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Case Name Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. NS-CA-0007
Docket / Court 5:07-cv-02798 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) National Security
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, foreign nationals, filed suit in May 2007 in United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Company, for its participation in a U.S. extraordinary rendition program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency ( ... read more >
Plaintiffs, foreign nationals, filed suit in May 2007 in United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Company, for its participation in a U.S. extraordinary rendition program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that apprehended, transported, imprisoned, interrogated, and, in some instances, tortured the plaintiffs. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, plaintiffs brought action under the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. § 1350, alleging that Jeppesen provided flight planning and logistical support of the extraordinary rendition of plaintiffs, with knowledge that its involvement would lead to unlawful apprehension, detention, and possible torture.

In October 2007, the United States moved to intervene and moved to dismiss the case, asserting the "states secret" privilege. Then-director of the CIA, General Michael Hayden, filed declarations in support of the motion to dismiss, asserting that disclosure of information could cause serious or grave damage to national security. After conducting a hearing, the district court granted the motion to intervene and to dismiss. Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 539 F. Supp. 2d 1128 (N.D. Cal. 2008).

Plaintiffs immediately appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit remanded the case, ruling that the states secret privilege in this context operated only as an evidentiary privilege, the exact parameters of which were indeterminate until plaintiffs made an actual request for discovery of specific evidence. Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 563 F. 3d 992 (9th Cir. 2009), amended by 579 F. 3d 943 (9th Cir. 2009).

Meanwhile, Barack Obama succeeded George W. Bush as President of the United States. His administration announced new policies for invoking the states secrets privilege and reviewed the assertion of privilege in this case. Government then requested the Ninth Circuit for a rehearing en banc, which the court granted. Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 586 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2009).

Upon rehearing, an eleven judge panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court order of dismissal. Even though plaintiff's prima facie case and Jeppesen's defenses may not have depended on privileged evidence, the court found that "the facts underlying plaintiffs' claims are so infused with state secrets, " there was "no feasible way to litigate Jeppesen's alleged liability without creating an unjustifiable risk of divulging state secrets." Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 614 F.3d 1070, 1088, 1087 (9th Cir. 2010). The Ninth Circuit then noted possible nonjudicial relief, including government-provided reparations, a Congressional investigation and legislation restraining the executive branch, Congressional legislation enacting a private bill, and Congressional legislation enacting remedial schemes to address claims like plaintffs'. Id. at 1091-92.

Plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, which denied certiorari in May 2011.

Elizabeth Homan - 11/18/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Confidentiality
Confinement/isolation
Excessive force
False arrest
International law
Over/Unlawful Detention
Placement in detention facilities
Records Disclosure
Restraints : physical
Search policies
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), 28 U.S.C. § 1350
Defendant(s) Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc.
United States of America
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs, foreign nationals, are alleged victims of an extraordinary rendition program operated by the United States CIA.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2013
Case Ongoing No
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Posted: Jun. 26, 2014
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Docket(s)
5:07-cv-02798-JW (N.D. Cal.) 12/17/2010
NS-CA-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Demand for Jury Trial 05/30/2007 (2007 WL 1623289)
NS-CA-0007-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Notice of Appearance of Counsel for Defendant Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. 06/26/2007
NS-CA-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Clerk's Notice 06/28/2007
NS-CA-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Untitled 09/04/2007
NS-CA-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Withdraw as Counsel 12/17/2007
NS-CA-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Motion to Withdraw as Counsel 12/20/2007
NS-CA-0007-0006.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order Granting the United States' Motion to Intervene and Granting the United States' Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice 02/13/2008 (539 F.Supp.2d 1128) (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0007-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Representation Statement 03/13/2008
NS-CA-0007-0007.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 04/28/2009 (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0007-0008.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Opinion 04/28/2009 (563 F.3d 992)
NS-CA-0007-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 08/31/2009 (579 F.3d 943)
NS-CA-0007-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 10/27/2009 (586 F.3d 1108)
NS-CA-0007-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Opinion 09/08/2010 (614 F.3d 1070)
NS-CA-0007-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Untitled 05/16/2011 (131 S.Ct. 2442)
NS-CA-0007-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Judges Bea, Carlos T. (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Callahan, Consuelo Maria (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Canby, William Cameron Jr. (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0008 | NS-CA-0007-0011 | NS-CA-0007-0012
Fisher, Raymond C. (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Hawkins, Michael Daly (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0008 | NS-CA-0007-0011 | NS-CA-0007-0012 | NS-CA-0007-0014
Kozinski, Alex (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0013
Paez, Richard A. (Ninth Circuit, C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Rawlinson, Johnnie B. (Ninth Circuit, D. Nev.)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Schroeder, Mary Murphy (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0008 | NS-CA-0007-0011 | NS-CA-0007-0012
Seeborg, Richard G. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate]
NS-CA-0007-9000
Tallman, Richard C. (FISCR, Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Thomas, Sidney Runyan (Ninth Circuit)
NS-CA-0007-0014
Ware, James (N.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0007-0008 | NS-CA-0007-0010 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Brick, Ann (California)
NS-CA-0007-0001 | NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Hoffman, Paul L. (California)
NS-CA-0007-0001 | NS-CA-0007-0005
Jaffer, Jameel (New York)
NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Katznelson, Zachary (Kansas)
NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Kolbi-Molinas, Alexa Rebecca (New York)
NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Metcalf, Hope R. (Connecticut)
NS-CA-0007-0001 | NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Satterthwaite, Margaret (New York)
NS-CA-0007-0005
Shapiro, Steven R. (New York)
NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Smith, Clive Stafford ()
NS-CA-0007-9000
Watt, Steven M. (New York)
NS-CA-0007-0001 | NS-CA-0007-0004 | NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-0007 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Wizner, Ben (New York)
NS-CA-0007-0005 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Collins, Daniel Paul (California)
NS-CA-0007-0002 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Klapach, Joseph Scott (California)
NS-CA-0007-0002 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Weissman, Henry (California)
NS-CA-0007-0002 | NS-CA-0007-9000
Other Lawyers Abate, Michael Patrick (District of Columbia)
NS-CA-0007-9000
Simpson, W. Scott (District of Columbia)
NS-CA-0007-9000

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