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Case Name Jones v. Bowen IM-IL-0006
Docket / Court 1:87-cv-07419 ( N.D. Ill. )
State/Territory Illinois
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Case Summary
On September 3, 1987, three aliens and two U.S. citizens filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to challenge the Secretary of Health and Human Services' "no process policy" with regard to the issuance of new social security numbers and ... read more >
On September 3, 1987, three aliens and two U.S. citizens filed a class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois to challenge the Secretary of Health and Human Services' "no process policy" with regard to the issuance of new social security numbers and duplicated cards. Plaintiffs alleged that the Secretary denied their requests for original and new social security numbers or duplicate cards without notice and hearing in violation of the Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment and the Social Security Act.

The government moved to dismiss the case for lack of jurisdiction and lack of standing. It further requested that the case be stayed pending ruling on its motion. The District Court (Judge Suzanne B. Conlon) denied the request for a stay. Jones v. Bowen, 1988 WL 48237 (N.D.Ill. 1988).

The case was certified as a class action on July 21, 1988. Jones v. Bowen, 121 F.R.D. 344 (N.D.Ill.1988). Shortly thereafter, the District Court (Judge Suzanne B. Conlon) denied government's motion to dismiss and also denied plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. Jones v. Bowen, 692 F.Supp. 887 (N.D.Ill.1988).

Discovery ensued and the parties then filed cross-motions for summary judgment. By order dated August 8, 1989, the Court entered judgment in favor of the plaintiffs and against the government. The Court held that government's failure to provide written reasons for adverse SSN decisions and notice of the right to appeal violated the Social Security Act, 42 U.S.C. ยง 405(c) and (g). Jones v. Bowen, 1989 WL 91865

(N.D.Ill. 1989). The government appealed.

On appeal the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (Judge Harlington Wood, Jr.) held that case was moot because the named plaintiffs had received new social security numbers and duplicate social security number cards before class certification. The Court of Appeals vacated the judgment and remanded the case back to the district court with the instructions to dismiss. Jones v. Sullivan 938 F.2d 801 (7th Cir. 1991).

On remand, plaintiffs moved to dismiss named plaintiffs and to intervene to file and amended complaint with substituted plaintiffs. The outcome of that motion is not clear from the PACER docket, but it is presumed that plaintiffs' motion was denied as the District Court entered judgment on February 18, 1992 and closed the case.

Erica Woodruff - 08/20/2007

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Issues and Causes of Action
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Public benefits (includes, e.g., in-state tuition, govt. jobs)
Constitutional rights
Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens
Defendant(s) Department of Health and Human Services
Plaintiff Description A class of workers, represented by three aliens and two U.S. citizens, who had or would be denied social security numbers without notice or hearing by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Yes
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Defendant
Public Int. Lawyer Unknown
Nature of Relief None
Source of Relief None
Filing Year 1987
Case Closing Year 1992
Case Ongoing No
1:87-cv-07419 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/18/1992
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Opinion (1988 WL 48237 / 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 4168) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0004.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 05/09/1988
Opinion (121 F.R.D. 344) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0003.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 07/21/1988
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (692 F.Supp. 887) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0001.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/02/1988
Source: Google Scholar
Opinion (1988 WL 105343 / 1988 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 11162) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0008.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 10/03/1988
Source: Westlaw
Order (1989 WL 91865 / 1989 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 9526) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0005.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/08/1989
Order (1990 WL 16837 / 1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 789) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0006.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 01/25/1990
Order (1990 WL 119632 / 1990 U.S.Dist.LEXIS 10559) (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0007.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/14/1990
Appellate Opinion (938 F.2d 801)
IM-IL-0006-0002.pdf | WESTLAW| LEXIS | Detail
Date: 08/05/1991
Source: Google Scholar
Judges Coffey, John Louis (Seventh Circuit)
Conlon, Suzanne B. (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-0004 | IM-IL-0006-0005 | IM-IL-0006-0006 | IM-IL-0006-0007 | IM-IL-0006-0008 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Cummings, Walter Joseph (Seventh Circuit)
Wood, Harlington Jr. (S.D. Ill., Seventh Circuit)
Plaintiff's Lawyers Alvarez, Alicia (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Antolin, Joseph A. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Coursey, Steven (Illinois)
Gilbert, Jeffrey (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Preston, Guadalupe J. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Villasenor, JoAnn F. (Illinois)
Defendant's Lawyers Biddle, Barbara C. (District of Columbia)
Bolton, John R. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Chambers, Felicia L. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Gerson, Stuart M. (District of Columbia)
Kanter, William (District of Columbia)
Koppel, John S. (District of Columbia)
Lieber, Sheila M. (District of Columbia)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0003
Maier, Peter R. (District of Columbia)
Marutzky, Eileen J. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003 | IM-IL-0006-9000
Raphaelson, Ira H. (Illinois)
Valukas, Anton R. (Illinois)
IM-IL-0006-0001 | IM-IL-0006-0002 | IM-IL-0006-0003

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