• March 20, 2024

    Republican Bill Targets Colleges Hiring Unauthorized Workers

    Sen. J.D. Vance, R-Ohio, and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., have introduced legislation to prevent universities that receive federal funding from hiring unauthorized immigrants.

  • March 20, 2024

    How The Supreme Court Could Narrow Chevron

    After hours of oral argument in a closely watched administrative law case, it appeared that some U.S. Supreme Court justices could be open to limiting the opportunities for lower courts to defer to federal agencies' legal interpretations in disputes over rulemaking — and legal experts said there are a number of ways they could do it.

  • March 20, 2024

    Law360 Announces The Members Of Its 2024 Editorial Boards

    Law360 is pleased to announce the formation of its 2024 Editorial Advisory Boards.

  • March 20, 2024

    US Chamber's Litigation Funding Concerns Spur 2 State Laws

    Amid concerns from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about third-party litigation funding, including from potentially hostile foreign entities, state legislatures in Indiana and West Virginia have recently passed bills imposing restrictions on the practice.

  • March 19, 2024

    Schumer Scolds McConnell For Judge-Shopping Policy Rebuff

    Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday lauded the Judicial Conference's updated policy on random case assignments to prevent litigants from judge-shopping, saying that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing back against the policy since it'd make it tough for hard-right partisans "to hijack our courts for their purposes."

  • March 19, 2024

    Fishery Says DOL Stonewalling Discovery In H-2A Probe

    The U.S. Department of Labor can't strategically walk away from discovery obligations in a suit accusing a Mississippi fishery of threatening to deport workers if they cooperate in a wage investigation, the fishery said, arguing it won't have a chance to properly defend itself.

  • March 19, 2024

    GEO Fights Wash. Bid For State Inspectors' Entry Into ICE Jail

    GEO Group is pushing back against Washington state's request for a preliminary injunction forcing the private prison operator to let inspectors into a Tacoma-area immigrant detention facility, saying the suit is likely to flop, especially given a federal judge's recent decision to partially suspend the state law regulators have relied upon to get inside.  

  • March 19, 2024

    Texas' Border Buoy Argument 'Flummoxes' Austin Judge

    A Texas federal judge said Tuesday that he "can't imagine" Congress would agree with the state's position that a federal statute governing navigable waters doesn't authorize actions against Texas over its anti-migrant barrier, and suggested the case is likely headed for the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • March 19, 2024

    Staffing Co. Owner Gets 4 Years For Hiring Untaxed Labor

    The owner of a staffing company in Key West, Florida, that hired untaxed and unauthorized workers was sentenced by a Florida federal judge to four years in prison and ordered to pay $3.5 million in restitution to the U.S. government, according to court documents.

  • March 20, 2024

    Future Of Judge-Shopping Reform Hazy After Rule Proposal

    The policymaking body for U.S. courts provoked a stir last week when it proposed a rule designed to curb "judge shopping," with observers saying that the policy does address one type of the practice but that it remains to be seen if individual federal district courts will be willing to adopt even that limited reform.

  • March 19, 2024

    Migrant Arrest Law On Hold Again Pending 5th Circ. Hearing

    Texas' Senate Bill 4 authorizing immigrant deportations by state and local law enforcement is on ice again — just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court let it take effect, only to be followed by the Fifth Circuit restoring a hold on the law and scheduling a hearing for Wednesday morning.

  • March 19, 2024

    Justices Say Courts Can Review Immigration Hardship Denial

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday revived a Trinidad and Tobago native's bid to cancel his removal based on the hardship it would cause his U.S. citizen son, ruling that circuit courts do have authority to review mixed questions of law and fact.

  • March 19, 2024

    High Court Won't Moot Suit Over Rescinded No-Fly Listing

    The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that the federal government cannot moot a challenge to an individual's placement on the federal no-fly list by removing the person from the list, in the absence of a definite declaration that the government will not return them to the list in the future.

  • March 18, 2024

    Attys Says Haitians Must Be Protected From Deportation

    The White House must extend temporary protected status for Haitians currently living in the United States well before that protection expires in August due to spiraling violence in the Caribbean country, the American Immigration Lawyers Association has told the Biden administration.

