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CA2 on Evidence, Credibility: Ahmed v. Lynch

"We are unable to meaningfully review the agency’s removability determination due to the BIA’s failure to consider material evidence—namely, Ahmed’s 1994 marriage certificate. ... The BIA makes no mention of Ahmed’s 1994 marriage certificate. Given that the removability...

Pennsylvania State Court Jury Awards $500,000 In Risperdal Gynecomastia Trial

PHILADELPHIA — (Mealey’s) After a three-week hiatus for the production of newly discovered defense data about the safety of Risperdal and three more days of testimony, a Pennsylvania state court jury on Dec. 11 found that Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc. and parent company Johnson & Johnson...

Missouri: Post-Deposition Surveillance Video Could Not Be Introduced Into Evidence

When, during a deposition related to claimant’s workers’ compensation claim, a representative of the employer indicated that it had conducted no surveillance activities of the claimant, the employer was under an obligation to supplement that answer when it subsequently hired a private investigator...

Application for SIBTF Benefits Barred by Statute of Limitations: Cal. Comp. Cases April Advanced Postings (4/6/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the April 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Deanna Pimes (aka Deanna Pimes...

California Workers’ Comp Case Roundup (4/29/2016)

CALIFORNIA COMPENSATION CASES Vol. 81 No. 4 April 2016 A Report of En Banc and Significant Panel Decisions of the WCAB and Selected Court Opinions of Related Interest, With a Digest of WCAB Decisions Denied Judicial Review CONTENTS OF THIS ISSUE © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights...

CA7 on Due Process, Evidence, Witness Cross-Examination: Karroumeh v. Lynch

Karroumeh v. Lynch, Apr. 29, 2016 - "Mohsen Karroumeh petitions for review of a final order of removal issued by the Board of Immigration Appeals (“BIA” or “Board”). The Board determined that Karroumeh was removable because he entered into a sham marriage for immigration...

California: Labor Code Section 4662 and Vocational Experts

Labor Code Section 4662 was modified by the legislature in AB 1847 in 2014. Contrary to popular belief, it was not amended in SB 863. The older version of Section 4662, adopted in 2007, created the conclusive presumption of permanent total disability as follows: (Publisher’s Note: Citations...

Unresolved Lien Claims to Be Heard at Lien Trial Regardless of Whether Lien Was Listed on Declaration of Readiness: Cal. Comp. Cases June Advanced Postings (5/26/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the June 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. David Payne, M.D., Petitioner v...

New York: Medical Testimony as to Possible Causes of Heart Attack Did Not Meet Evidentiary Standard

The New York Workers’ Compensation Board erred when it found that a corrections officer's work activities were causally connected to his myocardial infarction where the employer’s medical expert opined that the infarction was not caused by work-related physical activity, but instead was...

Applicant Precluded From Reopening Psychiatric Claim: Cal. Comp. Cases July Advanced Postings (6/29/2016)

Here’s the latest batch of advanced postings for the July 2016 issue of Cal. Comp. Cases. Lexis.com and Lexis Advance subscribers can link to the case to read the complete headnotes and summaries. © Copyright 2016 LexisNexis. All rights reserved. Coline Antouri, Petitioner v. Workers'...

Illinois: Pulmonologist’s Testimony Fails Under Frye Evidence Standard

Claimant’s pulmonologist’s causation opinion was inadmissible under Frye and Ill. R. Evid. 702, where it was not based on a scientific methodology or principle that had gained general acceptance in the relevant scientific community. Claimant, an acknowledged smoker, contended that he had...

CA8 on Evidence of Admission, Departure: Rodriguez-Quiroz v. Lynch

Rodriguez-Quiroz v. Lynch, Aug. 31, 2016 - "Francisco Rodriguez-Quiroz, a native and citizen of Mexico, was charged with being subject to removal as an alien present in the United States without inspection and without admission or parole. Following a total of twelve hearings spread over a period...

BIA on Bosnian War, Persecutor Bar, Evidence, Burden of Proof: Matter of M-B-C-, 27 I&N Dec. 31 (BIA 2017)

Matter of M-B-C-, 27 I&N Dec. 31 (BIA 2017) - Where the record contains some evidence from which a reasonable factfinder could conclude that one or more grounds for mandatory denial of an application for relief may apply, the alien bears the burden under 8 C.F.R. § 1240.8(d) (2016) to prove...

