University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
new search
page permalink
Case Name Collyard v. Washington Capitals; Williams v. Boston Bruins IM-MN-0004
Docket / Court 5-78-56, 5-79-30 ( D. Minn. )
State/Territory Minnesota
Case Type(s) Immigration
Case Summary
In 1978 and 1979, two American hockey players brought separate lawsuits against the National Hockey League, its teams and federal government officials in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging violations of Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101, et seq. and the ... read more >
In 1978 and 1979, two American hockey players brought separate lawsuits against the National Hockey League, its teams and federal government officials in U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota, alleging violations of Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. § 1101, et seq. and the Minnesota Human Rights Act for the NHL's hiring of Canadian-born hockey players in lieu of qualified American players. Plaintiffs maintained that the practice amounted to discrimination based on national origin and a violation of federal immigration law.

Defendants moved to dismiss the case for failure to state a claim and lack of jurisdiction. Plaintiffs moved for leave to amend their complaints.

On October 11, 1979, the District Court (Judge Miles W. Lord) issued its memorandum and order denying leave to amend the complaints and dismissing both cases. Judge Lord held that the Immigration and Nationality Act did not create a private cause of action against the government under the circumstances. He also found that there was no jurisdiction over the various hockey team defendants. Collyard v. Washington Capitals, 477 F.Supp. 1247 (D.Minn. 1979).

Dan Dalton - 11/04/2007


compress summary

- click to show/hide ALL -
Issues and Causes of Action
click to show/hide detail
Issues
Immigration
Employment
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action State law
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) National Hockey League
U.S. Attorney General
U.S. Department of Labor
Plaintiff Description Two American born hockey players
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Case Closing Year 1979
Case Ongoing No
Docket(s)
No docket sheet currently in the collection
General Documents
Memorandum Opinion and Order (477 F.Supp. 1247) (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0004-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/11/1979
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Lord, Miles Welton Court not on record
IM-MN-0004-0001
Plaintiff's Lawyers Balmer, James W. (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0004-0001
Defendant's Lawyers Anderson, Thorwald H. (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0004-0001
Brand , Irving R. (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0004-0001
Egan, Mary L. (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0004-0001
Pentelovitch, William Z. (Minnesota)
IM-MN-0004-0001
Rasch, Robert W. (Missouri)
IM-MN-0004-0001

- click to show/hide ALL -

new search
page permalink

- top of page -