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Case Name Rhode Island ACLU v. Najarian IM-RI-0001
Docket / Court PC20052572 ( State Court )
State/Territory Rhode Island
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On May 15, 2005, the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and the advocacy group Direct Action for Rights and Equality filed suit in the Superior Court of Providence, Rhode Island, challenging the practice of the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles requiring an ... read more >
On May 15, 2005, the Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and the advocacy group Direct Action for Rights and Equality filed suit in the Superior Court of Providence, Rhode Island, challenging the practice of the Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles requiring an applicant to have a valid Social Security Number in order to obtain a state driver's license. Plaintiffs maintained that the practice adversely affected the ability of immigrants in the state, many of whom lived in Providence and worked elsewhere, to obtain driver's licenses. Plaintiffs' complaint alleged violations of the state Administrative Procedure Act, R.I.G.L. ยง 42-35-1 and sought declaratory and injunctive relief.

According to the RI ACLU website, the DMV proposed formal rules and held a public hearing on them. The plaintiffs then voluntarily dismissed the suit. We have no further information on the case.

Elizabeth Daligga - 07/17/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Drivers Licenses
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Immigration
Status/Classification
Undocumented immigrants - state and local regulation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Defendant(s) Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles
Plaintiff Description The Rhode Island Affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union and the advocacy group Direct Action for Rights and Equality
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Unknown
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
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)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 05/20/2005
IM-RI-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
ACLU Sues DMV Over Driver's License Procedure for Immigrants 05/23/2005
IM-RI-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges None on record
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lyons, Thomas W. (Rhode Island)
IM-RI-0001-0001
Defendant's Lawyers None on record
Other Lawyers None on record

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