CA1 on Asylum, Internal Relocation, Evidence: García-Cruz v. Sessions

García-Cruz v. Sessions, May 26, 2017 - "There is significant evidence in the record supporting a conclusion that relocation would be unreasonable. But García-Cruz has understandably focused on the BIA's failure to properly analyze the reasonableness factors, rather than whether...

CA9 on CAT, Ethiopia, Evidence: Agonafer v. Sessions

Agonafer v. Sessions, June 23, 2017 - "[T]he BIA abused its discretion by disregarding or discrediting the undisputed new evidence submitted by Agonafer regarding increased violence toward homosexuals in Ethiopia, including reports of violence by both the government and private citizens. Therefore...

CA8 on Evidence, Due Process: Patel v. Sessions

Patel v. Sessions, Aug. 22, 2017 - "We conclude that the BIA erred in affirming the IJ’s admission of Nilesh’s affidavit and the USCIS report without granting Patel’s request for a subpoena or otherwise providing Patel the opportunity to cross-examine Nilesh. This error was prejudicial...

BIA on Proving Familial Relationships for Visa Petitions: Matter of Rehman, 21 I&N Dec. 124 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Rehman, 21 I&N Dec. 124 (BIA 2017) - Where a petitioner seeking to prove a familial relationship submits a birth certificate that was not registered contemporaneously with the birth, an adjudicator must consider the birth certificate, as well as all the other evidence of record and the...

California: Step One in Building Your Case – Lay the Foundation

Before you build a house, you first make sure to construct a sturdy foundation. The same is true, in litigation. Before you build a case with evidence, you must set the foundation by verifying that the evidence you present is sufficiently credible and authentic to meet your burden of proof. Still, it...

CA1 on Evidence: Aguilar-Escoto v. Sessions

Aguilar-Escoto v. Sessions, Oct. 27, 2017 - "Petitioner Irma Aguilar-Escoto, a native and citizen of Honduras, asks us to vacate a Board of Immigration Appeals ("BIA" or "Board") order rejecting her claim for withholding of removal. Aguilar's application for relief was predicated...

Unpub. BIA Asylum Remand Insists IJ Follow the Law (Nov. 6, 2017)

Humza Kazmi writes: "Our client brought an asylum claim, through another attorney. The Immigration Judge found that our client was credible, but hadn't provided sufficient corroborative evidence for part of his claim (membership in a particular organization). The attorney told the IJ that there...

Mixed Reaction to New Wa. Evidence Rule re Immigration Status in Civil, Criminal Trials

Evan Bush, Seattle Times, Nov. 15, 2017 - "Last Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ... approved a rule that makes evidence about a person’s immigration status “generally inadmissible” in civil and criminal courts statewide unless lawyers establish a compelling reason to raise the...

BIA on Violation of Protective Order: Matter of Obshatko, 27 I&N Dec. 173 (BIA 2017)

Matter of Obshatko, 27 I&N Dec. 173 (BIA 2017) - Whether a violation of a protection order renders an alien removable under section 237(a)(2)(E)(ii) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1227(a)(2)(E)(ii) (2012), is not governed by the categorical approach, even if a conviction...

California: Vocational Rehabilitation Evidence May Be Used to Rebut the PDRS For Post 2012 Injuries

By: Mark Gearheart © Copyright Mark Gearheart 2018 January 8, 2018 Introduction : Recently some have argued that vocational rehabilitation evidence cannot be used to rebut the Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (hereinafter referred to as the PDRS) for post-2012 injuries. This argument...

California: Labor Code §4660.1 Excludes Vocational Rehabilitation Evidence to Rebut the PDRS for Injuries Occurring On or After 1/1/13

By: Christian P. Kerry, Esq. Introduction Labor Code §4660.1 (a), by its express terms, applies to all injuries occurring on or after January 1, 2013. It provides in pertinent part that in determining the percentages of permanent partial or permanent total disability, account shall be taken...