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Arizona employer sanctions suit dismissed

December 10 2007
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday aimed at stopping a new Arizona anti-illegal worker law that would require employers to use the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's E-Verify program (formerly Basic Pilot), according to court filings. However, plaintiffs have already filed a new lawsuit against Arizona's 15 county attorneys and seek a preliminary injunction to prevent the law from taking effect, according to court records.

The law, HB 2779, allows authorities to revoke the business licenses of companies with multiple infractions for hiring illegal workers. It will take effect Jan. 1. Concerns about the law include the extra time and cost for compliance and questions over the reliability of E-Verify among other things. The suit says HB 2779 is unconstitutional.

In the ruling Friday, the judge said plaintiffs had sued the incorrect people in Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano and State Attorney General Terry Goddard. The new lawsuit aims to fix the situation by naming the state's county attorneys as defendants instead.

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit include the Arizona Contractors Association Inc., Arizona Chamber of Commerce, and others.

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