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Case TitleCouncil on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut et al v. US Citizenship and Immigration Services et al
DistrictDistrict of Connecticut
CityNew Haven
Case Number3:2017cv01061
Date Filed2017-06-27
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeJudge Alfred V. Covello
PlaintiffCouncil on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut
PlaintiffMake the Road New York
Case DescriptionThe Council on American-Islamic Relations-Connecticut and Make the Road New York submitted FOIA requests to the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection for records concerning policies regarding screening of individuals at ports of entry. The organizations also submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for records concerning the criteria used in considering visa applications. The organizations also submitted a FOIA request to the Department of State for records concerning criteria used in considering visa applications. The agencies acknowledged receipt of the requests, but after hearing nothing further from any of the agencies, the Council on American-Islamic Relations-Connecticut and Make the Road New York filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Adequacy - Search, Litigation - Attorney's fees

DefendantUS Citizenship and Immigration Services
DefendantU.S. Customs and Border Protection
DefendantU.S. Department of State
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2017-06-271COMPLAINT against All Defendants ( Filing fee $400 receipt number 0205-4448842.), filed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York.(Ahmad, Muneer) Modified on 6/27/2017 (Walker, A). (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-27Judge Alfred V. Covello added. (Anastasio, F.) (Entered: 06/27/2017)
2017-06-272ELECTRONIC FILING ORDER - PLEASE ENSURE COMPLIANCE WITH COURTESY COPY REQUIREMENTS IN THIS ORDER Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 6/27/2017.(Hushin, Z.) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-283NOTICE TO COUNSEL/PRO SE PARTIES : Counsel or pro se parties initiating or removing this action are responsible for serving all parties with attached documents and copies of 2 Electronic Filing Order, 1 Complaint filed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York Signed by Clerk on 6/28/2017.(Hushin, Z.) (Entered: 06/28/2017)
2017-06-294EXHIBIT A-I by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York re 1 Complaint. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 06/29/2017)
2017-07-12Request for Clerk to issue summons as to All Defendants. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 07/12/2017)
2017-07-135ELECTRONIC SUMMONS ISSUED in accordance with Fed. R. Civ. P. 4 and LR 4 as to *U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services* with answer to complaint due within *30* days. Attorney *Muneer I. Ahmad* *Jerome N. Frank Legal Services - Wall St - Yale Law School* *127 Wall Street* *New Haven, CT 06511*. (Hushin, Z.) (Entered: 07/13/2017)
2017-07-146NOTICE of Appearance by Michael J. Wishnie on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Wishnie, Michael) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-07-147SUMMONS Returned Executed by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. U.S. Customs and Border Protection served on 7/14/2017, answer due 8/13/2017; U.S. Department of State served on 7/14/2017, answer due 8/13/2017; US Citizenship and Immigration Services served on 7/14/2017, answer due 8/13/2017. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 07/14/2017)
2017-08-088NOTICE of Appearance by Michael L. Drezner on behalf of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 08/08/2017)
2017-08-089Consent MOTION for Extension of Time until September 13, 2017 to Respond to Plaintiffs' Complaint by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 08/08/2017)
2017-08-1010ORDER granting 9 motion for extension of time. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is extended to and including September 13, 2017. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on August 10, 2017. (Modzelewski, C.) (Entered: 08/10/2017)
2017-09-0811Consent MOTION for Extension of Time until October 13, 2017 to Respond to Plaintiffs' Complaint by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/08/2017)
2017-09-1212ORDER granting 11 motion for extension of time. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is extended to and including October 13, 2017. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on September 12, 2017. (Modzelewski, C.) (Entered: 09/12/2017)
2017-09-1813MOTION for Attorney(s) Justin B. Cox to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4536777) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing, # 3 Affidavit)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/18/2017)
2017-09-1814MOTION for Attorney(s) Mariko Hirose to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4536831) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/18/2017)
2017-09-1815MOTION for Attorney(s) Stephen Poellot to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4536844) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/18/2017)
2017-09-1916MOTION for Attorney(s) 1 to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538798) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)
2017-09-1917MOTION for Attorney(s) Esther Sung to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538799) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)
2017-09-1918MOTION for Attorney(s) Melissa Keaney to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538800) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)
2017-09-1919MOTION for Attorney(s) Nicholas Espiritu to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number 0205-4538801) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Exhibit Certificate of standing, # 3 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/19/2017)
2017-09-2820ORDER granting 13 motion to appear; granting 14 motion to appear; granting 15 motion to appear; granting 16 motion to appear; granting 17 motion to appear; granting 18 motion to appear; granting 19 motion to appear Certificate of Good Standing due by 11/27/2017. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 09/28/17. (Covello, Alfred) (Entered: 09/28/2017)
2017-10-0221NOTICE of Appearance by Mariko Hirose on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Hirose, Mariko) (Entered: 10/02/2017)
2017-10-0422NOTICE of Appearance by Stephen Poellot on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Poellot, Stephen) (Entered: 10/04/2017)
2017-10-1023MOTION for Extension of Time and Entry of Briefing Schedule by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 10/10/2017)
2017-10-1124ORDER granting in part and denying in part 23 motion for extension of time. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is hereby extended to and including November 17, 2017. The defendants' motion is denied in all other respects. The response and reply, if any, shall be filed in accordance with the federal and local rules of civil procedure. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on October 11, 2017. (Kontyko, K.) (Entered: 10/11/2017)
2017-11-04Answer deadline updated for All Defendants. The time for the defendants to respond to the plaintiffs' complaint is hereby extended to and including November 17, 2017 (Alexander, R.) (Entered: 11/04/2017)
