Immigration

  • June 01, 2020

    DOJ Closes Immigration Courts In 15 Cities Over 'Civil Unrest'

    The U.S. Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review announced on Twitter late Sunday and early Monday that it would be closing immigration courts in 15 cities due to what it called "civil unrest" related to the anti-racism protests sweeping the country.

  • June 01, 2020

    High Court Allows Circuit Court Review In Deportation Cases

    Foreigners with criminal convictions who fear they will be tortured if they are deported can challenge denials of their requests to stay in the U.S. in federal courts, the U.S. Supreme Court held Monday.

  • May 29, 2020

    Immigrants Get New Bond Hearings Through Due Process Suit

    A Maryland federal judge on Friday ordered the Baltimore immigration court to hold new bond hearings for detained immigrants whose detention was not properly justified at previous hearings, citing, among other things, the COVID-19 outbreak as a potential hazard to some detainees.

  • May 29, 2020

    Twitter, Reddit Say Social Media Visa Rules Limit Free Speech

    Twitter, Reddit and an e-commerce trade group backed two documentary film organizations' challenge to a U.S. Department of State requirement for overseas visa applicants to turn over their social media handles, saying it would limit anonymous free speech.

  • May 29, 2020

    Gov't Contracts Of The Month: Virus, Space And Google Deals

    The federal government looked to the future in May, injecting $1.2 billion into AstraZeneca's candidate COVID-19 vaccine and infusing billions into the U.S.'s space-bound ambitions. Other megadeals include remediation of a nuclear site and Google's partnership with the Pentagon.

  • May 29, 2020

    Trump Blocks Visas For Chinese Students With Military Ties

    President Donald Trump issued an order Friday banning Chinese citizens with ties to the country's military from entering the U.S. on student visas to attend graduate programs, citing concerns that these students could steal American technology.

  • May 29, 2020

    USCIS Will Resume Speedy Visa Processing In June

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is rebooting premium processing for certain visa petitions in phases throughout June without raising fees after suspending the service in March in response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Friday announcement.

  • May 29, 2020

    DHS Cites 'Internal Disconnect' For Migrant Hearing Mix-Up

    A U.S. Department of Homeland Security official blamed an "unintentional internal disconnect" after the department sent out conflicting guidance on how migrants stuck in Mexico can pick up their rescheduled U.S. immigration court dates, causing confusion at the border.

  • May 29, 2020

    Threats From A Gang Don't Equal Persecution, 8th Circ. Rules

    The Eighth Circuit shut down an El Salvadoran man's efforts to stay in the U.S., finding that the threats he faced from a gang there aren't the type of threats that merit protection from the government and that there is a lack of evidence showing the government in his country enables persecution.

  • May 28, 2020

    Split 6th Circ. Rules 2-Year Reentry Sentence Is Too Harsh

    A split Sixth Circuit ruled that a two-year sentence was too long for a Mexican citizen who illegally reentered the U.S. twice after being deported, finding that he had less of a criminal history than other immigrants who faced a similar penalty.

  • May 28, 2020

    Axed H-1B Work Visa Policies May Not Be Gone For Good

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agreed to reopen more than 200 H-1B temporary worker visa denials after dropping policies that led to their rejection, but those policies could make a comeback through a formal rulemaking process.

  • May 28, 2020

    GOP Sens. Offer Bill Restricting Visas For Chinese Students

    Two Senate Republicans have proposed legislation that would bar Chinese citizens from securing student visas to study math, science and technology fields at graduate and postgraduate levels, citing U.S. national security concerns.

  • May 28, 2020

    Feds Can't Yet Overturn Seattle Airport Deportation Flight Ban

    A Washington federal judge rejected the Trump administration's bid to overturn a King County executive order banning deportation flights from a Seattle airport, saying more information is needed before making a decision on the order's legality.

