Case: Ptasinska v. U.S. Department of State

1:07-cv-03795 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Filed Date: July 6, 2007

Closed Date: Nov. 1, 2007

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Case Summary

On July 6, 2007, the plaintiff, a person lawfully present in the United States on a non-immigrant H1-B visa and represented by private counsel, filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and several individual employees of those agencies in their professional capacities regarding a change to the July 2007 Visa Bulletin’s statement about the availability of employment-based immigrant visas f…

On July 6, 2007, the plaintiff, a person lawfully present in the United States on a non-immigrant H1-B visa and represented by private counsel, filed a complaint against the U.S. Department of State, Department of Homeland Security, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and several individual employees of those agencies in their professional capacities regarding a change to the July 2007 Visa Bulletin’s statement about the availability of employment-based immigrant visas for the month. This complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois and the case was assigned to Judge Charles P. Kocoras. 

The complaint alleged that the Department of State and USCIS deviated from their longstanding Visa Bulletin procedure for employment-based visas, violating the 5th Amendment due process rights of the plaintiff and “individuals in employment-based categories (except for “Other Workers”) whose priority dates were current under the June and July Bulletins and who either filed or mailed for filing their applications to USCIS between June 29, 2007 and July 31, 2007,” and violating the Administrative Procedure Act, Declaratory Judgment Act, Equal Access to Justice Act, and promissory estoppel. The plaintiff sought class certification, an injunction barring the Department of State from rejecting otherwise eligible applications filed or mailed between June 29 and July 31, 2007, damages, and attorney’s fees. 

The Visa Bulletin procedure involved a monthly publication from the Department of State indicating the availability of employment-based immigrant visas for the coming month. 

On June 12, 2007, the Department of State published their bulletin for July 2007, stating that visas would be available in July for individuals whose priority dates had come current. However, on July 2, the Department issued an update stating that all employment-based visas had been distributed for the year and that no priority dates would be considered current, and USCIS also issued a statement indicating that they would be rejecting all further Form I-485 applications as there were no applicants with current priority dates.  

The priority date for the named plaintiff in this case came current in June 2007, and, in reliance on the June 12 Bulletin, she expected to file in July. She filed her I-485 application on July 2, 2007, at which time she received news of the update. Given USCIS’s statement, she expected her application would be rejected and filed this complaint.

In July 2007, the American Law Foundation (AILF) prepared a lawsuit to file in the Northern District of Illinois challenging the change in policy. The complaint was never filed. Instead, on July 17 (the very day the lawsuit was to be initiated), the federal government announced, as the AILF lawsuit was about to demand, that it was reversing course and accepting the green card applications, if they were filed by August 17, 2007.

In light of this reversal, The Department of State filed a motion to dismiss this lawsuit on August 9, 2007, asserting that the plaintiff’s claim was not ripe for review and that she had not stated a claim for which relief could be granted. The plaintiff filed an amended complaint, again requesting recognition of the class and asserting the same violations, now seeking to protect applications filed or mailed during the period from June 29 to August 17, 2007. 

In late August 2007, the named plaintiff’s I-485 application was accepted by USCIS. On November 1, 2007, Judge Kocoras granted the motion to dismiss, deciding that the issue was moot for the named plaintiff given the acceptance of her application. 2007 WL 3241560. Because the named plaintiff had not yet filed a motion for class certification, once her claim was moot, there were no remaining named class members with justiciable claims, making the alleged class’s claims moot as well. 

The named plaintiff filed a motion to alter the judgment, which Judge Kocoras denied on January 31, 2008. The case is now closed. 

