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Case Name Nat'l Coalition of Latino Clergy and Christian Leaders v. Arizona IM-AZ-0020
Docket / Court 2:10-cv-00943-SRB ( D. Ariz. )
State/Territory Arizona
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On April 29, 2010, two nonprofit organizations as well as U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents brought a class action in the District Court for the District of Arizona against the state of Arizona challenging SB1070, a set of state statutes intended to "discourage and deter the unlawful ... read more >
On April 29, 2010, two nonprofit organizations as well as U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents brought a class action in the District Court for the District of Arizona against the state of Arizona challenging SB1070, a set of state statutes intended to "discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States." Several lawsuits were filed around this time challenging the Arizona law, including Friendly House v. Whiting and League of United Latin American Citizens v. Arizona.

In their amended complaint, plaintiffs asserted six causes of action on behalf of themselves and all similarly situated individuals: (Counts 1 and 5) violations of substantive Due Process under the Fourteenth Amendment; (Counts 2 and 4) violations of the Supremacy Clause; (Count 3) violation of the First Amendment; and (Count 6) violation of procedural Due Process under the Fourteenth Amendment. Plaintiffs, represented by private attorneys, sought declaratory and injunctive relief. They also sought class certification for "all persons who currently reside in Arizona and find themselves to be negatively affected by the proposed unconstitutional law."

On December 10, 2010, the court (Judge Susan R. Bolton) granted defendants' motion to dismiss, holding that plaintiffs lacked standing to bring the claims. The court also found that Arizona had not waived sovereign immunity and therefore could not be a defendant in the litigation. The court denied plaintiffs' motion for leave to file an amended complaint. The case was closed on January 7, 2011.

Jennifer Bronson - 11/18/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Immigration
Employment
Causes of Action None on record
Defendant(s) Maricopa County
State of Arizona
Plaintiff Description Two nonprofit organizations as well as U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2011
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-AZ-0016 : Friendly House v. Whiting (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0017 : League of United Latin American Citizens v. Arizona (D. Ariz.)
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
2:10−cv−00943 (D. Ariz.) 01/07/2011
IM-AZ-0020-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory, Injunctive and Further Relief (Class Action) 04/29/2010
IM-AZ-0020-0001 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint for Declaratory, Injunctive, and Further Relief (Class Action) 06/09/2010
IM-AZ-0020-0002 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order 12/10/2010 (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0020-0003 PDF | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Bolton, Susan Ritchie (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0020-0003 | IM-AZ-0020-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Galloni, Tania (Florida)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Miranda, Benjamin R. (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-0001 | IM-AZ-0020-0002 | IM-AZ-0020-9000
Sanchez Calderon, William J. (Florida)
IM-AZ-0020-0001 | IM-AZ-0020-0002 | IM-AZ-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Adams, Joseph G (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Bouma, John J (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Brandon, Maria R. (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Henry, Robert Arthur (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Kanefield, Joseph Andrew (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Liddy, Thomas P (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Longo, Anne Cecile (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Munns, Christopher Arthur (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
OGrady, Mary Ruth (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
White, Bruce P. (Arizona)
IM-AZ-0020-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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