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Case Name Thompson v. Trump VR-DC-1178
Docket / Court 1:21-cv-00400 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Election/Voting Rights
Case Summary
This is a case about the violent insurrection and disruption of Congress on January 6, 2021 as Congressional members approved the results of the Electoral College in order to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States.

On February 16, 2021, a member of the United ... read more >
This is a case about the violent insurrection and disruption of Congress on January 6, 2021 as Congressional members approved the results of the Electoral College in order to elect the next President and Vice President of the United States.

On February 16, 2021, a member of the United States House of Representatives, in his personal capacity, filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by private counsel and the NAACP, the plaintiff sued the President of the United States in his personal capacity, the President’s personal lawyer, Proud Boys International, and Oath Keepers under the Ku Klux Klan Act 42 U.S.C. § 1985(1). The representative sought a declaratory judgment, injunctive relief enjoining the defendants from engaging in future violations of the act, compensatory and punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. He claimed that the defendants plotted, coordinated, and executed a common plan to prevent Congress from discharging its official duties in certifying the results of the presidential election. He also claimed that in furtherance of this plan, the defendants spread misinformation to disrupt the legally required presidential election process. These actions allegedly prevented the plaintiff from performing his official duties and deprived him of his right to be free from intimidation and threats while doing so.

This case has been assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta and is ongoing.

Eilidh Jenness - 04/01/2021


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
General
Voting
Voting access
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Voting
Election administration
Defendant(s) Donald Trump
Oath Keepers
Proud Boys International, LLC
Plaintiff Description A U.S. Representative who was present at the Capitol to approve the results of the Electoral College during the insurrection on January 6, 2021.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 02/16/2021
Case Ongoing Yes
Court Docket(s)
D.D.C.
03/05/2021
1:21-cv-00400-APM
VR-DC-1178-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D.D.C.
02/16/2021
Complaint [ECF# 1]
VR-DC-1178-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Mehta, Amit Priyavadan (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Ashton, Anthony P (Maryland) show/hide docs
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Corman, Brian Christopher (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Deich, Alison Sarah (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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Louard, Janette (Maryland) show/hide docs
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