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Case Name American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-CA-0119
Docket / Court 3:18-cv-03050-JCS ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Policing
Special Collection Trump Administration FOIA cases
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU of Northern California
Case Summary
On May 23, 2018 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU brought suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking declaratory and ... read more >
On May 23, 2018 the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California (ACLU-NC) filed this lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The ACLU brought suit in the U.S. District Court for Northern California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. ACLU-NC requested records relating to ICE’s purchase of two private databases of automated license plate reader (ALPR) data. The complaint stated that “[t]he potential use by ICE of data for civil immigration enforcement, an entirely different purpose for which it was originally collected by local police—local criminal investigations—has generated widespread media interest and public concern.” The complaint maintained that access to information about ICE’s use of ALPR databases was necessary to inform meaningful public debate over the scope of government conduct.”

According to the complaint, ACLU-NC submitted FOIA requests on March 19, 2018 and March 21, 2018. The requests sought records including impact assessments and communications between ICE and the vendor of ALPR data. ACLU-NC had yet to receive the requested information at the time of the complaint. ICE contended that, following the initial filing of the complaint, ACLU-NC had access to an interim release of records that occurred on July 13, 2018. In addition, ICE argued that further requested information may be exempt from public disclosure. As a result, ICE moved to dismiss the complaint all together.

The parties later agreed that the remainder of the requested documents would be released on a rolling basis. ACLU-NC received the documents by November 2018. On February 26, 2019, Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero granted a stipulation and settlement reached by the parties. The agreement required ICE to pay ACLU-NC $8,597.68 in attorneys' fees and would dismiss the case with prejudice. Following Judge Spero's order granting the settlement, the case closed in February 2019.

Jesse Schupack - 09/23/2018
Richa Bijlani - 11/02/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Freedom of speech/association
Content of Injunction
Required disclosure
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Record-keeping
Records Disclosure
Search policies
Immigration/Border
Constitutional rights
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU of Northern California
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Attorneys fees
Document disclosure
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Filing Year 2018
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
3:18-cv-3050 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0119-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/24/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of the Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 et Seq. [ECF# 1]
IM-CA-0119-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 05/23/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Joint Case Management Conference Statement [ECF# 20]
IM-CA-0119-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation and Order Re: Settlement and Dismissal with Prejudice [ECF# 33] (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0119-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Spero, Joseph C. (N.D. Cal.) [Magistrate] show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0002 | IM-CA-0119-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lye, Linda (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0001 | IM-CA-0119-9000
Riordan, Sean Connor (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-9000
Talla, Vasudha (New York) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0001 | IM-CA-0119-0002 | IM-CA-0119-0003 | IM-CA-0119-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Anderson, David Lloyd (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0002
Robinson, Kimberly Anne (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0002 | IM-CA-0119-9000
Tse, Alex G. (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0003
Wall, Robin Michael (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0119-0003 | IM-CA-0119-9000

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