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Case Name Jones v. Bowen IM-IL-0006
Docket / Court 1:87-cv-07419 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
On September 3, 1987, three aliens and two U.S. citizens filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to challenge the Secretary of Health and Human Services' "no process policy" with regard to the issuance of new social security numbers and ... read more >
On September 3, 1987, three aliens and two U.S. citizens filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to challenge the Secretary of Health and Human Services' "no process policy" with regard to the issuance of new social security numbers and duplicated cards. Plaintiffs alleged that the Secretary denied their requests for original and new social security numbers or duplicate cards without notice and hearing in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Social Security Act.

The government moved to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction and lack of standing. It further requested that the case be stayed pending ruling on its motion. The District Court (Judge Suzanne B. Conlon) denied the request for a stay. Jones v. Bowen, 1988 WL 48237 (N.D.Ill. 1988).

The case was certified as a class action on July 21, 1988. Jones v. Bowen, 121 F.R.D. 344 (N.D.Ill.1988). Shortly thereafter, the District Court (Judge Suzanne B. Conlon) denied government's motion to dismiss and also denied plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. Jones v. Bowen, 692 F.Supp. 887 (N.D.Ill.1988).

Discovery ensued and the parties then filed cross-motions for summary judgment. By order dated August 8, 1989, the Court entered judgment in favor of the plaintiffs and against the government. The Court held that government's failure to provide written reasons for adverse SSN decisions and notice of the right to appeal violated the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(c) and (g). Jones v. Bowen, 1989 WL 91865

(N.D.Ill. 1989). The government appealed.

On appeal the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Judge Harlington Wood, Jr.) held that case was moot because the named plaintiffs had received new social security numbers and duplicate social security number cards before class certification. The Court of Appeals vacated the judgment and remanded the case back to the district court with the instructions to dismiss. Jones v. Sullivan 938 F.2d 801 (7th Cir. 1991).

On remand, plaintiffs moved to dismiss named plaintiffs and to intervene to file and amended complaint with substituted plaintiffs. The outcome of that motion is not clear from the PACER docket, but it is presumed that plaintiffs' motion was denied as the District Court entered judgment on February 18, 1992 and closed the case.

Erica Woodruff - 08/20/2007


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Immigration
Constitutional rights
Employment
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Bivens
Defendant(s) Department of Health and Human Services
Plaintiff Description A class of workers, represented by three aliens and two U.S. citizens, who had or would be denied social security numbers without notice or hearing by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations None on record
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
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 1992
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)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
1:87-cv-07419 (N.D. Ill.) 02/18/1992
IM-IL-0006-9000 PDF | Detail
PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion 05/09/1988 (1988 WL 48237 / 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4168) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0004 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Opinion 07/21/1988 (121 F.R.D. 344) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0003 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 08/02/1988 (692 F.Supp. 887) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0001 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Opinion 10/03/1988 (1988 WL 105343 / 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11162) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0008 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Westlaw
Order 08/08/1989 (1989 WL 91865 / 1989 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 9526) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0005 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order 01/25/1990 (1990 WL 16837 / 1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 789) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0006 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Order 08/14/1990 (1990 WL 119632 / 1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10559) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0007 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Appellate Opinion 08/05/1991 (938 F.2d 801)
IM-IL-0006-0002 PDF | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Document Source: Google Scholar
Judges Coffey, John Louis (Seventh Circuit)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Conlon, Suzanne B. (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-0004 | IM-IL-0006-0005 | IM-IL-0006-0006 | IM-IL-0006-0007 | IM-IL-0006-0008 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Cummings, Walter Joseph (Seventh Circuit)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Wood, Harlington Jr. (S.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Monitors/Masters None on record
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alvarez, Alicia (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Antolin, Joseph A. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Coursey, Steven (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Gilbert, Jeffrey (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Preston, Guadalupe J. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Villasenor, JoAnn F. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Defendant's Lawyers Biddle, Barbara C. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Bolton, John R. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Chambers, Felicia L. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Gerson, Stuart M. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Kanter, William (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Koppel, John S. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Maier, Peter R. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Marutzky, Eileen J. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Raphaelson, Ira H. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0002
Valukas, Anton R. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Other Lawyers None on record

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