• June 06, 2024

    Wash. Labor Dept. Wants To Back AG In ICE Inspections Suit

    The Washington state labor and health departments want to throw their support behind efforts in the Ninth Circuit by the state's governor and attorney general to defend a state law that allows surprise inspections at private immigration detention centers.

  • June 06, 2024

    'Brothel' Manager Violated Bail After $5.7M Sting, Feds Say

    A manager and bookkeeper facing federal charges connected to a COVID-19 grant and tax fraud scheme at a Connecticut strip club violated his bail conditions by showing up at the facility and "hanging out" with a potential witness, federal probation authorities have alleged.

  • June 06, 2024

    Cleaning Co. Must Undergo Assisted Recruitment For H-2B

    A U.S. Department of Labor appeals board affirmed an order requiring a cleaning and restoration company to undergo assisted recruitment until late April 2026 to hire H-2B workers, saying the company, which sought foreign janitors, failed to follow regulatory recruitment requirements.

  • June 06, 2024

    Kurzban Law Firm Launches DC Office In Farragut Square

    Kurzban Kurzban Tetzeli & Pratt PA has launched an office in Washington, D.C., and named a Mayer Brown LLP attorney who was assistant secretary of state for consular affairs as its managing partner, the firm announced Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    Biden Asylum Halt Contradicts Border Wire Suit, Texas Says

    Texas tore into the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, saying a new executive order that halts asylum claims from immigrants who cross the border illegally directly contradicts the agency's argument before the Fifth Circuit over Texas' use of concertina wire fencing at the border.

  • June 05, 2024

    Exceptions May Help New Border Rules Survive Litigation

    The new border regime that President Joe Biden rolled out this week relies on legal provisions that courts largely barred the Trump administration from using to restrict entry, but exceptions in Biden's policy could offer insulation from adverse rulings this time.

  • June 05, 2024

    Hiring Pattern Dooms Mo. Spa's Quest For Foreign Waitstaff

    A lakeside Missouri resort and spa lost in its quest to hire 15 foreign waitstaff for its tourist season after a U.S. Department of Labor appeals board ruled the resort failed to show its need for the foreign staff was temporary.

  • June 05, 2024

    Federal Judges Facing Scrutiny For Clerk-Hiring Boycotts

    The federal judiciary must take a look at its judges' hiring practices in the wake of some jurists' public refusal to hire students from certain law schools over on-campus political activity over the Israel-Hamas war, a nonprofit government watchdog said Wednesday.

  • June 05, 2024

    7th Circ. Affirms Toss Of Mexican National's Widow Petition

    The Seventh Circuit upheld U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' decision to deny a Mexican woman's bid for a visa as the widow of a U.S. citizen, saying the agency properly faulted her for misrepresenting her continued relationship with her ex-husband.

  • June 04, 2024

    House DHS Budget Bill Takes Aim At Biden Priorities

    The House Appropriations Committee released a $64.8 billion funding bill for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for next fiscal year, with a bevy of priorities and policy riders aimed at countering or undoing Biden administration immigration priorities.

  • June 04, 2024

    JPMorgan Accused Of Retaliating Against Indian H-1B Worker

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. is facing a new lawsuit accusing it of firing an Indian product manager on an H-1B visa after the former employee confronted his supervisor for allegedly discriminating against him based on his race and nationality.

  • June 04, 2024

    Garland Defends DOJ Integrity, Demurs On Justices' Ethics

    Attorney General Merrick Garland on Tuesday defended the Department of Justice's independence, deflecting questions about ethics scandals at the U.S. Supreme Court and rejecting Donald Trump's "conspiracy theory" that federal prosecutors were the real force behind his recent conviction.

  • June 04, 2024

    9th Circ. Rejects Immigrant's Evidence Authenticity Challenge

    A split Ninth Circuit refused to revive a Guyanese man's bid for deportation relief, saying he didn't actually challenge the authenticity of evidence used to support his removability, including an FBI rap sheet he said included an incorrect birthplace.

