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June 2011 Archives

State immigration laws facing blocks in courts

The immigration battles continue in federal courts over state laws that have passed across the country. Florida immigration attorneys are aware that lawmakers were unable to come to agreement on anti-immigration legislation during the most recent session. As many as five other states followed Arizona's lead in enacting laws to provide state authority on immigration matters. Arizona's law providing local law enforcement with the authority to essentially enforce federal immigration law has been blocked in the federal court system while the issue rises through the federal courts.

Florida sees growing number of deaths related to cosmetic surgery

Broward County, Florida, has seen a high number of deaths related to medical complications during or after plastic surgery. Within the past two years, 5 deaths have raised concern with the Florida's medical board. Across the state, there have been more than 25 deaths and more than 130 reported hospitalizations in the past 11 years due to similar causes.

SUV and motor home collide leaving one dead and three hurt

When a family is faced with the unexpected loss of a loved one, a lot of emotions can surface: anger, frustration, confusion, and sadness to name a few. They may wonder whether the death could have been prevented or whether someone was at fault for causing the accident.

Immigration reform measure introduced in Senate

An immigration reform bill was introduced Wednesday in the United States Senate. The proposed measure seeks comprehensive immigration reform with provisions allowing for pathways to permanent residency for undocumented immigrants, a provision implicating businesses and a provision re-introducing the DREAM Act.

ICE detains 2,400 undocumented immigrants in nationwide sweep

The Obama Administration announced Tuesday that federal immigration agents rounded up 2,400 undocumented immigrants during a seven day nationwide sweep that occurred last month. The sweep netted arrests in every state of the union, including Florida, according to government officials. The nationwide immigration enforcement action, dubbed operation "Cross Check" reportedly was the largest operation of its kind to date.

Inflatable bounce houses: not all they are blown up to be

Not all products that can cause harm are obviously dangerous to the consumer. In some situations, a product can become dangerous if used incorrectly or if the consumer is not warned of potential hazards. One particular item, intended to be a source of fun and games for children, can actually become a dangerous product and lead to serious injuries.

E-2 visa investors program allows investors to live and work in U.S

This blog has carried a number of stories regarding the EB-5 visa program and the proposed EB-6 Startup Visa Act. However, Florida employment immigration lawyers recognize that immigration law allows other types of business and employment based visas. Immigrants can apply for a visa to live and work in the United States for an investment as low as $50,000.

Three years after student's death, wrongful death trial begins

Following the death of a University of Central Florida student in the spring of 2008, his family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the UCF board of trustees and the UCF Athletics Association. The college student died during football practice.

ICE announces more I-9 audits in Florida, nationwide

Immigration agents are embarking on a new round audits business records related to employment verification. Immigration and Customs Enforcement made the announcement Wednesday that it is sending out notices to 1000 companies across the United States that the agency will inspect the companies' I-9 forms for compliance with immigration employment law.

Cruise ship line should have prevented deadly gas leak

While injuries sustained on a cruise ship can be caused by slippery decks or unsafe rail guards, some causes of cruise ship injuries are less obvious but can be just as deadly for workers and passengers alike.

Fatal car crash in Florida intentionally caused by angry ex

Two Florida teens are dead after being involved in a car accident caused by an angry ex-boyfriend. The tragedy is affecting those who knew the two teens - a girl and boy who had been dating up until the night of the fatal crash.

Northern neighboring state enacts tough immigration law

This blog reported in May that the Florida House adjourned without passing an immigration reform measure. Shortly thereafter, the United States Supreme Court handed down its ruling that says Arizona could enforce its law that allows the state to take away the business license of a company who knowingly hires an undocumented immigrant. Other immigration measures are winding their way through the U.S. courts.

Hospitals can face fines from the state for medication mistakes

When a doctor or nurse makes a mistake, the results can be devastating and even fatal for a patient. Patients who have been injured because of a doctor's or hospital's negligence can seek compensation by filling a medical malpractice lawsuit. Though the damage is sometimes irreversible, compensation can help with medical expenses and ensuring that the patient is comfortable for the remainder of his or her life.

Group says immigration court backlog grows deeper

Researchers at the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse released a new report Tuesday indicating the backlog in United States Immigration Courts edged to near 300,000 cases in May 2011. The backlog of immigration cases awaiting a removal hearing in an Immigration Court has been steadily increasing since 2006. The number of backlogged immigration cases is at an all-time high. The number of backlogged immigration cases has increased 48 percent since the end of 2008.

Wrongful death claim filed against resort after pool drain death

Our previous post discussed a recall of pool drain covers that could potentially affect a number of public pools and spas in Southern Florida. The recall was announced in order to prevent any more injuries or deaths; swimmers were getting trapped under water by the strong suction coming from the drains.

I-9 compliance important for Florida businesses

As the Obama Administration, the courts and states across the country tangle with immigration issues the federal E-Verify system has received a great deal of ink over the past few months. Miami employment eligibility verification attorneys are aware that use of the E-Verify system generally remains voluntary for businesses in Florida. Governor Scott, however, has made use of E-Verify mandatory for government employers within the state.

Florida pools could be shut down after drain covers recalled

As the weather continues to get warmer, more and more Floridians will likely be spending more time outdoors enjoying the many activities that Florida has to offer. Even vacationers will be flooding south to enjoy the beautiful weather. But just recently, the U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission made an announcement that could put a damper in people's summer plans.

Mother of Iraqi war vet deported, vet fights on appeal

A registered nurse out West lived as a legal resident in the United States for 25 years. She earned a nursing degree and worked under an employment based visa "for many years." She married an American citizen and raised a family. Her son, an American citizen, joined the military and served his country in Iraq. She always planned to become a U.S. Citizen.

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