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Appellate Section, OIL

The Office of Immigration Litigation is divided into two functional sections, an Appellate Section and a District Court Section. OIL-Appellate Section attorneys hold primary responsibility for civil immigration case litigation before the federal appellate courts.

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Appellate Staff

The Appellate Staff is responsible for the Civil Divisionís appellate practice. It oversees cases pending in appellate courts from each branch and section. In addition, Appellate Staff attorneys handle the many cases appealed directly from administrative agencies to the courts of appeals. The Appellate Staff also drafts documents for submission to the U.S. Supreme Court, including petitions for certiorari and briefs on the merits. †

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Aviation and Admiralty Section

Aviation and Admiralty Section attorneys operate out of offices in Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA. This sectionís aviation practice includes litigation arising from our nationís air traffic control system operation, its regulation of air commerce, the weather services, aeronautical charting, and from government aircraft operations. In its admiralty practice, the section represents the government as ship owner and as regulator of the nationís coastal and inland waterways.

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Fraud Section

The Fraud Section litigates cases of financial fraud perpetrated against the Federal Government. The sectionís heaviest caseload covers health care fraud, primarily Medicare and Medicaid fraud. However, the Fraud Section has a diverse practice addressing all types of fraud against federal agencies, including fraud occurring in government goods and services procurement, research grant solicitations, subsidy programs, federal building construction, and foreign aid programs.

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Consumer Protection Branch

The Consumer Protection Branch enforces federal consumer protection statutes through both civil and criminal litigation. For example, the office represents the government in proceedings and civil suits instituted against corporations and individuals accused of Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act violations. It also defends the government against  challenges to federal policies and initiatives designed to protect the public in its purchases of foods, drugs, devices, and other consumer products.

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Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Section

The Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Section represents individual federal employees both directly and by monitoring and guiding the work of United States Attorneys. Section attorneys also represent the United States and its agencies in suits in which both the government and individual federal officials are named as defendants. The Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Section oversees both the Vaccine Litigation Section and the Radiation Exposure Compensation Program.

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Commercial Litigation Branch

The Commercial Litigation Branch both brings claims  on behalf of the United States and defends claims brought against the  United States. The  claims can involve  billions of dollars in money damages. The branch’s work falls into six major practice areas, each of which is overseen by a section: the Corporate and Financial Litigation Section, the Office of Foreign Litigation, the Fraud Section; the Intellectual Property Section, and the National Courts Section.

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Corporate and Financial Litigation Section

Attorneys in the Corporate and Financial Litigation Section  promote and protect the United States’ interests in commercial matters before federal district courts, courts of appeals, and bankruptcy courts. These matters include corporate bankruptcy and reorganization proceedings; federal subsidy, loan, and insurance programs; contract disputes; and veterans’ reemployment rights in private industry.

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District Court Section, OIL

The Office of Immigration Litigation is divided into two functional Sections, an Appellate Section and a District Court Section. OIL-District Court Section attorneys hold primary responsibility for civil immigration case litigation before the federal district courts.

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Environmental Tort Litigation Section

The Environmental Torts Litigation Section defends the government against claims for monetary damages resulting from death, personal injury, or property damage allegedly caused by environmental or occupational exposure to toxic substances, and occasionally handles other important tort cases. These claims are usually brought under the Federal Tort Claims Act, but may also be premised upon various environmental statutes, admiralty law, or contract law.

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Federal Programs Branch

Federal Programs Branch attorneys litigate on behalf of approximately 100 federal agencies, the President, Cabinet officers, and other government officials. They defend against constitutional challenges to federal statutes, suits to overturn government policies and programs, and attacks on the legality of government decisions. The Federal Programs Branch also initiates litigation to enforce regulatory statutes and to remedy statutory and regulatory violations.

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Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation Section

Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation Section attorneys handle cases arising under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), which permits suits against the United States for injuries allegedly caused by the “negligent or wrongful act of any employee of the government while acting within the scope of his [or her] office or employment. The broad scope of the FTCA results in a highly varied caseload.

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Intellectual Property Section

The Intellectual Property Section defends the United States against allegations of patent and copyright infringement in the United States Court of Federal Claims.

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National Courts Section

National Courts Section attorneys practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of International Trade, as well as occasionally before other federal district and circuit courts and in administrative tribunals. The National Courts Section’s practice areas include government contracts, constitutional claims, pay claims, personnel appeals, veterans’ benefits appeals, and international trade, which they litigate from their headquarters in Washington, DC and from a field office  in New York, NY.

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Office of the Assistant Attorney General

The Civil Division represents the United States in any civil or criminal matter within its scope of responsibility: protecting the public fisc, ensuring that the Federal Government speaks with one voice in its view of the law, preserving the intent of Congress, and advancing the credibility of the government before the courts.

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Office of Foreign Litigation

The Foreign Litigation Section oversees representation of the United States in foreign proceedings and represents the government in certain domestic cases that involve questions of international and foreign law. 

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Office of Immigration Litigation

The Office of Immigration Litigation oversees all civil immigration litigation, both affirmative and defensive, and it is responsible for coordinating national immigration matters before the federal district courts and circuit courts of appeals. It provides support and counsel to all federal agencies involved in alien admission, regulation, and removal under U.S. immigration and nationality statutes. Office of Immigration Litigation attorneys work closely with United States Attorneysí Offices on immigration cases.

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Office of Management Programs

The Office of Management Programs works to ensure† the Divisionís continued success† through responsive management, executive leadership,† and the promotion of performance and fiscal responsibility

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Torts Branch

The Torts Branch represents the United States, including its officers and agents, in suits for monetary damages alleging negligent or wrongful acts and under statutory compensation programs. In addition, Torts Branch attorneys handle claims related to injury and damage to Government property. Six sections handle the Torts Branchís† major practice areas: the Aviation and Admiralty Section; the Environmental Tort Litigation Section; the Federal Tort Claims Act Litigation Section; and the Constitutional and Specialized Torts Litigation Section.

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