Summary Authors

Margo Schlanger (7/18/2007)

Kyle O'Hara (6/9/2024)

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Judge(s)
Attorney for Plaintiff
Attorney for Defendant

Anderson, Michael D. (Illinois)

Atkinson, Theodore W (Illinois)

Attorney, Noticing INS (Illinois)

Expert/Monitor/Master/Other

Aronoff, Peter Max (Illinois)

Attorney, OIL-DCS Trial (Illinois)

Attorney for Defendant

Anderson, Michael D. (Illinois)

Atkinson, Theodore W (Illinois)

Attorney, Noticing INS (Illinois)

AUSA, James J. (Illinois)

AUSA, Michael Sady (Illinois)

AUSA, Nikolas P. (Illinois)

AUSA, Owen C.J. (Illinois)

Barnard, Thomas H (Illinois)

Barnea, Jean-David (Illinois)

Bauer, Jeffrey Michael (Illinois)

Bauman, Kenneth C. (Illinois)

Baune, Craig R (Illinois)

Beckenhauer, Eric B (Illinois)

Benes, Keith J (Illinois)

Bennett, Michelle R (Illinois)

Bergman, Jacob Max (Illinois)

Berns, Matthew J. (Illinois)

Bickford, James (Illinois)

Bloom, Karen S. (Illinois)

Blumenfield, Chad A (Illinois)

Bober, David Vincent (Illinois)

Bowen, Jennifer A (Illinois)

Bowen, Brigham J (Illinois)

Bressler, Steven Y. (Illinois)

Brush, Michael A (Illinois)

Buckingham, Stephen J. (Illinois)

Byars, Michael James (Illinois)

Cargo, Shane Patrick (Illinois)

Cheng, Linda (Illinois)

Chertoff, Michael (Illinois)

Chetan, Patil (Illinois)

Chicago, AUSA - (Illinois)

Chilakamarri, Varu (Illinois)

Cho, James R. (Illinois)

Cohen, Rebecca Shapiro (Illinois)

Cohen, Kyle Scott (Illinois)

Connolly, Christopher Kendrick (Illinois)

Conrad, Mark R (Illinois)

Cowart, Brandon Herbert (Illinois)

Cox, James E. (Illinois)

Croley, Steven P. (Illinois)

Daves, Ira A (Illinois)

Davis, Julie Bibb (Illinois)

Diaz, J. Michael (Illinois)

DOJ, Michelle Bennett (Illinois)

Dugan, Joseph C (Illinois)

Dupre, Brock Darren (Illinois)

Dupree, Thomas H. (Illinois)

Eshkenazi, Lara K. (Illinois)

Farel, Lily Sara (Illinois)

Federighi, Carol (Illinois)

Fernandez, Carole M. (Illinois)

Freeborne, Paul Gerald (Illinois)

Fuchs, Siegmund F. (Illinois)

Gardner, Joshua E. (Illinois)

Garg, Arjun (Illinois)

Gavoor, Aram A (Illinois)

Glaser, Sheri R (Illinois)

Go, Samuel P. (Illinois)

Gonzalez, Carlos A (Illinois)

Grauman, Jesse Zvi (Illinois)

Greene, Sean P. (Illinois)

Greenstein, Saul (Illinois)

Hajek, Luther L (Illinois)

Heller, Zoe (Illinois)

Hemesath, Audrey Benison (Illinois)

Henson-DOJ, Angie L (Illinois)

Hikida, Katherine M (Illinois)

Hildebrand, Regan (Illinois)

Hobbs, Britannia I. (Illinois)

Hogan, Alexander James (Illinois)

Jackson, E. Fletcher (Illinois)

Jafek, Timothy Bart (Illinois)

Jones, Terrence M (Illinois)

Kabrawala, Ameet B. (Illinois)

Keiper, Melanie Suzanne (Illinois)

Kelleher, Diane (Illinois)

Kennedy, Brian G. (Illinois)

Kirschner, Adam D (Illinois)

Kollitz, Aaron (Illinois)

Kuehler, Natalie Nancy (Illinois)

LA-CV, Assistant US (Illinois)

Larson, John W. (Illinois)

Lawrence, Victor M (Illinois)

Lee, Jason (Illinois)

Lefort, Deitz Patrick (District of Columbia)

Leibman, Melissa (Illinois)

Leonard, Nancy Cross (Illinois)

Levine, Brant S. (Illinois)

Llewellyn, Nicholas P. (Illinois)

Luis, Lisa (Illinois)

Manahan, George Vincent (Illinois)

Marcus, Lisa Zeidner (Illinois)

Marentette, Pamela (Illinois)

Martin, Edward J. (Illinois)

