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Case TitleCentro de Trabajadores Unidos v. United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
DistrictNorthern District of Illinois
Case Number1:2020cv02300
Date Filed2020-04-13
Date ClosedOpen
JudgeHonorable John Robert Blakey
PlaintiffCentro de Trabajadores Unidos
Case DescriptionCentro de Trabajadores Unidos submitted a FOIA request to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for records concerning I-9 audits in Illinois and policy and operational documents related to such audits. The agency acknowledged receipt of the request and indicated that it intended to classify CTU as a commercial requester. CTU informed the agency that it was not a commercial requester and asked for a fee waiver instead. After hearing nothing further from the agency, CTU filed suit.
Complaint issues: Failure to respond within statutory time limit, Litigation - Attorney's fees, Public Interest Fee Waiver

DefendantUnited States Immigration and Customs Enforcement
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2020-04-131COMPLAINT filed by Centro de Trabajadores Unidos; Filing fee $ 400, receipt number 0752-16928958. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A - G, # 2 Civil Cover Sheet)(Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 04/13/2020)
2020-04-132ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Centro de Trabajadores Unidos by Matthew Vincent Topic (Topic, Matthew) (Entered: 04/13/2020)
2020-04-14CASE ASSIGNED to the Honorable John Robert Blakey. Designated as Magistrate Judge the Honorable Beth W. Jantz. Case assignment: Random assignment. (rc, ) (Entered: 04/14/2020)
2020-04-143NOTICE TO THE PARTIES - The Court is participating in the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot (MIDP). The key features and deadlines are set forth in this Notice which includes a link to the (MIDP) Standing Order and a Checklist for use by the parties. In cases subject to the pilot, all parties must respond to the mandatory initial discovery requests set forth in the Standing Order before initiating any further discovery in this case. Please note: The discovery obligations in the Standing Order supersede the disclosures required by Rule 26(a)(1). Any party seeking affirmative relief must serve a copy of the following documents (Notice of Mandatory Initial Discovery and the Standing Order) on each new party when the Complaint, Counterclaim, Crossclaim, or Third-Party Complaint is served. (aee, ) (Entered: 04/14/2020)
2020-04-14SUMMONS Issued as to United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Attorney, and U.S. Attorney General. (ng, ) (Entered: 04/14/2020)
2020-04-154ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Centro de Trabajadores Unidos by Wallace Bertram Hilke (Hilke, Wallace) (Entered: 04/15/2020)
2020-04-175MINUTE entry before the Honorable John Robert Blakey: This case has been assigned to the calendar of the Honorable John Robert Blakey. Pursuant to General Order 17-0005, this case falls within the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot (MIDP) Project, and the "Standing Order in MIDP Cases" now governs the conduct of the litigants in this matter. Under the MIDP, this Court shall enforce the MIDP Standing Order via the Court's inherent authority (including the contempt of court power) and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. Consequently, both the parties and their attorneys are hereby ordered to review and fully comply with the MIDP Standing Order, which is available on the Court's homepage: The parties are further advised that in light of the MIDP's intended goal of reducing the traditional cost and delay of federal civil litigation, this Court will not grant routine motions for extensions of time to meet the deadlines imposed by the MIDP Standing Order (even agreed motions made jointly by the parties). During the course of the litigation, the attorneys must also appear at all hearing dates set by the Court or noticed by the parties. If an attorney has a conflict with a set court date, the attorney must notify Judge Blakey's Courtroom Deputy, Gloria Lewis, at (312)818-6699. If appropriate, the Court will then reset the matter. Advising opposing counsel of a scheduling conflict is not a substitute for communicating directly with the Court. The litigants are further ordered to review and fully comply with all of this Courts own standing orders, which are available on Judge Blakey's information page on the Court's official website: An initial status conference is hereby set for 6/18/2020 at 9:45 a.m. in Courtroom 1203. At the status conference, the Court will discuss the MIDP and ask the parties questions to verify that they have reviewed and complied with the MIDP Standing Order. Without exception, the parties must also file a status report no later than 6/8/2020, using the model template set forth in this Court's standing order regarding Initial (or Reassignment) Status Conferences. Failure by any party to file the status report by the requisite deadline (either jointly or, if necessary, individually with an explanation as to why a joint report could not be filed) may result in a summary dismissal of the case for failure to prosecute, or an entry of default against any served defendant(s) failing to comply with this order. Mailed notice (gel, ) (Entered: 04/17/2020)
2020-04-246ORDER Third Amended General Order 20-0012 IN RE: CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 PUBLIC EMERGENCY Signed by the Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on April 24, 2020. All open cases are impacted by this Third Amended General Order. Parties are must carefully review all obligations under this Order, including the requirement listed in paragraph number 5 to file a joint written status report in most civil cases. See attached Order. Signed by the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on 4/24/2020: Mailed notice. (docket9, ) (Entered: 04/27/2020)
2020-05-187ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Centro de Trabajadores Unidos by Joshua Lee Loevy (Loevy, Joshua) (Entered: 05/18/2020)
2020-05-188STATUS Report by Centro de Trabajadores Unidos (Loevy, Joshua) (Entered: 05/18/2020)
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