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H-2B RICO Lawsuit: Filipino Workers Claim Servitude

"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 allege that a ring of Miami-based employment agencies...

Civil RICO Class Action Filed Against Crooked Tax Preparers Who Prey on Immigrants

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 additional child tax credit to the detriment of...

Williams Mullen Alert: Are Civil RICO Class Actions Based on Alleged Immigration Offenses Dead?

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

Multiple Trafficking, RICO, Civil Rights Violations Lawsuits Filed on Behalf of H-2B Visa Workers

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 company and its network of recruiters and labor brokers...

ICE Arrests, Indicts 32 in Immigration RICO Case

"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 ], two employment referral businesses operating out...

Guilty Pleas in Houston Immigration RICO Cases

"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 charges before U.S. Magistrate Judge Keith...

Class Certification Granted in MALDEF's RICO Suit Against Phony Visa Recruiters - Castellanos v. Systems USA

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 and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) should...

CA2 on Retroactivity: Lauria v. Sessions (unpub.)

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 the agency to develop the record as to the date of...