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Case Name Moreno v. Napolitano IM-IL-0018
Docket / Court 11-cv-05452 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On August 11, 2011, two individuals being held by law enforcement agencies ("LEAs") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security, including its Immigration and Custom Enforcement ("ICE") division. Both ... read more >
On August 11, 2011, two individuals being held by law enforcement agencies ("LEAs") filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs sued the Department of Homeland Security, including its Immigration and Custom Enforcement ("ICE") division. Both plaintiffs were detained by LEAs on criminal charges and held based on ICE detainers. The plaintiffs alleged that ICE did not have legal authority to issue immigration detainers in such circumstances.

The plaintiffs argued that ICE's assertion of authority to instruct federal, state, and local LEAs to continue the detention of individuals was a violation of ICE's statutory authority under the Administrative Procedure Act ("APA"), 5 U.S.C. §§ 706(2)(A), the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq., and the Fourth, Fifth, and Tenth Amendments. They sought injunctive and declaratory relief.

The plaintiffs moved for class certification, but the Northern District Court of Illinois (Judge John Lee) denied the motion without prejudice on February 14, 2013, on the grounds that the motion was premature. The plaintiffs re-filed their motion on June 21, 2013, and the court granted it on September 30, 2014, toward any current or future individual who ICE orders LEA to detain in excess of their authority without presenting charging documents.

On August 2, 2013, the defendants filed a motion for partial summary judgment on the plaintiffs’ INS and Tenth Amendment claims. On September 29, 2014, the court granted the motion regarding the Tenth Amendment and denied it toward the INS claims.

The plaintiffs moved for a settlement conference, after which the case was referring to Judge Jeffrey Cole on March 30, 2015. The plaintiffs moved for summary judgment on the INS claims on December 11, 2015. As of January 8, 2016, neither a settlement nor a decision on the summary judgment motion has been reached.

Jennifer Bronson - 11/03/2013
Allison Hight - 01/08/2016


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Federalism
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Habeas Corpus
Over/Unlawful Detention
Immigration
Detention - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Habeas Corpus, 28 U.S.C. §§ 2241-2253; 2254; 2255
Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Defendant(s) Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description Individuals being held by law enforcement agencies (“LEAs”) pursuant to ICE detainers.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
None
Source of Relief None yet
None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year n/a
Case Ongoing Yes
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−05452 (N.D. Ill.) 12/11/2015
IM-IL-0018-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus 08/11/2011 (2011 WL 3740528)
IM-IL-0018-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 11/30/2012 (2012 WL 5995820 / 2012 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 170751) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0018-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Minute Entry [Striking Motion to Certify Without Prejudice] 02/14/2013 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0018-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief and Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus 05/01/2013 (2013 WL 1842593)
IM-IL-0018-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/29/2014 (2014 WL 4814776 / 2014 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 136965) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0018-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Memorandum Opinion and Order 09/30/2014 (2014 WL 4911938 / 2014 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 138576) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0018-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Cole, Jeffrey N. (N.D. Ill.) [Magistrate]
IM-IL-0018-9000
Lee, John Zihun (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0018-0002 | IM-IL-0018-0003 | IM-IL-0018-0004 | IM-IL-0018-0005 | IM-IL-0018-0006 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Angles, Giovanni (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Carr, Benjamin Paul (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Coberly, Linda T (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Fleming, Mark M. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-0001 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Kozdron, Nicole A. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000 | IM-IL-0018-9000
McCarthy, Mary Margaret (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-0001
Muench, Lee Benjamin (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Perkins, Raymond C. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Pozulp, Keith R.C. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Rivas, Claudia Beatrice Valenzuela (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-0001 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Roth, Charles G. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Roth, Chuck (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-0001
Travalini, Joanna Rubin (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Wallace, Joel M (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000 | IM-IL-0018-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Bashyrov, Jacob A (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Kisor, Colin A. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Melloy Goettel, Katherine E. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Oswald, Craig A (Illinois)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Silvis, William C. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Vahab, Lana (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0018-9000
Other Lawyers Lasch, Christopher Nelson (Connecticut)
IM-IL-0018-9000

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