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Wa. Ethics Rule Bars Mention of Immigration Status for Coercive Purpose in Civil Cases

"Mentioning an individual's immigration status in court might not seem all that intimidating to a U.S. citizen. But it can deter someone who is undocumented from pursuing a civil claim, or improperly influence a jury, the Washington Supreme Court says. It clarified an existing state rule of...

Competing Concerns in Employment Litigation: How Courts Are Managing Discovery of an Employee's Immigration Status

"When an employee brings a lawsuit to enforce workplace rights, can an employer-defendant ask questions about the employee's immigration status? Workers may be intimidated by the prospect of free-wheeling discovery into their immigration status, and some workers may even forgo litigation entirely...

The Unethical Use of Immigration Status in Civil Matters

"[T]he Washington Supreme Court unanimously adopted a formal Comment to RPC 4.4(a) to provide guidance on the use of immigration status in civil matters. The comment became effective on Sept. 1, 2013. The comment notes that “[i]ssues involving immigration status carry a significant danger...

'Popcorn Lung' Verdict Reversed Over Immigration Info: Velasquez v. Centrome

"A California appellate court Friday reversed the verdict against a former factory worker who lost his "popcorn lung" case, finding the lower court made a crucial mistake when it informed the jury that the plaintiff was in the country illegally. The panel concluded the previous ruling...

San Antonio Police, Mayor: No Immigration Status Checks

MaryAnn Martinez, KENS-TV, Oct. 30, 2015 - "The San Antonio Police Department has made it clear that it doesn't want to be in the business of enforcing federal immigration law. SAPD Chief William McManus said San Antonio police officers don't inquire about someone's citizenship status...