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Case Name TheHuffingtonPost.com v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-DC-0056
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-02253 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
National Security
Case Summary
On September 28, 2018, the HuffingtonPost.com brought this lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that ICE had violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) act when it failed to adequately ... read more >
On September 28, 2018, the HuffingtonPost.com brought this lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs alleged that ICE had violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) act when it failed to adequately respond to an information request by Huffington Post. Represented by attorneys from American Oversight, the plaintiff filed the lawsuit under FOIA, and sought declaratory and injunctive relief to compel compliance.The case was assigned to Judge Trevor N. McFadden.

Specifically, HuffingtonPost filed this complaint after it had previously submitted a an expedited FOIA request to ICE for the arrest records of immigrants. ICE acknowledged receipt of the request, but failed to respond. Huffington Post therefore alleged that ICE had:
(1) wrongfully denied expedited processing for information for which there was an urgent need to inform the public,
(2) failed to conduct an adequate search for records, and
(3) failed to provide records required to be disclosed under FOIA.


On February 5, 2019, the parties filed a joint notice and stipulation of dismissal, stating that the issues of the case have been resolved. HuffingtonPost then voluntarily dismissed the case without prejudice.

The case is now closed.

Averyn Lee - 03/22/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Law-enforcement
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. ยง 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description HuffingtonPost.com brought this lawsuit for failure to provide information pursuant to FOIA
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Filing Year 2018
Case Closing Year 2019
Case Ongoing No
Additional Resources
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  Case Title THEHUFFINGTONPOST.COM, INC. v. U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT
http://foiaproject.org/case_detail/?title=on&style=foia&case_id=32035
Date: Sep. 28, 2018
(Case Title THEHUFFINGTONPOST.COM, INC. v. U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT)
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Docket(s)
1:18-cv-02253-TNM (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0056-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/17/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-DC-0056-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 09/28/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges McFadden, Trevor Neil (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0056-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Bies, John E (- United States (national) -) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0056-0001
Cafasso, Cerissa (- United States (national) -) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0056-0001 | IM-DC-0056-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Cohen, Jason Todd (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0056-9000
Coles-Huff, Doris Denise (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0056-9000

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