By Matthew D. Lee and Marissa Koblitz Kingman

In a ruling that significantly curbs the power of state and local law enforcement authorities to seek forfeiture of assets connected to criminal activity, the U.S. Supreme Court recently held that the Eighth Amendment’s Excessive Fines Clause applies to the states.

Civil forfeiture laws permit prosecutors and

2000px-Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Justice_svgIn its continuing effort to fight fraud in the controversial EB-5 immigrant visa program, the Justice Department announced last week that it had filed federal lawsuits seeking the forfeiture of nine real properties across Southern California that were allegedly purchased with proceeds generated by a fraudulent scheme that collected more than $50 million from foreign