International Refugee Assistance Project et al v. Trump et al

Filing 49

NOTICE by HIAS, Inc., Allan Hakky, International Refugee Assistance Project, Jane Doe 1, John Doe 1-4, Samaneh Takaloo of Intent to File Motion for Expedited Discovery (Cox, Justin)

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February 13, 2017 The Honorable Theodore D. Chuang United States District Court District of Maryland 6500 Cherrywood Lane Greenbelt, MD 20770 Re: International Refugee Assistance Project, et al. v. Trump, Case No. 8:17-cv-00361-TDC Dear Judge Chuang: We represent the plaintiffs in the above-referenced matter. Pursuant to § II.A of the Case Management Order, Plaintiffs respectfully request a Pre-Motion Conference regarding Plaintiffs’ desire to file a motion for limited expedited discovery to prepare for Plaintiffs’ forthcoming motion for preliminary injunction of President Trump’s January 27, 2017 Executive Order (the “Executive Order”). Given the rapid pace of events surrounding the Executive Order, Plaintiffs’ request for expedited discovery is reasonably timed and expeditiously filed. See Tribal Casino Gaming, Enterprise v. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co., No. 1:16CV30, 2016 WL 3450829, at *3 (W.D.N.C. June 16, 2010). As Plaintiffs can set out in further detail for the court in today’s telephonic conference and in the motion papers, Plaintiffs appreciate the expedited nature of the requested discovery and intend to seek discovery narrowly tailored to: (1) any guidance, memoranda, policies, or similar documents regarding the need for the Executive Order; and (2) any instructions and guidance issued to relevant agencies regarding the implementation and interpretation of the Executive Order and subsequent relevant court orders. See, e.g., Dimension Data N. Am., Inc. v. NetStar-1, Inc., 226 F.R.D. 528, 530-31 (E.D.N.C. 2005). This narrow expedited discovery is necessary in this case to narrow the issues in dispute, especially in light of the rapidly changing legal and political landscape. And, given the carefully tailored nature of the request, this necessity outweighs any prejudice to Defendants. Before filing this Notice, Plaintiffs were able to provide an overview of this Notice to opposing counsel during a phone call, but Defendants’ counsel was not able at that time to state a position on the proposed motion for expedited discovery. Plaintiffs therefore respectfully request a Pre-Motion Conference and seek the Court’s leave to file a motion for a limited expedited discovery. Respectfully submitted, /s/ Justin B. Cox Justin B. Cox (Bar No. 17550) National Immigration Law Center 1989 College Ave. NE Atlanta, GA 30317 Tel: (678) 404-9119 Fax: (213) 639-3911 Karen C. Tumlin† Nicholas Espíritu† Melissa S. Keaney† Esther Sung† National Immigration Law Center 3435 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1600 Los Angeles, CA 90010 Tel: (213) 639-3900 Fax: (213) 639-3911 † Appearing pro hac vice †† Pro hac vice motion pending Omar C. Jadwat†† Lee Gelernt†† Hina Shamsi†† Hugh Handeyside†† Sarah L. Mehta†† American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 125 Broad Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10004 Tel: (212) 549-2600 Fax: (212) 549-2654 Cecillia D. Wang†† Cody H. Wofsy†† American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 39 Drumm Street San Francisco, CA 94111 Tel: (415) 343-0770 Fax: (415) 395-0950 David Cole† Daniel Mach† Heather L. Weaver† American Civil Liberties Union Foundation 915 15th Street NW Washington, DC 20005 Tel: (202) 675-2330 Fax: (202) 457-0805 2 /s/ David Rocah David Rocah (Bar No. 27315) Deborah A. Jeon (Bar No. 06905) Sonia Kumar (Bar No. 07196) Nicholas Taichi Steiner (Bar No. 19670) American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Maryland 3600 Clipper Mill Road, Suite 350 Baltimore, MD 21211 Tel: (410) 889-8555 Fax: (410) 366-7838 3

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