Case: Vangala v. USCIS

4:20-cv-08143 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

Filed Date: Nov. 19, 2020

Closed Date: Aug. 10, 2021

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Case Summary

On November 19, 2020, three noncitizens filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on behalf of themselves and all individuals who had been or would be harmed by a USCIS policy that required applicants for immigration benefits to fill in every response field on their applications, even fields that did not apply to them. This …

On November 19, 2020, three noncitizens filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) on behalf of themselves and all individuals who had been or would be harmed by a USCIS policy that required applicants for immigration benefits to fill in every response field on their applications, even fields that did not apply to them. This “blank space” policy led USCIS to reject thousands of applications. Some rejected applications had only one blank response field. Others included the phrase “not applicable” in lieu of “N/A,” another policy violation. USCIS also failed to notify applicants when their applications were rejected. Consequently, many benefit seekers––including abandoned and abused children, survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking, and asylum seekers––missed deadlines and lost the ability to obtain benefits for themselves, their children, and other family members.

Represented by National Immigration Litigation Alliance (NILA), Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP), and private counsel, the plaintiffs sued USCIS and DHS under the Administrative Procedure Act and the Declaratory Judgment Act. The government allegedly violated the APA by failing to provide a reasoned explanation for the blank space policy, failing to follow proper procedures when adopting the policy, and defying USCIS regulations. The plaintiffs argued that the policy served no legitimate purpose and was adopted only to prevent vulnerable immigrants from obtaining immigration benefits. Per the complaint, the plaintiffs sought an injunction prohibiting USCIS from enforcing the policy and requiring USCIS to notify individuals whose applications were rejected as a result of it. The plaintiffs also moved for class certification the same day that the complaint was filed. The case was assigned to Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr.

On January 14, 2021, Judge Gilliam, Jr., granted a stipulation by both parties to temporarily halt the proceedings to allow pending settlement talks to continue. The stay was extended on February 18 and again on March 25.

On July 19, 2021, the parties filed a joint motion asking the court to approve their settlement agreement. The agreement, which was attached to the motion as an exhibit, provided that USCIS had rescinded the No Blank Space Rejection Policy as of December 23, 2020, would allow people who were rejected under the policy to resubmit for the same benefit within a year of the date the settlement became effective, would review documents that were initially rejected and resubmitted as having been submitted on the original submission date, and would notify people rejected under the policy of their ability to resubmit for the denied benefits. The court approved the settlement agreement on July 20, 2021, and the case was closed on August 10, 2021.

Summary Authors

Becca Rogers (12/20/2020)

Ben Marvin-Vanderryn (10/13/2021)

People

For PACER's information on parties and their attorneys, see: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/18646836/parties/vangala-v-us-citizenship-and-immigration-services/


Judge(s)

Gilliam, Haywood Stirling Jr. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Margot (Washington)

Beasley, Helen Elizabeth (California)

Kenney, Mary (Massachusetts)

Korthuis, Aaron (Washington)

Lieu, Tiffany (Massachusetts)

Nightingale, Zachary M. (California)

Realmuto, Trina (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hinds, Stephanie (California)

Kurlan, Elizabeth D. (California)

Judge(s)

Gilliam, Haywood Stirling Jr. (California)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Adams, Margot (Washington)

Beasley, Helen Elizabeth (California)

Kenney, Mary (Massachusetts)

Korthuis, Aaron (Washington)

Lieu, Tiffany (Massachusetts)

Nightingale, Zachary M. (California)

Realmuto, Trina (Massachusetts)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Hinds, Stephanie (California)

Kurlan, Elizabeth D. (California)

Winslow, Sara (California)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

Docket [PACER]

Aug. 10, 2021 Docket
1

Class Action Complaint for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief

Vangala v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Nov. 19, 2020 Complaint
43-1

