University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse

Here are all the additions to the Clearinghouse collection -- cases, summaries, case studies, etc. -- over the past 90 days:


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 29, 2021
La Union Del Pueblo Entero v. Ross
2021 Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law
Date: Oct. 14, 2019
By: Brennan Center for Justice
Numerous Asian-American and Latino groups filed a lawsuit against Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross challenging the Commerce Department’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The plaintiffs argue that the Department’s decision violates the U.S. Constitution and the ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2021
Boyd v. Denton
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: C78-1679 (N.D. Ohio)
PC-OH-0029
Four individuals incarcerated at the Ohio State Reformatory filed a class action lawsuit against the facility. They alleged that a variety of the facility's conditions, including overcrowding and unsanitary conditions, violated their Eighth Amendment rights. They also alleged that the prison's staff discriminated based on race in assigning cells and jobs. The parties ultimately proposed a consent decree, which the court approved on February 1, 1983. The prison operated under the consent decree until it was closed in 1990.
View Case Detail (PC-OH-0029)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2021
Faust v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 21-548 (E.D. Wis.)
PB-WI-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-WI-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 28, 2021
La Unión Del Pueblo Entero v. Ross
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-01570-GJH (D. Md.)
PB-MD-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-MD-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 27, 2021
Center for Popular Democracy Action v. Bureau of the Census
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-10917 (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0036
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0036)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 27, 2021
McKinney v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:21-cv-212 (E.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-TX-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 27, 2021
Joyner v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:21-cv-1089 (W.D. Tenn.)
PB-TN-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-TN-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2021
Farrow v. Lipetzky
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-06495 (N.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0013
Two criminal defendants filed this class action against the Contra Costa County Public Defender. The suit opposed a policy that denied representation to indigent detainees at their initial court appearance and allowed courts to postpone arraignment for five to thirteen days while the matter was referred to the Public Defender’s office. During the pendency of this lawsuit, the Public Defender changed its policy with respect to felonies, but not with respect to misdemeanors. The district court dismissed the lawsuit; the Ninth Circuit remanded for reconsideration of one of the claims. The district court dismissed that final claim; the Ninth Circuit upheld the dismissal. The plaintiffs sought and received a stay pending appeal to the Supreme Court and they filed for certiorari on October 27, 2020. The high court denied cert. on February 22, 2021, effectively ending the case.
View Case Detail (CJ-CA-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 23, 2021
Dunlap v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:21-cv-942 (D. Or.)
PB-OR-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-OR-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 22, 2021
Emami v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:18-cv-01587-JD (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0140
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0140)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 22, 2021
Miller v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:21-cv-00595-O (N.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-TX-0017)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 21, 2021
N.C. Court of Appeals Rules That Domestic Violence Protections Must Apply Equally to Unmarried LGBTQ Couples
ACLU of North Carolina
Date: Dec. 31, 2020
By: ACLU North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C.-- In a victory for LGBTQ equality, unmarried people in same-sex dating relationships can no longer be excluded from domestic violence protections according to a ruling today from the North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case M.E. v. T.J. North Carolina was the last state in the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 21, 2021
Ray et al. v. Himes et al.
ACLU of Ohio
Date: Mar. 29, 2018
By: ACLU Ohio
Ohio, Tennessee, and Puerto Rico are the only U.S. jurisdictions that do not allow transgender people to correct the gender marker on their birth certificates. A birth certificate is an identity document routinely used for many purposes. Ohio provides all other individuals born in the state with a ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 21, 2021
Examining Sexual Harassment and Gender Discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Government Publishing Office
Date: Dec. 1, 2016
By: U.S. Government Publishing Office
Hearing before the Committee on Oversight and Government reform at the House of Representatives 114th congress examining sexual harassment and gender discrimination at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. *
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CASE STUDIES
July 21, 2021
"Gendered Harassment in the U.S. Forest Service"
Women Leading Change, Vol. 3 No. 1 (Oct. 10, 2018), at 73
Date: Oct. 10, 2018
By: Emma Weisner (Tulane University Faculty)
This case study examines the history and current state of gendered harassment in the U.S. Forest Service (USFS). Starting with the Bernardi Consent Decree in 1979 and the Donnelly Consent Decree two decades later, the USFS aimed to make its work environment more hospitable to women and other ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Lowell Correctional Institution
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: No Court Case (No Court)
PC-FL-0034
An investigation by the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division found that conditions at the Lowell Correctional Facility, a women's prison in Ocala, Florida, violated the Eighth Amendment due to the sexual abuse of prisoners by the facility's staff. The DOJ wrote that the Florida Department of Corrections should implement remedial measures to correct the patterns and practices leading to persistent constitutional violations.
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0034)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Kelley v. California Department of Health Care Services
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: BS170173 (State Court)
PB-CA-0054
On July 6, 2017, plaintiffs sued the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) in the California Superior Court for the Central District of Los Angeles. The plaintiffs alleged that the CDHS had improperly denied Medicaid services to a number of low-income medically disabled persons. On January 14, 2020, the court ruled mostly in favor of the plaintiffs, finding that the CDHS failed to adequate notify newly-eligible individuals or provide a process to retroactively compensate individuals who were incorrectly deemed ineligible for Medicaid.
View Case Detail (PB-CA-0054)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
DOJ Investigation of Virginia Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: No Court (No Court)
PC-VA-0028
On or about May 18, 2017, the DOJ launched an investigation into Virginia Department of Corrections (VDOC) policies concerning worship and religious practice. During the course of the investigation, the VDOC voluntarily modified its policies and relaxed requirements related to religious practice. On September 30, 2019, the two sides reached a one-year settlement agreement that further established reporting and training requirements.
View Case Detail (PC-VA-0028)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Kent v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:21-cv-540 (S.D. Ill.)
PB-IL-0016
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-IL-0016)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Blessed Cajuns LLC v. Guzman
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 4:21-cv-00677 (N.D. Tex.)
PB-TX-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-TX-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Vitolo v. Guzman
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:21-cv-00176 (E.D. Tenn)
PB-TN-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-TN-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Harvard v. Inch
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-00212-MW-CAS (N.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0032
Incarcerated individuals in the Florida Department of Corrections filed a class action complaint seeking to enjoin defendants from violating their Eighth Amendment rights, as well as the ADA and Rehab Act, by using solitary confinement as a tool against people with disabilities. The parties engaged in various discovery disputes as the case remains ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0032)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Wynn v. Vilsack
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 3:21-cv-00514-MMH-JRK (M.D. Fla.)
PB-FL-0022
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-FL-0022)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2021
Investigation of the Massachusetts Department of Correction (CRIPA)
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: (No Court)
PC-MA-0056
On October 22, 2018, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division notified the Massachusetts Department of Corrections (MDOC) that it would investigate the statewide prison system pursuant to the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act (CRIPA), 42 U.S.C. § 1997(b). The DOJ found that MDOC's use of mental health watches for prisoners in mental health crises violated the Eighth Amendment because MDOC did not provide adequate supervision or mental health care, and put prisoners in restrictive housing conditions for prolonged periods of time. The DOJ acknowledged that MDOC had started implementing some reforms as a result of the investigation, and also provided 15 recommendations for how MDOC should remedy its constitutional violations. The DOJ is currently in negotiations to resolve its findings.
View Case Detail (PC-MA-0056)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Weatherspoon v. Oldham; Tennessee v. Weatherspoon
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-02535 (W.D. Tenn.)
CJ-TN-0009
A man charged with murder in Tennessee challenged the state's cash bail system in state criminal and federal habeas proceedings. Represented by the Shelby County Public Defender and several civil rights groups, he claimed that the court that detained him did so solely on the basis of his inability to afford bail, rather than determining whether he posed risk of flight or danger. This, he said, violated his Fourteenth Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection rights, as well as Tennessee state law. Tennessee courts rejected the defendant's arguments, however, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee eventually found that his Due Process rights were violated by the state trial court's failure to consider his dangerousness and risk of flight when detaining him and issued a conditional writ of habeas corpus ordering the state court to do so. Both the federal habeas case and the defendant's state criminal case are now closed.
View Case Detail (CJ-TN-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Centro Presente, Inc. v. McAleenan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-02840 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0064
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0064)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Ray v. Ohio Department of Health
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00272-MHW-CMV (S.D. Ohio)
PB-OH-0011
On March 29, 2018, four transgender persons filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. The plaintiffs sued the Director of the Ohio Department of Health under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the ACLU, the plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief as well as attorneys’ fees and costs. The court granted the plaintiffs summary judgment on December 16, 2020, following a failed attempt by the government to have the case dismissed for failure to state a claim. On February 1, 2021, the plaintiffs filed a motion for attorney fees. On March 26, the court stayed this motion pending a joint status report detailing the discussions between the parties on the attorney fees motion and the government's compliance with the December 16 order. The court ordered that a joint status report be submitted no later than July 26, 2021.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Unknown Party v. Motel 6
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00242-DGC (D. Ariz.)
IM-AZ-0025
In 2018, former Latino/a guests at Motel 6 locations in Arizona filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona. They alleged that Motel 6's policy of disclosing guests' information to DHS and ICE agents without requiring a warrant or reasonable suspicion of criminal activity violated the United States Constitution and federal and state law. They also alleged Motel 6 conspired with DHS and ICE agents to violate guests’ Fourth Amendment rights. In February 2020, the parties agreed to class action settlement terms and the district court approved the settlement agreement. The court retains jurisdiction over the matter for the duration of the consent decree.
View Case Detail (IM-AZ-0025)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Plush v. Cincinnati
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: A1903752 (State Court)
PN-OH-0011
A sixteen-year-old boy was trapped in his minivan after the backseat unexpectedly folded and pinned him against the back door. He managed to place two 911 calls, but no help arrived. After his death, his parents filed this lawsuit in the Ohio Court of Common Pleas for Hamilton County. Under state law, they sued the city of Cincinnati and the city employees who took and responded to their son's 911 calls for the wrongful death of their son. The parties settled, with the defendants agreeing to pay $6 million in damages and attorneys' fees, as well as another $250,000 to hire a team of experts to help the city improve its operations for handling 911 calls. The terms of the settlement agreement are set to expire in 2026.
View Case Detail (PN-OH-0011)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Bernardi v. Yeutter
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: No. C 73 1110 SC (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0368
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0368)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2021
Reynolds v. Giuliani
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:98-cv-8877 (S.D.N.Y.)
PB-NY-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-NY-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2021
United States and Cedar Rapids Agreement
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: Not filed (No Court)
DR-IA-0003
This is a settlement between the U.S Department of Justice and the City of Cedar Rapids, Iowa concerning the city's compliance with federal disability law. After a federal investigation found that the city was not in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act, it entered into an agreement take numerous remedial steps and report twice a year on their efforts to comply with the law. Finalized in September of 2015, the settlement lasted for four years and is now presumably complete.
View Case Detail (DR-IA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2021
Mobley v. Facebook (Onuoha v. Facebook)
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 5:16-cv-06440 (N.D. Cal.)
FH-CA-0026
In November 2016, numerous people of color challenged Facebook's tools which allowed advertisers to exclude users based on characteristics like race. By March 2019, Facebook reached a settlement promising to implement changes to prevent advertisers from targeting users based on protected characteristics such as race. As of July 19, 2021, the settlement was being enforced.
View Case Detail (FH-CA-0026)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2021
J.E.C.M. v. Lloyd
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00903-LMB-MSN (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0007
In 2018, individual minor plaintiffs from Honduras and Guatemala sued the Office of Refugee Resettlement, US Customs and Border Protection, and the directors of two juvenile detention centers. They filed writs of habeas corpus and alleged violations of the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act, the Administrative Procedure Act, and due process rights. The claims of individual plaintiffs were dismissed as they were released from custody. However, the court certified two classes of detained minors and sponsors. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-VA-0007)


