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Case TitleAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Illinois et al v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security et al
DistrictNorthern District of Illinois
CityChicago
Case Number1:2017cv02768
Date Filed2017-04-12
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHonorable Robert M. Dow, Jr
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Illinois
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Indiana
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Iowa
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Missouri
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Ohio
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin
PlaintiffAmerican Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky
Case DescriptionThe state chapters of the ACLU for Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, South Dakota, and Wisconsin submitted FOIA requests to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning the local implementation of President Trump's travel ban. The organizations also requested expedited processing and a fee waiver. The agency acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from the agency, the state organizations filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Expedited processing, Public Interest Fee Waiver, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantU.S. Department of Homeland Security
DefendantU.S. Customs and Border Protection
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2017-04-121COMPLAINT for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief for Violation of The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552 et seq. filed by American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc.; Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0752-13062151. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Spears, Natalie) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-122CIVIL Cover Sheet (Spears, Natalie) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-123ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc. by Natalie J. Spears (Spears, Natalie) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-124NOTIFICATION of Affiliates pursuant to Local Rule 3.2 by All Plaintiffs (Spears, Natalie) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-125ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc. by Gregory R. Naron (Naron, Gregory) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-126ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc. by Patrick S. Kabat (Kabat, Patrick) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-127ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc. by Kathleen V. Kinsella (Kinsella, Kathleen) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-128ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiffs American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, Inc., American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, Inc., The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, Inc. by Rebecca Kim Glenberg (Glenberg, Rebecca) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-12CASE ASSIGNED to the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr. Designated as Magistrate Judge the Honorable M. David Weisman. (nsf, ) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-12SUMMONS Issued as to All Defendants, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Attorney General. (kms) (Entered: 04/12/2017)
2017-04-139MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr: Initial status hearing is set for 6/28/2017 at 9:00 a.m. and parties are to report the following: (1) Possibility of settlement in the case; (2) If no possibility of settlement exists, the nature and length of discovery necessary to get the case ready for trial. Plaintiff is to advise all other parties of the courts action herein. Lead counsel is directed to appear at this status hearing. The parties are requested to file a joint status report at least two days prior to the initial status. For further details see the Court's website available at www.ilnd.uscourts.gov. Mailed notice (cdh, ) (Entered: 04/13/2017)
2017-04-1410MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752-13071311. (Attachments: # 1 Supplement Description of inactive status)(Levenson, Freda) (Entered: 04/14/2017)
2017-04-1711MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752-13075413. (Rothert, Anthony) (Entered: 04/17/2017)
2017-04-1912MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752-13084260. (Sharp, William) (Entered: 04/19/2017)
2017-04-2113MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752-13097188. (Miller, Amy) (Entered: 04/21/2017)
2017-04-2114MOTION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice Filing fee $ 50, receipt number 0752-13097431. Gordon, John (Gordon, John) (Entered: 04/21/2017)
2017-05-0115SUMMONS Returned Executed by American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri as to U.S. Customs and Border Protection served on 4/13/2017, answer due 6/12/2017 (Spears, Natalie) (Entered: 05/01/2017)
2017-05-0116SUMMONS Returned Executed by American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri as to U.S. Department of Homeland Security served on 4/13/2017, answer due 6/12/2017 (Spears, Natalie) (Entered: 05/01/2017)
2017-05-0817ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security by Matthew Joseph Berns (Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-0818ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security by Patil Adinath Chetan (Chetan, Patil) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-0819NOTICE by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security of Motion filed with the JPML to Transfer Action Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1407 (Attachments: # 1 Index of Exhibits, # 2 Exhibit Transfer Motion, # 3 Exhibit Supporting Memorandum, # 4 Exhibit Schedule of Actions)(Chetan, Patil) (Entered: 05/08/2017)
2017-05-1020MOTION by Defendants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security for extension of time to file answer regarding complaint,,, 1 (UNOPPOSED) (Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 05/10/2017)
2017-05-1021NOTICE of Motion by Matthew Joseph Berns for presentment of motion for extension of time to file answer, motion for relief 20 before Honorable Robert M. Dow Jr. on 5/16/2017 at 09:15 AM. (Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 05/10/2017)
