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Case Name Leopold v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement IM-DC-0057
Docket / Court 1:18-cv-02415 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
National Security
Case Summary
On October 22, 2018, Buzzfeed and one of its reporters brought this lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection and Citizenship & Immigration Services in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. They ... read more >
On October 22, 2018, Buzzfeed and one of its reporters brought this lawsuit against the U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security, Customs & Border Protection and Citizenship & Immigration Services in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. They brought the claim under, and alleged violations of, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Specifically, the plaintiffs had requested from the defendants, agencies subject to FOIA, unedited video, audio and photographs of migrants and migrant children, and others seeking asylum and children being separated from their parent(s) and subsequently held in U.S. detention facilities. However, according to the complaint, the defendants had failed to provide an adequate response to the request. Represented by private counsel, the plaintiffs injunctive relief and attorney fees. The case was assigned to Judge Randolph D. Moss.

This case was interrupted by a 34-day government shutdown. The case was therefore stayed from December 30, 2018 to February 6, 2019, when the shutdown ended.

The case is still ongoing.

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
Youth / Adult separation
Immigration/Border
Detention - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Public (for-profit) corporation
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. ยง 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
U.S. Customs & Border Protection
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement
Plaintiff Description A Buzzfeed reporter and Buzzfeed seeking video, audio, and photographs of migrants and migrant children pursuant to FOIA
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer No
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  Case Title LEOPOLD et al v. U.S. IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT et al
http://foiaproject.org/case_detail/?title=on&style=foia&case_id=32088
Date: Oct. 22, 2018
By: The FOIA Project
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Docket(s)
1:18-cv-02415-RDM (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0057-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 12/31/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
IM-DC-0057-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 10/22/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Moss, Randolph Daniel (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0057-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Schafer, Matthew (New York) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0057-0001
Topic, Matthew Vincent (Illinois) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0057-0001 | IM-DC-0057-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Braswell, Marina Utgoff (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-DC-0057-9000

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