CASE STUDIES
July 16, 2021
"Trinh v. Homan: the Indefinite Detention of Vietnamese Refugees in the 21st Century"
Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice
Date: 2021
By: Trinh Truong (University of Southern California Gould School of Law Law Student)
30 S. Cal. Rev. of L. & Soc. Just. 415
After the Vietnam War, many young Vietnamese who arrived in the United States without their parents were easy prey for gang recruiters. Bullied for being outsiders, many young Vietnamese refugees sought protection from street gangs, only to learn later in life that the crimes committed in their ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2021
Universal Muslim Association of America v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00537 (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0027
On March 24, 2017, the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA) and two individual Yemenis filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against President Donald Trump in a challenge to his March 6, 2017, Executive Order (EO) barring legal immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim countries from entering the US and barring Syrian refugees indefinitely. The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief, arguing that EO-2 discriminated on the basis of religion and national origin, in violation of the First Amendment Establishment Clause and Fifth Amendment equal protection rights. UMAA further argued that the EO violated the First Amendment Free Speech clause, the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. §§ 1101 et seq.), and the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. §§ 551 et seq.). In addition to the complaint, the plaintiffs filed a motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The case was assigned to Judge Tanya S. Chutkan and marked as related to Pars Equality Center v. Trump (No. 1:17-cv-00255). On May 11, 2017, Judge Chutkan stayed resolution of plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction. The court found that plaintiffs could not show that they faced irreparable harm that a preliminary injunction would remedy, citing the two nationwide injunctions that were already in effect. On June 2, the government filed an emergency motion to stay the proceedings pending Supreme Court review of Hawaii v. Trump and IRAP v. Trump . The court granted the motion to stay and denied without prejudice the motion for a preliminary injunction on June 20. On April 5, 2018, the court administratively closed this case, noting that the parties could file a motion following the resolution of other cases addressing President Trump's executive orders. Joe Biden won the 2020 Presidential election and revoked the executive orders at issue in this case on Inauguration Day (January 20, 2021). As a result, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal on March 29, 2021. District Judge Chutkan ordered the case dismissed without prejudice on April 1, 2021.
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0027)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 16, 2021
T.S. v. Twentieth Century Fox Television, Inc.
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-08303 (N.D. Ill.)
JI-IL-0005
In 2016, two children previously housed the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) filed this class action lawsuit against both Fox Broadcasting and Cook County officials connected to the JTDC. They alleged degraded conditions of confinement caused by JTDC being used as a filming location for the Fox television show, Empire. Plaintiffs secured class certification and now continue to pursue various claims including indeminfication and JTDC official's breach of their fiduciary duty during the filming period. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (JI-IL-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2021
Afghan and Iraqi Allies v. Pompeo
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01388-TSC (D.D.C.)
IM-DC-0051
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-DC-0051)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2021
Trinh v. Homan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-00316 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0115
Four refugees filed this class action suit in the U.S. Central District of California on behalf of Vietnamese immigrants facing orders of removal and indefinite detention by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), despite the fact that Vietnam has stated that it will not repatriate nationals who arrived in the U.S. before 1995. Judge Cormac J. Carney certified three classes of Vietnamese immigrants held in ICE detention in 2018 but subsequently dismissed their claims for declaratory relief in 2020 on the basis that it was inappropriate to grant sweeping declarations where individual review is required. The case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0115)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2021
Libertarian Party of Illinois v. Pritzker
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02112 (N.D. Ill.)
VR-IL-0133
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (VR-IL-0133)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2021
Fernandez v. St. Louis County
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-01638-SNLJ (E.D. Mo.)
FA-MO-0014
Plaintiff, a homeless man, brought suit against St. Louis County on June 5, 2019. He frequently solicited to drivers on St. Louis County roads. He challenged various sections of the St. Louis County Code regulating roadside solicitation. He argued many provisions were not content neutral and overly vague allowing for unequal enforcement. Allegations also included violations of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Attorney’s fees, injunctive, declaratory, and damages relief were sought. On May 11, 2021, the court ordered that the challenged provisions be prohibited. Defendant was also ordered to pay plaintiff attorney’s fees and damages totaling $228,515.
View Case Detail (FA-MO-0014)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 15, 2021
Sarsour v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00120 (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-VA-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2021
Irish International Immigrant Center, Inc. v. Cuccinelli
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-11880-IT (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0018
In September 2019, the Irish International Immigrant Center sued U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services and President Trump. Plaintiff alleged defendants illegally terminated an immigration relief program that granted "deferred action" to seriously ill individuals and their families. Represented by the ACLU, the plaintiff sought injunctive and declaratory relief for violations of Equal Protection and the Administrative Procedure Act. The court granted a joint motion to stay the case on October 31, 2019, so parties could seek a nonjudicial resolution. This followed a USCUS announcement that the deferred action program would return but requests would only be granted “based on compelling facts and circumstances.” Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed the case without prejudice on June 15, 2021.
View Case Detail (IM-MA-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 13, 2021
Washington v. DeVos
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00182 (E.D. Wash.)
PB-WA-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PB-WA-0011)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 12, 2021
United States v. Raines
Oyez
Date: Feb. 29, 1960
By: Oyez
Under authority of R.S. § 2004, as amended by the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the Attorney General brought this civil action on behalf of the United States in a Federal District Court to enjoin certain public officials of the State of Georgia from discriminating against Negro citizens who desired to ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 12, 2021
U.S. v. Mohamud
Columbia University
Date: Dec. 5, 2016
By: Global Freedom of Expression
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit upheld an Oregon District Court ruling that the incidental collection of a U.S. citizen’s activities online under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) did not violate the Appellant’s Fourth Amendment rights protecting a ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 12, 2021
Lawsuits
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
Date: Aug. 20, 2020
By: East Bay Sanctuary Covenant
In November 2018, when the Trump administration tried to deny asylum rights to anyone who couldn’t reach an official port of entry – a potential death sentence for thousands of people – we took them to court.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2021
Terrill v. Oregon
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 6:21-cv-00588-AA (D. Or.)
PC-OR-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-OR-0017)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2021
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-04073 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0146
On July 16, 2019, the East Bay Sanctuary Covenant, Al Otro Lado, Innovation Law Lab, and the Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles brought this suit against the U.S. Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security. Plaintiffs challenged the federal immigration rule restricting eligibility for asylum for noncitizens who transited through another country prior to reaching the southern U.S. border. Plaintiffs claimed the rule violated the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Plaintiffs successfully sought a preliminary nationwide injunction. However, defendants appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit and the nationwide scope of the injunction was stayed. Then the District Court restored the nationwide scope of the injunction on September 9, 2019, but the government again appealed and the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay pending disposition of the appeal in the 9th Circuit. The District Court issued a separate preliminary injunction against another rule issued by the Department of Homeland Security in the closing days of the Trump Administration which was substantially similar to the one already enjoined. The Ninth Circuit upheld the original injunction in April, 2021. The case is ongoing but is likely to terminate soon given the change in presidential administrations.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0146)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2021
Kravitz v. United States Department of Commerce
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-01041-GJH (D. Md.)
PB-MD-0005
On April 11, 2018, seven private plaintiffs sued United States Department of Commerce and its agency the Bureau of the Census, claiming its decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census was unconstitutional and violated federal law. The plaintiffs sued the defendants under the Administrative Procedure Act (APA) and the Declaratory Judgments Act. Plaintiffs alleged that that the Census Bureau’s decision to include a citizenship question on the Census would violate the Census clauses because the question would cause a disproportionate undercount of immigrants, non-citizens, those with limited English proficiency, and individuals of Hispanic or Latino origin. This disproportionate undercount would deprive plaintiffs of representation in congressional, state, and local governing bodies, and access to social services whose funding is based on the Census. Defendants moved to dismiss this case on June 6, 2018, and on August 22, Judge Hazel denied this motion, finding that the plaintiffs had standing, that the Secretary’s actions were reviewable, and that the political question doctrine did not bar the claims. Judge Hazel denied the government’s motion for summary judgement and the case was consolidated with a similar case, La Unión Del Pueblo Entero v. Ross (Docket No. 8:18-cv-1041), on December 19. Following a bench trial, Judge Hazel found that the government violated the APA and issued a nationwide injunction on the citizenship question. Following an appeal to the Fourth Circuit which was later remanded to the district court, Judge Hazel permanently enjoined the Census Bureau from promulgating the citizenship question on the 2020 Census. The parties reached a settlement for attorneys’ fees in September, 2019; there has been no significant movement on the docket since then. Since the census is now complete, the case is closed.
View Case Detail (PB-MD-0005)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
July 11, 2021
Ross v. Gossett
Uptown People's Law Center
Date: 2020
By: Uptown People's Law Center
In 2015, Uptown People's Law Center and Loevy & Loevy filed a lawsuit on behalf of hundreds of prisoners at Menard, Illinois River, Big Muddy River, and Lawrence Correctional Centers who experienced the physical and sexual abuse of the Orange Crush tactical team in the Spring of 2014. Used as a ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2021
International Refugee Assistance Project (“IRAP”) v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 8:17-cv-00361-TDC (D. Md.)
IM-MD-0004
On February 7, 2017, five immigrant organizations and 15 individual immigrants filed this lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Represented by the ACLU and the National Immigration Law Center, the plaintiffs challenged the legitimacy of President Trump’s “travel ban,” arguing that his executive order was motivated by anti-Muslim animus. In the following months, President Trump issued two revised, narrowed versions of the original executive order and the plaintiffs filed amended complaints that corresponded to the updated EOs. Ultimately, the Supreme Court held that the President had the authority to issue the travel restrictions in a June 2018 decision, Hawaii v. Trump . Following that holding, the plaintiffs amended their complaint to only include claims that argued that the third version of the travel ban (EO-3) violated the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. §5) and the First and Fifth Amendments. The government moved to dismiss the amended complaint and on May 2, 2019, the district court dismissed the plaintiffs’ Administrative Procedure Act claims but denied the motion to dismiss the plaintiffs’ First and Fifth Amendment claims. The government appealed the denial of the motion to dismiss the constitutional claims to the Fourth Circuit. On June 8, 2020, the Fourth Circuit issued an order reversing the district court’s denial of the motion to dismiss. After the court of appeals denied a motion by the plaintiffs for an en banc rehearing of the case, the district court dismissed the case with prejudice on August 31, 2020.
View Case Detail (IM-MD-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2021
Judge Rotenburg Center v. Food and Drug Administration
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 20-1087 (No Court)
ID-DC-0002
In 2020, the Judge Rotenburg Center, a facility that treats people with serious mental disabilities, and the parents of several of its patients, filed this petition in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging an FDA rule that would have effectively prevented the Center from using electric shock therapy to prevent patients from misbehaving. They argued that the FDA's ban was arbitrary and capricious, in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act and that the process which led to the ban was characterized by bad faith and undue political pressure. On July 6, 2021, the D.C. Circuit vacated the ban, finding that the FDA had abused its statutory authorities in issuing it. The case remains pending as of July 11, 2021.
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July 10, 2021
Donald Trump's Muslim Ban
ACLU
Date: 2021
By: ACLU Michigan
When campaigning for president, Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States. In January 2017, one week after his inauguration, President Trump banned travel for immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries and halted the refugee resettlement program. His executive order ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 10, 2021
Arab American Civil Rights League (ACRL) v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-10310 (E.D. Mich.)
IM-MI-0004
In 2017, the Arab American Civil Rights League (ACLR) and seven of its individual members filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The plaintiffs sued President Trump, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection under the Declaratory Judgment Act (28 U.S.C. §2201), the Administrative Procedures Act (5 U.S.C. §5), and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. They claimed that President Trump’s Executive Order of January 27, 2017, violated these statutes as well as their Fifth Amendment procedural and substantive due process, and equal protection rights. From 2017 to 2018, the plaintiffs amended their complaint several times to address the updated versions of the travel ban executive order issued by President Trump. The third amended complaint was filed on September 13, 2018 and was joined by other Arab American civil rights groups and the ACLU of Michigan. The government filed a motion to dismiss the complaint which was denied on July 10, 2019. The government appealed this denial to the Sixth Circuit, but before oral arguments could be heard on the matter, Joe Biden won the 2020 election. On Inauguration Day, President Biden revoked the travel ban executive order. As a result, the parties agreed that this case was moot and proceedings were effectively ended by the Sixth Circuit on March 11, 2021.
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July 9, 2021
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle v. Baltimore City Police Department
ACLU
Date: 2021
By: ACLU Maryland
On behalf of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle, grassroots think tank that advances the public policy interests of Black people in Baltimore, Erricka Bridgeford, co-founder of the Baltimore Ceasefire 365 project, and Kevin James, a community organizer and hip-hop musician, the American Civil ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2021
Drumwright v. Cole
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00998 (M.D. N.C.)
PN-NC-0004
Two consolidated cases alleged voter intimidation by police before the November 2020 elections. One was Drumright v. Cole, 1:20-cv-00998; the other was Allen v. City of Graham, 1:20-cv-00997. On October 31, 2020, police dispersed an event held in front of the Graham, NC courthouse, using pepper spray. Both of the aforementioned cases were filed on two days later against the Graham Police Department and the Alamance County Sherrif’s Office. Both cases listed similar claims of excessive force and voter intimidation. They also alleged violations of the First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendments under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The Allen claims were settled by mediation. The settlement stipulated the complete dismissal of the Allen claims. The court subsequently granted the dismissal of Drumwright’s 42 U.S.C. § 1983 constitutional claims against only two defendants (the Graham Chief of police and one other officer). All other Drumwright claims proceeded. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 9, 2021
Alliance Party v. D.C. Board of Elections
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02319 (D.D.C.)
VR-DC-1174
The Alliance Party and two third-party presidential sued the District of Columbia Board of Elections. The D.C. city government had lowered the signatures required for ballot qualification from 5,007 to 250 on August 6, 2020, the day after petitions to appear on the ballot were due. The plaintiffs contended that they had ceased collecting signatures because it was "impossible" to collect 5,007 signatures while adhering to social distancing guidelines, but would have continued their efforts if they knew they only had to get 250. The district court denied a motion for temporary restraining order, the 2020 election was held and this case was dismissed soon after.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2021
Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle v. Baltimore Police Department
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00929-RDB (D. Md.)
PN-MD-0010
In April 2020, two Baltimore activists and a local grassroots think tank filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiffs alleged that the Baltimore City Police Department’s contract with a private surveillance company to fly panes that captured images of the city for use in police investigations violated the First and Fourth Amendments of the Constitution. The district court denied the plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction a few weeks after the lawsuit was filed. The plaintiffs appealed to the Fourth Circuit and were initially unsuccessful as the Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of the motion in November 2020. However, after an en banc rehearing of the case in March 2021, the Fourth Circuit overturned its prior decision in an eight to seven vote and reversed the denial of the motion for a preliminary injunction on June 24, 2021. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2021
City of Seattle v. Department of Homeland Security
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-07151 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0151
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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July 7, 2021
Johnson v. Guzman Chavez
Oyez
Date: Jun. 29, 2021
By: Oyez
Respondents are a class of noncitizens subject to reinstated removal orders, which generally are not open to challenge. However, if a noncitizen has a reasonable fear of persecution or torture in the countries designated in their removal orders, the person may pursue withholding of removal. That is ...
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July 7, 2021
Johnson v. Guzman Chavez
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 29, 2021
By: SCOTUSBlog
Holding: The detention of a noncitizen ordered removed from the United States who reenters without authorization is governed by 8 U.S.C. § 1231.