Settlement Agreement

Vangala v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

July 19, 2021 Settlement Agreement
44

Joint Motion for Approval of Settlement: Order

Vangala v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

July 20, 2021 Order/Opinion

Resources

Title Description External URL

NILA’s Affirmative Litigation Docket

National Immigration Litigation Alliance

NILA’s impact litigation in the federal courts seeks procedural or substantive change either to extend the rights of noncitizens or to eliminate systemic obstacles they or their immigration counsel r… Nov. 19, 2020 https://immigrationlitigation.org/impact-litigation/

Featured Issue: USCIS’s Blank Space Policy

American Immigration Lawyers Association

As a result of class action litigation in Vangala v. USCIS challenging USCIS's “No Blank Space” policy, USCIS has agreed to stop implementing the rejection policy for asylum applications and U visa p… Dec. 21, 2020 https://www.aila.org/advo-media/issues/all/featured-issue-usciss-blank-space-policy

Docket

See docket on RECAP: https://www.courtlistener.com/docket/18646836/vangala-v-us-citizenship-and-immigration-services/

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

ECF Number Description Date Link
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CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT for Injunctive and Declaratory Relief against U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, (Filing Fee: $400.00, receipt number 0971-15213281). Filed by Akhilesh R. Vangala, Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A.. (Attachments: #(1) Civil Cover Sheet)(Realmuto, Trina) (Filed on 11/19/2020) Modified on 11/20/2020 (tnS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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Proposed Summons. (Realmuto, Trina) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION to Proceed under a Pseudonym filed by I.S.A.. Responses due by 11/23/2020. (Attachments: # 1 Proposed Order)(Realmuto, Trina) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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NOTICE OF MOTION AND MOTION FOR CLASS CERTIFICATION filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. Responses due by 12/3/2020. Replies due by 12/10/2020. (Attachments: # 1 Declaration Realmuto (Authenticating), # 2 Declaration Dandelet, # 3 Declaration Pavri, # 4 Declaration Dalal-Dheini, # 5 Declaration Engen, # 6 Declaration Ziegeweid, # 7 Declaration Joyner, # 8 Declaration Limb, # 9 Declaration Odom, # 10 Declaration Levin, # 11 Declaration Koop, # 12 Declaration Adams, # 13 Declaration Kenney, # 14 Declaration Realmuto, # 15 Declaration Nightingale, # 16 [Proposed] Order)(Realmuto, Trina) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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Case assigned to Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. Counsel for plaintiff or the removing party is responsible for serving the Complaint or Notice of Removal, Summons and the assigned judge's standing orders and all other new case documents upon the opposing parties. For information, visit E-Filing A New Civil Case at http://cand.uscourts.gov/ecf/caseopening.Standing orders can be downloaded from the court's web page at www.cand.uscourts.gov/judges. Upon receipt, the summons will be issued and returned electronically. Counsel is required to send chambers a copy of the initiating documents pursuant to L.R. 5-1(e)(7). A scheduling order will be sent by Notice of Electronic Filing (NEF) within two business days. Consent/Declination due by 12/3/2020. (bwS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Helen Elizabeth Beasley for Plaintiffs (Beasley, Helen) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Zachary Miller Nightingale for Plaintiffs (Nightingale, Zachary) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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CONSENT/DECLINATION to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala.. (Beasley, Helen) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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CLERK'S NOTICE OF IMPENDING REASSIGNMENT TO A U.S. DISTRICT COURT JUDGE: The Clerk of this Court will now randomly reassign this case to a District Judge because either (1) a party has not consented to the jurisdiction of a Magistrate Judge, or (2) time is of the essence in deciding a pending judicial action for which the necessary consents to Magistrate Judge jurisdiction have not been secured. You will be informed by separate notice of the district judge to whom this case is reassigned. ALL HEARING DATES PRESENTLY SCHEDULED BEFORE THE CURRENT MAGISTRATE JUDGE ARE VACATED AND SHOULD BE RE-NOTICED FOR HEARING BEFORE THE JUDGE TO WHOM THIS CASE IS REASSIGNED. This is a text only docket entry; there is no document associated with this notice. (klhS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/19/2020) (Entered: 11/19/2020)

