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2011 Diversity Visa lottery begins on October 2, 2009, and ends on November 30, 2009
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • October 2 2009

The Department of State (DOS) announced on September 30, 2009, the opening of the registration period for the DV-2011 Diversity Visa lottery


Koch Foods fined more than $536,000 for worksite violations
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 28 2010

On February 12, 2010, ICE announced that Koch Foods Inc. had paid fines totaling more that $536,000 arising from a 2007 raid of its southwest Ohio poultry processing facility


Eighth Circuit rejects discrimination claim based on immigration status
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • March 2 2011

On February 14, 2011, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit issued an unpublished decision in Liu v. BASF Corporation, No. 09-1850 (8th Cir. Feb. 14, 2011), that affirmed a lower court's decision to reject discrimination claims based solely on immigration status


Illinois district court directs discovery into immigration status in personal injury action
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • March 2 2011

On February 14, 2011, a magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois issued a decision in a personal injury action that permitted discovery into the plaintiff's immigration status to determine eligibility for lost wages


New York district court finds employer violated FLSA by refusing to reimburse H-2B workers for visa, travel, and other expenses
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • March 2 2011

On February 15, 2011, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York denied a motion to dismiss a complaint by foreign H-2B workers that alleged that their employer violated the minimum wage provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act ("FLSA") by refusing to reimburse the workers' transportation, visa, and recruitment expenses


Potential consequences of government shutdown
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 7 2011

The latest continuing resolution funding federal government operations is set to expire on April 8, 2011, and the threat of a government shutdown appears more of a reality


Courts continue to apply RICO to immigration violations
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 28 2010

The federal courts continue to uphold claims under the Racketeer Corrupt Influenced Organizations Act ("RICO") that involve immigration violations


Comprehensive immigration reform
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 28 2010

On April 21, 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) indicated that they might push up congressional debate on comprehensive immigration reform and make this reform the Obama Administration's next legislative priority


CIS announces three measures designed to improve E-Verify, combat discrimination
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 28 2010

On March 17, 2010, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ("USCIS") announced a number of measures that the agency claims will "strengthen the efficiency and accuracy of the E-Verify system" and combat worker discrimination


Arizona law criminalizes undocumented aliens
  • Epstein Becker Green
  • USA
  • April 28 2010

On Friday, April 23, 2010, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed S.B. 1070, legislation that its supporters call the toughest state anti-immigration law in the country