Judgment: Reversed, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Alito on June 29, 2021. Justice Thomas filed an opinion concurring except for footnote 4 ...
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July 7, 2021
Casenote: Rizzo v. Goode - Federal Court Intervention and Local Police Departments
University of Baltimore Law Forum
Date: March 1976
By: Lindsay Schlottman
In an action brought under 42 U.s.c. sec. 1983, the Supreme Court, led by Justice Rehnquist, reversed a federal district court's attempt to end a pattern of illegal and unconstitutional police mistreatment of citizens. Rizzo v. Goode, 44 LW 4095, was decided on January 21; 1976 and is the resting ...
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July 7, 2021
Rizzo v. Goode
Oyez
Date: Jan. 21, 1976
By: Oyez
Two suits, permitted to proceed as class actions, were brought in District Court under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 by respondents, individuals and organizations, against petitioners, the Mayor of Philadelphia, the Police Commissioner, and others, alleging a pervasive pattern of illegal and unconstitutional ...
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July 7, 2021
Oldaker v. Giles
National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
Date: 2021
By: National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild
On December 21, 2020, NIPNLG and its partners filed litigation on behalf of fourteen women who suffered medical abuse at the Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. More than 40 women filed sworn testimony in court revealing a relentless pattern of unnecessary and non-consensual medical surgeries, ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 7, 2021
United States v. Mohamud
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 3:10-CR-00475-KI-1 (D. Or.)
NS-OR-0003
In 2010, the government initiated criminal prosecution of Mohamed Osman Mohamud in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon charging him with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. At the start of the proceedings, the government filed a FISA notification which gave Mohamud notice that the government intended to use information obtained and derived from electronic surveillance and a physical search conducted pursuant to FISA. When Mohamud challenged the government's compliance with the notification procedures and their legality, the district court upheld the statute and scope of required notification of surveillance under FISA Section 702. The Supreme Court has denied certiorari. Mohamud filed a motion to vacate or correct his sentence in June of 2020; the motion has yet to be ruled on and the case remains ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 7, 2021
Morrissey v. Brewer
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 69-20468 (S.D. Iowa)
CJ-IA-0001
This is an older case about whether due process rights are violated when a parole board revokes someone's parole without a hearing. The petitioners were individually convicted in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa in the late 1960s; each was granted parole by the Iowa Board of Parole in 1968 and subsequently arrested for violating parole in 1969. The petitioners filed writs of habeas corpus in 1969, alleging that the revocation of his parole by the Iowa Board of Parole without first receiving a hearing on the matter violated the Fourteenth Amendment. The district court denied both petitions and on April 21, 1971, the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed. On June 29, 1972, the Supreme Court reversed the Eighth Circuit, reasoning that the interest at issue for the petitioners fell within the contemplation of the fourteenth amendment and thus due process concerns applied. The Supreme Court found no state interest in revoking parole without procedural safeguards for the parolee. The Supreme Court further found society had an interest in not having parole improperly revoked as doing so would make integrating the parolee back into society more difficult. The court concluded by evaluating the nature of what parole revocation consistent with the Fourteenth Amendment should constitute, including: (1) a determination by a third party that reasonable grounds exist for parole revocation; (2) notice of the grounds and the opportunity to bring evidence; and (3) an opportunity for a hearing, if so desired by the parolee. There was no information on Lexis, Westlaw, or another publicly-available resource about whether and for how long litigation continued subsequent to the supreme court ruling.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 7, 2021
United States v. James Griggs Raines
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: Civ. A. No. 442 (M.D. Ga.)
VR-GA-0167
The United States alleged that the registrars of Terrell County, GA purposefully delayed and rejected Black voter registrations in order to maintain racial disparity among registered voters. Defendants, led by one of the foremost segregationist attorneys of the era, challenged the constitutionality of the statute that authorized the United States to file an action based on private citizens rights. After the District Court dismissed the complaint and declared the statute unconstitutional, the Supreme Court reversed and remanded. On remand, the court found that Terrell County had purposely discriminated against Black voters and ordered the county to stop these discriminatory practices but declined to enact the greater judicial oversight permitted by the Civil Rights Act of 1957. History shows that this enabled Terrell County to continue its abuses.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2021
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05205-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0004
In 2017, the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University sued President Donald Trump and other executive branch officials, alleging unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment right to free speech after the named individual plaintiffs were blocked from the Twitter account @realDonaldTrump for being critical of President Trump and/or his policies. After the Second Circuit affirmed the district court's granting summary judgment to the plaintiffs, the U.S. Supreme Court vacated the opinion and directed the Second Circuit to dismiss the case as moot because there was a change in presidential administrations due to the 2020 election.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2021
Crawford v. McDonald's
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-05132 (N.D. Ill.)
PA-IL-0001
In 2020, former black McDonald's franchisees filed suit against the parent corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs alleged that McDonald's racially discriminated against them by denying opportunities to manage more viable franchises that were available to white franchisees and by more strictly enforcing standards for inspections and quality against them. McDonald's filed a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim on December 21, 2020; it has not yet been adjudicated. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 6, 2021
Romero v. Evans
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-754 (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2021
Washington v. GEO
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-05806-RJB (W.D. Wash.)
CJ-WA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2021
Plata v. Brown (Newsom) / Coleman v. Brown Three-Judge Court
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:01-cv-01351 (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0057
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2021
Oldaker v. Giles
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 7:20-cv-00224-WLS-MSH (M.D. Ga.)
IM-GA-0017
In 2020, women who were detainees at Irwin County Detention Center (an ICE Jail in Ocilla County, Georgia) filed a class action complaint, habeas petition, and emergency motion for a temporary restraining order in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (in Valdosta). The plaintiffs alleged that they were medically abused while in ICE custody and that federal and jail officials retaliated against them when they attempted to inform the public about the conditions of their confinement. The plaintiffs claim that these actions violated the First, Fifth and Fourteenth amendments, the Administrative Procedure Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, and other federal and state laws. ICE moved all women detainees out of ICDC by late April 2021 and the Department of Homeland Security announced the end of its contract with the detention center in May 2021. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2021
Goode v. Tate
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 70-491 (E.D. Pa.)
PN-PA-0022
Plaintiffs in two separate cases sought injunctive relief regarding the same alleged unconstitutional conduct by Philadelphia police. After the district court initially ordered the police to revise its citizen complaint process and awarded plaintiffs attorneys' fees, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed by finding that the plaintiffs lacked standing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
July 2, 2021
United States v. Alabama
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01971-JHE (N.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0037
On October 6, 2016, the DOJ announced that it had opened a statewide investigation into the conditions in Alabama’s prisons for men under CRIPA. The investigation revealed poor conditions in the prisons, and the DOJ was unable to reach a settlement with the state. As a result, the DOJ filed a lawsuit on December 9, 2020 against Alabama in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The case is ongoing.
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June 30, 2021
East Bay v. Barr
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 16, 2021
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, and Center for Constitutional Rights filed a federal lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s new asylum restrictions announced July 15, 2019.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 30, 2021
Doe v. McAleenan
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-02119-DMS-AGS (S.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0152
Asylum seekers sued the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the U.S. District Court of Southern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that the defendants forbid them from seeking and retaining legal counsel for their non-refoulement interview, which would determine whether they must stay in Mexico while their immigration proceedings are ongoing. The plaintiffs argued that the denial of access to counsel violated the Administrative Procedure Act, the Immigration and Nationality Act, procedural and substantive due process, and the First Amendment. The district judge granted a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction. The preliminary injunction was appealed by the government to the Ninth Circuit in March 2020. The Ninth Circuit stayed the appeal in this case pending the outcome of a separate Supreme Court case on the same issue, Wolf [or Pekoske] v. Innovation Law Lab. This case remains pending until Innovation Law Lab is resolved in the Supreme Court.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 30, 2021
Plata v. Newsom
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:01-cv-01351-TEH (N.D. Cal.)
PC-CA-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 30, 2021
Diaz v. Hott
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-1405 (E.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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June 29, 2021
Kravitz v. United States Department of Commerce
Brennan Center for Justice
Date: Jul. 15, 2019
By: Brennan Center for Justice
Maryland and Arizona residents are challenging the Department of Commerce’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The plaintiffs argue that the decision violates the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act. The government appealed the decision and the case is ...
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June 29, 2021
Appeals court sends census case to lower court to review discrimination claims
The Hill
Date: Jun. 25, 2019
By: Jacqueline Thomsen
A federal appeals court on Tuesday said it would send a lawsuit over the Trump administration's addition of a question about citizenship to the 2020 census to a lower court to determine whether there was discriminatory intent behind the question's inclusion.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2021
Dobbey v. Weilding
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01068 (N.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0052
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2021
United States v. Baltimore County
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-02465-CCB (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0152
The United States sued Baltimore County seeking to enjoin the use of discriminatory exams used by the county police department in their hiring process. Following protracted negotiations, the parties came to a settlement agreement. The agreement stipulates that: (1) The County in enjoined from using the challenged exams and requires the County to create a new schematic which would not lead to a disparate impact against African American applicants (unless the impact is shown to be job-related and consistent with business necessity) (2) The County shall provide for individual relief in the form of back pay for certain affected applicants who had been denied under the old policy, and priority hiring relief for up to twenty of those applicants in certain circumstances. (3) Procedures and timelines for implementing the above.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2021
Wolfe v. Portland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-01882-BR (D. Or.)
PN-OR-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 29, 2021
Stafford v. Carter
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00289 (S.D. Ind.)
PC-IN-0024
In 2017, prisoners of the Pendleton Correctional Facility filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. The plaintiffs alleged that employees of the Indiana Department of Corrections denied inmates of life-saving medical treatment for the Hepatitis C virus in violation of their Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment Rights. Plaintiffs sought relief in the form of Hepatitis C virus (HCV) treatment; compensatory damages and punitive damages for claims under the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments; and for attorney fees, expenses, and costs. In January 2020, a settlement agreement was approved by the court. Most notably, the settlement guarantees HCV treatment for all eligible prisoners. The case is ongoing for purposes of implementation of the settlement.
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June 28, 2021
Newman v. Piggie Park Enterprises, Inc.
Oyez
Date: Mar. 18, 1968
By: Oyez
One who succeeds in obtaining an injunction under Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 should ordinarily recover an attorney's fee under § 204(b) unless special circumstances would render such an award unjust, and should not be limited, as the Court of Appeals held, to an award of counsel fees ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 24, 2021
Morgan v. Sproat
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 3:75-cv-00021-TSL-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
JI-MS-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2021
Elhady v. Piehota
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-00375-AJT-JFA (E.D. Va.)
NS-VA-0008
The plaintiffs, a group of Muslim-American U.S. citizens who believed that they were on the Terrorism Screening Database (the “watchlist”), filed their lawsuit in April 2016 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. They said that the watchlist subjected them to invasive travel screening and reputational harm and lacked a constitutionally adequate mechanism for having their names removed. The plaintiffs alleged that this violated their Fifth Amendment due process and equal protection rights, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the nondelegation doctrine. In 2017, Judge Anthony J. Trenga dismissed the plaintiffs' substantive due process, equal protection, and non-delegation claims, while allowing their procedural due process and APA claims to proceed to discovery. Though the plaintiffs successfully argued a procedural due process violation at summary judgment in September 2019, the Fourth Circuit reversed in May 2021.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 23, 2021
State of Washington v. United States of America
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00939-RAJ (W.D. Wash.)
IM-WA-0037
On June 26, 2018, a coalition of states filed this lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's practice of refusing entry to asylum applicants at the southern border, as well as its family separation policy. The case was transferred to the Southern District of California and is currently being held in abeyance until litigation in a similar case, Ms. L v. ICE, concludes.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2021
Siddiqui v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 0:20-cv-00793 (D. Minn.)
IM-MN-0007
In March 2020, sixty-eight immigration detainees held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the Sherburne County Jail (Elk River, MN) filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. Plaintiffs petitioned for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, arguing their continued detention in light of the COVID-19 pandemic was a violation of their Substantive Due Process rights under the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments. Plaintiffs sought an injunction ordering ICE to release petitioners to their homes pending further immigration proceedings or, alternatively, a temporary restraining order. The Court adopted the report and recommendation of the Magistrate Judge, which recommended denying both the injunction and temporary restraining order sue to the lack of imminent harm Plaintiffs would face if each were denied; COVID-19 safety guidelines promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control and adopted by ICE for the protection of inmates in the midst of the pandemic were cited as reasons. Plaintiffs appealed to the Eighth Circuit, which summarily affirmed the lower court ruling in December 2020. Appellants were deported by ICE in the following weeks and tere has been no movement on the docket since.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 22, 2021
Ross v. Gossett
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-00309 (S.D. Ill.)
PC-IL-0033
In March 2015, an Illinois prisoner brought this class action suit seeking damages and injunctive relief against the State of Illinois, alleging that during an April 2014 search of cells at Illinois River Correctional Center, the members of the IDOC tactical team "Orange Crush" beat, abused, and sexually humiliated the plaintiff, destroyed his property, and that such misconduct was endemic. Class certification was granted in March of 2020. The case remains open and in Discovery.
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June 21, 2021
Edrei LRAD Press Release
Cohen & Green, PLLC
Date: Apr. 19, 2021
By: Elena Cohen
The City of New York will ban the use of the so-called deterrent or alert tone on all New York City Police Department Long Range Acoustic Device (“LRAD”) sound cannons; pay out $748,000 in damages and attorney’s fees; and create new LRAD-related policies and training to settle Anika Edrei, et ...
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June 21, 2021
Edrei v. NYC LRAD Litigation Settlement
By: Elena Cohen
The New York City Police Department must establish written policies in a NYPD Administrative Guide provision covering NYPD LRAD uses that:
a. Ban use of the LRAD deterrent/alert tone altogether;
b. Require LRAD operators to note the time, place, and occurrence, and include
the ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 21, 2021
Ahmad v. City of St. Louis
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 4:17-cv-02455 (E.D. Mo.)
PN-MO-0008
This lawsuit, filed in 2017 in the Eastern District of Missouri, alleged that law enforcement in the City of St. Louis violated individuals' right to protest by classifying assemblies as "unlawful" and used chemical agents without probable cause or fair warning. The district court issued a preliminary injunction against the City to quell police misconduct and granted class certification, but the defendants successfully appealed both the class certification and preliminary injunction orders. Because so much time had passed since the 2017 entry of the preliminary injunction, the Eighth Circuit instructed the District Court to vacate and dissolve the preliminary injunction by October 31, 2021, if it has not been replaced by a permanent injunction in the meantime. It also left open the possibility that the plaintiffs could renew their request for class certification if a permanent injunction were granted. A non-jury trial is set for August 23, 2021.
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June 19, 2021
Ahmad v. City of St. Louis
ACLU Missouri
Date: Sep. 22, 2017
By: ACLU Missouri
The ACLU of Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Louis for unlawful and unconstitutional actions against people during the Stockley verdict demonstrations the week of Sept. 15, 2017. The ACLU lawsuit focuses on police misconduct using chemical weapons, interfering with video of police ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 18, 2021
Washington v. Devos
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-01119-BJR (W.D. Wash.)
PB-WA-0009
In 2020, Washington State challenged a rule from the U.S. Department of Education (DoED) allocating additional COVID funding to private schools. It was alleged that the DoED rule was in contravention of both the language and spirit of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. The case was dismissed in October 2020 as the DoED rule had already been enjoined in a separate case, NAACP v. DeVos (ED-DC-0010).
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June 17, 2021
Pereira Brito v. Wilkinson (Previously Pereira Brito v. Rosen and Pereira Brito v. Barr)
Date: Jun. 17, 2021
(ACLU of Massachusetts)
Pereira Brito v. Wilkinson (Previously Pereira Brito v. Rosen and Pereira Brito v. Barr), ACLU of Mass., https://www.aclum.org/en/cases/pereira-brito-v-wilkinson-previously-pereira-brito-v-rosen-and-pereira-brito-v-barr (last visited June 17, 2021).
The ACLU of Massachusettes' overview of Brito v. Barr's procedural history. This article contains additional resources such as news articles and audio recordings of oral arguments.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2021
Brito v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-11314 (D. Mass.)
IM-MA-0025
In this class action covering the Boston Immigration Court (which covers immigration detainees in Massachusetts and other parts of New England), the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts ordered numerous procedural changes to immigration court bond hearings. First, the Court put the burden on the government, not the detainee, to prove a flight risk or danger to the public. Second, immigration courts must consider the detainee's ability to pay. Finally, immigration courts must consider alternative conditions of release. Appeal is pending.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2021
Beydoun v. Sessions
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 5:14-cv-13812 (E.D. Mich.)
NS-MI-0007
A Michigan resident filed a class-action suit against the FBI and its Terrorist Screening Center after allegedly being repeatedly singled out for additional security screenings at airports. While TSC neither confirmed nor denied it, the plaintiff believed he had been added to the FBI’s "Selectee List" of persons subject to greater airport security. The plaintiff challenged this as a violation of his right to travel freely, but the court ultimately dismissed the case, finding that he had not suffered a deprivation of rights amounting to a constitutional violation.
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 17, 2021
Abdi v. Wray
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-00622 (D. Utah)
NS-UT-0002
In 2017, an American Citizen who is a cleric at a mosque in Salt Lake City filed this complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah. The plaintiff alleged that his placement on the FBI’s “terrorist watchlist” violated his Fifth Amendment Rights, the Administrative Procedure Act, and the Constitution’s non-delegation doctrine. In 2018, the District Court granted the government’s motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim. The Tenth Circuit affirmed in 2019.
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June 16, 2021
Muneer Awad v. Paul Ziriax, Oklahoma State Board of Elections, et al.
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Aug. 15, 2013
By: ACLU
Last year, state legislators in Oklahoma placed an unprecedented, discriminatory proposal to amend the Oklahoma Constitution to target the religious practices of Muslims on the November ballot. That measure strictly prohibits state courts from using or even considering “Sharia” or “ ...
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June 16, 2021
Davidson v. City of Cranston
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Sep. 21, 2016
By: ACLU
Cranston, Rhode Island residents joined the ACLU of Rhode Island to sue the City of Cranston, charging that the 2012 redistricting plan for the City Council and School Committee violates the one person, one vote principle of the U.S. Constitution by counting incarcerated people in their prison ...
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June 16, 2021
Davidson v. City of Cranston Documents
Prison Policy Initiative
Date: Sep. 21, 2016
By: Prison Gerrymandering Project
The District Court ruled the city's prison gerrymandering unconstitutional, reasoning that the city could not count incarcerated people in city council districts as if they were city residents while not treating them as constituents when it came time to represent them. But the First Circuit Court ...
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June 16, 2021
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, et al v. Trump
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Sep. 13, 2019
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
The Foreign Emoluments Clause requires federal officeholders, including the President, to first seek and obtain the consent of Congress before accepting any gifts, payments, or benefits from foreign states. The Domestic Emoluments Clause prohibits the President from accepting any “emoluments” ...
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June 16, 2021
CREW v. Donald J. Trump
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
By: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
On January 23, 2017, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a lawsuit against Donald J. Trump to stop him from violating the Constitution by illegally receiving payments from foreign governments.*
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June 16, 2021
Public Citizen v. Trump
Public Citizen Inc
Date: Dec. 20, 2019
By: Public Citizen
On Feb. 8, Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Communications Workers of America sued the Trump administration to block an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule ...
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June 16, 2021
Public Citizen, Inc. v. Trump
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Date: Dec. 20, 2019
By: U.S. Chamber Litigation Center
On Feb. 8, Public Citizen, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and the Communications Workers of America sued the Trump administration to block an executive order signed by President Donald Trump on Jan. 30 that directs federal agencies to repeal two federal regulations for every new rule ...
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June 16, 2021
Prieto v. Clarke
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Oct. 13, 2015
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
Prieto was one of just eight inmates out of the 39,000 in the custody of the Virginia Department of Corrections who had been permanently assigned to solitary confinement. As a result of that assignment, Prieto and the other inmates in his situation (i.e., those on death row) spent 23 hours or more ...
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June 16, 2021
Prieto v. Clarke
ACLU of Virginia
Date: Sep. 30, 2015
By: ACLU Virginia
All Virginia offenders who are sentenced to death are assigned to solitary confinement for the remainder of their lives or until their sentence is overturned. Typically, inmates serve at least six years in solitary while they pursue their appeals. Solitary confinement is an extremely cruel method ...
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June 16, 2021
Johnson v. Avery (1969)
First Amendment Encyclopedia
By: David L. Hudson Jr.
In Johnson v. Avery, 393 U.S. 483 (1969), the Supreme Court invalidated a Tennessee prison rule that prohibited inmates from assisting others with legal matters, including preparing writs of habeas corpus, finding it denied many inmates access to the courts to file claims. Although rooted in due ...
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June 16, 2021
Johnson v. Avery
Oyez
Date: Feb. 24, 1969
By: Oyez
Petitioner, a Tennessee prisoner, was disciplined for violating a prison regulation which prohibited inmates from assisting other prisoners in preparing writs. The District Court held the regulation void because it had the effect of barring illiterate prisoners from access to federal habeas corpus ...
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June 16, 2021
Beard v. Banks (2006)
The First Amendment Encyclopedia
By: David L. Hudson Jr.
In this decision, the Supreme Court upheld, against a First Amendment challenge, restrictions imposed by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (whose secretary was Jeffrey A. Beard) on inmates’ reading materials. The Court’s 6-2 ruling in Beard v. Banks, 548 U.S. 521 (2006), continued its ...
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June 16, 2021
Beard v. Banks
Oyez
Date: Jun. 28, 2006
By: Oyez
Pennsylvania houses "incorrigible, recalcitrant" prisoners in the Long Term Segregation Unit (LTSU). Ronald Banks was one of about 40 prisoners in level 2 of the LTSU, which is reserved for the most dangerous, worst-behaved inmates. It is the policy of the LTSU to impose severe restrictions on the ...
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June 16, 2021
Turner v. Safley (1987)
First Amendment Encyclopedia
By: David L. Hudson Jr.
In Turner v. Safley, 482 U.S. 78 (1987), the Supreme Court determined that restrictions on inmates’ constitutional rights, including those of the First Amendment, were subject to a rational basis standard of review. Though the Court affirmed that inmates still retain some measure of their ...
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June 16, 2021
Turner v. Safley
Oyez
Date: Jun. 1, 1987
By: Oyez
In the late 1970s, Renz Correctional Institution converted to a “complex prison”. Generally, female prisoners at Renz were medium and maximum security level offenders, while most male inmates were minimum security offenders. Leonard Safley was a male inmate at Renz, and P.J. Watson was a female ...
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June 16, 2021
Johnson v. California
Oyez
Date: Feb. 23, 2005
By: Oyez
California prisoner Garrison Johnson alleged in federal district court that the California Department of Corrections used race to assign temporary cell mates for new prisoners. Johnson alleged this violated the U.S. Constitution's equal protection clause. The district court and a federal appellate ...
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June 16, 2021
Johnson v. California
ACLU of Northern California
Date: Feb. 23, 2005
By: ACLU Northern California
For nearly 25 years, the California Department of Corrections (CDC) held an unwritten policy of segregating prisoners by race for, upon entry to a new facility.*
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June 16, 2021
Stender v. Lucky Stores, Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:88−cv−01467 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0276
Employees of Lucky Stores filed suit in 1988 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged sex, race, and/or national origin discrimination in Lucky's hiring, promotion, and training practices on behalf of a class of all female, Black, and Hispanic past, present, and future Lucky employees. Following six years of litigation, the parties entered into a consent decree in 1994, whereby Lucky agreed to non-discrimination in its employment practices and pay monetary relief to both non-representative class members and the named plaintiffs.
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June 16, 2021
In re Jackson Lockdown/MCO Cases
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 81-72151 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0034
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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June 16, 2021
Singleton v. Cannizzaro
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-10721 (E.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0010
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by eight crime victims and witnesses who were threatened, arrested, and imprisoned in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. The plaintiffs alleged that the District Attorney of Orleans Parish and many agents of the state violated the plaintiffs' First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights by creating and distributing doctored subpoenas to coerce them into submitting to interrogations. Five of the eight plaintiffs have settled their claims for monetary damages. The remaining three continue discovery on their way to trial as of June 15, 2021. Of the remaining three plaintiffs, one has settled against the individual defendants but maintains her claims against the DA. The other two have pending claims against both the DA in his official capacity and assistant DAs in their individual capacities.
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June 15, 2021
Baker v. Vermont
Lambda Legal
Date: Dec. 20, 1999
By: Lambda Legal
In July 2000, Vermont’s groundbreaking law establishing civil unions took effect, providing families of same-sex couples the same protections, benefits and responsibilities that married couples have under state law except for the powerful meaning conveyed by the word marriage. The civil unions ...
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June 15, 2021
Baker et al. v. State of Vermont
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Date: Dec. 20, 1999
By: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
GLAD won a ruling from the Vermont Supreme Court that recognized the right for same-sex couples to have their relationships afforded the same legal benefits, protections, and obligations as marriage under Vermont law, and ordered the Vermont legislature to remedy existing inequalities, leading to ...
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June 15, 2021
Trump v. Pennsylvania
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Aug. 20, 2020
By: SCOTUSBlog
Holding: The Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor and the Treasury had authority under the Affordable Care Act to promulgate rules exempting employers with religious or moral objections from providing contraceptive coverage to their employees*
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June 15, 2021
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Trump
Women's Law Project
Date: Jun. 7, 2019
By: Women's Law Project
On June 7, 2019, attorneys at the Women’s Law Project filed an amicus brief in support of the Pennsylvania Attorney General in Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Trump, a federal court challenge to the Trump contraceptive coverage rules that permit employers to refuse to cover birth control based on ...
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June 15, 2021
Department of Commerce v. New York
Oyez
Date: Jun. 27, 2019
By: Oyez
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur L. Ross issued a decision to reinstate a citizenship question on the 2020 Census questionnaire. The decision was challenged in federal court by a coalition of states, cities, and counties, with the challengers alleging that the question could cause a significant ...
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June 15, 2021
New York v. United States Department of Commerce
Brennan Center for Justice
Date: Aug. 10, 2020
By: Brennan Center for Justice
The State of New York led a coalition of states, cities, and mayors in a challenge to the Commerce Department’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. New York argued that the Department’s decision violated the U.S. Constitution and the Administrative Procedure Act.*
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June 15, 2021
Garden State Equality v. Paula Dow
ACLU New Jersey
Date: Oct. 21, 2013
By: ACLU New Jersey
In 2011, Lambda Legal filed suit on behalf of Garden State Equality and six same-sex families against the state, arguing that New Jersey’s civil union system, which the legislature created to provide same-sex couples the same benefits as marriage, failed to provide those same benefits and ...
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June 15, 2021
Garden State Equality, et al. v. Dow, et al
Lambda Legal
Date: Oct. 18, 2013
By: Lambda Legal
After nearly a decade fighting for marriage equality in New Jersey, Lambda Legal is back in court representing six same-sex couples and their children harmed from the unequal civil union system, and Garden State Equality, New Jersey’s statewide LGBT advocacy organization.*
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June 15, 2021
Stewart and Stewart v. Heineman
ACLU Nebraska
Date: Jan. 5, 2017
By: ACLU Nebraska
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska, and the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP have filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of three couples seeking to strike down a state policy that bans gay and lesbian individuals and couples from serving as foster parents.*
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June 15, 2021
Stewart and Stewart v. Heineman
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Aug. 5, 2015
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union, the ACLU of Nebraska, and the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP have filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of three couples seeking to strike down a state policy that bans gay and lesbian individuals and couples from serving as foster parents.*
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June 15, 2021
Citizens for Equal Protection v. Bruning
American Psychological Association
Date: Nov. 7, 2005
By: American Psychological Association
The U.S. District Court for Nebraska held unconstitutional an amendment to the Nebraska Constitution prohibiting any form of recognition of same-sex relationships. The district court held, inter alia, that the amendment (Section 29) violates the Equal Protection Clause of the U.S. Constitution.*
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June 15, 2021
Citizens For Equal Protection v. Bruning Case Profile
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jul. 28, 2006
By: ACLU
The ACLU and Lambda Legal challenged the Nebraska constitutional amendment that excludes same-sex couples from any kind of legal protection for their relationships--from marriage through domestic partnerships. In April of 2003 three advocacy organizations filed suit arguing that the amendment ...
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June 15, 2021
Donaldson Guggenheim v. State of Montana
ACLU of Montana
Date: Jul. 22, 2010
By: ACLU Montana
Six committed same-sex couples, with the aid of the ACLU, sued the state of Montana on July 22, 2010 for failing to provide legal protections for their families in violation of the Montana Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection. The goal of this lawsuit was to see that same-sex couples are ...
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June 15, 2021
Donaldson v. Montana
American Psychological Association
Date: Nov. 18, 2011
By: American Psychological Association
Because there is a constitutional amendment in Montana barring marriage for same-sex couples, this lawsuit is not seeking marriage. The couples in the suit are seeking the protection of state-recognized domestic partnerships (i.e., a finding under the state constitution’s other provisions, such ...
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June 15, 2021
Barrier and Schild v. Vasterling - Freedom to Marry in Missouri
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Oct. 3, 2014
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Missouri have filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of six same-sex couples who are seeking recognition for their legal out-of-state marriages.*
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June 15, 2021
Barrier v. Vasterling (Marriage Recognition)
ACLU of Missouri
Date: Sep. 25, 2014
By: ACLU Missouri
“Because of the many benefits of marriage, Missouri has traditionally recognized lawful marriages performed in other states,” said Jeffrey Mittman, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri. “We know that the people of Missouri are fair-minded and did not intend to ...
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June 15, 2021
Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri: Safe Water For Flint
American Civil Liberties Union
By: ACLU Michigan
After the State of Michigan stripped the residents of Flint of their ability to elect local representatives, state-appointed officials decided to use the Flint River as a water source without adding corrosive controls. As a result, lead leached from the water pipes and poisoned the drinking water, ...
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June 15, 2021
Concerned Pastors for Social Action v. Khouri
Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.
Date: Dec. 1, 2020
By: Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc.