McCord, Stacey Elise (Illinois)

McKay, Leslie (Illinois)

Mei, Vesper (Illinois)

Mittet, Marion J. (Illinois)

Murphy-Osborne, Maura (Illinois)

Nath, Rohit D. (Illinois)

Nelson, Anna Emily (Illinois)

Nemeroff, Patrick George (Illinois)

Newton, Emily Sue (Illinois)

Norris, Raven M (Illinois)

Perez, Elianis N. (Illinois)

Perkins, Lisa E. (Illinois)

Pinchas, David E (Illinois)

Poscablo, Christine Schessler (Illinois)

Proctor, Melanie Lea (Illinois)

Pyle, Michael Thomas (Illinois)

Quinlivan, Mark T. (Illinois)

Raurell, Carlos Javier (Illinois)

Reuveni, Erez R. (Illinois)

Roberts, Darwin P (Illinois)

Robinson, Stuart Justin (Illinois)

Rudy, John F. (Illinois)

Rund, Jane (Illinois)

Schachner, Elliot M. (Illinois)

Sheffield, Carlton Frederick (Illinois)

Shin, Victoria S (Illinois)

Silverman, Matthew (Illinois)

Singh, Rukhsanah L. (Illinois)

Smith, Laura K. (Illinois)

Soskin, Eric J. (Illinois)

Stahman, Kayla (Illinois)

Stark, John J. (Illinois)

Stevens, Elizabeth Jones (District of Columbia)

Sun, Anthony Jan-Huan (Illinois)

Swinton, Nathan Michael (Illinois)

Theis, John Kenneth (Illinois)

Thomas, Derri T. (Illinois)

Thorp, Galen N. (Illinois)

Torres, Justin (Illinois)

Truman, P Michael (Illinois)

Tseng, Neill Tai (Illinois)

Tyler, John Russell (Illinois)

Ulrich, Tamara Lynn (Illinois)

USA, Nikolas P. (Illinois)

Vassallo, Kristin Lynn (Illinois)

Vuong, Sarah Lake (Illinois)

Ward, Brian Christopher (Illinois)

Weintraub, J. Max (Illinois)

Westwater, Gisela A (Illinois)

Williams, Melaine A. (Illinois)

Wilson, Sarah S (Illinois)

Wolstein, Elizabeth (Illinois)

Yalen, Robert William (Illinois)

Yim, Deborah E (Illinois)

Expert/Monitor/Master/Other

Aronoff, Peter Max (Illinois)

Attorney, OIL-DCS Trial (Illinois)

AUSA, AUSA (Illinois)

Barghaan, Dennis Carl (Illinois)

Belsan, Timothy Michael (Illinois)

Bensing, Daniel E (Illinois)

Bettwy, Samuel William (Illinois)

Bingham, Lauren Crowell (Illinois)

Brinkman, Andrew C (Illinois)

Brouillard, R (Illinois)

Carilli, Joseph F. (Illinois)

Carlson, Jesi J (Illinois)

Cha-Kim, Stephen Seungkun (Illinois)

Chaudhury, Arastu Kabeer (Illinois)

Chen, Hans Harris (Illinois)

Church, Rebecca Grace (Illinois)

CV, U S (Illinois)

Defoe, Craig Andrew (Illinois)

Deiss, Ila Casy (Illinois)

Dolinger, Samuel Hilliard (Illinois)

Dunn, Scott (Illinois)

Flentje, August (Illinois)

Forney, Geoffrey (Illinois)

Genova, Francesca (Illinois)

Gilbert, Helen L (Illinois)

Girdharry, Glenn M (Illinois)

Goettel, Katherine E (Illinois)

Goldsmith, Aaron S. (Illinois)

Grant, Nicole Patrice (Illinois)

Holder, Charmaine Michele (Illinois)

Hollis, Christopher W. (Illinois)

Jentzer, Lyle D (Illinois)

Johnson, Kristin Berger (Illinois)

Johnson, Anita (Illinois)

Jude, Jennifer Ann (Illinois)

Julius, Derek C. (Illinois)

Kanter, Ethan B (Illinois)

Kerner, Marcus M (Illinois)

