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Case Name Rajcoomar v. Transportation Security Administration NS-PA-0001
Docket / Court 2:03-CV-02294 ( E.D. Pa. )
State/Territory Pennsylvania
Case Type(s) National Security
Attorney Organization ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
In April 2003, plaintiffs filed suit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Federal Torts Claim Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2671 and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Plaintiffs alleged that there was a ... read more >
In April 2003, plaintiffs filed suit in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) under the Federal Torts Claim Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2671 and the Fourth and Fifth Amendments. Plaintiffs alleged that there was a disturbance on their flight during which TSA agents handcuffed them, and subsequently lead them off the plane and transported them to the Philadelphia Police Department station. They were detained for several hours and questioned.

In June 2003, the parties settled. The defendants were required to notify the presiding judge about their policies and training procedures, as well to offer a written apology and $50,000 to the plaintiffs.

Elizabeth Homan - 11/10/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Unreasonable search and seizure
Content of Injunction
Auditing
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Excessive force
False arrest
Over/Unlawful Detention
Restraints : physical
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. § 2674
Defendant(s) Department of Homeland Security
United States of America
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs are U.S. citizens who were arrested and detained by the Transportation Security Administration upon a flight.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Damages
Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Order Duration 2003 - 2003
Case Closing Year 2003
Case Ongoing No
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Links Guest Post: New Resource — Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse FISA Archives
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Posted: Jun. 26, 2014
By: Margo Schlanger
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Docket(s)
2:03−cv−02294 (E.D. Pa.) 10/01/2003
NS-PA-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 04/14/2003
NS-PA-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source:
Settlement Order 06/30/2003
NS-PA-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Fullam, John Patrick (E.D. Pa.)
NS-PA-0001-9000
Rueter, Thomas J. (E.D. Pa.) [Magistrate]
NS-PA-0001-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Green, James K. (Florida)
NS-PA-0001-0001 | NS-PA-0001-9000
Kreimer, Seth (Pennsylvania)
NS-PA-0001-0001
Marshall, Randall C (Florida)
NS-PA-0001-0001
Presser, Stefan (Pennsylvania)
NS-PA-0001-0001 | NS-PA-0001-9000
Shuford, Reginald (New York)
NS-PA-0001-0001 | NS-PA-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bullock, Cedric D. (Pennsylvania)
NS-PA-0001-9000
Gibson, Virginia A. (District of Columbia)
NS-PA-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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