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Case Name Mohamed v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. NS-CA-0007
Docket / Court 5:07-cv-02798 ( N.D. Cal. )
Additional Docket(s) 08-15693  [ 08-15693 ]  Federal Court of Appeals
10-00778  [ 10-778 ]  U.S. Supreme Court
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) National Security
Attorney Organization ACLU Affiliates (any)
NYU Clinical Law Center
Case Summary
Plaintiffs, foreign nationals, filed suit in May 2007 in United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Company, for its participation in a U.S. extraordinary rendition program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency ( ... read more >
Plaintiffs, foreign nationals, filed suit in May 2007 in United States District Court for the Northern District of California against Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., a subsidiary of Boeing Company, for its participation in a U.S. extraordinary rendition program operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) that apprehended, transported, imprisoned, interrogated, and, in some instances, tortured the plaintiffs. Represented by the American Civil Liberties Union, plaintiffs brought action under the Alien Tort Statute, 28 U.S.C. ยง 1350, alleging that Jeppesen provided flight planning and logistical support of the extraordinary rendition of plaintiffs, with knowledge that its involvement would lead to unlawful apprehension, detention, and possible torture.

In October 2007, the United States moved to intervene and moved to dismiss the case, asserting the "states secret" privilege. Then-director of the CIA, General Michael Hayden, filed declarations in support of the motion to dismiss, asserting that disclosure of information could cause serious or grave damage to national security. After conducting a hearing, the district court granted the motion to intervene and to dismiss. Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 539 F. Supp. 2d 1128 (N.D. Cal. 2008).

Plaintiffs immediately appealed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The Ninth Circuit remanded the case, ruling that the states secret privilege in this context operated only as an evidentiary privilege, the exact parameters of which were indeterminate until plaintiffs made an actual request for discovery of specific evidence. Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 563 F. 3d 992 (9th Cir. 2009), amended by 579 F. 3d 943 (9th Cir. 2009).

Meanwhile, Barack Obama succeeded George W. Bush as President of the United States. His administration announced new policies for invoking the states secrets privilege and reviewed the assertion of privilege in this case. Government then requested the Ninth Circuit for a rehearing en banc, which the court granted. Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 586 F.3d 1108 (9th Cir. 2009).

Upon rehearing, an eleven judge panel of the Ninth Circuit affirmed the district court order of dismissal. Even though plaintiff's prima facie case and Jeppesen's defenses may not have depended on privileged evidence, the court found that "the facts underlying plaintiffs' claims are so infused with state secrets, " there was "no feasible way to litigate Jeppesen's alleged liability without creating an unjustifiable risk of divulging state secrets." Mohamed v. Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc., 614 F.3d 1070, 1088, 1087 (9th Cir. 2010). The Ninth Circuit then noted possible nonjudicial relief, including government-provided reparations, a Congressional investigation and legislation restraining the executive branch, Congressional legislation enacting a private bill, and Congressional legislation enacting remedial schemes to address claims like plaintffs'. Id. at 1091-92.

Plaintiffs appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States, which denied certiorari in May 2011.

Elizabeth Homan - 11/18/2013


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Assault/abuse by staff
Conditions of confinement
Confidentiality
Confinement/isolation
Excessive force
False arrest
International law
Over/Unlawful Detention
Placement in detention facilities
Records Disclosure
Restraints : physical
Search policies
Terrorism/Post 9-11 issues
Unconstitutional conditions of confinement
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Non-government for profit
Causes of Action Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA), 28 U.S.C. § 1350
Defendant(s) Jeppesen DataPlan, Inc.
United States of America
Plaintiff Description Plaintiffs, foreign nationals, are alleged victims of an extraordinary rendition program operated by the United States CIA.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Affiliates (any)
NYU Clinical Law Center
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filed 05/30/2007
Case Closing Year 2010
Case Ongoing No
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  Mohamed et al. v. Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Nov. 15, 2011
By: ACLU
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Court Docket(s)
N.D. Cal.
12/17/2010
5:07-cv-02798-JW
NS-CA-0007-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
N.D. Cal.
05/30/2007
Demand for Jury Trial [ECF# 1] (2007 WL 1623289)
NS-CA-0007-0001.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
06/26/2007
Notice of Appearance of Counsel for Defendant Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. [ECF# 18]
NS-CA-0007-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
06/28/2007
Clerk's Notice [ECF# 25]
NS-CA-0007-0003.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
09/04/2007
Untitled
NS-CA-0007-0004.pdf | Detail
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N.D. Cal.
12/17/2007
Motion to Withdraw as Counsel [ECF# 60]
NS-CA-0007-0005.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
12/20/2007
Motion to Withdraw as Counsel [ECF# 61]
NS-CA-0007-0006.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
02/13/2008
Order Granting the United States' Motion to Intervene and Granting the United States' Motion to Dismiss with Prejudice [ECF# 69] (539 F.Supp.2d 1128)
NS-CA-0007-0010.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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N.D. Cal.
03/13/2008
Representation Statement [ECF# 72]
NS-CA-0007-0007.pdf | Detail
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U.S. Court of Appeals
04/28/2009
Opinion (563 F.3d 992)
NS-CA-0007-0011.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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N.D. Cal.
04/28/2009
Opinion [ECF# 82]
NS-CA-0007-0008.pdf | Detail
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U.S. Court of Appeals
08/31/2009
Order (579 F.3d 943)
NS-CA-0007-0012.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Westlaw
U.S. Court of Appeals
10/27/2009
Order (586 F.3d 1108)
NS-CA-0007-0013.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
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U.S. Court of Appeals
09/08/2010
Opinion (614 F.3d 1070)
NS-CA-0007-0014.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Source: Westlaw
U.S. Supreme Court
05/16/2011
Untitled (131 S.Ct. 2442)
NS-CA-0007-0009.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
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