The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld the dismissal of a central claim in a high-profile putative class action filed on behalf of Arab and Muslim noncitizens who were subjected to prolonged, abusive detention by immigration officials in the wake of Sept. 11.

The panel affirmed Eastern District of New York Judge John Gleeson’s rejection of the plaintiffs’ claim that they were illegally detained for periods longer than necessary to effect their removal.