In January 2016, NRDC, Concerned Pastors for Social Action, the ACLU of Michigan, and Flint, Michigan, resident Melissa Mays filed a lawsuit against the city of Flint and Michigan state officials for unlawfully exposing the people of Flint to lead-contaminated drinking water. Our lawsuit ...
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June 15, 2021
Love v. Johnson
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: May 21, 2015
By: ACLU
In May 2015, the ACLU filed a federal lawsuit against the Michigan Secretary of State challenging a department policy that makes it impossible for many transgender individuals to correct the gender on their driver’s licenses and state identification documents. The court recognized in its November ...
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June 15, 2021
Love v. Johnson: ID Lawsuit
ACLU of Michigan
By: ACLU Michigan
In 2011 the Michigan Secretary of State’s office implemented a policy that prohibited transgender persons from correcting the gender marker on their driver’s licenses unless they can produce an amended birth certificate showing the correct gender. For persons born in Michigan, changing the ...
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June 15, 2021
Goodridge v. Department of Public Health
Lambda Legal
By: Lambda Legal
New England-based Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders represented seven same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in this historic case. After GLAD won at the state’s highest court, the state senate attempted to circumvent the ruling with a request to the court about whether civil unions ...
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June 15, 2021
Goodridge et al. v. Dept. Public Health
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Date: Feb. 4, 2004
By: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
In a historic opinion on November 18, 2003, GLAD won a ruling from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court that gay and lesbian couples can no longer be excluded from civil marriage rights in Massachusetts. GLAD filed the case in April 2001. The 4-3 opinion was the first of its kind in this ...
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June 15, 2021
Miller v. Davis
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jan. 23, 2019
By: ACLU
Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling in 2015, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to issue any marriage licenses because of her personal, religious opposition to marriage for same-sex couples. The ACLU and the ACLU of Kentucky won a preliminary injunction on ...
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June 15, 2021
Miller v. Davis
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Date: Feb. 25, 2016
By: Americans United for Separation of Church and State
In June 2015, after the Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which held that same-sex couples have a constitutionally protected right to marry, Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis refused to allow her office to issue marriage licenses to any couple, be they same-sex or different-sex. Davis ...
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June 15, 2021
Love v. Beshear*
Lambda Legal
Date: Jul. 1, 2014
By: Lambda Legal
On 2/14/14, two same-sex couples moved to intervene in what was Bourke v. Beshear (after the judge granted summary judgment in favor of the plaintiffs in that case, which raised only marriage recognition claims) to raise freedom to marry claims. That motion was granted and the judge renamed the ...
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June 15, 2021
Bourke v. Beshear & Love v. Beshear - Freedom to Marry in Kentucky
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: ACLU
Bourke v. Beshear is a federal court challenge to Kentucky's constitutional ban on marriage for same-sex couples, filed by attorneys at Clay Daniel Walton & Adams and Fauver Law Office on July 26, 2013, in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The plaintiffs are four same- ...
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June 15, 2021
Tuaua v. United States
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Dec. 7, 2012
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
On July 10, 2012, Constitutional Accountability Center filed Tuaua v. United States in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, seeking to vindicate the Constitution’s guarantee of citizenship at birth and contesting the constitutionality of federal laws and policies that ...
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June 15, 2021
Tuaua v. United States
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 13, 2016
By: SCOTUSBlog
Issue: Whether the Citizenship Clause entitles persons born in American Samoa, a U.S. Territory, to birthright citizenship.

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June 15, 2021
Diaz v. Brewer (formerly Collins v. Brewer)
Lambda Legal
Date: Dec. 31, 2014
By: Lambda Legal
In the summer of 2009, while our nation was in the grips of an intense debate about improving health care access, the state of Arizona enacted a mean-spirited law to strip lesbian and gay state employees of domestic partner benefits. Lambda Legal sued to block enforcement of this law, and to ...
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June 15, 2021
Brewer v. Diaz
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jul. 27, 2013
By: SCOTUSBlog
Issue: Whether the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ignored this Court’s precedent and erred in holding that Arizona Revised Statutes (A.R.S.) Section 38-651(O) (Section O) violates the Equal Protection Clause by limiting healthcare benefits to state employees’ spouses and dependents – and thus ...
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June 15, 2021
Wright v. Arkansas
Encyclopedia of Arkansas
Date: Sep. 11, 2020
By: Encyclopedia of Arkansas
Wright v. Arkansas was a case involving same-sex marriage in Arkansas. Beginning with a May 2014 decision by a state district court judge, which overturned Arkansas’s ban on gay marriage, the case was stalled in the courts for the next fourteen months. In response to the original decision, one ...
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June 15, 2021
Nathaniel Smith v. Wright: Marriage Equality
ACLU of Arkansas
Date: May 9, 2014
By: ACLU Arkansas
Victory! In 2013, private counsel filed a lawsuit in state court challenging the constitutionality of Arkansas’ ban on same-sex couples marrying, and the state’s refusal to recognize such marriages performed in other states. On May 9, 2014, a state judge found the law unconstitutional and ...
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June 15, 2021
Khaled El-Masri v. United States
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Oct. 17, 2018
By: ACLU
In a history-making lawsuit, the ACLU challenged the CIA on behalf of Khaled El-Masri, an entirely innocent victim of rendition who was released without ever being charged.*
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June 15, 2021
El-Masri v. Tenet
ACLU of Virginia
Date: Oct. 9, 2007
By: ACLU Virginia
For some time – and with greatly increased frequency since September 11 – the CIA has made use of a procedure called “extraordinary rendition.” Under this program, the CIA transfers suspected terrorists to foreign countries that are known to use torture and other illegal interrogation ...
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June 15, 2021
House v. Napolitano
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Sep. 9, 2013
By: ACLU
In May 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union and the ACLU of Massachusetts filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts challenging the suspicionless search and seizure of electronics and personal data belonging to David House, a computer programmer and U.S ...
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June 15, 2021
House v. Napolitano, et al
United States Courts
Date: Dec. 20, 2011
By: United States Courts
On May 13, 2011, plaintiff David House filed a complaint for violation of his civil rights in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts against Janet Napolitano, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Alan Bersin, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border ...
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June 15, 2021
Ali v. Rumsfeld
The Center for Justice and Accountability
Date: Jun. 21, 2011
By: The Center for Justice and Accountability
On September 20, 2010, CJA signed on to an amicus brief filed with the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the plaintiffs who alleged they were tortured and abused while detained by the U.S. in military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each plaintiff was subsequently released without ...
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June 15, 2021
Ali v. Rumsfeld - Case Profile
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 19, 2012
By: ACLU
In March 2005, the ACLU and Human Rights First filed a landmark lawsuit charging former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior military leaders with direct responsibility for the torture and abuse of detainees. The suit was brought on behalf of nine men subjected to torture and abuse ...
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June 15, 2021
Hepting v. AT&T
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: Oct. 16, 2012
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
In Hepting v. AT&T, EFF sued the telecommunications giant on behalf of its customers for violating privacy law by collaborating with the NSA in the massive, illegal program to wiretap and data-mine Americans’ communications.*
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June 15, 2021
Hepting v. AT&T: Challenging Corporate Collusion with the NSA
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Dec. 2, 2008
By: ACLU
Since 2002, telephone companies have been colluding in the president's domestic spying program, wiretapping communications networks and voluntarily providing the NSA with millions of customers' calling records. This information has been turned over without customer knowledge or consent, and without ...
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June 15, 2021
Jewel v. NSA
United States Courts
Date: Mar. 29, 2019
By: United States Courts
This case involves claims by numerous citizens that their constitutional rights were violated by the United States government through unauthorized surveillance of their telephone and internet activity by the National Security Agency (NSA) and other government actors under the "Terrorist ...
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June 15, 2021
Jewel v. NSA
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: Oct. 28, 2015
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
In Jewel v. NSA, EFF is suing the NSA and other government agencies on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal unconstitutional and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records.*
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June 15, 2021
Coleman v. Stanziani
Juvenile Law Center
Date: Jul. 8, 1981
By: Juvenile Law Center
In 1981, Juvenile Law Center filed a civil rights class action lawsuit in federal court challenging Pennsylvania law and practices that governed the detention of youth charged with committing delinquent acts. Defendants included a statewide class of Pennsylvania juvenile court judges and juvenile ...
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June 15, 2021
Secure Detention in Pennsylvania, 1981-1990: The Experience after Coleman v. Stanziani
Ohio State University Press
By: James E. Anderson and Robert G. Schwartz
In 1981, Juvenile Law Center filed a civil rights class action lawsuit in federal court challenging Pennsylvania law and practices that governed the detention of youth charged with committing delinquent acts. Defendants included a statewide class of Pennsylvania juvenile court judges and juvenile ...
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June 15, 2021
County of Maricopa v. Lopez-Valenzuela
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 1, 2015
By: SCOTUSBlog
Issue: (1) Whether the Ninth Circuit erred in holding, contrary to this Court's decision in Demore v. Kim, that under United States v. Salerno, a denial of bail is permissible “only” after individualized assessments of flight risk or future dangerousness, thereby barring categorical denials of ...
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June 15, 2021
Lopez-Valenzuela, et al. v. Maricopa County, et al.
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 1, 2015
By: ACLU
After a long legal battle the ACLU, on behalf of plaintiffs in Lopez Valenzuela v. Maricopa County prevailed by blocking further implementation of a law that for years did not allow judges to even consider bail for criminal defendants who were suspected of having "entered or remained in the United ...
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June 15, 2021
Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, et al. v. Nikki Haley
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 10, 2015
By: ACLU
In 2011 South Carolina passed SB 20, a law modeled after Arizona’s notorious SB 1070. The law required police to demand "papers" demonstrating citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops based on "reasonable suspicion" that a person lacks legal status. It also criminalized South ...
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June 15, 2021
Lowcountry Immigration Coalition, et al. v. Nikki Haley, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Oct. 12, 2011
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
South Carolina passed an extreme anti-immigrant law in 2011.

The law required police to demand “papers” demonstrating citizenship or immigration status during traffic stops when they have “reasonable suspicion” that a person is an undocumented immigrant. It also criminalized ...
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June 15, 2021
Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez (2001)
The First Amendment Encyclopedia
By: Helen J. Knowles
The Supreme Court established limits on the government speech doctrine in Legal Services Corp. v. Velazquez, 531 U.S. 533 (2001).

