrant advocacy group accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection in New York federal court Wednesday of refusing to hand over records relating to an anti-gang initiative known as “Operation Matador,” which the group says is a pretext to target and detain immigrant youth of color.

  • May 17, 2018

    A Chat With Perkins Practice Management Chief Toby Brown

    In this monthly series, legal recruiters at Major Lindsey & Africa interview management from top law firms about navigating an increasingly competitive business environment. Here we feature Toby Brown, chief practice management officer at Perkins Coie LLP.

  • May 17, 2018

    3 Things To Watch During The Latest EB-5 Extension Period

    On the heels of the latest recent failed attempt to make changes to the EB-5 visa program that allows foreigners to invest in a U.S. project, the development community is somewhat bifurcated in how it may respond to yet another short-term period of uncertainty, according to experts. Here, Law360 looks at three ways the next period in the EB-5 saga may unfold.

  • May 16, 2018

    Cos. In $22.5M EB-5 Fraud Row Barred From Selling Securities

    A California federal judge on Wednesday permanently restrained from selling securities two companies that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission claims participated in a scheme to fraudulently raise $22.5 million from Chinese investors looking to obtain green cards through the federal EB-5 visa program.

  • May 16, 2018

    Immigration Bill Roundup: Detention Sites, Visa Overstays

    Both federal and state lawmakers have pushed legislation this month that would reduce the practice of immigration detention, tackle visa overstays and limit the disclosure of immigration status in California courts. Here, we examine their proposals.

  • May 16, 2018

    ICE Arrests 78 In 5-State Sweep Across Midwest

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 78 undocumented immigrants in a five-state sweep last week in the Midwest, ICE officials announced Tuesday, as part of the Trump administration's attempt to crack down on illegal immigration in the name of public safety.

  • May 16, 2018

    EB-5 Investor Suit Against Jay Peak Owner Dismissed

    A Florida federal judge dismissed an investor class suit against Jay Peak ski resort owner Ariel Quiros over his alleged role in a $350 million EB-5 visa fraud suit, ruling that the investors don't have standing to bring the claims, which he said would allow them to "double dip" on recoveries.

  • May 16, 2018

    2nd Circ. Remands Jamaican's Detention Row To Lower Court

    The Second Circuit ruled Wednesday that a New York federal court erred on the section of immigration law under which a Jamaican native should be detained, sending the case back to the lower court to determine whether the man is entitled to a bond hearing in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Jennings ruling.

  • May 16, 2018

    Gov't Temporarily Blocked From Ending Man's DACA Status

    A Washington federal judge on Tuesday temporarily barred the federal government from terminating a Mexican man’s status and work authorization under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and from continuing to assert that he may be affiliated with a gang.

  • May 15, 2018

    BALCA Affirms Denial Of H-2B Certification For Florida Co.

    The Board of Alien Labor Certification Appeals on Monday upheld the denial of a temporary visa certification for a Florida transportation company after the firm missed a deadline to recruit American citizens first for its open seasonal positions.

  • May 15, 2018

    Calif., Enviros Ask 9th Circ. To Revive Border Wall Suit

    The state of California and several environmental organizations have urged the Ninth Circuit to overturn a lower court’s nixing of their challenge to the Trump administration's planned border wall in the state, saying the projects must first undergo environmental impact assessments.

  • May 15, 2018

    DACA's Legality, Rollback Focus Of 9th Circ. Arguments

    The Ninth Circuit heard oral arguments Tuesday in a case challenging the Trump administration’s attempted rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, with both sides focusing on the government’s assertion that the initial implementation of the program was unlawful.

  • May 15, 2018

    Ohio To Assist Legal Immigrants With Life In Midwest

    Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Tuesday ordered the creation of an advisory committee and a government office to assist immigrants who are in the U.S. legally with acclimating to life in the Midwestern state and with securing jobs and other opportunities.

  • May 15, 2018

    Private Detainee Center Can't Dodge Labor Abuse Row

    A California federal judge on Monday declined to toss a putative class action filed by immigrants who allege that their wages were stolen by the owner of a privately run detention facility, but did pare back some of the wage allegations.

