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Case Name Stewart v. Cherokee County, GA IM-GA-0001
Docket / Court 1:07-cv-00015-TCB ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization Lambda Legal
MALDEF
Case Summary
On January 4, 2007, plaintiffs, the owner and operator of multiple rental units and unnamed tenants, filed suit against Cherokee County, Georgia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to challenge County Ordinance No. 2006-003 which purported to establish penalties for "the ... read more >
On January 4, 2007, plaintiffs, the owner and operator of multiple rental units and unnamed tenants, filed suit against Cherokee County, Georgia in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia to challenge County Ordinance No. 2006-003 which purported to establish penalties for "the harboring of illegal aliens" in the County. The Ordinance was similar to others recently passed by cities seeking to expel undocumented immigrants from their boundaries.

Immediately following the filing, the District Court (Judge Timothy C. Batten, Sr.) entered a TRO and preliminary injunction, with the consent of the parties, barring enforcement of the Ordinance pending the final outcome of similar cases - Reynolds v. City of Valley Park, Missouri [IM-MO-1] and Lozano v. City of Hazleton, Pennsylvania [IM-PA-1].

On August 28, 2007, the Court administratively close the case, advising the parties that if they wanted to reopen it, they needed to file a motion to that effect.

Elizabeth Daligga - 07/02/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Federalism
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Criminal prosecution
Undocumented immigrants - state and local regulation
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
42 U.S.C. § 1981
Defendant(s) Cherokee County, GA
Plaintiff Description Landlord/owner of apartment buildings in Cherokee County, Georgia and a number of unnamed tenants.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Lambda Legal
MALDEF
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration not on record
Case Closing Year 2007
Case Ongoing No
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)
1:07-cv-00015-TCB (N.D. Ga.) 08/28/2007
IM-GA-0001-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Ordinance 2006-03, to Establish Penalties for the Harboring of Illegal Aliens in Cherokee County, GA 12/05/2006
IM-GA-0001-0003 PDF | Detail
Ordinance No. 2006-04, "Cherokee County, GA English Language Ordinance" 12/05/2006
IM-GA-0001-0004 PDF | Detail
Complaint 01/04/2007
IM-GA-0001-0001 PDF | Detail
Consent Order Granting Plaintiffs' Motion for Temporary Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction and for Stay 01/04/2007
IM-GA-0001-0002 PDF | Detail
Judges Batten, Timothy C. Sr. (N.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bowers, Byrony Helen (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-9000
Delemar, Isaiah D. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-0001 | IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Garrett, Margaret Fletcher (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-9000
Hernan, Jamie B. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-0001 | IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Jadwat, Omar C. (New York)
IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Lee, Jerome D. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-9000
Littrell, Elizabeth Lynn (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-9000
Lubel, Alan E. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-0001 | IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Taylor, Christopher C. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-9000
VanderBroek, Mark (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-9000
Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-0001 | IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Davis, Angela E. (Georgia)
IM-GA-0001-0002 | IM-GA-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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