  • March 18, 2024

    DHS To Test AI For Immigration Officer Training, Investigations

    The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Monday rolled out pilot projects to test the use of artificial intelligence this year, including one to train immigration officers, which the agency said could support more accurate immigration outcomes.

  • March 18, 2024

    Ex-Immigration Judges Say Mistake Warrants Asylum Redo

    Dozens of former immigration judges pressed the First Circuit to grant a second shot at asylum for a Salvadoran woman fearing gang violence, saying an immigration judge had erred by not asking her if she belonged to an asylum-eligible community. 

  • March 18, 2024

    Feds Say CBP Isn't Responsible For Kids At Outdoor Border Sites

    The Biden administration says a California federal court can't hear claims that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is violating a 1997 settlement mandating safety standards for minors in immigration detention, saying children staying in alleged open-air detention sites aren't in CBP's custody.

  • March 18, 2024

    Justice Alito Blocks Texas' Migrant Arrest Law Indefinitely

    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito on Monday once again prevented Texas from implementing a new law allowing state officials to arrest and deport migrants, issuing an order that will keep the law on ice until the court rules further.

  • March 18, 2024

    Lack Of Permanent Workers Dooms Bid For H-2B Kitchen Staff

    A staffing firm's admission that it doesn't have employees in North Carolina undermined its request to temporarily hire 75 foreign workers to staff a North Carolina restaurant, according to a recent decision from a U.S. Department of Labor administrative law judge.

  • March 18, 2024

    Farmers Seek Quick Win In H-2A Suit Against DOL

    Visa-filing agency USA Farm Labor Inc. and a slew of farms and ranches said the attorney general didn't approve the U.S. Department of Labor's rule regulating wages for foreign H-2A farmworkers, urging a North Carolina federal judge to hand them a win.

  • March 15, 2024

    Judiciary Clarifies Judge Shopping Policy After Senator Letter

    The Judicial Conference of the United States said Friday that its updated policy aimed at preventing litigants from shopping for the judge of their choice is not intended to overstep judges' authority or discretion under the law, issuing guidance one day after Republican senators pushed back against the policy.

  • March 15, 2024

    NYC Settles Its Challenge Of 'Right-To-Shelter' Mandate

    New York City and the Legal Aid Society have settled the city's legal challenge of the "right-to-shelter" mandate that requires shelter to be provided to any homeless person in the city, according to a stipulation filed Friday in New York state court.

  • March 15, 2024

    Foreign Investors Say New Ruling Supports EB-5 Visa Bid

    A group of foreign investors seeking EB-5 visas told the D.C. Circuit on Friday that a recent district court decision opens the door for the appeals court to review a policy they contend wrongly prevented them from obtaining visas immediately.

  • March 15, 2024

    DOL Fights Fishery's Bid To Unveil Migrant Worker Identities

    The U.S. Department of Labor is fighting an attempt by a Mississippi fishery to uncover the identities of temporary foreign workers who claim they were retaliated against during a wage investigation, urging a federal judge to prohibit their disclosure.

  • March 15, 2024

    CBP Sued For Info On Alleged Outdoor Border Detention Sites

    Two organizations that support asylum-seekers and other migrants have sued U.S. Customs and Border Patrol in California federal court, seeking information about what they say are squalid CBP-controlled open-air migrant detention sites along California's southern desert border.

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  • Perspectives

    Mallory Gives Plaintiffs A Better Shot At Justice

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    Critics of the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Mallory v. Norfolk Southern claim it opens the door to litigation tourism, but the ruling simply gives plaintiffs more options — enabling them to seek justice against major corporations in the best possible court, say Rayna Kessler and Ethan Seidenberg at Robins Kaplan.

  • Courts Can Overturn Deficient State Regulations, Too

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    While suits challenging federal regulations have become commonplace, such cases against state agencies are virtually nonexistent, but many states have provisions that allow litigants to bring suit for regulations with inadequate cost-benefit analyses, says Reeve Bull at the Virginia Office of Regulatory Management.