Kimball, Kimere J (Illinois)

Kipnis, Brian C (Illinois)

Konkoly, Antonia (Illinois)

Lester, Robert Ira (Illinois)

London, Ellen (Illinois)

Lonegan, Bryan Keith (Illinois)

Maloney, Sarah (Illinois)

McCotter, R. Trent (Illinois)

Menkin, Jeffrey L (Illinois)

Miller, Brady (Illinois)

Murphy, Lindsay M. (Illinois)

Nuez, Nelsy De (Illinois)

Oswald, Craig Arthur (Illinois)

Pereda, David Alejandro (Illinois)

Petty, Aaron R (Illinois)

Platt, Steven A. (Illinois)

Pratt, Sherease Rosalyn (Illinois)

Press, Joshua Samuel (Illinois)

Ray, Jeffrey P. (Illinois)

Reddy, Kirti Vaidya (Illinois)

Reding, Ann Marie (Illinois)

Riess, Daniel M. (Illinois)

Robins, Jeffrey S (Illinois)

Robinson, Kimberly Anne (Illinois)

Ross, Katherine Ann (Illinois)

Scharf, James A. (Illinois)

Vahab, Lana L (Illinois)

Warwick, Lisa T (Illinois)

Waterman, Brandon Matthew (Illinois)

White, Edward S. (Illinois)

Williams, Angela Givens (Illinois)

Young, Stacey I (Illinois)

Zack, Adrienne (Illinois)

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

1:07-cv-03795

Docket [PACER]

Sept. 4, 2007

Sept. 4, 2007

Docket
1

1:07-cv-03795

Complaint

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

Complaint

AILF Welcomes Government Reversal on Permanent Resident Applications ("Green Cards")

No Court

July 17, 2007

July 17, 2007

Press Release
17

1:07-cv-03795

Amended Complaint

Aug. 21, 2007

Aug. 21, 2007

Complaint
31

1:07-cv-03795

Memorandum Opinion

Nov. 1, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

Order/Opinion

2007 WL 2007

38

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Memorandum Opinion

Jan. 31, 2008

Jan. 31, 2008

Order/Opinion

2008 WL 2008

Docket

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Last updated March 19, 2024, 3:02 a.m.

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COMPLAINT filed by Gabriela Ptasinska; (Exhibits) Jury Demand.(gej, ) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

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CIVIL Cover Sheet (gej, ) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

PACER
3

ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska by Roland Lara. (gej, ) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

PACER
4

ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska by Judd Azulay. (gej, ) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

PACER
5

ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska by Robert Gard. (gej, ) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

PACER
7

SUMMONS Issued as to U.S. Attorney's Office. (gej, ) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 6, 2007

July 6, 2007

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska by Sara M. Collins (Collins, Sara) (Entered: 07/09/2007)

July 9, 2007

July 9, 2007

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ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska by Linda M. Babich (Babich, Linda) (Entered: 07/10/2007)

July 10, 2007

July 10, 2007

PACER
10

ATTORNEY Appearance for Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska by Glenn Seiden (Seiden, Glenn) (Entered: 07/10/2007)

July 10, 2007

July 10, 2007

PACER
11

MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Status hearing set for 8/14/2007 at 09:30 AM. At the initial hearing, parties to report on the possibility of settlement. Plaintiff is directed to advise all other parties of the Court's action herein. Lead counsel for each party is required to attend the initial hearing.Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 07/27/2007)

July 27, 2007

July 27, 2007

PACER
12

ATTORNEY Appearance for Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, United States Department of State, Condeleza Rice by Elizabeth J. Stevens (Stevens, Elizabeth) (Entered: 08/06/2007)

Aug. 6, 2007

Aug. 6, 2007

PACER
13

MOTION by Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, United States Department of State, Condeleza Rice to dismiss Under Fed. R. Civ. P 12 (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Law In Support# 2 Exhibit Exhibit A# 3 Exhibit Exhibit B# 4 Exhibit Exhibit C# 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Stevens, Elizabeth) (Entered: 08/09/2007)

