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Can Immigration Status be used against me?

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Can my immigration status be used against me in in my personal injury or wrongful death claim?

We are pleased to advise our clients that as of August 17, 2016, the answer is no.

Our California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 2159 and Governor Brown has signed it into law.

The bill reads:

SECTION 1. Section 351.2 is added to the Evidence Code, to read:

351.2. (a) In a civil action for personal injury or wrongful death, evidence of a person’s immigration status shall not be admitted into evidence, nor shall discovery into a person’s immigration status be permitted.

 

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