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Case Name Vazquez v. City of Farmers Branch IM-TX-0001
Docket / Court 3-06CV2376-R ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
MALDEF
Case Summary
On December 26, 2006 the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU), along with the ACLU's National Immigrants' Rights Project, filed a civil rights suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas ... read more >
On December 26, 2006 the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU), along with the ACLU's National Immigrants' Rights Project, filed a civil rights suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas against the City of Farmers Branch, challenging the City's recently adopted Ordinance 2892. The Ordinance required landlords to verify the U.S. Citizenship or "eligible immigration status" of prospective tenants prior to renting them apartments.

This case is one of four lawsuits filed against Farmers Branch in response to its anti-immigrant housing law. See IM-TX-0002, IM-TX-0003 and IM-TX-0004.

Plaintiffs filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and injunctive relief. On January 11, 2007, the District Court (Judge Sam Lindsay) temporarily denied plaintiffs' motion as moot in light of a TRO being issued against the City in the state court case Ramos v. City of Farmers Branch (IM-TX-0004).

On January 18, 2007, the parties entered into a stipulation wherein defendant's counsel agreed to review and reconsider Ordinance 2892. Pending that review, defendant agreed not to attempt to enforce Ordinance 2892 or any like ordinance without first giving plaintiffs notice to allow them to renew their motion for a TRO.

Plaintiffs filed their status report on January 24, 2007, advising the District Court that defendant had repealed Ordinance 2892 but enacted Ordinance 2903, which imposed similar stringent citizenship requirements. The parties were to meet and confer on January 25, 2007 to discuss the new Ordinance and thereafter advise the District Court of further planned action.

On March 22, 2007, plaintiffs filed an amended complaint against the City challenging the new ordinance.

On April 18, 2007, this case was consolidated with lead case Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch (IM-TX-0003) and Barrietos v. City of Farmers Branch (IM-TX-0002). See IM-TX-0003 for all subsequent developments.

Christopher Schad - 06/06/2012


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Federalism
Immigration
Constitutional rights
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) City of Farmers Branch, TX
Plaintiff Description Legal permanent residents of the United States, living in apartments in the City of Farmers Branch, Texas
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
MALDEF
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Form of Settlement None on record
Order Duration 2007 - n/a
Case Closing Year 2008
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-TX-0004 : Ramos v. City of Farmers Branch (State Court)
IM-TX-0002 : Barrietos v. City of Farmers Branch (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0003 : Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch (N.D. Tex.)
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)
3-06CV2376 (N.D. Tex.) 04/18/2007
IM-TX-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Ordinance No. 2892 01/02/2007
IM-TX-0001-0002.pdf | Detail
Order [Denying Plaintiffs' Application for Temporary Restraining Order as Moot] 01/11/2007 (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0001-0004.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulaton and Order [Requiring Defendant to Give Plaintiffs Notice of Intent to Enforce Ordinance 2892 or Any Like Version] 01/18/2007
IM-TX-0001-0005.pdf | Detail
Plaintiffs' Status Report [Informing the Court of the Adoption of Ordinance 2903] 01/24/2007
IM-TX-0001-0007.pdf | Detail
First Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief 03/22/2007
IM-TX-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Consolidation 04/18/2007 (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0001-0009.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lindsay, Sam A. (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0001-0004 | IM-TX-0001-0009 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bernal, Diego Manuel (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Bono, Marisa (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Broiles, David (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0005 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Browne, Lori Martin (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001
Caplan, Katharine J (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001
Chang, Jennifer (New York)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0005 | IM-TX-0001-0007
Gelernt, Lee (New York)
IM-TX-0001-0001
Graybill, Lisa Shawn (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Guttentag, Lucas (California)
IM-TX-0001-0001
Healey, David J. (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0005 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Hinojosa, David G. (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Jadwat, Omar C. (New York)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Perales, Nina (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0005 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Perez, Marisol Linda (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Urias, David Herrera (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0001 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boyle, Matthew (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0005 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Boyle, John (Texas)
IM-TX-0001-0005 | IM-TX-0001-0007 | IM-TX-0001-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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