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Case Name MadKudu Inc. v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services IM-CA-0178
Docket / Court 5:20-cv-02653 ( N.D. Cal. )
State/Territory California
Case Type(s) Immigration and/or the Border
Special Collection Private Employment Class Actions
Attorney Organization American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Case Summary
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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Content of Injunction
Implement complaint/dispute resolution process
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
General
Classification / placement
Pattern or Practice
Staff (number, training, qualifications, wages)
Immigration/Border
Employment
Temporary foreign workers program
Visas - criteria
Visas - procedures
Work authorization - criteria
Work authorization - procedures
Plaintiff Type
Closely-held (for profit) corporation
Private Plaintiff
Public (for-profit) corporation
Causes of Action Administrative Procedure Act, 5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), 8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.
Defendant(s) Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Director
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Plaintiff Description All U.S. employers who in 2019 through December 6, 2020 filed, or will file, a petition with USCIS for an H-1B classification under 8 U.S.C. § 1101(a)(15)(H)(i)(b) for a market research analyst where: USCIS denied or will deny the petition based on a finding that the OOH entry for market research analyst does not establish that the occupation is a specialty occupation, and thus does not satisfy 8 C.F.R. § 214.2(h)(4)(iii)(A)(1); and But for this finding, the petition would be approved.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations American Immigration Council's Legal Action Center
American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status outcome Granted
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Voluntary Dismissal
Order Duration 2021 - 2026
Filed 04/16/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  USCIS’ Unlawful Denial of H-1B Petitions Spurs Class Action Lawsuit
American Immigration Counsel
Date: Nov. 1, 2021
By: American Immigration Counsel
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Court Docket(s)
N.D. Cal.
10/22/2021
5:20-cv-02653-SVK
IM-CA-0178-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
N.D. Cal.
04/16/2020
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
IM-CA-0178-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
N.D. Cal.
07/20/2020
Amended Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 39]
IM-CA-0178-0002.pdf | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
N.D. Cal.
09/14/2020
Order Denying Defendants' Motion to Sever and Dismiss [ECF# 51] (2020 WL 5628968)
IM-CA-0178-0005.pdf | WESTLAW | External Link | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
N.D. Cal.
11/17/2020
Order Granting in Part Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification [ECF# 59] (2020 WL 7389419)
IM-CA-0178-0003.pdf | WESTLAW | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
N.D. Cal.
08/20/2021
Settlement Agreement and Release [ECF# 85-1]
IM-CA-0178-0004.pdf | Detail
Source: Plaintiffs' counsel
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Judges van Keulen, Susan Court not on record [Magistrate] show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Bless, Jesse (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Dellon, Leslie K (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Joseph, Jeff (Colorado) show/hide docs
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Kenney, Mary (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Kuck, Charles H. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Nightingale, Zachary M. (California) show/hide docs
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Realmuto, Trina (Massachusetts) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Kurlan, Elizabeth D. (California) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0178-0004 | IM-CA-0178-9000
Press, Joshua S. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
IM-CA-0178-0004 | IM-CA-0178-9000

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