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Case Name Say v. Adams IM-KY-0001
Docket / Court 3:07-cv-00377-TBR ( W.D. Ky. )
State/Territory Kentucky
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On July 18, 2007, attorneys for the ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, Inc. and private counsel filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on behalf of a lawful permanent resident living in Kentucky, challenging a Kentucky statute, §1 KRS 237.110, ... read more >
On July 18, 2007, attorneys for the ACLU of Kentucky Foundation, Inc. and private counsel filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 on behalf of a lawful permanent resident living in Kentucky, challenging a Kentucky statute, §1 KRS 237.110, which barred resident aliens from obtaining licenses to carry a concealed deadly weapon. Plaintiff alleged that the U.S. citizenship requirement of the concealed carry law violated equal protection. Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as monetary damages.

Shortly after filing suit, plaintiff moved for a preliminary injunction, which the court granted on March 13, 2008. The following month, the defendant filed a Motion to Dismiss, arguing that the action was moot because the law had been amended to remove the citizenship requirement. On June 16, 2008, the court entered an order converting the preliminary injunction into a permanent injunction. The parties then disagreed about the awarding of attorney fees and costs. In March 2009, the court granted attorneys fees and costs to the plaintiffs, but did reduce the amount requested. This case was closed in May 2009.

Elizabeth Daligga - 07/03/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Discrimination Prohibition
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Defendant(s) Commissioner of Kentucky State Police Headquarters
Jefferson County
Plaintiff Description Resident alien challenging Kentucky statutory bar prohibiting resident aliens from obtaining permit to to carry a concealed deadly weapon (CCWD license).
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Preliminary injunction / Temp. restraining order
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
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)
3:07-cv-00377-TBR (W.D. Ky.) 05/12/2009
IM-KY-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint 07/05/2007
IM-KY-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Plaintiff's Motion for Preliminary Injunction 07/20/2007
IM-KY-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion 03/13/2008 (2008 WL 718163) (W.D. Ky.)
IM-KY-0001-0003 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Dismiss 04/15/2008
IM-KY-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Proposed Order 06/25/2008 (W.D. Ky.)
IM-KY-0001-0005 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion 03/24/2009 (2009 WL 804994) (W.D. Ky.)
IM-KY-0001-0006 PDF | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Russell, Thomas B. (FISC, W.D. Ky.)
IM-KY-0001-0003 | IM-KY-0001-0005 | IM-KY-0001-0006 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Foster, Patricia A. (Ohio)
IM-KY-0001-0001 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Friedman, David A. (Kentucky)
IM-KY-0001-0001 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Harrison, Jack B. (Ohio)
IM-KY-0001-0001 | IM-KY-0001-0002 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Razzaghi, Ali (Ohio)
IM-KY-0001-0001 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Sharp, William E. (Kentucky)
IM-KY-0001-0001 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Lilly, N. Scott (Kentucky)
IM-KY-0001-9000
Lynn, Stephen D. (Kentucky)
IM-KY-0001-9000
Wright, Roger G. (Kentucky)
IM-KY-0001-0004 | IM-KY-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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