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Case Name ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security IM-CA-0135
Docket / Court 2:18-cv-08917-JAK-JEM ( C.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Attorney Organization ACLU of Southern California
Case Summary
On October 16, 2018, the ACLU of Southern California filed this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552, seeking the release of records ... read more >
On October 16, 2018, the ACLU of Southern California filed this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552, seeking the release of records related to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents’ practice of misrepresenting or concealing their identity when conducting enforcement actions. Specifically, the plaintiff sought to order the defendant to produce the public records requested on February 12, 2019, without further delay and to declare that the defendant failed to comply with FOIA.

Judge John A. Kronstadt approved the defendant’s Ex Parte Application to Stay Case due to the lapse in appropriations to the Department of Justice on January 11, 2019. The stay was lifted on February 5, 2019.

In an August 15, 2019, status update, the defendant stated that it had produced records to the plaintiff on several occasions since litigation commenced and that the parties were continuing to discuss a possible resolution to the case without the need for further litigation.

On February 3, 2020, the parties filed a joint stipulation to dismiss the case. The plaintiff stated that it was satisfied with the documents the defendant had produced in response to the FOIA request. On February 4, Judge Kronstadt issued an order dismissing the case with prejudice. The parties were to bear their own costs, fees, and expenses.

The case is closed.

Sichun Liu - 02/10/2019
Sam Kulhanek - 04/18/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Defendant-type
Law-enforcement
General
Records Disclosure
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) Department of Homeland Security
Plaintiff Description ACLU of Southern California.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU of Southern 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 Document production
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree
Filed 10/16/2018
Case Closing Year 2020
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
2:18-cv-8917 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0135-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/26/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-CA-0135-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal [ECF# 27]
IM-CA-0135-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2020
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Kronstadt, John Arnold (C.D. Cal.) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-9000
McDermott, John E. Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Strugar, Matthew D. (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-0001 | IM-CA-0135-0002 | IM-CA-0135-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Barragan, Matthew J. (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-0002 | IM-CA-0135-9000
Hanna, Nicola T. (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-0002
Harris, David M (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-0002
Osinoff, Joanne S (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0135-0002

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