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Court Vacates Injunction Against Hazleton Ordinances, Remands for Further Consideration

Hazelton v. Lozano, 563 U.S. __, 131 S. Ct. 2958 (2011)

In early June, the Court granted the petition in Hazleton v. Lozano, vacated the judgment of the Third Circuit, and remanded the case for further consideration in light of the decision in Chamber of Commerce v. Whiting, No. 09-115, 563 U. S. __ (2011).  The Third Circuit had upheld an injunction against the city of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, prohibiting the implementation of a pair of controversial ordinances designed to prohibit employers and landlords from employing and renting to undocumented residents. 

In Chamber of Commerce, the Court upheld an Arizona law mandating the use of E-Verify by all state employers and allowing Arizona courts to suspend or revoke the business license of any employer who “knowingly or intentionally” violates federal employment verification requirements.