The Court ruled that a provision — the Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and Appropriations Act of 1996 — violated the First Amendment’s free speech ...
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June 15, 2021
Legal Services Corporation v. Velazquez
Oyez
Date: Feb. 28, 2001
By: Oyez
The Legal Services Corporation Act authorizes the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to distribute funds, appropriated by Congress, to local grantee organizations, which provide free legal assistance to indigent clients in welfare benefits claims. The Omnibus Consolidated Rescissions and ...
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June 15, 2021
Jama v. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Oyez
Date: Jan. 12, 2005
By: Oyez
A Minnesota state court convicted Somalian refugee Keyse Jama of assault. As a result the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) argued in immigration court that Jama should be deported to Somalia. The court agreed and an immigration appeals court also agreed. Jama then appealed to a federal ...
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June 15, 2021
The Ins and Outs of the Jama Case Part I
States of Incarceration
Date: Nov. 13, 2007
By: Pauline Daniels
The Jama case was filed in June 1997 on behalf of a group of undocumented aliens who were held at a private detention facility operated under the authority of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (“INS”) in Elizabeth, New Jersey.1 The Jama plaintiffs were all asylum seekers ...
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June 15, 2021
Nashville Community Bail Fund v. Gentry
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00103 (M.D. Tenn.)
CJ-TN-0015
In 2020, the Nashville Community Bail Fund filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The plaintiff alleged that a local rule which required it to agree to garnishment of judgment fees from bail bonds before it could post bail for indigent arrestees violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments of the Constitution and threatened its ability to operate as a non-profit. The District Judge granted a preliminary injunction in March 2020 enjoining the County Criminal Court Clerk from garnishing fees from bonds posted by the Bail Fund. In December 2020, the District Judge approved a consent decree where the Bail Fund and the County Government agreed to make the injunction permanent. The matter is ongoing as the parties are litigating over who should pay attorneys fees and how much.
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June 15, 2021
Mete v. New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, and Cooper v. New York State Office of Mental Health
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 92-CV-169-NPM (N.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0227
In 1992 and 1993, terminated employees of several New York state agencies filed these cases in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York, alleging that they had suffered age discrimination in violation of Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). In both cases, the district court found that it had subject matter jurisdiction to hear these claims because Congress had abrogated the states' Eleventh Amendment immunity from suit in federal court when it passed the ADEA, a holding which was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1998. However, the Supreme Court reversed the Second Circuit in the wake of its 2000 decision in Kimel v. Florida Board of Regents, which found that Congress did not abrogate the states' sovereign immunity with the ADEA. Both cases were then dismissed.
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June 15, 2021
Guilford College v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00891 (M.D. N.C.)
IM-NC-0005
On August 9, 2018, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) issued a new policy that made it easier to declare the presence of students and visitors to the United States unlawful. On October 23, 2018, Guilford College and other universities challenged that policy under the Administrative Procedure Act. They alleged that the new policy violated statutory and due process rights. The District Court entered a nationwide preliminary injunction against the policy but denied summary judgment because the parties had not submitted a complete administrative record. The case was appealed to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals but then the government dropped that appeal, leaving the injunction in place. It is unclear why the government chose to drop the appeal.
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June 15, 2021
Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feeney
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 75-1991 (D. Mass.)
EE-MA-0026
On May 20, 1975, a non-veteran woman who had applied for civil service positions in Massachusetts filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts against the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, its Division of Civil Service, the Director of Civil Service, and the members of the Massachusetts Civil Service Commission. She sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, seeking injunctive relief. Massachusetts had passed the Massachusetts Veterans' Preference Statute, which gave preference to veterans when hiring for state civil service positions. The plaintiff alleged that this was discriminatory against women and violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution because only a small percentage of veterans were women. The Supreme Court, in light of its recent decision in Washington v. Davis (1977), held that the Massachusetts statute lacked a discriminatory purpose against women and that there was no equal protection violation.
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June 14, 2021
Reynolds, et al., v. Valley Park
ACLU of Missouri
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
By: ACLU Missouri
The ACLU of Missouri represented Jacqueline Gray in the City of Valley Park’s appeal from the state court injunction entered in March. Gray and other plaintiffs successfully argued that the City’s attempts to regulate immigration by placing new obligations on landlords and business owners ...
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June 14, 2021
Reynolds v. City of Valley Park, Missouri
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Oct. 10, 2012
By: ACLU
Passed in July 2006 by the Board of Alderman of the City of Valley Park, Mo., the town’s “Illegal Immigration Relief Act Ordinance” seeks to punish landlords who rent to and business owners and employers who hire undocumented workers. The law also seeks to make English the official language ...
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June 14, 2021
Daniel Castellanos-Contreras, et al. v. Decatur Hotels, LLC et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Aug. 16, 2006
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
H-2B guest workers traveled to the United States from their home countries of Bolivia, Peru, and the Dominican Republic to perform guest services, housekeeping, maintenance, and other essential support functions in the hotel operations of the Defendants. Like thousands of other migrant laborers who ...
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June 14, 2021
Castellanos-Contreras, et al v. Decatur Hotels, LLC
National Immigration Law Center
Date: Jun. 4, 2007
By: National Immigration Law Center
Guest workers expose hotelier’s scheme to profit from immigrant labor while excluding African Americans.*
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June 14, 2021
Stewart v. Cherokee County, Georgia
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jan. 4, 2007
By: ACLU
Guest workers expose hotelier’s scheme to profit from immigrant labor while excluding African Americans.*
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June 14, 2021
Robert Stewart, Inc. v. Cherokee County, Georgia
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Date: Jan. 5, 2007
By: MALDEF
On December 5, 2006, the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners unanimously enacted Georgia’s first ordinance prohibiting the rental of dwelling units to unauthorized immigrants in its unincorporated territory. The Commission’s proffered reason for the ordinance was to address the County’s ...
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June 14, 2021
City and County of San Francisco v. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Jan. 23, 2020
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
The Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) provides that an individual may be excluded or removed from the United States if he or she is likely to become a “public charge.” Throughout American history, the term “public charge” has been understood to refer to those who receive cash benefits ...
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June 14, 2021
City & County of San Francisco v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services
The Network for Public Health Law
Date: Oct. 11, 2019
By: The Network for Public Health Law
City & County of San Francisco v. U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services (N.D. Cal. Oct. 11, 2019): A federal district court issued a preliminary injunction blocking the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) public charge rule from taking effect. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) ...
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June 14, 2021
La Clinica De La Raza et al v. Trump, Northern District of California
National Health Law Program
Date: Aug. 16, 2019
By: Litigation Team
Nonprofits serving immigrant communities filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s “public charge” regulation. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, individuals seeking admission to the U.S. or seeking to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence may be denied if ...
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June 14, 2021
Challenge to Trump Administration’s Public Charge Rule
National Immigration Law Center
Date: Nov. 25, 2020
By: National Immigration Law Center
Nonprofits serving immigrant communities filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s “public charge” regulation. Under the Immigration and Nationality Act, individuals seeking admission to the U.S. or seeking to adjust their status to lawful permanent residence may be denied if ...
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June 14, 2021
Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson
ACLU of Southern California
Date: Oct. 27, 2015
By: ACLU Southern California
Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of immigrants fleeing persecution who have faced months of detention while they await reasonable fear determinations.*
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June 14, 2021
Alfaro Garcia v. Johnson (Reasonable Fear Class Action)
ACLU Northern California
Date: Oct. 27, 2015
By: ACLU Northern California
The ACLU Foundation of Southern California, the ACLU Foundation of Northern California, and the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with the international law firm Reed Smith LLP, filed a class action lawsuit in the Northern District of California on behalf of thousands of immigrants ...
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June 14, 2021
Jackson v. Fort Stanton Hospital and Training School
Center for Public Representation
Date: Jun. 21, 2019
By: Center for Public Representation
Class action on behalf of 1500 residents of New Mexico’s two institutions for persons with developmental disabilities. After a lengthy trial, the Court issues a 202 page decision in 1990 finding violations of constitutional and statutory rights, and orders the parties to negotiate corrective ...
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June 14, 2021
Deinstitutionalization Nationwide
Public Interest Law Center
Date: Dec. 28, 1990
By: Public Interest Law Center
In partnership with the advocacy organization Supporters of Developmentally Disabled New Mexicans, we filed a lawsuit in 1987 seeking to close two large, state-run institutions in New Mexico housing 500 people with developmental disabilities. The institutions, Fort Stanton Hospital and Training ...
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June 14, 2021
Adkins et al. vs. Morgan Stanley
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 30, 2017
By: ACLU
The ACLU, along with the National Consumer Law Center and the law firm of Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, has filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Manhattan to hold Morgan Stanley accountable for its collaboration with the subprime lender New Century, which supplied Morgan Stanley ...
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June 14, 2021
Mortgage Securitization Discrimination Litigation
National Consumer Law Center
Date: Jul. 25, 2013
By: National Consumer Law Center
This landmark lawsuit was filed in the federal court in the Southern District of New York on behalf of Michigan Legal Services and African American homeowners in the Detroit, Michigan area. The suit claims that the Defendent violated federal and state housing and anti-discrimination laws by ...
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June 14, 2021
Latimore v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank 151 F.3d 712 (7th Cir. 1998)
Washington and Lee School of Law
Date: Apr. 1, 1999
By: Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice
Helen Latimore owned a home in a predominately black neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois.' She applied to Citibank Federal Savings Bank ("Citibank") for a $51,000 loan using her home as collateral.2 Citibank required that two conditions be met to receive a loan: creditworthiness, and that the ...
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June 14, 2021
Latimore v. Citibank Federal Savings Bank: A Journey through the Labyrinth of Lending Discrimination
UNC School of Law
Date: 1999
By: Erin Elisabeth Dancy
Discrimination is an omnipresent force in our society. The
faceless shadow rears its ugly head in a variety of places, and impacts
the lives of countless Americans every day. Tomorrow, for instance,
an African American woman will be turned down for a job because of
her race ...
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June 14, 2021
Williams v. City of Antioch (Racial Harassment of Poor Tenants)
ACLU Northern California
Date: Jul. 16, 2008
By: ACLU Northern California
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California and co-counsel filed a class action lawsuit in federal court July 16, 2008, charging that the city of Antioch and its police department are engaged in a concerted campaign of intimidation, harassment, and discrimination against African-Americans who ...
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June 14, 2021
Williams v. City of Antioch
Public Advocates
Date: Jul. 11, 2007
By: Public Advocates
In July 2007, in partnership with Bay Area Legal Aid, we launched an investigation to determine whether the Antioch Police Department was unlawfully targeting African-American families who receive federal housing assistance through the Section 8 program. Since 2006, many tenants in the City of ...
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June 14, 2021
Liberty University v. Geithner
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Dec. 28, 2012
By: SCOTUSBlog
Issue: (1) Whether the Anti-Injunction Act (AIA) bars courts from deciding the limits of federal power to enact a novel and unprecedented law that forces individuals into the stream of commerce and coerces employers to reorder their business to enter into a government-mandated and heavily regulated ...
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June 14, 2021
Liberty University, Inc. v. Geithner, No. 10-2347
South Carolina Law Review
Date: Sep. 8, 2011
By: South Carolina Law Review
The plaintiffs, Liberty University and two individuals, brought suit seeking to enjoin the Secretary of the Treasury from enforcing the “individual” and “employer mandates” in the recently passed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Act”), also known as “Obamacare,” that ...
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June 14, 2021
Planned Parenthood Association of Hidalgo County Texas, Inc. v. Suehs
National Partnership for Women & Families
Date: Aug. 21, 2012
By: Repro Health Watch
Federal court challenge to a Texas rule prohibiting Planned Parenthood affiliates and other entities affiliated with abortion providers from participating in Texas’ Medicaid Women’s Health Program. The case was filed in April 2012. The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas held ...
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June 14, 2021
Planned Parenthood Ass’n of Hidalgo County Texas, Inc. v. Suehs: Abortion and the Right To “Affiliate”
Tulane Law Review
By: Tulane Law Review
In April 2012, nine Planned Parenthood clinics in Texas (referred to collectively as the Texas clinics) were granted a preliminary injunction halting the enforcement of public funding restrictions that the clinics claimed violated their First Amendment rights.[1. Planned Parenthood Ass’n of ...
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June 14, 2021
Gaskin v. Commonwealth
Public Interest Law Center
Date: Jun. 3, 2010
By: The Public Interest Law Center
We filed the lawsuit Gaskin v. Commonwealth on June 30, 1994, seeking to increase the number of children with disabilities educated with their non-disabled peers, and to make sure schools provided real supports to make sure inclusion would work as required by the IDEA. To reach those goals, the ...
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June 14, 2021
Gaskin v. Pennsylvania Class Action Suit
Kids Together, Inc.
By: Kids Together, Inc.
The Gaskin settlement affects over 280,000 students in Pennsylvania who receive special education. The lawsuit, which was settled in 2005, had 12 named plaintiffs and 11 disabilities advocacy organizations. Lydia Gaskin was the lead plaintiff in the case represented by the Public Interest Law ...
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June 14, 2021
Barden v. Sacramento
Disability Rights Advocates
By: Disability Rights Advocates
This case set a nationwide precedent requiring cities and other public entities to make all public sidewalks accessible to people with mobility and vision disabilities. The court ruled that public entities must address barriers such as missing or unsafe curb cuts throughout the public sidewalk ...
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June 14, 2021
Barden Lawsuit Settlement
City of Sacramento
By: City of Sacramento
This case set a nationwide precedent requiring cities and other public entities to make all public sidewalks accessible to people with mobility and vision disabilities. The court ruled that public entities must address barriers such as missing or unsafe curb cuts throughout the public sidewalk ...
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June 14, 2021
Braam v. State of Washington
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Mar. 1, 2010
By: National Center for Youth Law
This case was originally filed by thirteen current and former foster children against the State of Washington, the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), and the Secretary of DSHS seeking damages for injuries plaintiffs suffered as a result of the state’s practice of shuttling them from ...
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June 14, 2021
Braam Settlement Agreement
Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
By: Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
The Braam vs. State of Washington lawsuit was filed in August 1998 on behalf of a class of foster children who had three or more placements while in foster care. The named plaintiff is Jessica Braam. The lawsuit alleged that the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) does not provide ...
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June 14, 2021
M.D. v. Abbott
Children's Rights
Date: Mar. 29, 2011
By: Children's Rights
Children’s Rights, along with co-counsel Haynes & Boone, Yetter Coleman and Canales & Simonson, filed this case against Greg Abbott, in his official capacity as Governor of Texas; Chris Traylor, in his official capacity as the Executive Commissioner of the Health and Human Services Commission of ...
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June 14, 2021
M.D. v. Perry
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Jan. 9, 2017
By: National Center for Youth Law
Thirteen foster youth in the custody of Texas’s Permanent Managing Conservatorship (PMC), brought suit against defendants Rick Perry, then governor of Texas; Thomas Seuhs, Executive Commissioner of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC); and Anne Heiligenstein, Commissioner of the ...
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June 14, 2021
Baby Neal v. Casey
Juvenile Law Center
Date: May 9, 1994
By: Juvenile Law Center
On April 4, 1990, 16 youth in the custody of the City of Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) sued the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, among others, alleging that the City’s child welfare system suffered from a number of deficiencies and that these deficiencies led to a ...
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June 14, 2021
Baby Neal v. Casey
National Center for Youth Law
By: National Center for Youth Law
In April 1990, plaintiffs filed this suit in federal district court against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Presiding Judge of Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of children in Philadelphia’s foster care system, charging that ...
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June 14, 2021
Anderson v. Houston
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Mar. 14, 2005
By: National Center for Youth Law
Plaintiffs filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of abused and neglected children in the care of relatives or close friends. The suit alleged that state and county officials, including the Department of Public Welfare; the Office of Children, Youth, and Families, Department of Health Services of ...
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June 14, 2021
Anderson v. Houston
Juvenile Law Center
Date: Aug. 16, 2000
By: Juvenile Law Center
Juvenile Law Center, along with co-counsel ACLU-Pennsylvania, filed this class action lawsuit challenging state and county officials’ failure to pay kinship caregivers for their care of dependent children. Although it is against both federal and state law to treat relatives caring for these ...
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June 14, 2021
Olivia Y. v. Barbour
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Nov. 18, 2016
By: National Center for Youth Law
This class action lawsuit was brought on behalf of 3,000 foster children who are currently in the custody of the Mississippi Division of Family and Children’s Services (DFCS) and the thousands more who are improperly diverted from the system. Plaintiffs allege that DFCS placed thousands of ...
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June 14, 2021
Olivia Y. v. Barbour
Children’s Rights
Date: Jul. 6, 2012
By: Children’s Rights
Children’s Rights, along with co-counsel Bradley, Arant, Rose & White, Stephen Leech and Loeb & Loeb, brought this case against the Governor of Mississippi, the Executive Director of the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the Director of the Mississippi Division of Family and Children’ ...
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June 14, 2021
E.C. v. Sherman
Children's Rights
Date: Aug. 15, 2005
By: Children's Rights
Children’s Rights filed this class action in August 2005, together with a broad coalition of Missouri advocates, when a new Missouri law threatened to cut off critical adoption subsidies for special needs foster children. The Complaint asserted that the law, known as Senate Bill 539, violated the ...
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June 14, 2021
MO - G.L. v. Sherman
Children's Rights
Date: Feb. 1, 2006
By: Children's Rights
In 1977, Children’s Rights joined Legal Aid of Western Missouri and local advocates in a class action to reform the grossly inadequate child welfare system in Jackson County, Missouri. The Federal Complaint charged the Missouri Division of Family Services (DFS) with many failures, including ...
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June 14, 2021
G.L. v. Sherman
National Center for Youth Law
By: National Center for Youth Law
In this class action, plaintiffs sought to establish the federal constitutional and statutory rights of foster children to be protected from harm and to receive appropriate treatment while in state custody. The lawsuit was filed against officials of the Missouri Division of Family Services (DFS) ...
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June 14, 2021
Connor v. Patrick
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Nov. 18, 2016
By: National Center for Youth Law
This class action lawsuit was filed against the Massachusetts Governor, the Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, and the Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families in April 2010. The complaint alleges that Defendants are violating ...
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June 14, 2021
MA - Connor B. v. Patrick
Children's Rights
Date: Apr. 15, 2010
By: Children's Rights
Children’s Rights, along with co-counsel Nutter McClennen & Fish LLP, filed this case against Deval L. Patrick, in his official capacity as Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; JudyAnn Bigby, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health & Human ...
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June 14, 2021
Fuentes v. Benton County
ACLU Washington
Date: Nov. 14, 2016
By: ACLU Washington
The American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm of Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC have filed a class-action lawsuit against Benton County in central Washington over its unconstitutional system for collecting court-imposed debts. The suit says the county jails, threatens to jail, or forces ...
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June 14, 2021
Fuentes v. Benton County
Fines & Fees Justice Center
Date: Oct. 19, 2015
By: Fines & Fees Justice Center
This case challenged Benton County, Washington’s practice of incarcerating indigent defendants for failure to pay court fines and fees without any inquiry into their financial status or ability to pay. People were offered three options: to pay their “legal financial obligations” immediately; ...
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June 14, 2021
Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles
ACLU Nevada
Date: Mar. 15, 2018
By: ACLU Southern California
Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles is a class action lawsuit filed on behalf of thousands of Angelenos whom the Los Angeles police and prosecutors have unfairly subjected to restrictive "gang injunctions" without due process.*
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June 14, 2021
LAPD Gang Injunctions Gave Cops a License to Harass and Control Black and Latino Residents
ACLU Nevada
Date: Mar. 23, 2018
By: Melanie Ochoa
Peter Arellano’s life changed when a Los Angeles Police Department officer handed him a piece of paper informing him that he was now subject to a “gang injunction.” He could no longer visit his neighbors in their homes, drive to church with his family, ride his bike through the local park, or ...
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June 14, 2021
Douglas v. Cooley
ACLU Southern California
Date: Sep. 27, 2012
By: ACLU Southern California
Douglas v. Cooley is a lawsuit against the L.A. District Attorney and Sheriff's Department seeking to halt unlawful policies that suppress exculpatory evidence in criminal trials.*
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June 14, 2021
Lawsuit Targets Baca and Cooley for Concealing Evidence in Criminal Trials
ACLU Southern California
Date: Jul. 10, 2012
By: ACLU Southern California
Today, the ACLU of Southern California, the law firm Bird Marella, Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree, and USC Law Professor Michael Brennan filed a major civil rights lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court challenging a secret program by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department to conceal ...
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June 14, 2021
Muntaqim v. Coombe (amicus)
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Oct. 22, 2007
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed an amicus brief in the Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Muntaqim v. Coombe that challenged the state law which disenfranchised those convicted of felonies who are serving sentences or are on parole.*
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June 14, 2021
Brief Amici Curiae In Support Of Plaintiff-Appellant Jalil Abdul Muntaqim, a/k/a/ Anthony Bottom, Urging Reversal Of The District Court, On Behalf Of National Voting Rights Institute And Prison Policy Initiative
Prison Policy Initiative
Date: Jan. 28, 2005
By: Prison Policy Initiative
On January 28, 2005, the National Voting Rights Institute (NVRI) and the Prison Policy Initiative submitted a brief amici curiae (friend of the court) to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in the case of Muntaqim v. Coombe. Muntaqim is a Black prisoner whose Voting Rights Act lawsuit ...
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June 14, 2021
Muntaqim v. Coombe et al. (Challenging Felon Disenfranchisement Through the Voting Rights Act)
ACLU of New York
Date: May 4, 2006
By: ACLU of New York
Among the many issues raised in this case is whether Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act can be constitutionally applied to New York State’s felon disenfranchisement statute. Jalil Abdul Muntaqim is a black inmate at the Ahawangunk Correctional Facility in Wallkill, New York who is currently ...
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June 14, 2021
Sigma Beta Xi v. County of Riverside
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Jul. 24, 2019
By: National Center for Youth Law
This lawsuit alleges that Riverside County, California, through its Probation office, targets, ensnares, and discriminates against children by stripping them of their constitutional rights. The County sweeps tens of thousands of youth into punitive probation supervision through their Youth ...
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June 14, 2021
Sigma Beta Xi v. County of Riverside
ACLU Southern California
Date: Jul. 24, 2019
By: ACLU Southern California
The Youth Accountability Team (YAT) program was created in 2001 in Riverside County to target at-risk youths for intervention. But YAT treats children who have not been convicted of crimes like hardened criminals with surprise searches, unannounced home visitations, strict restrictions on who ...
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June 14, 2021
Sigma Beta Xi v. County of Riverside - Settlement Agreement
ACLU Southern California
Date: Jul. 24, 2019
By: ACLU Southern California
Sigma Beta Xi, Inc. v. County of Riverside is a class action lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of the Youth Accountability Team ("YAT") program, a juvenile diversion program run by Riverside County.*
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June 14, 2021
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
Oyez
Date: Mar. 29, 2016
By: Oyez
California law allows unions to become the exclusive bargaining representative for the public school employees of that district and therefore have a great deal of influence over a wide range of conditions of employment. Once a union is the exclusive bargaining representative for the school district, ...
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June 14, 2021
Case: Friedrichs V. California Teachers Association
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Date: Jan. 11, 2016
By: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
On November 17, 2015, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) joined more than 70 civil and human rights organizations in filing an amicus curiae brief in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, a challenge to the Supreme Court’s 1977 ruling in Abood v. Detroit Board of ...
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June 14, 2021
Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
Under these arrangements, unions act as the exclusive bargaining representative for all employees in a unit, whether they join a union or not, and all employees, including non-union members, are required to pay a share of the unions’ collective bargaining costs. (Under Abood, non-union members ...
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June 14, 2021
Doe v. Harris
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: Nov. 7, 2012
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
The ACLU of Northern California (ACLU-NC) and EFF filed a federal class-action lawsuit to block implementation of unconstitutional provisions of Proposition 35 – a ballot measure passed by California voters that restricts the legal and constitutionally protected speech of all registered sex ...
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June 14, 2021
Doe v. Harris (Internet Free Speech)
ACLU Northern California
Date: Oct. 26, 2015
By: ACLU Northern California
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California and the Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a federal class-action lawsuit to block implementation of unconstitutional provisions of Prop 35 – a ballot measure passed by California voters that restricts the legal and constitutionally protected speech of ...
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June 14, 2021
Doe v. Harris
Columbia University
Date: Nov. 18, 2014
By: Global Freedom of Expression
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Plaintiffs a preliminary injunction blocking the enforcement of provisions of Proposition 35, or the CASE Act, which requires anyone who is a registered sex offender to to turn over a list of all their Internet identifiers and ...
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June 14, 2021
Wilson v. Seiter: Less than Meets the Eye
University of Kansas
Date: 1999
By: David J. Gottlieb
In 1991 the United States Supreme Court revisited the question of the general standards that are required in eighth amendment conditions-of-confinement litigation. In Wilson v. Seiter, the Court declared that, in an eighth amendment case in which an inmate claims that conditions of confinement ...
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June 14, 2021
Prison-conditions cases since Wilson v. Seiter: A study in lower court compliance with Supreme Court decision making
University of Connecticut
Date: January 1999
By: Richard Bruce Cole
Prior to the late 1960s, federal courts took a hands-off approach when inmates in state prisons tried to challenge the conditions of their confinement as violative of the Eighth Amendment's proscription of “cruel and unusual punishment.” However, beginning in the late 1960s, federal district ...
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June 14, 2021
Wilson v. Seiter
Oyez
Date: Jun. 17, 1991
By: Oyez
While detained at the Hocking Correctional Facility in Nelsonville, Ohio, Pearly Wilson claimed he experienced cruel and unusual punishment in violation of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. Wilson sought financial awards and an injunction against the prison under 42 U.S.C. 1983. He filed suit ...
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June 14, 2021
Tanco v. Haslam
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: SCOTUSBlog
Holding: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by ...
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June 14, 2021
Tanco v. Haslam
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Jun. 16, 2014
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
Three same-sex couples validly married outside the state challenged Tennessee laws that prohibited the state from recognizing their marriages and that excluded them from the benefits of marriage available to married opposite-sex couples. On March 14, 2014, District Court Judge Aleta A. Trauger ...
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June 14, 2021
Tanco v. Haslam
National Center for Lesbian Rights
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: National Center for Lesbian Rights
On October 21, 2013, NCLR filed a lawsuit on behalf of three legally married same-sex couples, challenging Tennessee laws that prevented the state from respecting their marriages and treating them the same as all other legally married couples in Tennessee.*
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June 14, 2021
DeBoer v. Snyder
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: SCOTUSBlog
Holding: The Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

Judgment: Reversed, 5-4, in an opinion by ...
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June 14, 2021
De Boer v. Snyder
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Mar. 6, 2015
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
On January 23, 2012, plaintiffs April DeBoer and Jayne Rowse, both of whom have individually adopted children, filed a lawsuit in the Eastern District of Michigan challenging the state’s ban on adoption by same-sex couples. Michigan law restricted second-parent adoption to married couples, a ...
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June 14, 2021
Documents from the DeBoer v Snyder same-sex marriage trial, Federal Court
Stanford
Date: Mar. 21, 2014
By: Michael J. Rosenfeld
DeBoer v Snyder case is one of only a small number of trials that have ever been held to adjudicate the social science regarding same-sex couples and their children. The DeBoer v Snyder trial decision discredited some arguments against same-sex marriage. The case materials, therefore, may be of ...
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June 14, 2021
Adar v. Smith
Lambda Legal
By: Lambda Legal
Case representing gay fathers who were refused a birth certificate for their newly adopted son by the office of the Louisiana State Registrar.*
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June 14, 2021
Adar v. Smith
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Oct. 11, 2011
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
On August 10, 2011, CAC filed an amicus curiae brief in the Supreme Court in support of the Petition for a Writ of Certiorari in Adar v. Smith. This case raises important questions about the scope and enforceability of the Full Faith and Credit Clause of Article IV.*
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June 14, 2021
Adar v. Smith
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Oct. 11, 2011
By: SCOTUSBlog
Issue: (1) Whether a state violates the Full Faith and Credit Clause when an executive official selectively disregards some out-of-state judgments of adoption based on policy assessments of the wisdom of those judgments; (2) whether 42 U.S.C. § 1983 provides a remedy for a violation of the Full ...
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June 14, 2021
Clapper v. Amnesty International USA
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Feb. 26, 2013
By: SCOTUSBlog
Holding: Respondents lack Article III standing to challenge FISA Amendments Act of 2008, 50 U. S. C. § 1881a.

Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 5-4, in an opinion by Justice Alito on February 26, 2013. Justice Breyer filed a dissenting opinion in which Justices Ginsburg, Sotomayor, and ...
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June 14, 2021
Amnesty v. Clapper - Challenge to FISA amendments Act
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 26, 2015
By: ACLU
The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), enacted by Congress after the abuses of the 1960s and 70s, regulates the government’s conduct of intelligence surveillance inside the United States. It generally requires the government to seek warrants before monitoring Americans’ ...
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June 14, 2021
Clapper v. Amnesty Int'l USA
Electronic Privacy Information Center
By: Electronic Privacy Information Center
This case tests whether economic and professional costs related to the reasonable fear of being monitored under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act constitute an injury sufficient to give the plaintiffs the right to challenge the law in an Article III court.*
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June 14, 2021
Trump v. Hawaii
Oyez
Date: Jun. 26, 2018
By: Oyez
On January 27, 2017, President Donald Trump signed Executive Order No. 13,769 (EO-1), which, among other things, suspended entry for 90 days of foreign nationals from seven countries identified by Congress or the Executive as presenting heightened terrorism-related risks. EO-1 was immediately ...
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June 14, 2021
Hawaii v. Trump
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Jun. 26, 2018
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
On January 27, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order that, among other things, banned individuals from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen – all majority Muslim countries – from entering the United States. On March 6, 2017, President Trump issued a second order, which ...
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June 14, 2021
Trump v. State of Hawai’i and Elshikh
Columbia University
Date: Mar. 15, 2017
By: Global Freedom of Expression
On March 29 2017, the District Court for Hawaii granted a preliminary injunction effectively extending a two-week old nationwide temporary restraining order (TRO) on an Executive Order which had placed restrictions on the entry of foreign nationals. The Executive Order was the second such Order ...
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June 14, 2021
MI - Dwayne B. v. Snyder
Children's Rights
Date: Jul. 3, 2008
By: Children's Rights
Children’s Rights, along with co-counsel Ned Leibensperger, Kevin Bolan and McDermott Will & Emery LLC, filed this case against the Governor of the state of Michigan and the Director of the Department of Human Services (DHS) on behalf of all children who are now or will be in the foster care ...
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June 14, 2021
Dwayne B. v. Snyder
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Aug. 15, 2014
By: National Center for Youth Law
This class action lawsuit was filed against the state of Michigan for violating constitutional, federal statutory, and federal common law rights of children in foster care. The suit challenges the state for failing to move children quickly into safe, permanent homes; for failing to provide children ...
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June 14, 2021
Child Welfare Reform
State of Michigan
Date: Jun. 7, 2021
By: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
We have undertaken a massive effort to overhaul Michigan's child welfare system. The recent agreement with Children's Rights Inc. builds upon reform efforts that have been underway since 2006 and focus on the improvement of safety, permanency and well-being of children served by Michigan's child ...
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June 14, 2021
LaShawn A. v. Fenty
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Nov. 18, 2016
By: National Center for Youth Law
This civil rights class action was brought on behalf of children placed in foster care under the supervision of the District of Columbia’s Department of Human Services (DHS), and abused and neglected children who are (or should be) known to DHS by virtue of abuse or neglect. The complaint ...
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June 14, 2021
LaShawn A. v. Gray
Children's Rights
Date: Dec. 17, 2010
By: Children's Rights
Children’s Rights, along with co-counsel ACLU of the Nation’s Capital, filed this case against the Mayor of the District of Columbia, the Director of the D.C. Department of Human Services (DHS), and various officials within DHS on behalf of children in foster care or known to the D.C. child ...
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June 14, 2021
LaShawn A. v. Bowser
ACLU of DC
Date: Jun. 1, 2021
By: ACLU District of Columbia
On June 1, 2021, the ACLU of the District of Columbia’s oldest case came to a close, with the court’s approval of a settlement agreement in LaShawn A. v. Muriel Bowser, a class action that, over the course of 32 years, transformed the D.C. foster care system from a dysfunctional mess to what ...
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June 14, 2021
Farrakhan v. Gregoire
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
Date: Jun. 11, 2010
By: ACLU Washington
In a ground-breaking ruling, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in January 2010 struck down our state constitution’s provision barring felons from voting. The court found that racial minorities with felony convictions in Washington are disproportionately prevented from voting and that this ...
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June 14, 2021
Case: Farrakhan V. Gregoire
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Date: Oct. 7, 2010
By: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Farrakhan v. Gregoire raises the question as to whether Washington State’s felon disfranchisement law violates Section 2 of the federal Voting Rights Act. Section 2 prohibits states from using any voting qualification that results in a denial of the right to vote on account of race or color. *
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June 14, 2021
Farrakhan v. Gregoire
Brennan Center for Justice
Date: Oct. 8, 2019
By: Brennan Center for Justice
Farrakhan v. Gregoire involved a challenge to Washington State's felony disenfranchisement law that prohibited individuals in prison or on parole or probation from voting. Plaintiffs asserted that the law denied the right to vote on account of race in violation of the Voting Rights Act (“VRA”).*
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June 14, 2021
Sandoval v. Alexander
Date: Jun. 3, 1998
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Mexican immigrant Martha Sandoval was unable to obtain a valid Alabama driver's license because she did not speak English well enough to take the test - offered only in English. On behalf of Martha and thousands like her, the Center and two other civil rights organizations sued the Department of ...
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June 14, 2021
Alexander v. Sandoval
Oyez
Date: Apr. 24, 2001
By: Oyez
Because it is a recipient of federal financial assistance, the Alabama Department of Public Safety (Department) is subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Section 601 of Title VI prohibits discrimination based on race, color, or national origin. Under section 602, the Department of ...
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June 14, 2021
Kenny A. v. Purdue
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Nov. 18, 2016
By: National Center for Youth Law
This lawsuit against Georgia’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in Fulton and DeKalb Counties sought to end statutory and constitutional violations of the rights of approximately 3,000 children and to ensure that DCFS provides proper protection and care for these children.*
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June 14, 2021
Perdue v. Kenny A.
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Apr. 21, 2010
By: SCOTUSBlog
A federal court can award larger-than-usual attorney's fees to a civil rights lawyer who gives an especially strong performance in a particular case, but only in extraordinary circumstances.*
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June 14, 2021
Personnel Administrator of Massachusetts v. Feeney
Oyez
Date: Jun. 5, 1979
By: Oyez
A Massachusetts law gave hiring preference to honorably discharged veterans applying for state civil service positions. Feeney, a woman who scored high on certain competitive civil service examinations, was ranked below male veterans who had lower scores.*
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June 14, 2021
Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation v. Mnuchin
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-01002-APM (D.D.C.)
PB-DC-0016
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June 14, 2021
Edrei v. Bratton
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-01652 (S.D.N.Y.)
PN-NY-0061
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June 12, 2021
Applewhite, et al. v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al.
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Date: May 8, 2014
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
On May 1, 2012, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the Advancement Project, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP), and the Washington, DC law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP filed a lawsuit in the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania to overturn the voter ID law passed by the General Assembly in ...
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June 12, 2021
Voter ID: Applewhite v. Commonwealth
The Public Interest Law Center
Date: May 8, 2014
By: The Public Interest Law Center
In 2012, the Pennsylvania legislature passed a law requiring everyone to present certain types of photo ID before voting – a requirement that could have disenfranchised many people who cannot obtain ID and created additional burdens that fall heavily on urban, low-income, minority, elderly, and ...
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June 12, 2021
Grutter v. Bollinger
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Apr. 4, 2008
By: ACLU
This case challenged the use of affirmative action in the University of Michigan's law school admissions process. The Court upheld the constitutionality of narrowly tailored race-conscious affirmative action programs that further the compelling interest of diversity.

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June 12, 2021
Grutter v. Bollinger
Oyez
Date: Jun. 23, 2003
By: Oyez
In 1997, Barbara Grutter, a white resident of Michigan, applied for admission to the University of Michigan Law School. Grutter applied with a 3.8 undergraduate GPA and an LSAT score of 161. She was denied admission. The Law School admits that it uses race as a factor in making admissions decisions ...
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June 12, 2021
Robicheaux v. Caldwell
Lambda Legal
By: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal joined the legal team representing a total of seven Louisiana same-sex couples and the Forum for Equality Louisiana, the state’s LGBT rights organization, in their appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals of last month’s U.S. District Court ruling upholding Louisiana’s ...
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June 12, 2021
Robicheaux v. Caldwell
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
On September 3, 2014, District Judge Martin Feldman of the Eastern District of Louisiana became the first federal judge to uphold a state’s discriminatory ban on same-sex marriage following the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor. In his opinion, Judge Feldman justified denying ...
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June 12, 2021
Al-Haramain v. Obama
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Date: Mar. 31, 2010
By: Electronic Privacy Information Center
Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, President George W. Bush authorized the National Security Agency ("NSA") to conduct a warrantless communications surveillance program. The program intercepted international communications into and out of the United States of persons alleged to ...
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June 12, 2021
Al Haramain v. Obama
Electronic Frontier Foundation
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
This case alleges alleges that the Bush Administration illegally targeted the leaders of an Islamic charity and their lawyers for warrantless surveillance by the NSA. Their claims are based on a secret document that was accidentally disclosed to the plaintiffs by the government that the plaintiffs ...
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June 12, 2021
Elisa W., et al. v. The City of New York, et al.
https://www.elisawvnyc.com/
Date: Jul. 30, 2019
By: Elisa W. NYC
This website lists the upcoming hearings and court conferences in Elisa W., et al. v. The City of New York, et al. All court proceedings are open to the public unless otherwise noted. This lawsuit has been brought by 19 children in the New York City foster care system, on behalf of all children ...
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June 12, 2021
Elisa W. v. City of New York
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Jan. 27, 2017
By: National Center for Youth Law
Plaintiffs (nineteen children in foster care and the Public Advocate of New York) filed a case against New York City, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), New York State, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS), under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 and 28 ...
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June 12, 2021
Case: Mount Holly V. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens In Action, Inc.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Date: May 27, 2008
By: NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Mount Holly v. Mount Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc., which the Supreme Court agreed to hear in 2013, would have tested whether our nation’s commitment to ensuring that all families have a fair opportunity to find a good place to call home will continue.*
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June 12, 2021
Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc.
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Nov. 13, 2013
By: SCOTUSBlog
Issue: Whether disparate impact claims are cognizable under the Fair Housing Act.*
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June 12, 2021
Muslim Advocates v. Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice
Democracy Forward
By: Democracy Forward
On behalf of Muslim Advocates, Democracy Forward sued the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) and the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”) for issuing a misleading, biased, and harmful government report on terrorism. The groups invoked the Information Quality Act (“IQA”) – a data ...
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June 12, 2021
Muslim Advocates v. U.S. Department of Justice, et al. (No. 1)
Muslim Advocates
Date: Apr. 1, 2019
By: Muslim Advocates
Muslim Advocates has filed litigation to hold the federal government for misleading and biased information it has released about terrorism in order to support President Trump’s unjust Muslim Ban.*
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June 12, 2021
Gloucester County School Board v. G.G.
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Mar. 6, 2017
By: SCOTUSBlog
The judgment is vacated, and the case is remanded to the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit for further consideration in light of the guidance document issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice on February 22, 2017, on March 6, 2017.*
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June 12, 2021
Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
Freedom For All Americans
Date: Aug. 12, 2019
By: Freedom For All Americans
Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board is a case concerning discrimination based on gender identity or expression in schools. After allowing him to use the boys’ restroom for seven months, Gloucester County Schools in Virginia passed a policy refusing to respect the gender identity of ...
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June 12, 2021
Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: May 12, 2017
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
In Gavin Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia is considering whether the Gloucester County (Virginia) School Board’s policy, which denies transgender students access to the restrooms used by the rest of the student body, ...
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June 12, 2021
Grimm v. Gloucester County School Board
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Aug. 26, 2020
By: ACLU
Gavin Grimm sued his school board for excluding him the restrooms any other boy in his school would use — simply because he is transgender.*
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June 12, 2021
Pagedale Municipal Fines
Institute for Justice
Date: May 10, 2018
By: Institute for Justice
What would it be like if your homeowners’ or condo association had a police force? If, instead of just annoying you by nitpicking how your property’s paint looks or whether your barbequing with friends bothers the neighborhood busybodies, the association could ticket, fine, and even arrest you? ...
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June 12, 2021
Whitner v. City of Pagedale
Fines And Fees Justice Center
Date: Nov. 16, 2015
By: Fines & Fees Justice Center
Missouri law reduced the percentage of revenue from traffic tickets a municipality may use to fund operations from 30% to 12.5%. As a result, Pagedale generated money through fines imposed for municipal code violations. Residents were fined or imprisoned for having a basketball hoop in front of ...
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June 12, 2021
Doe v. Reed Background
Washington State Office of the Attorney General
Date: Apr. 28, 2010
By: Washington State Office of the Attorney General
On April 28, 2010, Attorney General Rob McKenna argued Doe v. Reed before the US Supreme Court, asking the Court to uphold a Ninth Circuit ruling, supporting the constitutionality of the state's public disclosure law and allowing the release of the names and addresses of petitioners who signed ...
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June 12, 2021
Doe v. Reed
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 24, 2010
By: SCOTUSBlog
Disclosure of the identity of persons who sign petitions for ballot referenda does not normally violate the First Amendment. The Court leaves open, however, the question whether the First Amendment might prohibit disclosure if it can be shown that disclosure could expose those who signed a petition ...
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June 12, 2021
United States v. Comstock
SCOTUSBlog
Date: May 17, 2010
By: SCOTUSBlog
The Court upheld, under the Commerce Clause, the law passed by Congress allowing the civil commitment of mentally ill sex offenders after the completion of their criminal sentences.*
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June 12, 2021
Thompson v. Dekalb County
American Civil LIberties Union
Date: Mar. 19, 2015
By: ACLU
On January 29, 2015, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a federal lawsuit challenging debt collection practices that have resulted in the jailing of people simply because they are poor. The case was brought on behalf of Kevin Thompson, a black teenager in DeKalb County, Georgia, who was ...
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June 12, 2021
Thompson v. Dekalb County
Fines And Fees Justice Center
Date: Jan. 29, 2015
By: Fines & Fees Justice Center
Kevin Thompson is a nineteen-year-old who lives with his mother, sister, and four-month old niece. On July 18, shortly after Mr. Thompson pulled into his driveway, a police officer informed him that he was driving on a suspended license. Mr. Thompson was unaware that his driver’s license was ...
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June 11, 2021
Obergefell v. Hodges
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Nov. 6, 2014
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
Obergefell v. Hodges, and three cases consolidated with it by the Supreme Court—Tanco v. Haslam, DeBoer v. Snyder, and Bourke v. Beshear—were federal-court challenges to state laws and constitutional amendments adopted by the voters of Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan, and Kentucky that prohibited ...
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June 11, 2021
Holt v. Hobbs
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jan. 20, 2015
By: SCOTUSBlog
An Arkansas prison policy that prevents a Muslim prisoner from growing a half-inch beard in accordance with his religious beliefs violates the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act.*
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June 11, 2021
Chamber of Commerce of the United States v. Whiting
SCOTUSBlog
Date: May 26, 2011
By: SCOTUSBlog
The provision of the Legal Arizona Workers Act that provides for the suspension and/or revocation of the business licenses of Arizona employers who knowingly or intentionally employ unauthorized aliens is not expressly preempted by the federal Immigration Reform and Control Act, which prohibits the ...
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June 11, 2021
Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State
Date: Jul. 7, 2017
By: Americans United for Separation of Church and State
As part of the Affordable Care Act's implementing regulations, group health plans are required to include coverage for various forms of preventative care, including all FDA-approved methods of contraception. Various secular, for-profit businesses with religious owners have filed lawsuits asserting ...
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June 11, 2021
M.H. v. Monreal
MacArthur Justice Center
Date: Jan. 27, 2017
By: MacArthur Justice Center
In 2012, the MacArthur Justice Center and the Uptown People’s Law Center filed a class action lawsuit against the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, challenging the denial of due process to youth accused of violating their parole conditions. In 2015, the Court ...
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June 11, 2021
Obergefell v. Hodges
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: SCOTUSBlog
The Fourteenth Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize a marriage between two people of the same sex when their marriage was lawfully licensed and performed out-of-state.

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June 11, 2021
Holt v. Hobbs
Becket
Date: Jan. 20, 2015
By: Becket
In 2011, Abdul Muhammad, an inmate in an Arkansas state prison, sued in federal court for the right to wear a beard in accordance with his Muslim beliefs. After he lost in federal court, Becket and Professor Douglas Laycock of University of Virginia Law School stepped in to represent him at the U.S ...
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June 11, 2021
David Oster et al v. Lightbourne
Disability Rights California
Date: Jun. 19, 2013
By: Disability Rights California
David Oster is among those who sued the state to block cuts to In-Home Supportive Services. He is pictured to the left with his IHSS provider, Julia Medina, in 2009. Credit: Spencer.

