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Case Name Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security NS-DC-0109
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00820 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) National Security
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Attorney Organization Muslim Advocates
Case Summary
On May 3, 2017, Muslim Advocates filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This suit sought documents related to the government's border searches of electronic devices in the possession of individuals from one of ... read more >
On May 3, 2017, Muslim Advocates filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). This suit sought documents related to the government's border searches of electronic devices in the possession of individuals from one of the seven nations targeted by President Donald Trump’s Jan. 27, 2017 Executive Order (EO), known as the Muslim Ban, as well as individuals that Customs and Border Protection agents perceived to be Muslim, regardless of their country of origin. The plaintiff, a nonprofit organization, argued that such border searches "dramatically increased" after the EO was issued.

On May 18, the case was assigned to Judge Amy Berman, and reassigned to Judge Dabney L. Friedrich on Dec. 4, 2017.

Since the filing of the complaint, the parties submitted several status reports through November 2018. The defendants produced batches of requested non-exempt records periodically.

On March 6, 2019, the parties submitted a joint status report indicating that the defendant had completed its record disclosure to the plaintiff and the plaintiff had finished its review of the files. The status report indicated that the plaintiffs had some questions about withheld documents, but the status update said that the parties succeeded in working out their issues without the need of a court order.

The parties then turned to the allocation of attorney fees. On December 5, 2019, the plaintiffs submitted a stipulation of dismissal, and Judge Friedrich dismissed the case on the same day. The status reports leading into the stipulation of dismissal indicated that the parties were close to resolving all disputes over attorney fees and expected them to be solved by December 4; though there is no ECF indicating distribution of attorney fees on that date, the dismissal stipulation on December 5 makes it appear that they came to a private agreement on December 4.

The case is closed.

Virginia Weeks - 06/03/2017
Jamie Kessler - 08/14/2017
Virginia Weeks - 11/06/2018
Ellen Aldin - 06/22/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description nonprofit organization
Indexed Lawyer Organizations Muslim Advocates
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 Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filed 05/03/2017
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
Case Listing IM-DC-0110 : case name not on file (court not recorded)
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  Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1)
https://muslimadvocates.org
Date: May 2, 2017
By: Muslim Advocates
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Docket(s)
1:17−cv−00820−TSC (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0109-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/05/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunction Relief [ECF# 1]
NS-DC-0109-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/02/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Status Report [ECF# 50]
NS-DC-0109-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/06/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Friedrich, Dabney Langhorne (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bousquet, Daniel F (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Chapuis, Emily Lauren (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Langlinais, Jonathan Alexander (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Morrison, Kelly M. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Smith, Johnathan James (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Tulin, Leah J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers D'Ottavio, Kari E. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Hunt, Joseph H. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Patil, Chetan Adinath (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Shapiro, Elizabeth J. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Voltaire, Jean-Michel (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Other Lawyers Ali, Amir H. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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