Citing Immigrant Labor Shortage, Alabama Farmers Reduce Planting

"Some Alabama farmers say they are planting less produce rather than risk having tomatoes and other crops rot in the fields a second straight year because of labor shortages linked to the state's crackdown on illegal immigration. Keith Dickie said he and other growers in the heart of...

Alabama's bad road on immigration: Editorial

"Apparently, Alabama lawmakers felt they hadn't gone far enough last year when they enacted the most draconian immigration law in the nation, which, among other things, required schools to determine the immigration status of their students. Now, the Legislature has revised the law to...

Alabama High Court Vacates $78.4 Million Drug-Pricing Verdict Against Generic Maker Sandoz

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (Mealey's) In a 7-1 vote, the Alabama Supreme Court on July 13 vacated a $78.4 million drug-pricing verdict against generic drug maker Sandoz Inc., finding that the state government knew that the reported drug prices were not accurate and that the state based its reimbursement...

Federal Court Blocks Most of GA, AL Anti-Immigrant Laws

"A federal appeals court today blocked key provisions of Alabama and Georgia’s anti-immigrant laws. Significantly, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit found that section 28 of Alabama’s law which requires the immigration verification of newly enrolled K – 12 students...

Pork-Barrel Politics Keep Alabama Immigration Jail Open: NBC on Etowah

Hats off to Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News, for exposing, in detail, how ICE bowed to political pressure to keep a sub-par immigration jail (Etowah County Detention Center, a.k.a. 'hell on Earth') open in Gadsden, Alabama. Here are the links: When feds sought to shutter...

Alabama’s Show-Me-Your-Papers Law: A Cautionary Tale for Georgia

Clanton, Alabama - "A central part of Alabama’s immigration law has become such a thorny problem for this town that the police chief has declared he will no longer enforce it. Chief Brian Stilwell said that measure — which critics call the show-me-your-papers law — has made immigrants...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Look to Answer 'Essential' Health Question

Although 35 of the 50 states have yet to create the marketplaces known as health benefits exchanges required by the Affordable Care Act, they aren't completely ignoring the law's impending requirements. A majority, in fact, are moving forward on another key component of federal health reform...

State Net Capitol Journal: Election Cases Coming Down To Wire

As of late last month there were 15 legal cases pending across the country concerning new election restrictions. With roughly a month left before the presidential election, the cases leave judges with little time to resolve election issues in states where the margin of victory for either President Barack...

Alabama Immigration Law Gridlocks Licensing Process

"A catch-22 in Alabama’s immigration law may be preventing some legal immigrants from getting state licenses to work in a wide range of professions, from nursing to general contracting. The immigration law, passed in 2010, says that non-U.S. residents must be cleared through a federal database...

Alabama Deputy Sheriff Facing Deportation

"A Canadian man who served as a reserve deputy for 25 years in southeast Alabama is facing charges of being in the United States illegally, and the sheriff he worked for isn't happy about it. Kevin Dwight Venhuis, 46, of Abbeville is charged with being an illegal immigrant and possessing firearms...

Civil Rights Coalition Files Lawsuit to Stop Alabama from Blacklisting Immigrants

"A coalition of civil rights organizations filed a lawsuit today to stop a portion of Alabama’s anti-immigrant law requiring state officials to post an online list of immigrants who may be undocumented, without providing them with any way to contest their inclusion in the database." ...

Alabama to Issue Driver Licenses to DACA Grantees

"Alabama officials have announced that young immigrants who came to the country as children—also known as DREAMers—will be allowed to apply for state driver's licenses. The decision affects an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 DREAMers who stand to benefit from the federal government's...

Supreme Court Leaves Block of Alabama Immigration Law in Place

"The Supreme Court rebuffed the state of Alabama on Monday by deciding not to intervene in a case where federal judges blocked a state law that criminalizes the harboring of illegal immigrants. By refusing to hear Alabama's appeal of the Obama administration's lower court victories, the...

Alabama Immigration Law Asks Doctors For Their Papers

"Some Alabama physicians and physician assistants were surprised this week to receive a letter with a new demand from the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners: Show us your papers. Under the state's 2011 immigration law, these medical professionals are now required to prove they are U.S. citizens...

Tornado Brings Together Alabama Town Fractured by Immigration Debate

"For years before a tornado hit, few besides the immigrants who work at nearby poultry plants ventured down the pothole-rutted dirt roads of "Little Mexico." The community, whose official name is Kilpatrick, comprises a large population of Latin American residents who previously mingled...

State Net Capitol Journal: Former Preclearance States Moving Ahead With Voting Law Changes

Within hours of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling last month freeing states with a history of voter discrimination from having to obtain federal approval before making any changes to their voting laws, Texas officials announced they would begin enforcing a strict photo ID requirement for voters, which...

Appraisal: No Excuse For Failure to Appoint Umpire

The Supreme Court of Alabama was asked, in Ex parte Tower Insurance Company of New York Inc. , 1120228 (Ala. 08/23/2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ],, to grant a petition for a writ of mandamus filed by an insurance company, an independent adjusting firm, and an adjuster employed...

State Net Capitol Journal: States Try To Fill Federal Vacuum On Immigration Reform

By Lou Cannon | With immigration reform blocked by partisan gridlock and government shutdown in Washington, states led by California have stepped in to ease the plight of illegal immigrants. "While Washington waffles on immigration, California's forging ahead," Gov. Jerry Brown (D) said...

Settlement Ends Alabama Immigration Lawsuit

"The state of Alabama agreed Tuesday to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration, which has mostly been gutted by federal court decisions. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement that would end a federal...

News Excerpts From the Nov. 15, 2013 Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Report Faults Procedures for Issuance of NTAs | On October 22, 2013, the Center for Immigrants’ Rights at Pennsylvania State University Law School released a report criticizing various practices related to the issuance of Notices to Appear in removal proceedings. Based on a survey and documents...

Much of Alabama's Immigration Statute Permanently Enjoined

"The Justice Department's lawsuit against Alabama over the state's far-reaching immigration law has been settled, with seven provisions of the law permanently blocked, a DOJ spokeswoman said this afternoon. The settlement was signed today by U.S. District Judge Sharon Lovelace Blackburn...

Immigration Lessons from Alabama

"“Illegal is illegal.” With that rallying cry, Alabama passed HB 56 in 2011, the harshest state immigration law in the country. The lead sponsor of the bill boasted to state representatives that the law “attacks every aspect of an illegal alien’s life.” Among its...

The Hobby Lobby Primer: How A Craft Store Changed The Legal Landscape

Now that the United States Supreme Court has issued its decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. , 2014 U.S. LEXIS 4505 (U.S. June 30, 2014) , many are left with questions on the breadth of the decision and what it means going forwards. Below is a brief primer . [lexis.com subscribers may access...

11th Circuit Cites Hobby Lobby, Enjoins Mandate During Appeal

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — (Mealey’s) A Catholic media outlet is entitled to an injunction while it appeals rejection of its Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA)’s contraceptive mandate challenge in light of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (Nos. 13-354, 13-356, U.S. Sup. [lexis.com subscribers...

Alabama High Court Again Says Brand-Name Drug Makers Liable In Generic Injury Case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. —(Mealey’s) A brand-name drug manufacturer may be liable under Alabama law for fraud or misrepresentation in a drug label used by generic drug makers, the Alabama Supreme Court held Aug. 15 after reconsidering its 2013 decision in a Reglan/metoclopramide case ( Wyeth, Inc...