Federal Court Certifies Class in Lawsuit Challenging Adequacy of Safeguards Provided To Mentally Incompetent Aliens in Immigration Proceedings
Due to privacy concerns, the order certifying the class was initially filed under seal. A month later, it was ordered unsealed.
The Court found that the exact size of the class was unknown; that the information necessary to identify class members was within defendants' control; that there were at least 55 class members as of February 14, 2010; and that this number was sufficiently large to warrant class certification. It also found the existence of legal questions common to the class, including (1) whether the Constitution or statutory law requires the Government to conduct competency evaluations in immigration proceedings and (2) whether the Constitution or statutory law requires the Government to appoint counsel for those found incompetent to represent themselves.
The Court certified the class under Fed.R.Civ.P. 23(b)(2) because it found, consistent with that Rule, that "the party opposing the class has acted or refused to act on grounds that apply generally to the class, so that final injunctive relief or corresponding declaratory relief is appropriate respecting the class as a whole."
The Court certified Ahilan T. Arulanantham, Judy London, Talia Inlender, Michael H. Steinberg, Judy Rabinovitz, David Blair-Loy, Sean Riordan, James Preis, and Matt Adams as class counsel. Sources: Franco-Gonzalez v. Napolitano, Case No. 2:10-cv-02211-DIM-DTB, U.S.D.C. (C.D. Cal., 2011).
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Franco-Gonzalez v. Napolitano
|Cite||Case No. 2:10-cv-02211-DIM-DTB, U.S.D.C. (C.D. Cal., 2011)|