Supreme Court Grants Certiorari On Immigrant Removal Case

June 30, 2011

PITTSBURGH, June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Eckert Seamans announced that the Supreme Court of the United States has granted its petition to review the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Kawashima v. Holder. The Kawashimas, whom the firm represents, own and operate successful restaurants in California.

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This case has wide and significant consequences for legally admitted immigrants convicted of minor tax crimes, such as filing a false statement on their tax returns. The Ninth Circuit had decided that such crimes were “aggravated felonies” and therefore deportable crimes. Immigration attorneys and prominent legal writers are expected to file amicus curiae briefs in support of the Kawashimas. Eckert Seamans, partnering with Ord and Norman of San Francisco, have argued that only tax evasion is an aggravated felony, not the lesser tax crimes to which the Kawashimas pled guilty.

Thomas Whalen is the lead counsel for Eckert Seamans. He has previously argued numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and Federal Appeals Courts. Eckert Seamans’ leading immigration attorney, James Morrison, has observed: “This represents a very important immigration case for many foreign national business owners living and working in the United States as well as for their employees.”

Eckert Seamans is currently preparing to argue the case in the Supreme Court of the United States. The opening brief is due in August and the case will be argued in November. A decision from the Supreme Court is expected in early 2012.

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Eckert Seamans has more than 340 attorneys located in 11 offices throughout the United States, including Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, Southpointe, and West Chester, Pa.; Boston; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.; Wilmington, Del.; Charleston, W.Va.; and White Plains, N.Y. The firm provides a broad range of legal services in the areas of litigation, including mass tort and products liability litigation, corporate and business law, intellectual property law, labor and employment relations, aviation law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, employee benefits, environmental law, construction law, municipal finance, real estate, tax and estate law, trucking and transportation law. Eckert Seamans’ practice reflects virtually every industry and segment of the country’s business and social fabric. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, financial institutions, newspapers and other media, hotels, health care organizations, airlines and railroads. The firm also represents numerous federal, state, and local governmental and educational entities. For more information, please visit www.eckertseamans.com.

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