Calif. Law Firm Must Face EB-5 Investors' Visa Handling Suit

Law360 (August 27, 2018, 9:22 PM EDT) -- A California-based law firm must face allegations that it mishandled Taiwanese and Chinese investors' EB-5 visa applications after a California state appeals court concluded its actions weren't protected under a statute that guards free speech and petitioning activities.

On Friday a three-judge panel from California's Second District appeals court overruled a lower judge's granting of an anti-SLAPP motion filed by Fredrick W. Voigtmann and the Law Office of Fred Voigtmann PC, both accused of breaching their fiduciary duty to the group of foreign citizens who had sought permanent residency in the United States under the immigrant investor program.

Although the filing...

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