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Case Name Alasaad v. Duke IM-MA-0012
Docket / Court 1:17-cv-11730-DJC ( D. Mass. )
State/Territory Massachusetts
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
Case Summary
On September 13, 2017 ten U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE� ... read more >
On September 13, 2017 ten U.S. citizens and a lawful permanent resident filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. The plaintiffs sued the United States Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) and the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) under 28 U.S.C. §2201 for a declaration that the defendants had violated their First and Fourth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants seized and then searched their electronic devices at the United States border without probable cause that these devices contained contraband or evidence of a violation of immigration or customs laws and without describing the information to be searched.

As of March 5, 2017, the case is ongoing.

Nichollas Dawson - 03/05/2018


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Unreasonable search and seizure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Search policies
Immigration/Border
Constitutional rights
Detention - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Commissioner of US Customs and Border Protection
Director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description Ten United States citizens and one permanent resident, all of whom have had electronic devices seized at the United States border.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Moot
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2017
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:17-cv-11730-DJC (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0012-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 03/01/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-MA-0012-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/13/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Amended Complaint [ECF# 7]
IM-MA-0012-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/13/2017
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Judges Casper, Denise Jefferson (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0012-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bhandari, Esha (New York)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Cope, Sophia Sabrina (California)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Handeyside, Hugh (New York)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Mackey, Aaron David (California)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Rossman, Jessie J. (Massachusetts)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Schwartz, Adam (California)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Segal, Matthew (Massachusetts)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Shapanka, Matthew S. (District of Columbia)
IM-MA-0012-9000
Wessler, Nathan Freed (New York)
IM-MA-0012-0001 | IM-MA-0012-0002 | IM-MA-0012-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Balakrishna, Annapurna (Massachusetts)
IM-MA-0012-9000
Drezner, Michael Leon (District of Columbia)
IM-MA-0012-9000
Other Lawyers Nathanson, David J. (Massachusetts)
IM-MA-0012-9000

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