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER

~Util - Case Assigned by Intake

Nov. 19, 2020 PACER
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ORDER, Case Reassigned using a proportionate, random, and blind system pursuant to General Order No. 44 to Judge Haywood S Gilliam, Jr for all further proceedings. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero no longer assigned to the case.. Signed by The Clerk on 11/20/20. (haS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/20/2020) (Entered: 11/20/2020)

Nov. 20, 2020 PACER
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SCHEDULING ORDER (IMMIGRATION MANDAMUS CASE). (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/20/2020) (Entered: 11/20/2020)

Nov. 20, 2020 PACER
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Summons Issued as to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of the United States Attorney & United States Attorney General. (tnS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/20/2020) (Entered: 11/20/2020)

Nov. 20, 2020 PACER
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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Tiffany Lieu ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15223168.) filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Certificate of Good Standing - WA State, # 2 Certificate of Admission - S.D. Texas)(Lieu, Tiffany) (Filed on 11/20/2020) Modified on 11/23/2020 (bnsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 11/20/2020)

Nov. 20, 2020 PACER

Clerk's Notice of Impending Reassignment - Text Only

Nov. 20, 2020 PACER

Clerk's Notice of Impending Reassignment - Text Only

Nov. 20, 2020 PACER
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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15226722.) filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Kenney, Mary) (Filed on 11/23/2020) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020 PACER
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ORDER by Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., DIRECTING Defendants to file by Monday, November 30, 2020 an Opposition or a Notice of Non-Opposition in response to Dkt. No. 3 Plaintiffs Motion to Proceed Under a Pseudonym. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (hsglc2, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/23/2020) (Entered: 11/23/2020)

Nov. 23, 2020 PACER

Order

Nov. 23, 2020 PACER

Electronic filing error. REMINDER TO COUNSEL: Counsel is instructed that all future filings shall bear the initials HSG immediately after the case number. Re: 14 MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15226722.) filed by I.S.A., Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, Akhilesh R. Vangala (jjbS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020 PACER
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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Matt Adams ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15236881.) filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Adams, Matthew) (Filed on 11/24/2020) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020 PACER
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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Margot Adams ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15236911.) filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Adams, Matthew) (Filed on 11/24/2020) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020 PACER
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MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Aaron Korthuis ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15236934.) filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Certificate of Good Standing)(Adams, Matthew) (Filed on 11/24/2020) (Entered: 11/24/2020)

Nov. 24, 2020 PACER

Electronic filing error. REMINDER TO COUNSEL: Case division and case location information are incorrect. In the future, please be sure that the case number is correctly reflected on your documents as Oakland Division and the case number should be 4:20-cv-08143 HSG. [err102] Re: 16 MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Matt Adams ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15236881.) filed by I.S.A., Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, Akhilesh R. Vangala, 18 MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Aaron Korthuis ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15236934.) filed by I.S.A., Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, Akhilesh R. Vangala, 17 MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Margot Adams ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15236911.) filed by I.S.A., Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, Akhilesh R. Vangala (bnsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 11/25/2020)

Nov. 25, 2020 PACER

Electronic Filing Error

Nov. 25, 2020 PACER
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OPPOSITION/RESPONSE (re 3 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION to Proceed under a Pseudonym ) NONOPPOSITION filed byU.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security. (Winslow, Sara) (Filed on 11/30/2020) (Entered: 11/30/2020)

Nov. 30, 2020 PACER
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STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER filed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Akhilesh R. Vangala, I.S.A., and Kenny M. Castaneda Penate. (Winslow, Sara) (Filed on 12/2/2020) Modified on 12/3/2020 (bnsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 12/02/2020)

Dec. 2, 2020 RECAP
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 20 Stipulation.(ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/3/2020) (Entered: 12/03/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020 RECAP

