Cooper v. Fitzgerald

266 F.R.D. 86 (2010)


The seven Plaintiffs in this lawsuit -- Karpeh Cooper, Kelley Cooper, Afua Hammond, Anderson Knoble, Trudi Ann Brown-Cooper, Sabri Cooper, and Mamadou Sacko -- filed a single Complaint to compel action on their individual applications for immigration benefits pending before the USCIS. Ps declaratory relief, injunctive relief, and a Writ in the Nature of Mandamus to compel action on the outstanding applications. Ds moved for severance of each plaintiff because of the dissimilarity of Ps’ claims, they do not satisfy the Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 20(a) test for permissive joinder. There are different immigration applications at issue (I-130 Petitions for Alien Relative and I-485 Applications to Adjust Status 1) and that each application is at a different stage in the adjudication process.