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Case Name Blackie's House of Beef v. Castillo IM-DC-0009
Docket / Court 78-2338; 78-787 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1978, the owner of Blackie's House of Beef, Inc., brought two separate lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Immigration and Naturalization Service officials, challenging immigration raids at the restaurant. Blackie's was a restaurant and lounge Washington, D. ... read more >
In 1978, the owner of Blackie's House of Beef, Inc., brought two separate lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Immigration and Naturalization Service officials, challenging immigration raids at the restaurant. Blackie's was a restaurant and lounge Washington, D.C. In the first suit, Blackie's challenged the INS' use of a search warrant to search the place on March 30, 1978, and to remove Blackie's employees who were alleged undocumented aliens. Blackie's claimed that the warrant was facially defective because it called for a search for "property." The District Court (Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer) agreed and entered a declaratory judgment that the INS' entry and search of plaintiff's restaurant was unreasonable and unlawful. Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 467 F.Supp. 170 (D.D.C. 1978). ("Blackie's I").

In the second case, Blackie's challenged a search warrant executed on November 17, 1978, on the grounds that it failed to identify with sufficient particularity the allegedly deportable persons for whom INS officials were searching. The District Court (Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer) found the warrant to be defective and entered a declaratory judgment against the INS. Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 480 F.Supp. 1078 (D.D.C. 1979) ("Blackie's II").

The INS appealed both cases, which had been consolidated for purposes of appeal. The Court of Appeals (Circuit Judge McGowan) affirmed the judgment in "Blackie's I," but reversed in "Blackie's II." Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 659 F.2d 1211 (D.C.Cir. 1981), certiorari denied, Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 455 U.S. 940, 102 S.Ct. 1432, 71 L.Ed.2d 651 (1982).

Dan Dalton - 12/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
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Immigration
Constitutional rights
Employment
ICE/DHS/INS raid
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Bivens
Defendant(s) U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Owner of restaurant in Washington, D.C., whose business was subjected to immigration raids by the INS
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Mixed
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1982
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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Case Studies Threats to the Future of the Immigration Class Action
Washington University Journal of Law and Policy
By: Jill E. Family (Widener University School of Law)
Citation: 27 Wash. U. J.L. & Pol'y 71 (2008)
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Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum 10/05/1978 (467 F.Supp. 170) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0009-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Memorandum 10/03/1979 (480 F.Supp. 1078) (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0009-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Opinion [USCA] 07/22/1981 (659 F.2d 1211)
IM-DC-0009-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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Untitled 02/22/1982 (455 U.S. 90)
IM-DC-0009-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Edwards, Harry Thomas (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0009-0003
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (D.C. Circuit, SCOTUS)
IM-DC-0009-0003
McGowan, Carl E. (D.C. Circuit)
IM-DC-0009-0003
Oberdorfer, Louis Falk (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0009-0001 | IM-DC-0009-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Elliot, Thomas A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0003
Wasserman, Jack (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0001 | IM-DC-0009-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Dutterer, Dennis A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0001 | IM-DC-0009-0002 | IM-DC-0009-0003
Ford, Robert N. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0001
Greenspun, Julian S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0003
Kahn, Lauren S. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0003
Silbert, Earl J. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0001
Terry, John A. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0009-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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