2017-05-1122DEFENDANTS' Motion for Transfer of actions Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1407 for coordinated or consolidated Pretrial Proceedings (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum of Law in support of Defendants' motion for transfer of actions Pursuant to 28 U.S.C. §1407, # 2 Schedule of Actions, # 3 Proof of Service) (ph, ) (Entered: 05/12/2017)
2017-05-1223MOTION by Defendants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stay proceedings pending decision on motion to transfer (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum of Law)(Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 05/12/2017)
2017-05-1224NOTICE of Motion by Matthew Joseph Berns for presentment of motion to stay 23 before Honorable Robert M. Dow Jr. on 5/18/2017 at 09:15 AM. (Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 05/12/2017)
2017-05-1525MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr: Unopposed motion by defendants for extension of time to respond to complaint 20 is granted. Notice of motion date of 5/16/2017 is stricken and no appearances are necessary on that date. Mailed notice (cdh, ) (Entered: 05/15/2017)
2017-05-1526MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr: Freda J. Levenson's motion for leave to appear pro hac vice on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio 10 is granted. Anthony E. Rothert's motion for leave to appear pro hac vice on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri 11 is granted. William E. Sharp's motion for leave to appear pro hac vice on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky 12 is granted. Amy A. Miller's motion for leave to appear pro hac vice on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska 13 is granted. John B. Gordon's motion for leave to appear pro hac vice on behalf of American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota 14 is granted. Mailed notice (cdh, ) (Entered: 05/15/2017)
2017-05-1827MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr: Motion hearing held. Mr. Jason Bastill participates by telephone. Plaintiffs are given until 5/30/2017 to respond to the Defendants' motion to stay proceedings pending decision on motion to transfer 23 . Defendants are given until 6/7/2017 to reply. After the Court reviews the parties responsive pleadings, the Court will either issue a ruling by mail or the courtroom deputy will contact counsel to set a mutually agreed upon date for further hearing on the motion. Mailed notice (cdh, ) (Entered: 05/18/2017)
2017-05-2528MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr: On the Courts own motion, status hearing set for 6/28/2017 is stricken and reset to 6/29/2017 at 9:30 a.m. Mailed notice (cdh, ) (Entered: 05/25/2017)
2017-05-3029RESPONSE by American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsinin Opposition to MOTION by Defendants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stay proceedings pending decision on motion to transfer 23 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B, # 3 Exhibit C, # 4 Exhibit D, # 5 Exhibit E)(Kabat, Patrick) (Entered: 05/30/2017)
2017-05-3030NOTICE by American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (Plaintiff's Notice of Opposition and Joinder in Request Filed with the United States Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation) (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit 1, # 2 Exhibit 2)(Kabat, Patrick) (Entered: 05/30/2017)
2017-06-0231AMENDED NOTICE of Appearance by American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (Attachments: # 1 Proof of Service, # 2 Notice of Appearance, # 3 Proof of Service, # 4 Memorandum of Law, # 5 Proof of Service, # 6 Request, # 7 Proof of Service, # 8 Proof of Service, # 9 Statement) (mma, ) (Entered: 06/05/2017)
2017-06-0632NOTICE by All Defendants of Filing JPML Reply Brief (Attachments: # 1 JPML Reply Brief)(Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 06/06/2017)
2017-06-0733NOTICE of Supplemental Authority by American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Kabat, Patrick) (Docket Text Modified on 6/8/2017 by Clerk's Office) (eaa, ). (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-0734REPLY by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security to MOTION by Defendants U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security to stay proceedings pending decision on motion to transfer 23 (Chetan, Patil) (Entered: 06/07/2017)
2017-06-1935NOTICE by All Defendants of Decision in Related Case (Attachments: # 1 District of Maine Order)(Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 06/19/2017)
2017-06-2236Notice of Recent Decisions by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Attachments: # 1 Central District of California Opinion, # 2 District of Oregon Opinion)(Berns, Matthew) (Entered: 06/22/2017)
2017-06-2337Notice of Supplemental Authority by American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A, # 2 Exhibit B)(Kinsella, Kathleen) (Entered: 06/23/2017)
2017-06-2638NOTICE by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Homeland Security of Decisions in Related Cases (Attachments: # 1 Eastern District of Virginia Order)(Chetan, Patil) (Entered: 06/26/2017)
2017-06-2739STATUS Report Joint Status Report by American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota, American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri, American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska, American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, American Civil Liberties Union of South Dakota, American Civil Liberties Union of Wisconsin (Kinsella, Kathleen) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-2840MINUTE entry before the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr: Defendants' motion to stay 23 is granted. The parties are directed to inform the Court as soon as practicable after the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation issues its ruling on the pending motion to transfer. If the transfer motion is denied, this case will be set for further status hearing on the first available date. The status hearing on 6/29/2017 is stricken and no appearances are necessary on that date. For further details see the Order. Mailed notice (cdh, ) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-2841ORDER Signed by the Honorable Robert M. Dow, Jr. on 6/28/2017. Mailed notice(cdh, ) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-07-0542NOTICE by Rebecca Kim Glenberg of Change of Address (Glenberg, Rebecca) (Entered: 07/05/2017)
2017-07-1043AMENDED NOTICE of Presentation or Waiver of Oral Argument filed by Thomas R. Burke (ew, ) (Entered: 07/11/2017)
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