Reset/Set Deadlines/Hearing as to 4 MOTION to Certify Class, See Docket No. 21 : Responses due by 1/14/2021; Replies due by 1/21/2021; Motion Hearing set for 2/4/2021 02:00 PM in Oakland before Judge Haywood S. Gilliam Jr. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/3/2020)

Dec. 3, 2020 PACER

Set Motion and Deadlines/Hearings

Dec. 3, 2020 PACER
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala re 14 MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15226722.), 8 Consent/Declination to Proceed Before a US Magistrate Judge, 6 Notice of Appearance, 7 Notice of Appearance, 13 MOTION for leave to appear in Pro Hac Vice for Tiffany Lieu ( Filing fee $ 310, receipt number 0971-15223168.), 10 Order,, Case Assigned/Reassigned, 1 Complaint, 5 Case Assigned by Intake,,, 3 ADMINISTRATIVE MOTION to Proceed under a Pseudonym, 11 Immigration Mandamus Case Procedural Order, 15 Order, 4 MOTION to Certify Class, 12 Summons Issued (Beasley, Helen) (Filed on 12/10/2020) (Entered: 12/10/2020)

Dec. 10, 2020 PACER
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 13 Motion for Pro Hac Vice for Tiffany Lieu. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/17/2020) (Entered: 12/17/2020)

Dec. 17, 2020 RECAP
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 14 Motion for Pro Hac Vice as to Kenney, Mary. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/17/2020) (Entered: 12/17/2020)

Dec. 17, 2020 RECAP
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 16 Motion for Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Matt Adams. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/17/2020) (Entered: 12/17/2020)

Dec. 17, 2020 RECAP
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 17 Motion for Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Margot Adams. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/17/2020) (Entered: 12/17/2020)

Dec. 17, 2020 RECAP
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 18 Motion for Pro Hac Vice for Attorney Aaron Korthuis. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/17/2020) (Entered: 12/17/2020)

Dec. 17, 2020 RECAP
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CLERK'S NOTICE. Notice is hereby given that the hearing on the 4 motion for class certification, previously set for February 4, 2021, is continued to March 4, 2021 before Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., at 2:00 p.m. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 12/29/2020) (Entered: 12/29/2020)

Dec. 29, 2020 PACER

~Util - Set Motion and Deadlines/Hearings AND Clerk's Notice

Dec. 29, 2020 PACER
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NOTICE of Appearance by Elizabeth D. Kurlan for Defendants (Kurlan, Elizabeth) (Filed on 1/5/2021) (Entered: 01/05/2021)

Jan. 5, 2021 PACER
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STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER to Stay Proceedings filed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Akhilesh R. Vangala, I.S.A., and Kenney M. Castaneda Penate. (Kurlan, Elizabeth) (Filed on 1/13/2021) Modified on 1/14/2021 (bnsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 01/13/2021)

Jan. 13, 2021 PACER
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 30 Stipulation to Stay Proceedings. (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/14/2021) (Entered: 01/14/2021)

Jan. 14, 2021 RECAP

Case Stayed until February 15, 2021, See Docket No. 31 . (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 1/14/2021)

Jan. 14, 2021 PACER

Case Stayed

Jan. 14, 2021 PACER
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JOINT STATUS REPORT and Stipulation to Continue the Stay of Proceedings by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A. and Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Kurlan, Elizabeth) (Filed on 2/16/2021) Modified on 2/17/2021 (bnsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 02/16/2021)

Feb. 16, 2021 PACER
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ORDER by Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., GRANTING the parties' request in Dkt. No. 32 Joint Status Report to STAY the case until March 18, 2021. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (hsglc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/18/2021) (Entered: 02/18/2021)

Feb. 18, 2021 PACER

Case Stayed, See Docket No. 33 . (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 2/18/2021)

Feb. 18, 2021 PACER

Order

Feb. 18, 2021 PACER

Terminate Deadlines AND Case Stayed

Feb. 18, 2021 PACER
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STATUS REPORT and Stipulation to Continue the Stay of Proceedings by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., and Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Kurlan, Elizabeth) (Filed on 3/18/2021) Modified on 3/19/2021 (bnsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 03/18/2021)