  • May 15, 2018

    Chicago Opposes Stay In 7th Circ. Sanctuary Funds Ruling

    The city of Chicago urged the Seventh Circuit on Monday not to grant the Trump administration’s request to limit the scope of a nationwide injunction prohibiting it from barring so-called sanctuary cities from a federal public safety grant, arguing that the injunction is in the public interest.

  • May 14, 2018

    Security Co. Can't Escape EEOC's Race Bias Class Action

    A Maryland federal judge on Monday refused to let government security contractor MVM Inc. escape the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s claims it systematically pushed out a class of African workers, instead pausing the suit to let the agency amend charge documents that left out key allegations.

  • May 14, 2018

    Will The House Come Through With A Solution For Dreamers?

    After eight months of negotiations over a legislative replacement for the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, House Republicans introduced a discharge petition last week that, with 218 signatures, would immediately send several immigration bills to the floor for a vote. Here, Law360 examines the proposals and the petition’s likelihood of success.

Expert Analysis

  • Centers Of Influence Are Key To Small Law Firm Rainmaking

    Frank Carone

    In a national survey of 378 small law firms, partners ranked client referrals as the most important means of business development. Yet studies reveal that while professional services providers obtain most new clients from existing client referrals, their best new clients — the ones providing the largest pool of investable assets — overwhelmingly come from “centers of influence,” says Frank Carone, an executive partner at Abrams Fensterman.

  • Feature

    From Law Firm To Newsroom: An Interview With Bob Woodruff

    Randy Maniloff

    Lawyers who have left the traditional practice for perceived greener pastures are many. But the circumstances surrounding broadcast journalist Bob Woodruff’s departure are unique. Like none I’ve ever heard, says Randy Maniloff of White and Williams LLP.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Kendall Reviews 'On The Jury Trial'

    Judge Virginia Kendall

    As someone who spent half her days last year on the bench presiding over trials, I often find the alarmist calls to revamp the jury trial system a tad puzzling — why is making trial lawyers better rarely discussed? Then along comes a refreshing little manual called "On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy," by Thomas Melsheimer and Judge Craig Smith, says U.S. District Judge Virginia Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois.

  • Do I Need New Trial Counsel? 9 Questions To Ask

    Russell Hayman

    Initial selection of defense counsel is usually made at the outset of litigation, long before it is known whether the case may actually proceed to trial. Attorneys with McDermott Will & Emery discuss questions in-house lawyers should consider when deciding whether their litigation counsel should remain lead trial counsel in a case proceeding to trial.

  • What Employers Should Know About Termination Of TPS

    Otto Immel

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has announced that it is terminating the temporary protected status program for foreign nationals residing in the U.S. from Sudan, Nicaragua, Haiti and, most recently, El Salvador. Employers should review their internal procedures for reverifying expiring employment eligibility and consider performing an internal Form I-9 audit, say Otto Immel and Ashley Sykes of Quarles & Brady LLP.

  • Lessons From President Trump's Failed Judicial Nominations

    Arun Rao

    On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced 12 new judicial nominations. We will soon discover whether these candidates learned from the mistakes of the three nominees forced to withdraw in December after bipartisan concerns arose over their qualifications, says Arun Rao, executive VP of Investigative Group International.

  • How To Control Data As Technology Complicates E-Discovery

    Peter Ostrega

    While technology is making certain aspects of e-discovery faster and easier, it is also creating new challenges as quickly as we can provide solutions. The good news is that there are concrete steps businesses can take to address those challenges, says Peter Ostrega of Consilio LLC.

  • 6 E-Discovery Predictions For 2018

    Erich Potter

    Erich Potter, discovery counsel with Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, discusses six ways e-discovery will continue to excite and confound in 2018.

  • How Sanctuary City Regs Could Impact Houston Real Estate

    Hilary Tyson

    President Donald Trump’s sanctuary city ban has been enmeshed in litigation since it was enacted, as has similar legislation in the Texas Legislature. But while the future of these regulations may not be certain, they still stand to exact broad impacts, both in Houston and beyond, say Hilary Tyson and Lauren McLaughlin of BoyarMiller.

  • 6 Roles To Embrace In An Evolving Legal Industry

    Rob MacAdam

    Smart law firms are increasingly positioning professionals to proactively guide them as the legal landscape reshapes itself, harnessing six emerging roles within their organizational charts to embrace new approaches, tools and systems, says Rob MacAdam of HighQ.