  • May 28, 2020

    USCIS Moves To Hike Immigration Application Fees

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services sent its plans to hike immigration application fees and charge for asylum requests to the White House on Wednesday, paving the way for the higher fees to soon take effect during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • May 27, 2020

    Detainees Challenge ICE's Scant Info On COVID-19 Actions

    Immigrants challenging the conditions in three Florida detention facilities told a federal judge Wednesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has provided insufficient information to show that it is complying with its rules or a court order requiring steps to curb the spread of COVID-19.

  • May 27, 2020

    GOP Lawmakers Look To Protect H-2B Visas During Pandemic

    Republican lawmakers have urged President Donald Trump to shield H-2B nonimmigrant visas from any upcoming immigration restrictions as part of his response to the COVID-19 pandemic, saying temporary guest workers are essential to companies that depend on seasonal labor.

  • May 27, 2020

    USCIS Plans To Reopen Offices In June After 2-Month Pause

    U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will begin reopening its offices and resume citizenship ceremonies in early June, more than two months after the agency canceled in-person services as a protective measure during the coronavirus pandemic.

  • May 27, 2020

    Private Prison Co. Sues Netflix For Using Logo In 'Messiah'

    Private prison operator GEO Group Inc. accused Netflix of trademark infringement and defamation for using its logo in the fictional TV series "Messiah," which portrays immigrants detained in overcrowded cages, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday in Florida federal court.

  • May 27, 2020

    Nonprofits Slam 'Strawman' Defense Of Opt-In Refugee Order

    A group of nonprofits rebuked the Trump administration's "strawman" defense of its executive order allowing states and local governments to essentially opt out of accepting refugees, urging a federal appeals court Tuesday to uphold a lower court ruling halting the mandate.

  • May 26, 2020

    Chinese Investors Push Again For Sanctions In Fraud Suit

    Chinese investors told an Illinois federal judge Tuesday that they're worried they won't learn what happened to $45 million they pumped into a failed Chicago real estate project before its owners go bankrupt and creditors line up to collect their money.

  • May 26, 2020

    DOL Looks To Beat Congress' Review Clock With 3 New Rules

    The U.S. Department of Labor finalized regulations last week covering pay and overtime issues and the labor secretary's power to review administrative decisions, looking to lock in key rules before they become fair game for the next Congress to rescind. Here, Law360 looks at the rules' potential impact on businesses and workers.

  • May 26, 2020

    US Exempts Foreign Athletes From Virus-Related Travel Bar

    Countries facing travel restrictions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic can now send their athletes to the U.S. after the Trump administration made an exception for them, saying sporting events are crucial for restarting the economy.

  • May 26, 2020

    Immigrant Doctor Says Merck Can't Nix Suit Over Revoked Job

    A doctor with a student visa argued Monday that Merck can't slip her claim that it rescinded a job offer because it had failed to look into her visa status, saying it hadn't proven the recruiter who told her she "should be OK" had quit before the conversation supposedly took place.

  • May 26, 2020

    ICE Defends Transferring Fla. Detainees During Pandemic

    The federal government is defending its authority to continue transferring detained immigrants between facilities during the coronavirus pandemic, after advocates involved in a proposed class action accused the government of moving detainees around to manipulate population statistics and shirk a federal court order.

  • May 22, 2020

    Law360 Reveals Titans Of The Plaintiffs Bar

    They've represented consumers, companies, and government entities, taken on Goliaths in industries ranging from aerospace to health care to finance to technology to sports, and won landmark victories on behalf of clients across the country.

Expert Analysis

  • How Lawyers Can Network Better, Virtually And In Person

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    The current decrease in formality and increase in common ground due to the work-from-home environment can make it easier to have a networking conversation, says Megan Burke Roudebush at Keepwith.

  • Practical Tips For Presenting Your Case To Litigation Funders

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    One mistake that attorneys commonly make when presenting a case to a third-party funder is focusing almost exclusively on liability and giving short shrift to the damages analysis — resulting in an aspirational damages estimate that falls apart under scrutiny, say Cindy Ahn and Justin Maleson at Longford Capital and Casey Grabenstein at Saul Ewing.

