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Case Name American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection IM-DC-0028
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00708-CRC ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Case Summary
On April 18, 2017, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Council (“ADC”) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sued the United States Customs and Border ... read more >
On April 18, 2017, the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Council (“ADC”) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The case was assigned to Judge Christopher R. Cooper. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiff sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) under the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. § 552).

The plaintiff alleged that CBP unlawfully withheld records that the plaintiffs had requested under the Freedom of Information Act. (The FOIA request had sought records of CBP action revoking, suspending, or terminating participation in the Global Entry System for certain Arab and Muslim U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.) CBP failed to disclose the requested records within the time period specified by the statute, and did not offer any meaningful estimate of when the records would become available. Accordingly, the plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief compelling the agency to perform an expedited search for responsive records, and to produce all responsive records which were not subject to a FOIA exemption. The plaintiff also sought attorneys’ fees and costs.

The court ordered the parties to submit joint status reports on the agency’s document production. In the joint status report submitted on March 1, 2019, the parties informed the court that they had resolved their records production dispute. On July 26, 2019, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal, informing the court that the parties had reached an agreement on attorneys’ fees and costs. The court dismissed the case the same day.

Michael Beech - 03/31/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Required disclosure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) United States Customs and Border Protection
Plaintiff Description American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Litigation
Filed 04/18/2017
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
1:17−cv−00708 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0028-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/26/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-DC-0028-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 04/18/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report [ECF# 30]
IM-DC-0028-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/01/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Cooper, Christopher Reid (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0028-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Free, Robert Andrew (Tennessee) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0028-0001 | IM-DC-0028-0002 | IM-DC-0028-9000
Siskind, Gregory H. (Tennessee) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0028-0001
Defendant's Lawyers D'Ottavio, Kari E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0028-0002 | IM-DC-0028-9000
Drezner, Michael Leon (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Patil, Chetan Adinath (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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