March 18, 2021 PACER
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ORDER by Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., GRANTING the parties' request in Dkt. No. 34 Joint Status Report to STAY the case until April 19, 2021. The Court SETS a further case management conference for April 27, 2021 at 2 p.m. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (hsglc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2021) (Entered: 03/25/2021)

March 25, 2021 PACER
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CLERK'S NOTICE RE DOCKET NO. 35 . Notice is hereby given that the further case management conference previously set for April 27, 2021 will be held telephonically. This proceeding will be held by AT&T Conference Line. The court circulates the following conference number to allow the equivalent of a public hearing by telephone.For conference line information, see: https://apps.cand.uscourts.gov/telhrg/ All counsel, members of the public and press please use the following dial-in information below to access the conference line: Dial In: 888-808-6929Access Code: 6064255The Court may be in session with proceedings in progress when you connect to the conference line. Therefore, mute your phone if possible and wait for the Court to address you before speaking on the line. For call clarity, parties shall NOT use speaker phone or earpieces for these calls, and where at all possible, parties shall use landlines. The parties are further advised to ensure that the Court can hear and understand them clearly before speaking at length.PLEASE NOTE: Persons granted access to court proceedings held by telephone or videoconference are reminded that photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings, including screenshots or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. See General Order 58 at Paragraph III. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.).(ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 3/25/2021) (Entered: 03/25/2021)

March 25, 2021 PACER

Order

March 25, 2021 PACER

~Util - Telephonic Hearing (AT&T) AND Clerk's Notice

March 25, 2021 PACER

Clerk's Notice AND ~Util - Telephonic Hearing (AT&T)

March 25, 2021 PACER
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STATUS REPORT and Stipulation to Continue the Stay of Proceedings by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Akhilesh R. Vangala, I.S.A. and Kenney M. Castaneda Penate . (Kurlan, Elizabeth) (Filed on 4/19/2021) Modified on 4/20/2021 (jmlS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/19/2021)

April 19, 2021 RECAP
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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr.: Telephonic Further Case Management Conference held on 4/27/2021. Total Time in Court: 4 Minutes. Not Reported. Plaintiff Attorney: Matt Adams. Defendant Attorney: Elizabeth Kurlan. Parties advise the Court that a motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement will be filed within 30 days from todays date (5/27). The stay previously ordered will remain in effect. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 4/27/2021) Modified on 4/28/2021 to add "telephonic"(ndrS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 04/28/2021)

April 27, 2021 PACER

~Util - Set Deadlines AND Case Management Conference - Further

April 28, 2021 PACER
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ORDER by Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. DIRECTING the parties TO SHOW CAUSE why the stay of proceedings should not be lifted in light of the failure to file a motion for preliminary approval of class action settlement by May 27, 2021 as anticipated by the parties at the April 27, 2021 case management conference. The parties shall file a joint statement of 5 pages or less by July 6, 2021 explaining the failure to file the preliminary approval motion and updating the Court on the status of settlement negotiations. Alternatively, Plaintiffs may file the motion for preliminary approval by July 6, 2021. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (hsglc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 6/27/2021) (Entered: 06/27/2021)

June 27, 2021 PACER

Order

June 27, 2021 PACER
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STIPULATION WITH PROPOSED ORDER FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Proposed Settlement Agreement)(Adams, Matthew) (Filed on 7/6/2021) (Entered: 07/06/2021)