Aug. 9, 2007

Aug. 9, 2007

RECAP
14

Defendants' NOTICE of Motion by Elizabeth J. Stevens for presentment of motion to dismiss, 13 before Honorable Charles P. Kocoras on 8/14/2007 at 09:30 AM. (Stevens, Elizabeth) (Entered: 08/09/2007)

Aug. 9, 2007

Aug. 9, 2007

PACER
16

APPLICATION for Leave to Appear Pro Hac Vice on behalf of Defendants Michael Chertoff, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, Condeleza Rice by Deitz Patrick Lefort; Order entered granting leave by Judge Charles P. Kocoras. No fee required. (ar, ) (Entered: 08/15/2007)

Aug. 13, 2007

Aug. 13, 2007

PACER
15

MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Status and motion hearing held on 8/14/2007. Plaintiff's oral motion for discovery is denied. Plaintiff is given leave to file an amended complaint by 8/21/2007. Defendants are given to 9/4/2007 to either stand on their motion 13 to dismiss, or to supplement said motion 13 to dismiss. Plaintiff's answer to the motion to dismiss is due 9/18/2007. Reply due 10/2/2007. Ruling set for 11/1/2007 at 9:30 a.m. Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 08/14/2007)

Aug. 14, 2007

Aug. 14, 2007

PACER
17

AMENDED complaint by Gabriela Ptasinska against all defendants (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit # 2 Exhibit # 3 Exhibit # 4 Exhibit # 5 Exhibit # 6 Exhibit # 7 Exhibit # 8 Exhibit # 9 Exhibit # 10 Exhibit # 11 Exhibit # 12 Exhibit # 13 Notice of Filing)(Lara, Roland) (Entered: 08/21/2007)

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14 Notice of Filing

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Aug. 21, 2007

Aug. 21, 2007

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MOTION by Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, United States Department of State, Condeleza Rice to dismiss (Attachments: # 1 Memorandum in Law in Support# 2 Exhibit A# 3 Exhibit B# 4 Exhibit C# 5 Exhibit D# 6 Text of Proposed Order)(Lefort, Deitz) (Entered: 09/04/2007)

Sept. 4, 2007

Sept. 4, 2007

PACER
19

NOTICE of Motion by Deitz Patrick Lefort for presentment of motion to dismiss, 18 before Honorable Charles P. Kocoras on 11/1/2007 at 09:30 AM. (Lefort, Deitz) (Entered: 09/04/2007)

Sept. 4, 2007

Sept. 4, 2007

PACER
20

MEMORANDUM IN LAW IN SUPPORT by Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, United States Department of State, Condeleza Rice to dismiss (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A# 2 Exhibit B# 3 Exhibit C# 4 Exhibit D# 5 Text of Proposed Order)(Lefort, Deitz). (Text modified by Clerk's Office regarding document #18 which was filed September 4, 2007). (Entered: 09/14/2007)

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6 Text of Proposed Order

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Sept. 14, 2007

Sept. 14, 2007

PACER
21

MOTION by Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska for leave to file excess pages (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Response to Motion to Dismiss)(Lara, Roland) (Entered: 09/18/2007)

Sept. 18, 2007

Sept. 18, 2007

PACER
22

NOTICE of Motion by Roland C Lara for presentment of motion for leave to file excess pages 21 before Honorable Charles P. Kocoras on 9/25/2007 at 09:30 AM. (Lara, Roland) (Entered: 09/18/2007)

Sept. 18, 2007

Sept. 18, 2007

PACER
23

MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Plaintiff's motion 21 for leave to file brief in excess of fifteen pages is granted. Hearing on said motion, set for 9/25/2007, is stricken. Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 09/24/2007)

Sept. 24, 2007

Sept. 24, 2007

PACER
24

REPLY by United States Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, United States Department of State, Condeleza Rice to MOTION by Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska for leave to file excess pages 21 to Plaintiff's Response (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit A)(Lefort, Deitz) (Entered: 10/02/2007)

Oct. 2, 2007

Oct. 2, 2007

PACER
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MOTION by Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska for leave to file Surreply to Motion to Dismiss (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Plaintiff's Surreply to Motion to Dismiss)(Lara, Roland) (Entered: 10/02/2007)

