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High Court: Fee Awards Subject To Offset To Satisfy Debt Owed U.S. Government

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A unanimous U.S. Supreme Court on June 14 reversed an Eighth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling and held that an attorney fees award is payable to the litigant; therefore, it is subject to an offset to satisfy the litigant's pre-existing obligation when a debt...

Lawsuit: Mentally Ill U.S. Citizen Wrongly Deported

ATLANTA - (AP) A mentally disabled U.S. citizen who spoke no Spanish was deported to Mexico with little but a prison jumpsuit after immigration agents manipulated him into signing documents allowing his removal, a lawsuit filed Wednesday alleges. His lawyers say the agents ignored records showing his...

Judge Sides With Illegal Immigrants' Kids In Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) A federal judge says Indiana cannot deny paternity documents for children born in the U.S. just because their parents are illegal immigrants and don't have Social Security numbers. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt issued the ruling Thursday in a lawsuit filed by parents...

Challenge To Health Care Reform Act Based On Religious Beliefs Dismissed

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (Mealey's) A District of Columbia federal judge on Feb. 22 dismissed a challenge to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), finding that Congress did not exceed its power in enacting the individual mandate provision and that the act did not violate the plaintiffs'...

Lawsuit: Company Sought To Hire Illegal Immigrants

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A Mississippi company that pleaded guilty to conspiracy related to the nation's largest workplace raid on illegal immigrants is now facing a lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against non-immigrants who applied for jobs. A discrimination lawsuit filed Friday in U.S. District...

Kentucky Sisters Sue To Get Social Security Numbers

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - (AP) According to the federal government, two sisters in rural Kentucky do not exist. The women weren't born in a hospital, never went to public school and only recently obtained birth certificates after they sued the state. Still, that's not enough for Raechel and Stephanie...

U.S. High Court Hears Oral Arguments In Dispute Over Taxing Severance Payments

WASHINGTON, D.C. — (Mealey’s) Severance payments fall within the Federal Insurance Contributions Act’s (FICA) definition of wages and are taxable, Assistant to the Solicitor General Eric J. Feigin told the U.S. Supreme Court Jan. 14 in arguments presented on behalf of the United States...