Case: Blackie's House of Beef v. Castillo

1:78-02338 | U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Filed Date: Dec. 12, 1978

Closed Date: 1982

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Case Summary

In 1978, the owner of Blackie's House of Beef, Inc., brought two separate lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Immigration and Naturalization Service officials, challenging immigration raids at the restaurant. Blackie's was a restaurant and lounge Washington, D.C. In the first suit, Blackie's challenged the INS' use of a search warrant to search the place on March 30, 1978, and to remove Blackie's employees who were alleged undocumented aliens. Blackie's c…

In 1978, the owner of Blackie's House of Beef, Inc., brought two separate lawsuits in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Immigration and Naturalization Service officials, challenging immigration raids at the restaurant. Blackie's was a restaurant and lounge Washington, D.C. In the first suit, Blackie's challenged the INS' use of a search warrant to search the place on March 30, 1978, and to remove Blackie's employees who were alleged undocumented aliens. Blackie's claimed that the warrant was facially defective because it called for a search for "property." The District Court (Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer) agreed and entered a declaratory judgment that the INS' entry and search of plaintiff's restaurant was unreasonable and unlawful. Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 467 F.Supp. 170 (D.D.C. 1978). ("Blackie's I").

In the second case, Blackie's challenged a search warrant executed on November 17, 1978, on the grounds that it failed to identify with sufficient particularity the allegedly deportable persons for whom INS officials were searching. The District Court (Judge Louis F. Oberdorfer) found the warrant to be defective and entered a declaratory judgment against the INS. Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 480 F.Supp. 1078 (D.D.C. 1979) ("Blackie's II").

The INS appealed both cases, which had been consolidated for purposes of appeal. The Court of Appeals (Circuit Judge McGowan) affirmed the judgment in "Blackie's I," but reversed in "Blackie's II." Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 659 F.2d 1211 (D.C.Cir. 1981), certiorari denied, Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo, 455 U.S. 940, 102 S.Ct. 1432, 71 L.Ed.2d 651 (1982).

Summary Authors

Dan Dalton (12/20/2007)

People


Judge(s)

Edwards, Harry Thomas (District of Columbia)

Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (District of Columbia)

McGowan, Carl E. (District of Columbia)

Oberdorfer, Louis Falk (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Elliot, Thomas A. (District of Columbia)

Wasserman, Jack (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dutterer, Dennis A. (District of Columbia)

Ford, Robert N. (District of Columbia)

Greenspun, Julian S. (District of Columbia)

Kahn, Lauren S. (District of Columbia)

Judge(s)

Edwards, Harry Thomas (District of Columbia)

Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (District of Columbia)

McGowan, Carl E. (District of Columbia)

Oberdorfer, Louis Falk (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Elliot, Thomas A. (District of Columbia)

Wasserman, Jack (District of Columbia)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Dutterer, Dennis A. (District of Columbia)

Ford, Robert N. (District of Columbia)

Greenspun, Julian S. (District of Columbia)

Kahn, Lauren S. (District of Columbia)

Silbert, Earl J. (District of Columbia)

Terry, John A. (District of Columbia)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Memorandum

Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo

467 F.Supp. 170

Oct. 5, 1978 Order/Opinion

Memorandum

Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo

480 F.Supp. 1078

Oct. 3, 1979 Order/Opinion

Opinion [USCA]

Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo

U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

659 F.2d 1211

July 22, 1981 Order/Opinion

[Untitled]

Blackie's House of Beef, Inc. v. Castillo

Supreme Court of the United States

455 U.S. 90

Feb. 22, 1982 Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: District of Columbia

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: Dec. 12, 1978

Closing Date: 1982

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Owner of restaurant in Washington, D.C., whose business was subjected to immigration raids by the INS

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: No

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service, Federal

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Ex Parte Young (Federal) or Bivens

Availably Documents:

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Mixed

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Litigation

Issues

General:

Search policies

Immigration/Border:

Constitutional rights

Employment

ICE/DHS/INS raid

Undocumented immigrants - rights and duties