  • Avoiding Inadvertent Privilege Waivers In E-Communications

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    Attorneys at WilmerHale highlight recent developments in privilege law, the significant challenges raised by nontraditional working arrangements popularized during the pandemic, and ways to avoid waiving attorney-client privilege when using electronic communications.

  • Opinion

    Don't Cancel Your Summer Associate Programs

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    While pulling off an effective summer associate program this year will be no easy feat, law firms' investments in their future attorneys should be considered necessary even during this difficult time, says Summer Eberhard at Major Lindsey.

  • 5 Ways To Reduce Post-Pandemic Legal Malpractice Exposure

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    History suggests that legal malpractice claims will rise following the current economic downturn, and while a certain percentage of the claims will be unavoidable, there are prophylactic steps that law firms can take, says John Johnson at Cozen O'Connor.

  • Justices' SEC Disgorgement Ruling May Shape FCPA Matters

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    The U.S. Supreme Court’s upcoming opinion in Liu v. U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission may call into question when Foreign Corrupt Practices Act settlements should be subject to disgorgement, say Matthew Rutter and Neal Hochberg at Charles River Associates.

  • Opinion

    Credibility Concerns About Virtual Arbitration Are Unfounded

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    Concerns that videoconferenced arbitration hearings compromise an arbitrator's ability to reliably resolve credibility contests are based on mistaken perceptions of how many cases actually turn on credibility, what credibility means in the legal world, and how arbitrators make credibility determinations, says Wayne Brazil at JAMS.

  • A Lawyer's Guide To Client Service Continuity Planning

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    Ensuring uninterrupted client service and compliance with ethical obligations in a time when attorneys are more likely to fall ill means taking six basic — yet often ignored — steps to build some redundancy and internal communication into legal practice, say attorneys at Axinn.

  • Virtual Meetings Could Be Fertile Ground For Legal Discovery

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    Many remote meeting technologies include recording features as default settings, raising three primary concerns from a legal discovery and data retention perspective, and possibly bringing unintended consequences for companies in future litigation, says Courtney Murphy at Clark Hill.

  • The Role Of Remote Mediation After The Crisis Is Over

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    When the dark cloud of COVID-19 has passed and resolution centers are once again peopled with warring parties and aspiring peacemakers, remote mediations will likely still be common, but they are not going to be a panacea for all that ails the dispute resolution industry, says Mitch Orpett at Tribler Orpett.

  • Trapping Interpol Misuse: Inside The Proposed TRAP Act

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    If the Transnational Repression Accountability and Prevention Act is enacted into law, it could lead to increased controls and transparency in the Interpol notice and diffusion processes, and would likely scale back some of the U.S. immigration policies that appear to acquiesce to Interpol, say attorneys at Kobre & Kim.

  • 7 Steps To Romancing The Virtual Classroom

    Excerpt from Lexis Practice Advisor
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    For professors, trainers, lawyers, students and businesses grappling with the unexpected challenges of distance learning, trial attorney and teacher James Wagstaffe offers best practices for real-time online instruction.

  • Key Return-To-Work Considerations For Law Firms

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    There may be precious little notice before the legal community ramps up, so it's important to have return-to-work plans that address the unique challenges law firms will face in bringing employees back to offices, say attorneys Daniel Gerber, Barbara O'Connell and Richard Tucker.

  • A Creative Solution For Teaching Local Practice In Law School

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    To help prepare my students to navigate local practice, I wrote a set of rules for the classroom that mimics those they might encounter from a local judge or court, says Michael Zuckerman at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law.

  • With Friends Like These: The Amicus Questions In Flynn Case

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    A D.C. federal judge's recent appointment of amicus curiae to address whether the Michael Flynn case can proceed is reminiscent of the judicial overreach that the U.S. Supreme Court criticized and reversed this month in U.S. v. Sineneng-Smith, says Lawrence Ebner at Capital Appellate Advocacy.

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