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Law360, New York (September 23, 2016, 6:30 PM EDT) — A three-judge panel of the Third Circuit tossed two “thoughtful and thorough” opinions from the district court in New Jersey, saying that after the claims of the named plaintiffs in a potential habeas class action involving unauthorized immigrants were mooted, the court was wrong to rule on the merits of the claims and then dismiss the class certification motion as unnecessary.
The plaintiffs in the class action were unauthorized immigrants who had committed crimes and were mandatorily detained pending removal proceedings. Once the plaintiffs were released, the panel said, their…