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'Queen Of Torts' Named Ground Zero Fund Administrator

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A prominent New York attorney known as the "Queen of Torts" for her courtroom defense of some of the country's top companies is tackling a vastly different job running the $2.78 billion fund to compensate ground zero workers and others who say they were sickened...

Arizona Sues Justice Department Over Medical Marijuana

PHOENIX - (AP) Arizona officials are taking the state's own medical marijuana law to court. Attorney General Tom Horne late Friday sued the U.S. Justice Department and other defendants on behalf of the state and Gov. Jan Brewer. The suit asks a federal judge to rule on whether strict compliance with...

APNewsBreak: Justice Department to Meet with BCS

The Justice Department's antitrust division will meet with the BCS this summer, following up on concerns the department raised with the NCAA about college football's postseason format. Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock told the Associated Press on Thursday that a Justice...

Judge Won't Let Sierra Club Join Gulf Oil Spill Lawsuit

JACKSON, Miss. - (AP) A federal magistrate judge won't allow the Sierra Club to join a lawsuit filed by the Justice Department against BP and other companies over last year's disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Judge Sally Shushan said in her order Tuesday that the environmental group can file...

Feds Appeal Bankruptcy Court Ruling Against Gay Marriage Ban

SAN FRANCISCO - (AP) The Obama administration appealed a bankruptcy court ruling that found the federal ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. The Justice Department filed the appeal Monday, even though President Barack Obama said he agrees the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. Nevertheless...

Obama Reaps Victory As 6th Circuit Upholds Health Care Overhaul

CINCINNATI - (AP) In the first ruling by a federal appeals court on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, a panel in Cincinnati handed the administration a victory Wednesday by agreeing that the government can require a minimum amount of insurance for Americans. A Republican-appointed judge...

Justice Department Corrects Court Filing In Anthrax Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) The Justice Department corrected a legal filing Tuesday to reassert its conclusion that a lone federal scientist in the fall of 2001 staged the anthrax attacks that killed five people and sickened 17 others. Court papers the department submitted last Friday suggested that the...

Special Master Sought To Oversee Gulf Oil Spill Claims

(AP) The lead attorneys for people and businesses suing BP over last year's Gulf oil spill want a federal judge to appoint a special master to oversee the claims process. They said in court papers Monday that administrator Kenneth Feinberg has been too slow to process interim payments. . . . Full...

Sidley Partner Virginia Seitz Confirmed As Assistant Attorney General For Office Of Legal Counsel

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Sidley Austin LLP has announced that Virginia Seitz has been confirmed by the Senate to lead the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel. Seitz has been a partner in Sidley's Washington, D.C., office since 1998. She concentrates in appellate practice in the federal...

Justice Department Challenges Tough Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) The Obama administration is challenging Alabama's new law that would let police detain those stopped for traffic offenses who they suspect are in the country illegally, a statute described as one of the toughest immigration regulations nationwide. In a complaint Monday, the...

Justice Department Challenges Tough Alabama Immigration Law

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) The Obama administration is challenging Alabama's new law that would let police detain those stopped for traffic offenses who they suspect are in the country illegally, a statute described as one of the toughest immigration regulations nationwide. In a complaint Monday, the...

Judge Allows American To Sue Donald Rumsfeld Over Torture

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) A federal judge has ruled that former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld can be sued personally for damages by a former U.S. military contractor who says he was tortured during a nine-month imprisonment in Iraq. The lawsuit lays out a dramatic tale of the disappearance of the...

Drug Company Lawyer Taped Trying To Foil Lawsuit

WASHINGTON, D.C. - (AP) International business can be an ethical jungle, but it's rare to get details of bare-knuckle tactics on tape. According to a recording and sworn testimony provided to The Associated Press, a lawyer in Mexico for a leading U.S. drug manufacturer offered to pay an opposing...

Feds ask 11th Cir. to block Alabama immigration law

" The federal government asked an appeals court Friday to halt the Alabama immigration law considered by many the toughest in the U.S., saying it could have dire diplomatic consequences abroad, invites discrimination and merely forces illegal immigrants into neighboring states. The motion...

Excerpts From the July 15, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

DHS Begins Implementing Decision on DOMA On Wednesday, June 26, Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano announced that DHS would immediately begin to implement the Supreme Court decision invalidating section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act. In a statement, Napolitano said that the provision...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2013, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Napolitano Resigns as Secretary of Homeland Security On July 12, 2013, Janet Napolitano announced her resignation as Secretary of Homeland Security, a position she has held since the start of the Obama administration. Napolitano will remain in her position until September, after which she will become...

How Many Swiss Banks Will Meet Upcoming Deadline to Participate in Justice Department’s Tax Amnesty Program?

New Year’s Eve Day is the deadline for Swiss Banks to notify the U.S. Justice Department that they are seeking non-prosecution agreements to resolve past cross-border criminal tax under the Program for Non-Prosecution Agreements or Non-Target Letters for Swiss Banks. The program was announced several...

DOJ Announces New Priorities to Address Kids at Border

"Deputy Attorney General James Cole announced today that the Justice Department will implement a series of steps to help address the influx of migrants crossing the southern border of the United States. These include refocusing immigration court resources to adjudicate the cases of recent migrants;...

Immigration Judges Want to Break Free from the Justice Department

"This summer’s influx of Central American children across the U.S. Southwest border has not only created a record backlog in immigration courts, it has thrown into relief a need to sever those courts from supervision by the Justice and Homeland Security departments. That’s the view of...

Federal Officials Investigate Fatal Border Patrol Shootings - Melissa del Bosque

"On July 7, 2012, Juan Pablo Perez Santillan was fatally shot in Mexico by a U.S. Border Patrol agent standing on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande near Brownsville. “ Que se muera el perro —let the dog die,” shouted one of the agents as Perez’s brother begged for help on...

Dumb and Dumber: DOJ Pops Staffing Companies for Citizenship Discrimination Blunders

"The Justice Department announced today that it reached a settlement agreement with three Memphis-area staffing agencies: Prestigious Placement; PFSWeb Inc.; and its subsidiary, Priority Fulfillment Services Inc. The agreement resolves two complaints alleging discrimination under the Immigration...

DOJ Reaches Settlement With Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County

"The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division announced today that it has reached a partial settlement in its civil rights lawsuit against Maricopa County, Arizona, and Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio. The settlement resolves the United States’ claims that the Maricopa...

Food Fight: DOJ Sues Nebraska Beef Over $200K Immigration Settlement

Janice Podsada, Omaha World-Herald, Oct. 14, 2015 - "What’s in a phrase? In this case, $200,000, according to the U.S. Justice Department and Nebraska Beef Ltd. Nebraska Beef, an Omaha-based beef processor, is objecting to the wording the Justice Department used in a press release describing...

News Excerpts From the Aug. 1, 2016, Bender’s Immigration Bulletin

Class Certification Granted in Suit Over Legal Representation for Minors | On June 24, 2016, a federal judge granted a request to certify a class of children in an ongoing suit against the Attorney General for failing to providing legal representation. The main class certified by the court consists...