  • June 04, 2024

    Biden Halts Noncitizens' Entry At Southern Border

    President Joe Biden announced executive measures on Tuesday to temporarily suspend the entry of noncitizens at the Southern border and bar asylum claims from those crossing illegally — measures that the American Civil Liberties Union immediately vowed to challenge in court.

  • June 03, 2024

    Voir Dire With No Judge Present Persists In State Courts

    Data released Friday by the National Center for State Courts revealed that voir dire conducted by lawyers with no judge present in the room persists in 7% of state court trials, but has been virtually eliminated in federal courts.

  • June 03, 2024

    Improper DHS Appointment Voids Asylum Rule, Groups Argue

    Two immigrant advocacy groups suing the federal government over a Trump-era rule that narrowed asylum eligibility have told a D.C. federal judge that the changes must be vacated, arguing that former acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security chief Chad Wolf was improperly appointed, making the changes void.

  • June 03, 2024

    Attys Raise Safety Concerns In Feds' Bid To End Flores Deal

    Attorneys for human rights organizations in the long-running Flores litigation are opposing the Biden administration's bid to partially terminate an agreement in the case mandating safety standards for minors in immigration detention, saying it could weaken existing protections.

  • June 03, 2024

    Amazon, Wondery Want Out Of ICE Doc's Defamation Suit LLC, Wondery LLC and Morbid: A True Crime Podcast LLC asked a Georgia federal judge on Friday to dismiss a former immigration prison doctor's lawsuit alleging he was defamed by the release of a true-crime podcast episode that accused him of performing forced hysterectomies on detainees.

  • June 03, 2024

    Iowa Says State Immigration Law Is Constitutionally Sound

    Iowa has urged a federal judge to shoot down attempts to block a new state immigration law set to take effect July 1 empowering state officials to arrest noncitizens who were previously deported, saying it doesn't usurp federal immigration authority.

  • June 03, 2024

    Jury Trials Dwindle In State Courts; Fall Started Before COVID

    Jury trials have continued to "vanish" from state courts, despite seeing a slight bump following the pandemic shutdowns, with 2021 seeing fewer than half the number of jury trials as 2019 and one-third the number held in 2007, according to a new report from the National Center for State Courts.

  • June 03, 2024

    2nd Circ. Reverses Polish Woman's Removal For Drug Offense

    The Second Circuit revived a Polish immigrant's bid to cancel her deportation from the U.S., saying her drug conviction under New Jersey state law for distributing cocaine didn't qualify as an aggravated felony under a comparable federal law.

  • June 03, 2024

    Justices Won't Review Migrant Harboring Convictions

    The U.S. Supreme Court won't review a Kentucky federal jury's verdict convicting two restaurateurs on four counts of harboring unauthorized immigrants, shutting down those business owners' arguments they were not intentionally hiding the migrants from the government.

  • June 01, 2024

    Blockbuster Summer: 10 Big Issues Justices Still Must Decide

    As the calendar flips over to June, the U.S. Supreme Court still has heaps of cases to decide on issues ranging from trademark registration rules to judicial deference and presidential immunity. Here, Law360 looks at 10 of the most important topics the court has yet to decide.

  • May 31, 2024

    Group Sued Over Immigrants' Benefits Too Late, Panel Holds

    A Michigan state appeals court has nixed a nonprofit's challenge to the court's ruling that working while unauthorized is a crime and that immigrant workers are not entitled to benefits once their unauthorized status is discovered, saying the group brought the lawsuit in an untimely manner.

  • May 31, 2024

    4th Circ. Sees Path For Deportee To Return, But Denies Appeal

    The Fourth Circuit on Friday found that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement directive might provide a narrow path for a deported Salvadoran's return to the U.S. to fight his removal, but ultimately shot down his appeal.

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Expert Analysis

  • Lessons From Country Singer's Personal Service Saga

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    Recent reports that country singer Luke Combs won a judgment against a Florida woman who didn’t receive notice of the counterfeit suit against her should serve as a reminder for attorneys on best practices for effectuating service by electronic means, say attorneys at Jenner & Block.