Oster v. Lightbourne is a lawsuit that Disability Rights California, along with co-counsel, filed in ...
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June 11, 2021
The New York Times Co. v. U.S. Dept. of Justice
Columbia University
Date: Aug. 25, 2014
By: Global Freedom of Expression
This is a Freedom of Information Act case arising out of the killing of U.S. citizens, deemed to be terrorists or associated with Al-Qaeda, in Yemen in 2011. Both the N.Y. Times and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sought the legal analysis prepared by the U.S. Dept. of Justice that ...
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June 11, 2021
Highlights of Ten Commandments Litigation
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Oct. 12, 2004
By: ACLU
In Stone v. Graham -a lawsuit brought by the ACLU of Kentucky-the Supreme Court rules that ""posting the Ten Commandments on classroom walls is plainly religious in nature. The Ten Commandments are undeniably a sacred text in the Jewish and Christian faiths, and no legislative recitation of a ...
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June 11, 2021
Singh v. Carter
Becket
Date: Jan. 4, 2017
By: Becket
Captain Simratpal “Simmer” Singh is a devout Sikh and decorated Army Captain who was forced to choose between serving his country and wearing the articles of his faith: his unshorn hair, beard, and turban. The Army gave over 100,000 soldiers medical and other exemptions from its 30-year policy ...
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June 11, 2021
Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius
Becket
Date: Nov. 3, 2014
By: Becket
In August 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services issued a federal mandate that required employers to provide services like the week-after pill in their health insurance plans. The HHS mandate forced religious groups including Belmont Abbey College, a Catholic school founded by ...
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June 11, 2021
Priests for Life v. Burwell
SCOTUSBlog
Date: Jun. 17, 2016
By: SCOTUSBlog
Because both the Obama administration and the religious non-profits, colleges, and schools challenging the accommodation offered to those who object to complying with the Affordable Care Act’s birth control mandate confirm that contraceptive coverage could be provided to the challengers’ female ...
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June 11, 2021
R.C. v. Wally
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Jan. 16, 2007
By: National Center for Youth Law
This case challenged the failure of the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) to preserve the families of and provide treatment to children with emotional or behavior disorders. Plaintiffs alleged that the state agency failed (1) to provide plaintiffs and their families with in-home supports ...
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June 11, 2021
In re Donna Elaine Anderson
Fines And Fees Justice Center
Date: Mar. 8, 2016
By: Fines & Fees Justice Center
Plaintiff’s complaint requested that the Circuit Court for the County of Macomb take superintending control over the 38th District Court, requiring Judge Carl F. Gerds III to refrain from imposing pay or stay sentences on indigent defendants who are unable to pay their court debt. According to ...
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June 11, 2021
Burge Conviction
Northwestern University
Date: Mar. 14, 2014
By: Bluhm Legal Clinic: MacArthur Justice Center
Cook County Circuit Court Judge Paul P. Biebel Jr. has appointed David N. Yellen, Dean of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, to serve as Special Master to determine which state prisoners have valid claims that they were incarcerated because of a confession coerced through torture by Chicago ...
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June 11, 2021
Jones et al v. City of Faribault
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 18, 2021
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of Minnesota sued the City of Faribault, Minnesota for its unconstitutional rental licensing ordinance, aimed at reducing the number of people of color living in rental housing within its borders.*
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June 11, 2021
Bernstein v. Department of Justice
Columbia University
Date: May 6, 1999
By: Global Freedom of Expression
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit determined that regulatory restrictions on an individual’s ability to publish encryption source code was a violation of the First Amendment. Daniel Bernstein developed encryption software and wanted to publish an explanatory research paper and its ...
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June 11, 2021
Fitzgerald v. County of Orange
ACLU of Southern California
Date: Sep. 6, 2011
By: ACLU Southern California
The ACLU of Southern California sued Orange County and its Board of Supervisors for violating disabled Vietnam Veteran William D. Fitzgerald’s right of freedom of speech for expressing his views and criticizing the Board and the way it conducts county business.*
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June 11, 2021
Multi-Ethnic Immigrant Workerd v. City of Los Angeles, California
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Date: May 1, 2007
By: MALDEF
On May 1, 2007, thousands of nonviolent protestors gathered in many cities around the United States, including Los Angeles, to march in support of comprehensive immigration reform. At the march in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) used excessive force against a group of peaceful ...
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June 11, 2021
Eternal World Television Network, Inc. v. Sebelius
ACLU Alabama
Date: Mar. 29, 2016
By: ACLU Alabama
As part of the Affordable Care Act, the federal government issued a rule that requires health plans to cover contraception without a co-pay. To date, 92 cases have been filed challenging the rule as an infringement on religious liberty. 80 of these cases are currently pending: 33 cases brought by ...
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June 11, 2021
Terrence Johnson et. al. v. Bredesen, et. al.
ACLU Tennesee
Date: Nov. 10, 2010
By: ACLU Tennesee
Tennessee law requires people who have completed sentences for felony convictions to pay restitution and child support before having their voting rights restored. This proves difficult for people like Terrence Johnson and Jim Harris, who actually gained full custody of their children but who couldn� ...
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June 11, 2021
Brown, et al. v. Snyder, et al.
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Mar. 16, 2011
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
On March 16, 2011, the Republican Governor Richard Snyder signed into law Public Act No. 4, the Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act, also known as the “emergency financial manager law.” Under this law, the Governor has the power to unilaterally (1) declare a local ...
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June 11, 2021
Fletcher v. Lamone
Prison Policy Initiative
Date: Jun. 25, 2012
By: Prison Gerrymandering Project
Fletcher v. Lamone was the first case to go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court that challenged a state law that ended prison-based gerrymandering. On June 25, 2012, the Supreme Court summarily affirmed a lower court's ruling, upholding Maryland's first-in-the-nation law requiring incarcerated ...
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June 11, 2021
League of Women Voters of Florida v. Browning
Brennan Center for Justice
Date: Dec. 15, 2011
By: Brennan Center for Justice
On December 15, 2011, the League of Women Voters of Florida, Rock the Vote, and the Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund (“PIRG”) filed suit in federal court in Tallahassee challenging Florida’s onerous new restrictions on community-based voter registration drives.*
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June 11, 2021
Gonzalez v. Arizona
Brennan Center for Justice
Date: Nov. 29, 2006
By: Brennan Center for Justice
On November 29. 2006, the Brennan Center filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Gonzalez v. Arizona challenging Proposition 200’s provisions that require applicants to present documentary proof of citizenship as a condition for voter registration. In its ...
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June 11, 2021
Coronado v. Napolitano
Brennan Center for Justice
Date: Feb. 6, 2009
By: Brennan Center for Justice
The Center filed an amicus brief with the Ninth Circuit of the US Court of Appeals in support of the plaintiff's challenge to Arizona's statutory provision denying voting rights to individuals with felony convictions. Voting rights are withheld until those individuals have paid any court-ordered ...
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June 11, 2021
Federalism and Civil Rights: The Meredith Case
UCLA National Black Law Journal
Date: 1989
By: Mitchell F Crusto
In 1962, the University of Mississippi admitted James Meredith as its first
Black undergraduate. This event in American history required the commitment of the United States government to protect the civil rights of an American citizen. Moreover, this federal commitment, official state ...
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June 11, 2021
Meredith v. Jefferson County Bd. of Educ. - Amicus (Merits)
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: Oct. 21, 2014
By: U.S. Department of Justice
The question presented in this case is whether Jefferson County's race-based student assignment plan violates the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution. The Department of Justice has significant responsibilities for enforcing the Equal Protection Clause in the context of public education, see ...
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June 11, 2021
The Ho v. SFUSD Case – The Battle to End Racial Discrimination in San Francisco Schools
Asian American Legal Foundation
By: Asian American Legal Foundation
Ho v. San Francisco Unified School District, a class action filed in 1994, forced the San Francisco school district to stop its practice of classifying students by race for assignment to the city’s K-12 schools. San Francisco’s unconstitutional practice prevented many Chinese American children ...
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June 11, 2021
Nwanguma et al v. Trump et al
Columbia University
Date: Mar. 31, 2017
By: Global Freedom of Expression
The U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky Louisville Division upheld protesters right to claim for damages on various counts including assault and battery against audience members who attacked them, and against Trump and his campaign for inciting violence and negligence. Three ...
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June 11, 2021
Alvarez v. Trump
Public Citizen
Date: Feb. 15, 2019
By: Public Citizen
Filed on February 15, 2019, this case challenged the declaration of a national emergency issued by President Trump that same day, the invocation of emergency powers stemming from that declaration, the resulting agency actions taken or directed to be taken in the exercise of those claimed emergency ...
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June 11, 2021
Cockrum v. Trump (DDC)
Campaign Legal Center
Date: Dec. 11, 2017
By: Campaign Legal Center
Three politically active Americans are suing the Donald Trump campaign and political consultant Roger Stone for violating their privacy and civil rights in the 2016 presidential election. They allege that the Trump campaign played a role in their private information being distributed worldwide ...
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June 11, 2021
Blumenthal, et al. v. Trump
Constitutional Accountability Center
Date: Jun. 14, 2017
By: Constitutional Accountability Center
The Foreign Emoluments Clause of the Constitution requires that all federal officials, including the President, seek and obtain the affirmative consent of Congress before accepting any benefits from foreign states. Our nation’s Founders concluded that this requirement was the only way to prevent ...
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June 11, 2021
Project Democracy Project, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Energy
Sabin Center for Climate Change Law
Date: Sep. 17, 2018
By: Climate Change Litigation Databases
Action to compel response to Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Energy seeking Trump transition team questionnaires regarding climate change.*
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June 11, 2021
Ramirez-Rangel v. Kitsap County
ACLU of Washington
Date: Sep. 16, 2013
By: ACLU Washington
In January 2012, the ACLU of Washington and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a lawsuit in state court on behalf of three individuals who were unlawfully detained so that Kitsap County Sheriffs could question them about and investigate their immigration status.

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June 11, 2021
ACLU of Tennessee Joins Lawsuit Challenging Memphis Police Spying on Political Groups
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 2, 2017
By: ACLU
The American Civil Liberties Union of Tennessee today intervened in a lawsuit challenging the City of Memphis' creation of a list of people who require a police escort while visiting City Hall, contending that it violates the First Amendment and a 1978 ACLU-TN consent decree prohibiting the Memphis ...
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June 11, 2021
Henderson v. Gromek
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Nov. 19, 2013
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit on November 19, 2013, on behalf of Dennis Henderson, an African-American teacher who was arrested and jailed for 12 hours after criticizing the speed of a white Pittsburgh police officer driving by. All charges against ...
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June 11, 2021
Seeds of Peace Collective, et al v. City of Pittsburgh, et al
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Sep. 21, 2009
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
On September 21, 2009, the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) filed a complaint , in the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania on behalf of the Seeds of Peace Collective and the Three Rivers Climate ...
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June 11, 2021
Bailey, et al. v. City of Philadelphia, et al.
ACLU Pennsylvania
Date: Jun. 4, 2021
By: ACLU Pennsylvania
The ACLU of Pennsylvania and the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg filed a federal class action on November 4, 2010, on behalf of eight African-American and Latino men who were stopped by Philadelphia police officers solely on the basis of their race or ethnicity. The suit alleges ...
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June 11, 2021
Column: 'Occupy Wall Street' and the First Amendment (New York Law Journal)
NYCLU
Date: Oct. 5, 2011
By: Christopher Dunn
The “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations against capitalism have morphed into police controversies with the arrest of about 700 people on the Brooklyn Bridge last Saturday and the Union Square pepper-spray incident the weekend before. But the ongoing occupation of Zuccotti Park – dubbed “ ...
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June 11, 2021
Onosamba-Ohindo v. Barr
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-00290 (W.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0082
In 2020, two immigration detainees in the Batavia Federal Detention Facility in Batavia, NY, filed this class action in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York. Plaintiffs claimed that they and others similarly situated had been improperly denied bond, that non-bond alternatives to detention had not been properly considered by their immigration judges, that such considerations were required by the Immigration and Nationality Act, and that the policy of placing the burden of proof on the Plaintiffs to show they posed no flight risk violated their Fifth Amendment Rights. The court granted relief for pre-hearing detainees, agreeing that they pled sufficient facts to state a Due Process Claim that the government is required to bear the burden of proof at bond hearings for individuals detained pursuant to 8 U.S.C. §1226(a). It denied Plaintiffs' request to certify the putative post-hearing class. Both parties appealed; the case is ongoing.
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June 10, 2021
El Ali v. Barr
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 8:18-cv-02415-PX (D. Md.)
NS-MD-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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June 9, 2021
Picture the Homeless v. City of New York (Challenging NYPD's Singling Out of the Homeless)
NYCLU
Date: Nov. 25, 2002
By: NYCLU
This case concerns the NYPD's selective enforcement of the law against the homeless. In November 2002, the NYCLU filed suit in the Southern District alleging that the NYPD had initiated a program through its Homeless Outreach Unit of targeting and singling out the homeless for arrest. Immediately ...
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June 9, 2021
Sultan v. Kelly, et al. (Challenging the NYPD's Subway Bag Search Program)
NYCLU
Date: Jun. 30, 2009
By: NYCLU
This case, filed on Feb. 19, 2009, challenges the NYPD's subway bag search program. J. Sultan, a 32-year-old native New Yorker of Kashmiri descent, has been stopped and searched by police officers 21 times since the NYPD initiated the subway program in 2005. Most white New Yorkers have been stopped ...
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June 9, 2021
Blair v. City of New York, et al. (Challenging NYPD's Racially Biased Stop-And-Frisk Practices)
NYCLU
Date: Sep. 28, 2008
By: NYCLU
This case challenges the NYPD's unlawful and unconstitutional stop-and-frisk policies and practices. The plaintiff, Leonardo Blair – a Jamaican-born black man – was stopped, arrested and jailed without justification in November 2007 while walking from his car to his home in the Bronx. The ...
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June 9, 2021
Bandele v. City of New York
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Apr. 26, 2007
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Bandele v. City of New York was a federal civil rights lawsuit brought against the City of New York and three NYPD officers in 2007. It charges that the defendants falsely arrested and imprisoned the three plaintiffs, violating their constitutional rights. The case was filed in the U.S. District ...
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June 9, 2021
NYCLU v. New York City Police Department (Seeking Access to NYPD Stop-And-Frisk Database Under Foil)
New York Civil Liberties Union
Date: Oct. 15, 2008
By: NYCLU
At issue in this case is whether the NYCLU is entitled, under the New York Freedom of Information Law (FOIL), to obtain from the New York City Police Department an electronic copy of an NYPD computer database containing information about hundreds of thousands of stops and frisk encounters between ...
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June 9, 2021
Botti v. City of Newark
ACLU of New Jersey
Date: Feb. 24, 2011
By: ACLU New Jersey
On February 2, 2011, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey filed a lawsuit against the city of Newark on behalf of Nicholas Botti, an animal welfare advocate who was arrested while protesting on a public sidewalk outside of the Prudential Center in Essex County. Botti wanted to stand on ...
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June 9, 2021
Barnes v. Camden
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Mar. 27, 2012
By: ACLU
In July 2010, the ACLU and the ACLU of New Jersey filed a lawsuit on behalf of an innocent Camden, New Jersey man, Joel Barnes, who was jailed for more than a year as the result of having drugs planted on him by police officers later implicated in a large-scale evidence-planting conspiracy ...
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June 9, 2021
Goodman, et al. v. St. Paul, et al.
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: May 10, 2010
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Through pre-emptive raids and mass coordinated actions, local and federal law enforcement interfered with the media’s ability to report on public protest, civic engagement and on law enforcement’s activities around the 2008 Republican National Convention (RNC) in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota ...
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June 9, 2021
"Driving While Black" in Maryland
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Feb. 2, 2010
By: ACLU
The ACLU has been waged in a battle to eliminate the racial profiling practices of the Maryland State Police since the early 1990s.

In 1993, the ACLU brought a class-action lawsuit against MSP on behalf of Robert L. Wilkins, an African American attorney who was stopped, detained and ...
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June 9, 2021
Law Project: Civil Rights
Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
By: Chicago Coalition for the Homeless
The Law Project has increased its focus on defining and protecting the civil rights of people who live on the street. This work centers on litigation and advocacy for housing as an alternative to criminalization. The Law Project is active in “Housing Not Handcuffs,” a national campaign that ...
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June 9, 2021
Stop and Frisk
ACLU of Illinois
Date: Mar. 19, 2021
By: ACLU Illinois
In August of 2015, shortly after the ACLU released a groundbreaking report, the ACLU of Illinois and the Chicago Police Department (CPD) reached a landmark settlement agreement to reform the practice of investigatory street stops known as “stop and frisks.” The City of Chicago agreed to take ...
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June 9, 2021
Black Lives Matter .C. v. Trump - Challenging Federal Officers' Unprovoked Attack on Civil Rights Demonstrators at Lafayette Square in Front of the White House
ACLU of DC
Date: May 28, 2021
By: ACLU District of Columbia
This case is about the President and Attorney General of the United States ordering the use of violence against peaceful demonstrators who were speaking out against discriminatory police brutality targeted at Black people.*
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June 9, 2021
K.L. v. City of Glendale
ACLU Northern California
Date: Sep. 24, 2010
By: ACLU Southern California
On Friday, September 24, 2010, administrators at Hoover High School and officers from the Glendale Police Department, the Los Angeles Police Department, and the Probation Department interrogated, photographed, and collected personal information from approximately 56 students, all of whom were ...
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June 9, 2021
Nee v. LASD
ACLU Northern California
Date: Oct. 27, 2011
By: ACLU Southern California
Photography is not a crime. It’s protected First Amendment expression. But that hasn’t stopped deputies of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department from detaining and searching photographers, solely based on the fact they are taking pictures in public places, and ordering photographers not to ...
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June 9, 2021
Local 10, ILWU v. City of Oakland
ACLU Northern California
Date: Nov. 9, 2004
By: ACLU Northern California
As part of a settlement agreement the Oakland Police Department (OPD) has agreed to end the use of less lethal weapons against demonstrators.