July 6, 2021 PACER
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CLERKS NOTICE SETTING TELEPHONIC CASE MANAGEMENT CONFERENCE. Further Case Management Conference set for 7/13/2021 02:00 PM in Oakland, - Telephonic Only. This proceeding will be held by AT&T Conference Line. The court circulates the following conference number to allow the equivalent of a public hearing by telephone.For conference line information, see: https://apps.cand.uscourts.gov/telhrg/ All counsel, members of the public and press please use the following dial-in information below to access the conference line: Dial In: 888-808-6929Access Code: 6064255The Court may be in session with proceedings in progress when you connect to the conference line. Therefore, mute your phone if possible and wait for the Court to address you before speaking on the line. For call clarity, parties shall NOT use speaker phone or earpieces for these calls, and where at all possible, parties shall use landlines.PLEASE NOTE: Persons granted access to court proceedings held by telephone or videoconference are reminded that photographing, recording, and rebroadcasting of court proceedings, including screenshots or other visual copying of a hearing, is absolutely prohibited. See General Order 58 at Paragraph III. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (amgS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/7/2021) (Entered: 07/07/2021)

July 7, 2021 PACER

Clerk's Notice Setting Telephonic Hearing (AT&T)

July 7, 2021 PACER
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Minute Entry for proceedings held before Judge Haywood S Gilliam, Jr: Further Case Management Conference held on 7/13/2021. Total Time in Court: 9 minutes. Not Reported. Plaintiff Attorney: Matt Adams; Trina Realmuto; Mary Kenney; Tiffany Lieu. Defendant Attorney: Elazabeth Kurlan. Parties are directed to efile within one week of today (6/20/2021) a revised settlement proposal striking "and Applicants" from Section VI and requesting that the case be dismissed. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (kcS, COURT STAFF) (Date Filed: 7/13/2021) (Entered: 07/13/2021)

July 13, 2021 PACER

Case Management Conference - Further AND 1 - Terminate Hearings

July 13, 2021 PACER
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JOINT MOTION FOR APPROVAL OF SETTLEMENT: [PROPOSED ORDER] filed by Kenney M. Castaneda Penate, I.S.A., Akhilesh R. Vangala. (Attachments: # 1 Exhibit Settlement Agreement)(Adams, Matthew) (Filed on 7/19/2021) Modified on 7/20/2021 (bnsS, COURT STAFF). (Entered: 07/19/2021)

1 Exhibit Settlement Agreement

View on RECAP

July 19, 2021 PACER
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ORDER by Judge Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr. Granting 43 Stipulation. *Docket Nos. 3, 4, and 40 are terminated as moot in light of this order.* (ndrS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/20/2021) (Entered: 07/20/2021)

July 20, 2021 RECAP

Electronic filing error. REMINDER TO COUNSEL: Incorrect Event Used. In the future, the correct event is Statement. Correct event is found under Civil Events > Motion and R elated Filings > Motions-General.[err101] Corrected by Clerk's Office. No further action is necessary. Re: 43 (bnsS, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 7/20/2021)

July 20, 2021 PACER

Electronic Filing Error

July 20, 2021 PACER
45

ORDER by Hon. Haywood S. Gilliam, Jr., DIRECTING the Clerk to close the case in light of Dkt. No. 44 the order granting the joint motion for approval of settlement and to dismiss the case. (This is a text-only entry generated by the court. There is no document associated with this entry.) (hsglc2S, COURT STAFF) (Filed on 8/10/2021) (Entered: 08/10/2021)

Aug. 10, 2021 PACER

Order

Aug. 10, 2021 PACER

State / Territory: California

Case Type(s):

Immigration and/or the Border

Special Collection(s):

Trump Immigration Enforcement Order Challenges

Key Dates

Filing Date: Nov. 19, 2020

Closing Date: Aug. 10, 2021

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Three noncitizens on behalf of themselves and all individuals who had been or would be harmed by a who were harmed by USCIS's "blank space"/"rejection" policy

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)

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, Federal

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal

Defendant Type(s):

Jurisdiction-wide

Case Details

Causes of Action:

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

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

Mandamus, 28 U.S.C. § 1361

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Complaint (any)

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: $130,000

Issues

Immigration/Border:

Admission - procedure

Asylum - procedure

Visas - procedures

Work authorization - procedures