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Case Name Barrietos v. City of Farmers Branch IM-TX-0002
Docket / Court 3:07-cv-00061-L ( N.D. Tex. )
State/Territory Texas
Case Type(s) Immigration
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
This case is one of four lawsuits filed against the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, to challenge the City's anti-immigrant housing law, Ordinance 2892. See IM-TX-0001, IM-TX-0003 and IM-TX-0004. This case and two others filed in federal court, Vazquez v. City of Farmers Branch (IM-TX-0001) and ... read more >
This case is one of four lawsuits filed against the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, to challenge the City's anti-immigrant housing law, Ordinance 2892. See IM-TX-0001, IM-TX-0003 and IM-TX-0004. This case and two others filed in federal court, Vazquez v. City of Farmers Branch (IM-TX-0001) and Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch (IM-TX-0003), were assigned to District Court Judge Sam A. Lindsay, and on April 18, 2007, were consolidated under lead case Villas at Parkside Partners (IM-TX-0003).

Note that during the course of the litigation for the consolidated action, Farmers Branch moved to dismiss the claims of the Barrientos plaintiffs. On June 1, 2007, the District Court (Judge Lindsay) granted Farmers Branch's motion and dismissed the Barrientos plaintiffs' complaint for lack of standing. The Court reasoned that since the Barrientos plaintiffs operated retail businesses in Farmers Branch and were not tenants or property owners, the Ordinance didn't have any direct effect on them. As such, they had no standing to challenge the Ordinance. Villas at Parkside Partners v. City of Farmers Branch, 245 F.R.D. 551 (N.D. Tex. 2007).

Litigation on the claims of the other plaintiffs continued, and on August 29, 2008, the Court issued a permanent injunction enjoining enforcment of Ordinance 2903, the law's second iteration.

See IM-TX-0003 for a more detailed accounting of developments following the consolidation.

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 Group of business owners in Farmers Branch, TX.
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 2007
Case Ongoing Yes
Case Listing IM-TX-0004 : Ramos v. City of Farmers Branch (State Court)
IM-TX-0001 : Vazquez 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)
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Docket(s)
3:07-cv-00061-G (N.D. Tex.) 04/18/2007
IM-TX-0002-9000.pdf | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint 01/11/2007
IM-TX-0002-0001.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Plaintiffs' Application for a Temporary Restraining Order 01/11/2007
IM-TX-0002-0002.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Order of Consolidation 04/18/2007 (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0002-0003.pdf | Detail
Document Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Lindsay, Sam A. (N.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0002-0003 | IM-TX-0002-9000
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Barr, John Holman (Texas)
IM-TX-0002-0001 | IM-TX-0002-0002 | IM-TX-0002-9000
Nelson, Forest (Texas)
IM-TX-0002-0001 | IM-TX-0002-0002 | IM-TX-0002-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Boyle, Matthew (Texas)
IM-TX-0002-0002 | IM-TX-0002-9000
Boyle, John (Texas)
IM-TX-0002-0002
Flora, Elizabeth Ruth (Texas)
IM-TX-0002-9000
Noga, Darrell G-M (Texas)
IM-TX-0002-9000
Other Lawyers None on record

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