Oct. 2, 2007

Oct. 2, 2007

PACER
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NOTICE of Motion by Roland C Lara for presentment of motion for leave to file 25 before Honorable Charles P. Kocoras on 10/10/2007 at 09:30 AM. (Lara, Roland) (Entered: 10/02/2007)

Oct. 2, 2007

Oct. 2, 2007

PACER
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MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Motion hearing held on 10/10/2007. Plaintiff's motion 25 for leave to file surreply (Doc 25-2) is granted. Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 10/10/2007)

Oct. 10, 2007

Oct. 10, 2007

PACER
28

SUR-REPLY by Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska to reply to response to motion, 24 (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit)(Lara, Roland) (Entered: 10/10/2007)

Oct. 10, 2007

Oct. 10, 2007

PACER
29

NOTICE by Gabriela Ptasinska re sur-reply 28 (Lara, Roland) (Entered: 10/10/2007)

Oct. 10, 2007

Oct. 10, 2007

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30

MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Ruling held on 11/1/2007. ENTER MEMORANDUM OPINION: Defendant's motion to dismiss plaintiff's complaint under Fed.R.Civ.P. 12(b)(1) is granted. Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 11/01/2007)

Nov. 1, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

PACER
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MEMORANDUM OPINION signed by Judge Charles P. Kocoras on 11/1/2007.Mailed notice(sct, ) (Entered: 11/01/2007)

Nov. 1, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

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ENTERED JUDGMENT on 11/1/2007.Mailed notice(sct, ) (Entered: 11/01/2007)

Nov. 1, 2007

Nov. 1, 2007

PACER
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MOTION by Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska to alter judgment (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Memorandum Opinion# 2 Exhibit Judgment)(Collins, Sara) (Entered: 11/13/2007)

Nov. 13, 2007

Nov. 13, 2007

PACER
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NOTICE of Motion by Sara M. Collins for presentment of motion to alter judgment 33 before Honorable Charles P. Kocoras on 11/20/2007 at 09:30 AM. (Collins, Sara) (Entered: 11/13/2007)

Nov. 13, 2007

Nov. 13, 2007

PACER
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MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Motion hearing held on 11/20/2007. Defendants are given to 12/4/2007 to answer plaintiff's motion 33 to alter or amend judgment pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 59(e). The Court will rule by mail. Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 11/20/2007)

Nov. 20, 2007

Nov. 20, 2007

PACER
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RESPONSE by United States Department of Homeland Security, Michael Chertoff, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Emilio T Gonzalez, F. Gerard Heinauer, United States Department of State, Condeleza Ricein Opposition to MOTION by Plaintiff Gabriela Ptasinska to alter judgment 33 (Lefort, Deitz) (Entered: 12/03/2007)

Dec. 3, 2007

Dec. 3, 2007

PACER
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MINUTE entry before Judge Charles P. Kocoras :Ptasinska's motion 33 to alter or amend judgment pursuant to Fed.R.Civ.P. 59(e) is denied. (See Memorandum Opinion) Mailed notice (sct, ) (Entered: 01/31/2008)

Jan. 31, 2008

Jan. 31, 2008

PACER
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MEMORANDUM OPINION signed by Judge Charles P. Kocoras on 1/31/2008.Mailed notice(sct, ) (Entered: 01/31/2008)

Jan. 31, 2008

Jan. 31, 2008

Clearinghouse

Case Details

State / Territory: Illinois

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Key Dates

Filing Date: July 6, 2007

Closing Date: Nov. 1, 2007

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

A person lawfully in the US on a non-immigrant H1-B visa, seeking to represent a class of individuals in employment-based categories whose priority dates were current under the June and July Bulletins and who either filed or mailed for filing their applications to USCIS between June 29, 2007 and July 31, 2007.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Mooted before ruling

Defendants

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (- United States (national) -), Federal

U.S. Department of State (- United States (national) -), Federal

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (- United States (national) -), Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.

Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.

Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201

Constitutional Clause(s):

Due Process

Available Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Non-settlement Outcome

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Defendant

Nature of Relief:

None

Source of Relief:

None

Issues

Immigration/Border:

Employment

Work authorization - procedures