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Case Name American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security IM-DC-0017
Docket / Court 1:11-cv-01971 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On November 8, 2011, an immigrant rights advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. � ... read more >
On November 8, 2011, an immigrant rights advocacy organization filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, and the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), 5 U.S.C. §§ 701-706. The plaintiff, represented by private and public interest counsel, asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that defendant was unlawfully withholding records. Specifically, the plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to make a reasonable search for and disclosure of documents pertinent to the plaintiff's FOIA request for records concerning individuals' access to legal counsel during their interactions with U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

On May 31, 2012, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss and for summary judgment, claiming that it had provided the plaintiff with "all non-exempt, responsive records in accordance with the FOIA." The case is ongoing.

Christopher Schad - 06/01/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description an immigrant rights advocacy organization
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing IM-DC-0018 : American Immigration Council v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (D.D.C.)
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)
1:11-cv-01971-JEB (D.D.C.) 12/14/2012
IM-DC-0017-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 11/08/2011
IM-DC-0017-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Boasberg, James Emanuel (D.D.C., FISC)
IM-DC-0017-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Crow, Melissa E. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0017-0001 | IM-DC-0017-9000
Grant, Michelle S. (Minnesota)
IM-DC-0017-9000
Magid, Creighton R. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0017-0001 | IM-DC-0017-9000
Werlin, Beth (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0017-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Borum, Marian L. (District of Columbia)
IM-DC-0017-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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