After a Two-Month Lull, FDIC Fires off Two New Failed Bank Complaints

On July 13, 2012, after a lull of nearly two months during which the FDIC did not file any new failed bank lawsuits, the FDIC filed two new lawsuits against former directors and officers of failed banks. The FDIC also updated the number of authorized failed bank lawsuits as well. The first of the...

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...

11th Circuit Holds Pollution Exclusion Applies to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In its recent decision in Scottsdale Insurance Co. v. Pursley, 2012 U.S. App. LEXIS 17437 (11 th Cir. Aug. 20, 2012) , the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, applying Georgia law, had occasion to consider...

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...

Nearly 600 State Agencies Face Penalties Under Ga. Immigration Law

"Nearly 600 city and county government agencies across Georgia face losing access to tens of millions of dollars in state loans and grants for not complying with a central part of the state’s immigration law." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Sept. 18, 2012 .

Georgia Law Requiring Proof of Legal Residency Creates Licensing Backlog

"For nurses, hair stylists, kickboxing instructors and even geologists, Georgia’s desire to clamp down on illegal immigration is having an unintended side effect. Things are so jammed at the secretary of state’s office that renewing a state license for some of the 200 professions that...

If you hire only people you have the hots for, is that sex discrimination?

It's a well-known fact that good-looking people have a better chance of being hired and promoted , and make more money, than less good-looking people. At least, as long as you're not too hot . Generally, there isn't much you can do about it if your opportunities are limited by male pattern...

Georgia Groups Sue DHS Over FOIA Delays

"Today the Georgia Latino Alliance for Human Rights (GLAHR) and the ACLU of Georgia filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The suit seeks public records documenting the effects of Georgia’s increasing involvement in immigration...

DACA Recipient in Georgia Hopeful, Guarded

"Christian Jimenez is feeling relieved but still guarded now that she has become one of the first [unauthorized] immigrants in the nation to receive a reprieve from deportation under the Obama administration’s new immigration policy. The 24-year-old North Georgia resident no longer has to...

Georgia Immigration Law Puts Doctors and Nurses Out of Work

"A new immigration law in Georgia requires everyone licensed by the state to prove citizenship. But the law is having an unintended consequence: many health care workers, included doctors and nurses, are losing their licenses because of a paperwork backlog. Processing delays, coupled with confusion...

High Court Hears Arguments On State-Action Doctrine In Hospital Merger Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) The U.S. Supreme Court on Nov. 26 heard oral arguments regarding whether the state-action doctrine applied to immunize a merger between two Georgia hospitals from the Federal Trade Commission's challenge that the transaction substantially lessened competition or...

Georgia's Tough Immigration Law Takes Effect; Can Profiling Be Far Behind?

"Georgia state and local police may start enforcing one of the most controversial parts of the state’s immigration law for the first time now that a federal judge has lifted a legal hold he placed on it. The law gives police the option to investigate the immigration status of suspects they...

Attorneys’ Advice on Georgia's Immigration Law: Carry I.D., Remain Silent

"Bring your I.D. when you leave your home. Refuse to talk about your immigration status if police stop you. And tell them you have an attorney. Those are among the tips Atlanta-area immigration attorneys are giving their clients now that a federal judge has cleared the way for police to start enforcing...

In Secret Classrooms at Georgia's 'Freedom University,' Immigrants Hope and Dream

"Mr. López, who had been brought to Georgia from Mexico as a toddler, came to resent the fact that his very existence here had become a political issue. He got involved in local groups pushing for greater opportunities for immigrants like him, and for policy changes far beyond the scope of...

ICE I-9 Audits in Georgia Net Almost $900K in Fines

"Federal immigration authorities based in Atlanta audited 105 businesses for illegal hiring practices during the last fiscal year, arrested scores of workers and slapped employers with nearly $900,000 in fines, the third-highest total in the nation, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution analysis of public...

CA11 on Aggravated Felony: Ramos v. U.S. Attorney General

"Ronel Ramos was charged with removability for committing an “aggravated felony” within the meaning of 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(A)(iii) when he pled guilty to violating Georgia Code § 16-8-14, a statute that criminalizes shoplifting. An Immigration Judge sustained the charge,...

Section 7 of Georgia's HB 87 Permanently Enjoined

" A federal judge struck down a key section of Georgia's immigration law that criminalized the harbor and transportation of undocumented immigrants. Georgia adopted its Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act, also known as House Bill 87, in 2011. Among other things, the law authorized...

Georgia Supreme Court Holds Homebuilder's Concrete Foundation Defective Work Is An Occurrence

Brian Margolies, Partner, Traub Lieberman Straus & Shrewsberry LLP In Taylor Morrison Servs. v. HDI-Gerling Am. Ins. Co. , 2013 Ga. LEXIS 618 (July 12, 2013) [ enhanced version available to lexis.com subscribers ], the Georgia Supreme Court addressed whether a construction defect claim constitutes...

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...

Private Immigration Jail in Georgia to Close

"A private corrections company announced Monday it will close a federal immigration detention center in Gainesville by the end of this month, citing a dwindling number of detainees." - AJC, Dec. 2 2013 .

Immigrants without legal status in U.S. sue Georgia for in-state tuition

"Rigoberto Rivera grew up in Georgia, he graduated from Roswell High School and he and his parents are paying state income taxes. Now he wants to go to college and study criminal justice in his home state. But he said he can't afford it because Georgia won't let him pay its in-state tuition...

Pleadings in Georgia DACA Tuition Lawsuit

IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF FULTON COUNTY, STATE OF GEORGIA, CIVIL ACTION NO. 2014cv243077 DACA BENEFICIARY GEORGIA COLLEGE STUDENTS, Plaintiffs, vs. UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF GEORGIA’S BOARD OR REGENTS, Defendants. Motion to Dismiss - pp. 23-101 PLAINTIFFS’ RESPONSE TO DEFENDANTS’...

Law Profs Weigh In on Georgia DACA Tuition Lawsuit

"In a nutshell, DACA recipients who can meet the durational requirement while in DACA status are clearly qualified to receive resident tuition status. It is not federal law that grants them this eligibility, but Georgia law and policy on their face. We urge the Court to order their eligibility,...

Georgia's Largest Police Departments Bypass State Immigration Laws

"Three years ago this month Georgia drew national attention when it followed Arizona’s lead and enacted sweeping legislation to drive out immigrants living illegally in the state. The part of the law that has drawn the most attention gives state and local police the option to investigate the...

DREAMers Rally for In-State Tuition

"If a couple of states legalizing pot is significant, the number of states which have approved in-state tuition for undocumented students, or DREAMers, is a tidal wave. And for states, education of immigrants can mean big business–and big tax revenue. From Minnesota, to Florida, to Utah, we...