2017-11-0925Joint MOTION to Stay Briefing Schedule by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York.Responses due by 11/30/2017 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 11/09/2017)
2017-11-1326ORDER granting in part and denying in part 25 motion to stay. The briefing schedule is hereby stayed to and including December 28, 2017. Any future motions for an extension of the stay shall include a specific articulation of the basis of the need for additional time. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on November 13, 2017. (Kontyko, K.) (Entered: 11/13/2017)
2017-12-0127Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 12/01/2017)
2017-12-2828ANSWER to 1 Complaint with Affirmative Defenses by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2017-12-2829Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 12/28/2017)
2018-01-2630Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 01/26/2018)
2018-02-0231MOTION for Attorney(s) Joshua T. Stehlik to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number ACTDC-4705454) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
2018-02-0232MOTION for Attorney(s) Linda B. Evarts to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number ACTDC-4705519) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Affidavit, # 2 Text of Proposed Order, # 3 Appendix Certificate of Good Standing)(Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 02/02/2018)
2018-02-0633ORDER granting 31 Motion for Attorney Joshua T. Stehlik to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice. Certificate of Good Standing due by 4/7/2018. Signed by Clerk on 2/6/2018. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 02/06/2018)
2018-02-0634ORDER granting 32 Motion for Attorney Linda B. Evarts to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice. Signed by Clerk on 2/6/2018. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 02/06/2018)
2018-02-2835NOTICE of Appearance by Joshua T. Stehlik on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Stehlik, Joshua) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-02-2836NOTICE of Appearance by Linda B. Evarts on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Evarts, Linda) (Entered: 02/28/2018)
2018-03-0537CERTIFICATE OF GOOD STANDING re 31 MOTION for Attorney(s) Joshua T. Stehlik to be Admitted Pro Hac Vice (paid $75 PHV fee; receipt number ACTDC-4705454) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Stehlik, Joshua) (Entered: 03/05/2018)
2018-03-2738Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 03/27/2018)
2018-04-0939ORDER for production of documents. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on April 9, 2018. (Kontyko, K.) (Entered: 04/09/2018)
2018-05-2540Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 05/25/2018)
2018-06-2541Joint STATUS REPORT (Amended) by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 06/25/2018)
2018-07-2442Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 07/24/2018)
2018-09-2443Joint STATUS REPORT by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 09/24/2018)
2018-09-2544STATUS REPORT (Corrected Signature Line) by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 09/25/2018)
2018-11-2645Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 11/26/2018)
2019-01-0946MOTION to Stay Production Schedule by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Responses due by 1/30/2019 (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 01/09/2019)
2019-01-2347ORDER granting 46 motion to stay. Counsel shall notify the court within 10 days after congress has restored appropriations to the department of justice. The court will address the issue of appropriate deadlines and extensions after it is notified by counsel that appropriations have been restored. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 1/23/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 01/23/2019)
2019-01-23Case Stayed per 47 Order. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 01/24/2019)
2019-02-0148NOTICE by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 02/01/2019)
2019-02-0649Consent MOTION to Modify Production Schedule by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of State, US Citizenship and Immigration Services.Responses due by 2/27/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Drezner, Michael) (Entered: 02/06/2019)
2019-02-1950ORDER granting 49 motion to modify production schedule. It is hereby ordered that defendants U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will make their next production of those non-exempt, fully processed documents which require the use of electronic search terms, on 3/8/19. Thereafter, the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will continue to make such productions on a rolling basis every 8 weeks. The parties will submit the next joint status report on 2/22/19, and every 60 days thereafter. The stay shall be lifted. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 2/19/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 02/19/2019)
2019-02-19Set Deadline: Status Report due by 2/22/2019 per 50 Order. (Bozek, M.) (Entered: 02/20/2019)
2019-02-2251Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Ahmad, Muneer) (Entered: 02/22/2019)
2019-03-2052NOTICE of Appearance by Reena Parikh on behalf of Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 03/20/2019)
2019-04-2353Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 04/23/2019)
2019-05-1654NOTICE by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York OF WITHDRAWAL OF COUNSEL BY MELISSA S. KEANEY (Keaney, Melissa) (Entered: 05/16/2019)
2019-05-2955MOTION for Melissa S. Keaney to Withdraw as Attorney by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Keaney, Melissa) (Entered: 05/29/2019)
2019-05-3056ORDER granting 55 motion to withdraw as attorney for the plaintiffs. Attorney Melissa Keaney terminated. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 5/30/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 05/30/2019)
2019-06-2457Joint STATUS REPORT by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 06/24/2019)
2019-07-0158MOTION for Leave to File Law Student Appearance of Alexandra Vaughn by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - law student and supervising attorney authorization, # 2 Exhibit B - Plaintiffs' authorization, # 3 Certificate of Service)(Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 07/01/2019)
2019-07-1659MOTION to Modify Scheduling Order or Refer to Magistrate Judge for Mediation by Council on American-Islamic Relations - Connecticut, Make the Road New York.Responses due by 8/6/2019 (Attachments: # 1 Text of Proposed Order)(Parikh, Reena) (Entered: 07/16/2019)
2019-07-1760ORDER granting 58 motion for leave to file; granting in part and denying in part 59 motion. The scheduling order is hereby amended as follows: discovery due by 8/14/19; dispositive motions due by 9/11/19; trial brief due by 10/9/19; trial ready date 11/6/19. Signed by Judge Alfred V. Covello on 7/17/19. (Hall, Gregory) (Entered: 07/17/2019)
2019-07-17Set Deadlines/Hearings: Discovery due by 8/14/2020. Dispositive Motions due by 9/11/2019. Trial Brief due by 10/9/2019. Trial Ready Date 11/6/2019. (Murphy, Tatihana) (Entered: 07/18/2019)
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