Case: ACLU of Southern California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security

2:18-cv-08917 | U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

Filed Date: Oct. 16, 2018

Closed Date: Feb. 26, 2020

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Case Summary

On October 16, 2018, the ACLU of Southern California filed this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552, seeking the release of records related to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents’ practice of misrepresenting or concealing their identity when conducting enforcement actions. Specifically, the plaintiff sought to ord…

On October 16, 2018, the ACLU of Southern California filed this lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiff sued under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. §552, seeking the release of records related to U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) agents’ practice of misrepresenting or concealing their identity when conducting enforcement actions. Specifically, the plaintiff sought to order the defendant to produce the public records requested on February 12, 2019, without further delay and to declare that the defendant failed to comply with FOIA.

Judge John A. Kronstadt approved the defendant’s Ex Parte Application to Stay Case due to the lapse in appropriations to the Department of Justice on January 11, 2019. The stay was lifted on February 5, 2019.

In an August 15, 2019, status update, the defendant stated that it had produced records to the plaintiff on several occasions since litigation commenced and that the parties were continuing to discuss a possible resolution to the case without the need for further litigation.

On February 3, 2020, the parties filed a joint stipulation to dismiss the case. The plaintiff stated that it was satisfied with the documents the defendant had produced in response to the FOIA request. On February 4, Judge Kronstadt issued an order dismissing the case with prejudice. The parties were to bear their own costs, fees, and expenses.

The case is closed.

Summary Authors

Sichun Liu (2/10/2019)

Sam Kulhanek (4/18/2020)

People

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Judge(s)

Kronstadt, John Arnold (California)

McDermott, John E. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Strugar, Matthew D. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barragan, Matthew J. (California)

Hanna, Nicola T. (California)

Harris, David M (California)

Osinoff, Joanne S (California)

Judge(s)

Kronstadt, John Arnold (California)

McDermott, John E. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Strugar, Matthew D. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Barragan, Matthew J. (California)

Hanna, Nicola T. (California)

Harris, David M (California)

Osinoff, Joanne S (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

2:18-cv-08917

Docket [PACER]

ACLU of Southern California v. United States Department of Homeland Security

Feb. 26, 2020

Feb. 26, 2020

Docket
1

2:18-cv-08917

Complaint

ACLU of Southern California v. United States Department of Homeland Security

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

Complaint
27

2:18-cv-08917

Stipulation of Dismissal

ACLU of Southern California v. United States Department of Homeland Security

Feb. 3, 2020

Feb. 3, 2020

Settlement Agreement

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/14858727/aclu-of-southern-california-v-united-states-department-of-homeland/

Last updated Aug. 25, 2022, 3:27 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening)

1 Exhibit FOIA Request

View on RECAP

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

RECAP
2

Civil Cover Sheet (CV-71)

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
3

Summons Request

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
4

Certificate/Notice of Interested Parties

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
5

Corporate Disclosure Statement

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
6

Notice of Assignment to United States Judges(CV-18) - optional html form

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
7

Notice to Parties of Court-Directed ADR Program (ADR-8) - optional html form

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
8

Notice of Deficiency in Request to Issue Summons

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
9

Summons Request

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
10

Summons Issued (Attorney Civil Case Opening)

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
11

Reassign Case upon Recusal of Magistrate Judge (CV-110)

Oct. 16, 2018

Oct. 16, 2018

PACER
12

Order

Oct. 17, 2018

Oct. 17, 2018

PACER
13

Stipulation Extending Time to Answer (30 days or less)

Nov. 14, 2018

Nov. 14, 2018

PACER
14

Stipulation to Extend Time to Answer (More than 30 days)

1 Proposed Order

View on PACER

Dec. 17, 2018

Dec. 17, 2018

PACER
15

Order Extending Answer Due Deadline

Dec. 21, 2018

Dec. 21, 2018

PACER
16

Motion to Stay Case

1 Proposed Order

View on PACER

Dec. 27, 2018

Dec. 27, 2018

RECAP
17

Order on Motion to Stay Case

Jan. 11, 2019

Jan. 11, 2019

RECAP
18

Report

1 Proposed Order

View on PACER

Feb. 1, 2019

Feb. 1, 2019

PACER
19

Order

Feb. 5, 2019

Feb. 5, 2019

PACER
20

Stipulation to Extend Time to Answer (More than 30 days)

1 Proposed Order

View on PACER

March 26, 2019

March 26, 2019

PACER
21

Order Extending Answer Due Deadline

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

PACER

Text Only Scheduling Notice

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

PACER
22

Text Only Scheduling Notice

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

PACER
23

Answer to Complaint (Attorney Civil Case Opening)

June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019

RECAP
24

Order

June 26, 2019

June 26, 2019

RECAP
27

STIPULATION to Dismiss Case pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) filed by Defendant United States Department of Homeland Security. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Barragan, Matthew) (Entered: 02/03/2020)

Feb. 3, 2020

Feb. 3, 2020

25

Joint Report Rule 26(f) Discovery Plan

1 Schedule A to Scheduling Order

View on PACER

Aug. 15, 2019

Aug. 15, 2019

PACER
28

STIPULATION for Order Extending Plaintiff's Time to File Motion for Attorney's Fees and Costs filed by Defendant United States Department of Homeland Security. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Barragan, Matthew) (Entered: 02/03/2020)

Feb. 3, 2020

Feb. 3, 2020

26

~Util - Set/Reset Deadlines/Hearings

Sept. 19, 2019

Sept. 19, 2019

PACER
31

NOTICE of Settlement filed by Defendant United States Department of Homeland Security. (Barragan, Matthew) (Entered: 02/26/2020)

Feb. 26, 2020

Feb. 26, 2020

32

STIPULATION to Dismiss Case pursuant to Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 41(a)(1)(A)(ii) filed by Defendant United States Department of Homeland Security.(Barragan, Matthew) (Entered: 02/26/2020)

Feb. 26, 2020

Feb. 26, 2020

29

ORDER DISMISSING CASE WITH PREJUDICE by Judge John A. Kronstadt. The Stipulation to Dismiss Case 27 is approved and so ordered. Accordingly, all dates and deadlines are vacated. Case Terminated. Made JS-6. (cw)

Feb. 4, 2020

Feb. 4, 2020

RECAP
30

Order

Feb. 4, 2020

Feb. 4, 2020

PACER

Case Details

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Multi-LexSum (in sample)

Key Dates

Filing Date: Oct. 16, 2018

Closing Date: Feb. 26, 2020

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

ACLU of Southern California.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Non-profit NON-religious organization

Attorney Organizations:

ACLU of Southern California

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

Department of Homeland Security, Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Law-enforcement

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Issues

General:

Records Disclosure