  • Series

    Baking Bread Makes Me A Better Lawyer

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    After many years practicing law, and a few years baking bread, I have learned that there are a few keys to success in both endeavors, including the assembly of a nourishing and resilient culture, and the ability to learn from failure and exercise patience, says Rick Robinson at Reed Smith.

  • Federal Courts And AI Standing Orders: Safety Or Overkill?

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    Several district court judges have issued standing orders regulating the use of artificial intelligence in their courts, but courts should consider following ordinary notice and comment procedures before implementing sweeping mandates that could be unnecessarily burdensome and counterproductive, say attorneys at Curtis.

  • 7 E-Discovery Predictions For 2024 And Beyond

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    The legal and technical issues of e-discovery now affect virtually every lawsuit, and in the year to come, practitioners can expect practices and policies to evolve in a number of ways, from the expanded use of relevancy redactions to mandated information security provisions in protective orders, say attorneys at Littler.

  • 5 Litigation Funding Trends To Note In 2024

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    Over the next year and beyond, litigation funding will continue to evolve in ways that affect attorneys and the larger litigation landscape, from the growth of a secondary market for funded claims, to rising interest rates restricting the availability of capital, says Jeffery Lula at GLS Capital.

  • 4 Legal Ethics Considerations For The New Year

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    As attorneys and clients reset for a new year, now is a good time to take a step back and review some core ethical issues that attorneys should keep front of mind in 2024, including approaching generative artificial intelligence with caution and care, and avoiding pitfalls in outside counsel guidelines, say attorneys at HWG.

  • Perspectives

    Immigration Detention Should Offer Universal Legal Counsel

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    Given the large backlog of immigration court cases and the more than 70% of people in immigration detention without counsel in 2023, the system should establish a universal right to federally funded representation for anyone facing deportation, similar to the public defender model, say Laura Lunn and Shaleen Morales at the Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network.

  • What The Law Firm Of The Future Will Look Like

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    As the legal landscape shifts, it’s become increasingly clear that the BigLaw business model must adapt in four key ways to remain viable, from fostering workplace flexibility to embracing technology, say Kevin Henderson and Eric Pacifici at SMB Law Group.

  • 4 PR Pointers When Your Case Is In The News

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    Media coverage of new lawsuits exploded last year, demonstrating why defense attorneys should devise a public relations plan that complements their legal strategy, incorporating several objectives to balance ethical obligations and advocacy, say Nathan Burchfiel at Pinkston and Ryan June at Castañeda + Heidelman.

  • Law Firm Strategies For Successfully Navigating 2024 Trends

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    Though law firms face the dual challenge of external and internal pressures as they enter 2024, firms willing to pivot will be able to stand out by adapting to stakeholder needs and reimagining their infrastructure, says Shireen Hilal at Maior Consultants.

  • The Most-Read Legal Industry Law360 Guest Articles Of 2023

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    A range of legal industry topics drew readers' attention in Law360's Expert Analysis section this year, from associate retention strategies to ethical billing practices.

  • Attorneys' Busiest Times Can Be Business Opportunities

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    Attorneys who resolve to grow their revenue and client base in 2024 should be careful not to abandon their goals when they get too busy with client work, because these periods of zero bandwidth can actually be a catalyst for future growth, says Amy Drysdale at Alchemy Consulting.

  • In The World Of Legal Ethics, 10 Trends To Note From 2023

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    Lucian Pera at Adams and Reese and Trisha Rich at Holland & Knight identify the top legal ethics trends from 2023 — including issues related to hot documents, artificial intelligence and cybersecurity — that lawyers should be aware of to put their best foot forward.

  • What's Ahead For Immigrant Employee Rights Enforcement

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    The U.S. Department of Justice’s increased enforcement related to immigration-based employment discrimination is coupled with pending constitutional challenges to administrative tribunals, suggesting employers should leverage those headwinds when facing investigations or class action-style litigation, say attorneys at Jones Day.

  • How Attorneys Can Be More Efficient This Holiday Season

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    Attorneys should consider a few key tips to speed up their work during the holidays so they can join the festivities — from streamlining the document review process to creating similar folder structures, says Bennett Rawicki at Hilgers Graben.

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