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Case Name Int'l Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union v. Meese IM-WA-0013
Docket / Court 2:86CV01795 ( W.D. Wash. )
State/Territory Washington
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On November 13, 1986 the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union filed suit under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to challenge an Immigration and Nationalization Service decision which ... read more >
On November 13, 1986 the International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union filed suit under the Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. § 701 et seq. in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington to challenge an Immigration and Nationalization Service decision which allowed Canadian crane operators on board logging ships to enter the United States as "alien crewmen" rather excluding them as "alien workers."

The United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, Barbara J. Rothstein, Chief Judge, concluded that the operators were properly allowed entry into the United States as alien crewmen, and Union appealed.

The District Court (Judge Barbara J. Rothstein) denied the Union's motion for a preliminary injunction and granted summary judgment in favor of the government, concluding that the crane operators were properly classified as alien crewmen under the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(D)(i). Plaintiffs appealed.

The Court of Appeals (Circuit Judge, Boochever) reversed and remanded, holding that the operators were not "alien crewmen" within the meaning of the federal immigration laws. International Longshoremen's and Warehousemen's Union v. Meese, 891 F.2d 1374 (9th Cir. 1989)

Dan Dalton - 11/04/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Immigration
Admission - criteria
Employment
Temporary foreign workers program
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) Immigration and Naturalization Service
Plaintiff Description Labor Union
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 1987
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)
2:86-cv-01795-BJR (W.D. Wash.) 07/16/1987
IM-WA-0013-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 12/20/1989 (891 F.2d 1374)
IM-WA-0013-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Boochever, Robert (Ninth Circuit)
IM-WA-0013-0001
Brunetti, Melvin T. (Ninth Circuit)
IM-WA-0013-0001
Nelson, Dorothy Wright (Ninth Circuit)
IM-WA-0013-0001
Rothstein, Barbara Jacobs (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0013-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Zuckerman, Richard S. (California)
IM-WA-0013-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Pinell, Charles (Washington)
IM-WA-0013-0001
Other Lawyers Gleason, Thomas W. (New York)
IM-WA-0013-0001
Haselton, Rick T. (Oregon)
IM-WA-0013-0001

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