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Case Name Ray v. Department of Justice IM-FL-0016
Docket / Court 1:87-cv-02087-JLK ( S.D. Fla. )
State/Territory Florida
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1988, an attorney in Miami filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeking to compel the government to produce documents regarding the relocation and the granting of asylum to Haitian immigrants under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C.S. § 552 et ... read more >
In 1988, an attorney in Miami filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, seeking to compel the government to produce documents regarding the relocation and the granting of asylum to Haitian immigrants under the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C.S. § 552 et seq. The District Court (Chief Judge James Lawrence King) ordered that the documents be produced by order dated March 1, 1989. The government waited until the last day under the order to produce the documents. Plaintiff then moved for an award of attorney's fees.

Judge King awarded $139.25 for costs and $2,750.00 for attorney's fees, finding that plaintiff substantially prevailed in the case and that the public interest benefited from plaintiff bringing the lawsuit. Ray v. Department of Justice, 716 F.Supp. 1449 (S.D. Fla. 1989).

Dan Dalton - 11/12/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Records Disclosure
Immigration
Asylum - procedure
Cuban/Haitian entrant
Immigration lawyers
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) United States
United States
Plaintiff Description Immigration lawyer who filed a request under the Freedom of Information Act seeking government documents regarding Haitian immigrants seeking asylum.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 1989 - n/a
Case Closing Year 1989
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)
1:87-cv-02087-JLK (S.D. Fla.) 12/01/1989
IM-FL-0016-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion [Awarding Attorney's Fees] 07/14/1989 (716 F.Supp. 1449) (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0016-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges King, James Lawrence (S.D. Fla.)
IM-FL-0016-0001 | IM-FL-0016-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers None on record
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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