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Class Certification Granted in MALDEF's RICO Suit Against Phony Visa Recruiters - Castellanos v. Systems USA
Posted on 22 Jun 2016 by Daniel M. Kowalski

MALDEF, June 22, 2016 - " Yesterday, Judge Stephen J. Murphy of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Michigan ruled that MALDEF's lawsuit against Systems USA Inc. and Systems USA Consulting LLC for violating the Racketeering Influenced... Read More

CA2 on Retroactivity: Lauria v. Sessions (unpub.)
Posted on 27 Feb 2017 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Lauria v. Sessions, Feb. 24, 2017 - "[W]ithout now deciding whether Vartelas identifies commission or conviction as the relevant date, but relying on the parties’ view that the matter may be decided by reference to commission, we remand for... Read More

Williams Mullen Alert: Are Civil RICO Class Actions Based on Alleged Immigration Offenses Dead?
Posted on 13 Aug 2012 by Williams Mullen

By Mary E. Pivec and Reba Mendoza The Fourth Circuit's recent decision in Walters v. McMahen [ enhanced version available to subscribers ] affirming the trial court's dismissal of a civil RICO class action at the pleading stage is encouraging... Read More

H-2B RICO Lawsuit: Filipino Workers Claim Servitude
Posted on 27 Apr 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"According to a new federal lawsuit , the Filipino worker who changed your sheets at W South Beach Hotel, or served you lunch at posh restaurants and country clubs, may have essentially been an indentured servant. Seventeen Filipino immigrants... Read More

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case
Posted on 1 Feb 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A task force of federal, state and local law enforcement Thursday began arresting 32 defendants charged with racketeering and immigration violations throughout Texas and Louisiana. ... According to court documents [ indictment 1 | indictment 2 ... Read More

Multiple Trafficking, RICO, Civil Rights Violations Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of H-2B Visa Workers
Posted on 22 May 2013 by Daniel M. Kowalski

SPLC, May 21, 2013 : " A coalition of some of the nation’s most prestigious law firms today began filing a series of federal lawsuits to prosecute multiple human trafficking and racketeering allegations against a Gulf Coast marine services... Read More

Guilty Pleas in Houston Immigration RICO Cases
Posted on 19 Jun 2014 by Daniel M. Kowalski

"A man and woman from Houston pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering violations in connection with an employment referral conspiracy. Lina Sun, 54, and Chenglun Ma, 57, pleaded guilty to racketeering influenced and corrupt organizations (RICO) conspiracy... Read More

Civil RICO Class Action Filed Against Crooked Tax Preparers Who Prey on Immigrants
Posted on 7 May 2012 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Sam Rock writes: "Dear Advocates, Sam Rock and David Carter filed a RICO and fraud class action in the Northern District of Georgia against several tax preparers alleging a scheme of fraudulently claiming the child tax credit and... Read More