  • Tales From The Trenches Of Remote Depositions

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    As practitioners continue to conduct depositions remotely in the post-pandemic world, these virtual environments are rife with opportunities for improper behavior such as witness coaching, scripted testimony and a general lack of civility — but there are methods to prevent and combat these behaviors, say Jennifer Gibbs and Bennett Moss at Zelle.

  • New Fla. Immigration Law May Have Crippling Effects

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    Florida's new immigration law, which went into effect on July 1, will be especially burdensome in industries where retaining adequate staff is already an issue, so employers must assess their staff and thoroughly examine their employee records to check that all documentation is valid to avoid crippling fines and loss of licenses, says Trent Cotney at Adams and Reese.

  • A Blueprint For Addressing The Immigration Court Backlog

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    Since 2009, far more persons have been placed in removal proceedings than U.S. immigration courts could accommodate, but the government can reduce the 1.9 million-case backlog with steps that include reforming the court and the broader immigration system in a way that still prioritizes both due process and immigration enforcement, says Donald Kerwin at the Center for Migration Studies.

  • How Multiagency Sanctions Enforcement Alters Compliance

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    Recent indictments and guidance emphasizing scrutiny of third-party intermediaries make clear the government's increasingly interagency approach to sanctions enforcement and its view that financial institutions are the first line of defense against evasion efforts, particularly in connection with Russia's invasion of Ukraine, say attorneys at Ballard Spahr.

  • Level Up Lawyers' Business Development With Gamification

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    With employee engagement at a 10-year low in the U.S., there are several gamification techniques marketing and business development teams at law firms can use to make generating new clients and matters more appealing to lawyers, says Heather McCullough at Society 54.

  • Mallory Ruling Leaves Personal Jurisdiction Deeply Unsettled

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    In Mallory v. Norfolk Southern Railway, a closely divided U.S. Supreme Court recently rolled back key aspects of its 2017 opinion in Daimler AG v. Bauman that limited personal jurisdiction, leaving as many questions for businesses as it answers, say John Cerreta and James Rotondo at Day Pitney.

  • H-1B Registration System Is Broken But Not Beyond Repair

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    Recent U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics confirm that the H-1B registration system, the primary path to U.S. employment for high-skilled foreign nationals, is in dire straits, but ongoing transparency, a willingness to seek input from stakeholders and thoughtful regulatory reforms could ensure its continued viability, say attorneys at Berry Appleman.

  • A Midyear Look At Expected Changes In Business Immigration

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    While legislative immigration reform remains a nonstarter this year, U.S. businesses and their advisers should keep an eye on agency-level regulatory efforts that are underway, which may bring significant changes to filing fees, employment verification, visa renewal processing and more, says Rami Fakhoury at Fakhoury Global.

  • 5 Ways Firms Can Rethink Office Design In A Hybrid World

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    As workplaces across the country adapt to flexible work, law firms must prioritize individuality, amenities and technology in office design, says Kristin Cerutti at Nelson Worldwide.

  • Opinion

    Bar Score Is Best Hiring Metric Post-Affirmative Action

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    After the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling striking down affirmative action admissions policies, law firms looking to foster diversity in hiring should view an applicant's Multistate Bar Examination score as the best metric of legal ability — over law school name or GPA, says attorney Alice Griffin.

  • Ghosting In BigLaw: How To Come Back From Lack Of Feedback

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    Junior associates can feel powerless when senior colleagues cut off contact instead of providing useful feedback, but young attorneys can get back on track by focusing on practical professional development and reexamining their career priorities, says Rachel Patterson at Orrick.

  • Pugin Ruling Lowers Bar For Felony-Based Deportation

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    The U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision in Pugin v. Garland that an offense may constitute an obstruction of justice aggravated felony, even when an investigation or proceeding is not pending, may allow the government to seek deportation for other low-level offenses never intended to be grounds for felony-based deportation, says Peter Alfredson at Capital Area Immigrants' Rights Coalition.

  • Steps To Success For Senior Associates

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    Adriana Paris at Rissman Barrett discusses the increased responsibilities and opportunities that becoming a senior associate brings and what attorneys in this role should prioritize to flourish in this stressful but rewarding next level in their careers.

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