The suit was brought by 52 participants of a peaceful anti-war protest that occurred on April 7, 2003. Representation of the group included the ...
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June 9, 2021
Rodriguez v. CHP
ACLU Northern California
Date: Feb. 27, 2003
On June 6, 1998 Curtis Rodriguez, a Latino attorney from San Jose, observed five traffic stops and at least ten CHP and BNE vehicles within 10 miles. Everyone stopped was Latino. Rodriguez and his passenger, Arturo Hernandez began taking pictures of the stops. Finally Rodriguez himself was pulled ...
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June 9, 2021
Hollman v Cisneros: The Hollman Consent Decree, A Policy Analysis
Augsburg University
Date: Dec. 21, 2004
By: David C. Broberg
The Hollman Consent Decree was the negotiated settlement in 1995 of a class action lawsuit, Hollman v. Cisneros, filed in the fourth district federal judicial court in 1992 by the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis and the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored ...
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June 9, 2021
Best, et al v. Grant County
ACLU of Washington
Date: Dec. 4, 2009
By: ACLU Washington
The ACLU filed a suit in 2004, challenging the constitutionality of the indigent public defense system in Grant County. The suit argued that public defenders were underfunded, overworked and lacked independence, depriving indigent defendants of effective assistance of counsel.*
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June 9, 2021
Doyle v. Allegheny County Salary Board
American Civil Liberties Foundation
Date: Jun. 27, 2003
By: ACLU
In September 1996, the ACLU, its Greater Pittsburgh Chapter and local lawyers filed suit against Allegheny County, Pa., alleging that the County was failing to provide its public defender system with the tools necessary to enable it to adequately represent its clients. The County cut the public ...
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June 9, 2021
Wallace v. Kern
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Oct. 9, 2007
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Wallace v. Kern is a class action lawsuit filed by CCR and the National Lawyers Guild on behalf of seven indigent inmates awaiting trial in the Brooklyn House of Detention. These men had filed a handwritten class action complaint and instituted a peaceful boycott of the Brooklyn Supreme Court to ...
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June 9, 2021
Sines v. Kessler
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00072-NKM-JCH (W.D. Va.)
PA-VA-0003
Ten private citizens of Charlottesville, Virginia, sued a host of individuals identified as organizers and proponents of the far-right “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville. Invoking state law and 42 U.S.C. § 1985, the plaintiffs sought to hold defendants liable for the damages caused by their event. This case moved slowly through the discovery process, with a number of sanctions against the defendants, and is now set for trial in October 2021.
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June 8, 2021
White et alia v. Martz
ACLU of Montana
Date: Feb. 10, 2002
By: ACLU Montana
In 2002, the ACLU, acting on behalf of indigent criminal defendants from seven counties throughout Montana, brought suit alleging widespread unconstitutional deficiencies in the public defender system. A settlement was reached in which the Montana Attorney General agreed to advocate with the ACLU ...
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June 8, 2021
(Un)Luckey v. Miller: The Case for a Structural Injunction to Improve Indigent Defense Services
Yale Law Journal
By: Rodger Citron
The Sixth Amendment guarantees defendants in all criminal prosecutions
the right to the assistance of counsel.' The right to counsel is essential to the working of the criminal justice system, as the attorney must present the defendant's case and provide guidance throughout the State's ...
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June 8, 2021
Ross v. Inslee
Disability Rights Washington
Date: Aug. 5, 2016
By: Disability Rights Washington
In 2014, people found Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity (NGRI) and sent to the state psychiatric hospitals for treatment brought a lawsuit against the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS). The case is called Ross v. Inslee, No. CV-14-00130-TOR (E.D. Wash., 2014).

The named ...
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June 8, 2021
Phillips v. State of California
ACLU
Date: Apr. 27, 2016
By: ACLU
Public defenders represent more than 25,000 people each year in Fresno County, with each attorney shouldering up to four times the recommended number of clients. As is the reality with many states round the nation, the attorneys have so little time with their clients that they often can’t discuss ...
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June 8, 2021
Shoatz v. Wetzel
Abolitionist Law Center
Date: Feb. 12, 2016
By: Abolitionist Law Center
Russell Maroon Shoatz is 70-years-old and was locked in solitary confinement at various state prisons for 22 consecutive years, and nearly 30 years non-consecutively. Shoatz is a father, grandfather, great-grandfather, human rights advocate, and published author. During most of his time in solitary ...
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June 8, 2021
Constitutional Law - Separate but Equal: Jeldness v. Peace- An Analysis of Title IX within the Confines of Correctional Facilities
Western New England Law Review
Date: 1996
By: Christine M. Safarik
Although society generally has attempted to eradicate the separation of persons on the basis of an immutable characteristic,l the
segregation of prisoners on the basis of sex has withstood this societal evolution. Sexually segregated prisons are, in fact, the "norm"
throughout the ...
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June 8, 2021
Byrd v. Goord
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Mar. 21, 2000
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Byrd v. Goord is a civil rights case that challenged the collect-call only telephone service for prison inmates operated by the New York State Department of Correctional Services (DOCS).
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June 8, 2021
Walton v. NYSDOCS
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Feb. 25, 2004
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Walton v. NYSDOCS was a class action lawsuit brought against the New York State Department of Correctional Services (NYSDOCS). It accused NYSDOCS and the long distance provider MCI of charging exorbitant telephone rates that constituted a financial burden on the families, friends, and attorneys of ...
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June 8, 2021
Kathleen Jones v. George W. Hayman
ACLU of New Jersey
Date: Jul. 21, 2008
By: ACLU New Jersey
On December 12, 2007, the ACLU-NJ and the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project filed a lawsuit against the New Jersey Department of Corrections (DOC) on behalf of more than 40 women in medium and maximum security prisons. The women were transferred from Edna Mahan Correctional Facility, a prison for ...
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June 8, 2021
Muhammad, et al. v. Terhune, et al.
ACLU of New Jersey
Date: 2003
By: ACLU New Jersey
After East Jersey State Prison stopped allowing inmates to receive outside food packages from friends or loved ones, a number of Muslim inmates requested that the prison provide them with Halal meals. The prison stated that they would give them vegetarian food made within the prison that meets ...
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June 8, 2021
Wolff v. McDonnell
Oyez
Date: 6/26/1974
By: Oyez
An inmate of a Nebraska state prison started a class action lawsuit, on behalf of himself and other inmates, alleging that prison disciplinary proceedings violated the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The suit also objected to the prison's inspection of privileged mail between ...
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June 8, 2021
Bounds v. Smith
Oyez
Date: Apr. 5, 1976
By: Oyez
The North Carolina Department of Correction (“DoC”) had custody of approximately 10,000 prisoners housed in 80 prison units in 67 different counties. The only unit having a writ room and some semblance of a legal library was the Central Prison in Raleigh. Robert Smith, Donald W. Morgan, and ...
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June 8, 2021
Fish v. Acton
ACLU of Montana
Date: Sep. 4, 2012
By: ACLU Montana
The American Civil Liberties Union sued the Montana Department of Corrections and officials at the Montana Women’s Prison in September 2012 over illegal and discriminatory treatment of women’s prisoners. Unlike male prisoners at Montana State Prison, female prisoners are forced to participate ...
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June 8, 2021
Quandah v. Lombarda (Challenge to Amendment 2)
ACLU of Missouri
Date: Jan. 23, 2017
By: ACLU Missouri
On Aug. 7 the majority of Missouri voters decided to amend the Missouri Constitution and on Aug. 8, the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri filed a class action lawsuit challenging one section of that amendment.*
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June 8, 2021
Dorn v. Michigan Department of Corrections, et al.
Lambda Legal
Date: Nov. 12, 2018
By: Lambda Legal
On November 12, 2018, Lambda Legal and Michigan Protection & Advocacy Service announced the successful settlement of a 2015 lawsuit filed on behalf of John Dorn against the Michigan Department of Corrections. Mr. Dorn’s settlement with the MDOC includes substantive changes to the MDOC policy ...
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June 8, 2021
Adams v. Bureau of Prisons
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Date: Sep. 30, 2011
By: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
GLAD, in conjunction with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Florida Institutional Legal Services, and Bingham McCutchen LLP, challenged the federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) policy that prohibited medical care for transgender inmates who came into the BOP without a treatment plan for ...
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June 8, 2021
Kosilek v. O’Brien (formerly Spencer)
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Date: May 4, 2015
By: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
The case was argued before the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on April 2, 2013, after the Commonwealth appealed Wolf’s ruling. Joseph L. Sulman and David Brody of the Law Office of Joseph L. Sulman are representing Kosilek.

Kosilek was denied reassignment surgery by the ...
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June 8, 2021
Disability Law Center, Inc. v. Massachusetts Department of Correction, et al
United States Courts
Date: Apr. 12, 2012
By: United States Courts
On March 8, 2007, plaintiff Disability Law Center, Inc. filed a complaint for violations of the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act in the United States District Court for the District of ...
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June 8, 2021
Benkahla v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, et al.
ACLU
Date: Jun. 2, 2010
By: ACLU
The government says it created CMUs to house prisoners it views as terrorists, but today they are disproportionately inhabited by Muslim prisoners – many of whom have never been convicted of terrorism related crimes. In addition, these CMUs were established in violation of federal laws requiring ...
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June 8, 2021
Miller v. French
Oyez
Date: Jun. 19, 2000
By: Oyez
In 1975, inmates at the Pendleton Correctional Facility filed a class action lawsuit, which ultimately led the District Court to issue an injunction to remedy Eighth Amendment violations regarding conditions of confinement. In 1996, Congress enacted the Prison Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (PLRA), ...
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June 8, 2021
Lippert v. Baldwin
ACLU of Illinois
Date: May 30, 2013
By: ACLU of Illinois
The ACLU of Illinois is challenging the system for providing medical and dental care to persons in Illinois prisons. The State’s prison healthcare is grossly underfunded, badly managed, and deeply dysfunctional, resulting in needless, painful delays in treatment, mismanagement of common chronic ...
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June 8, 2021
Cooper v. Pate (1964)
The First Amendment Encyclopedia
Date: Mar. 11, 2005
By: David L Hudson Jr
The Supreme Court in Cooper v. Pate, 378 U.S. 546 (1964), decided that the Bill of Rights applied inside prisons, and that, in this particular case, authorities had erred in denying religious publications and texts to an inmate.*
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June 8, 2021
Castillon, et al. v. CCA (Assault at Idaho CC)
Project on Government Oversight
Date: Mar. 9, 2017
By: Project on Government Oversight
A lawsuit alleged a pattern of misconduct at the Idaho Correctional Center (ICC), which is operated by Corrections Corporation of America (CCA). Specifically, the lawsuit alleged CCA encouraged violent gang activity at the facility, to the point that gangs were used in lieu of correctional officers ...
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June 8, 2021
Harvard v. Inch
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: May 8, 2019
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
The SPLC and its allies filed a federal class action lawsuit challenging Florida’s use of solitary confinement as cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act.*
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June 8, 2021
Martha Wright v. Corrections Corporation of America (FCC Petition)
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Aug. 9, 2013
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
In February of 2000 CCR filed Wright v. Corrections Corporation of America, a nationwide class action lawsuit, seeking to enjoin, declare illegal, and recoup damages resulting from conspiracies between CCA and various telephone companies, including Evercom, Inc., MCI-Worldcom, Pioneer Telephone ...
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June 8, 2021
West v. Manson
Leagle
Date: Sep. 7, 2017
By: Leagle
Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 23(e), the parties, including the plaintiff classes of women who are or who in the future will be confined in Connecticut's correctional institution for women and the plaintiff class of children of these women (hereinafter "plaintiffs") and the Defendant Commissioner of ...
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June 8, 2021
Norsworthy v. Beard
Transgender Law Center
Date: Apr. 2, 2015
By: Transgender Law Center
Transgender Law Center is representing Michelle Norsworthy, a transgender woman held in a California men’s prison. Michelle was denied gender-affirming surgery, even though her treating psychologist had repeatedly concluded that it was medically necessary to treat her gender dysphoria. She was ...
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June 8, 2021
Clement v. California Department of Corrections
ACLU Northern California
Date: Aug. 31, 2013
By: ACLU Northern California
The landmark case Clement v. California Department of Corrections was brought on behalf of Pelican Bay prisoner Frank Clement by the ACLU Foundation of Northern California and the Prison Law Office. Clement filed a federal court challenge to the California Department of Corrections policy ...
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June 8, 2021
Armstrong v. Newsom
Prison Law Office
Date: Jan. 3, 2001
By: Prison Law Office
A federal District Court judge issued an injunction, ordering the Board of Prison Terms to remedy its shocking and appalling failure to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act during parole hearings. The order came after a trial during which one prisoner told of having to leave his ...
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June 8, 2021
Baker v. Campbell
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Jun. 2, 2004
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
On May 28, 2004, the parties signed a settlement agreement requiring improvements in almost every area of the provision of medical care at St. Clair Correctional Facility. Plaintiffs in the class action alleged numerous problems at the facility - from inadequate staffing to the delay or denial of ...
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June 8, 2021
Prison Legal News, et al. v. Haley
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Mar. 29, 2000
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
The Alabama DOC prohibited its prisoners from receiving gift subscriptions for publications. Inmates were forced to buy subscriptions from their prison trust accounts. In addition, publishers were not notified when their publications were censored. Prison Legal News (PLN), publisher of a monthly ...
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June 8, 2021
Lee v. Washington
Oyez
Date: Mar. 11, 1968
By: Oyez
A three-judge District Court declared Alabama statutes requiring racial segregation in prisons unconstitutional and established a schedule for desegregation. The State's challenges of the judgment based on Fed.Rule Civ.Proc. 23 (relating to class actions), the claimed constitutionality of the ...
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June 8, 2021
Gaddis v. Campbell
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Jan. 15, 2004
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
On April 9, 2003, the Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of about 1300 diabetic inmates in Alabama to demand better medical care. Diabetic inmates' symptoms are often ignored and that treatment is delayed. Their diets are virtually the same as meals provided to non-diabetics.*
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June 8, 2021
Roe v. Patton
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Oct. 23, 2015
By: ACLU
The ACLU of Utah and the national ACLU LGBT Project filed a lawsuit to force the State Office of Vital Records and Statistics to recognize a married same-sex couple as legal parents of their child. The lawsuit was filed in Utah federal court on behalf of Angie and Kami Roe, who seek to both be ...
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June 8, 2021
Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: May 12, 2021
By: ACLU
In August 2016, a group of five states and religiously affiliated health care organizations filed a lawsuit against the Federal Government. The lawsuit, Franciscan Alliance v. Burwell, challenges a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulation clarifying that the Affordable Care Act ...
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June 8, 2021
Asociación de Trabajadores Fronterizos v. Department of Labor
Public Citizen, Inc.
Date: Dec. 30, 2005
By: Public Citizen
This suit alleged that the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) systematically violated The Trade Act of 1974 by failing to ensure that Spanish-speaking workers who lost their jobs in the wake of NAFTA received the vocational training to which they were entitled under the Trade Adjustment Assistance ...
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June 8, 2021
Condon v. Haley
Lambda Legal
Date: Nov. 20, 2014
By: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal, in partnership with South Carolina Equality, filed a federal lawsuit in the United States District Court of South Carolina arguing that South Carolina is obligated to allow same-sex couples to marry. Governor Haley and Attorney General Wilson vowed to continue to apply the laws ...
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June 8, 2021
Tevyaw v. Colvin
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Date: Dec. 1, 2014
By: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
GLAD filed suit against the Social Security Administration (SSA) in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island, charging SSA with wrongfully denying survivor benefits to 56-year-old Deborah Tevyaw after the death of her wife, Patricia Baker.*
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June 8, 2021
Clark v. Astrue – Litigation
Justice in Aging
Date: Mar. 31, 2015
By: Justice in Aging
The late Elaine Clark was the lead plaintiff in Clark v. Astrue, brought by Justice in Aging Directing Attorney Gerald McIntyre with Proskauer, Rose LLP and the Urban Justice Center of New York City.

Elaine Clark was receiving Social Security Disability Insurance for several serious ...
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June 8, 2021
Harris v. Eggleston
Urban Justice Center
Date: 2008
By: Urban Justice Center
In 2002, Mental Health Project (“MHP”) lawyers discovered that the New York City Human Resources Administration (“HRA”) was illegally terminating food stamps of people in desperate need, and filed this federal class action to address the problem. Despite years of warnings from the United ...
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June 8, 2021
Disability Rights New Jersey v. Velez
Present Bazelon Center
Date: March 2017
By: Judge David L Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The settlement brought about a significant transformation of New Jersey’s mental health service system. The state greatly expanded supported housing and other community services for people with serious mental illness, helping thousands of people avoid needless hospitalization. It also made ...
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June 8, 2021
Waters v. Ricketts - Freedom to Marry in Nebraska
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: ACLU
The plaintiffs include Susan and Sally Waters of Omaha who have been together for 17 years. In January 2013, Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer and her future is uncertain.

The plaintiffs allege that the state’s constitutional marriage ban unlawfully discriminates against ...
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June 8, 2021
General Synod of the United Church of Christ v. Cooper*; Consolidated with Fisher-Borne v. Smith and Gerber v. Cooper
Lambda Legal
Date: Jan. 16, 2015
By: Lambda Legal
Filed 4/28/14. Includes free exercise of religion and expressive association claims on behalf of church and clergy plaintiffs, as well as due process and equal protection claims on behalf of same-sex couple plaintiffs. Plaintiffs simultaneously filed a motion or a preliminary injunction. On 5/27 ...
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June 8, 2021
Lawson v. Jackson County Department of Recorder of Deeds
ACLU of Missouri
Date: Jun. 30, 2014
By: ACLU Missouri
On June 24, the ACLU of Missouri filed a petition in Jackson County on behalf of two couples (Angela Curtis & Shannon McGinty and Kyle Lawson and Evan Dahlgren), who wanted to get married but were denied marriage licenses because of Missouri’s unconstitutional amendment limiting marriage to ...
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June 8, 2021
Amos v. Higgins
ACLU of Missouri
Date: Feb. 6, 2014
By: ACLU Missouri
On Feb. 6, 2014, United States District Judge Gary A. Fenner declared unconstitutional Missouri’s statutory requirement that marriage license applicants appear in person before the Recorder of Deeds.

The court ruled that the “fundamental right to marry is protected by the due ...
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June 8, 2021
Lawson v. Jackson County Department of Recorder of Deeds
ACLU of Missouri
Date: Jun. 30, 2014
By: ACLU Missouri
On June 24, the ACLU of Missouri filed a petition in Jackson County on behalf of two couples (Angela Curtis & Shannon McGinty and Kyle Lawson and Evan Dahlgren), who wanted to get married but were denied marriage licenses because of Missouri’s unconstitutional amendment limiting marriage to ...
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June 8, 2021
Todd Elia-Warnken v. Richard Elia
GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Date: Jul. 26, 2012
By: GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders
Victory! The MA Supreme Judicial Court ruled in favor our our client, Richard Elia, stating that “a Vermont civil union must be dissolved prior to either party entering into a marriage with a third person in the Commonwealth.” The ruling further states that “We shall recognize a Vermont ...
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June 8, 2021
Kentucky Equality Federation v. Beshear
Lambda Legal
Date: Mar. 13, 2015
By: Lambda Legal
Surviving spouse seeking to be appointed personal representative under Florida Probate Code (which only allows out-of-state “spouses” to be appointed) challenged Florida’s ban on recognizing marriages same-sex couples entered outside the state. On 5/12/14, an amended petition for ...
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June 8, 2021
Love v. Pence
LGBTQ Nation
Date: Mar. 7, 2014
By: LGBTQ Nation
Love v. Pence is a federal court challenge to Indiana's ban on same-sex marriage, filed March 7, 2014, in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, on behalf of four same-sex couples, two of whom were legally married out-of-state and seeking to have their marriages recognized by the ...
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June 8, 2021
Gray v. Orr
Lambda Legal
Date: Nov. 25, 2013
By: Lambda Legal
Vernita Gray and Patricia Ewert are in a loving, committed relationship, and entered into a civil union in June of 2011. In 1996, Ms. Gray was diagnosed with cancer, and despite years of treatment and therapy, the cancer spread to her bones and brain.The Illinois legislature voted in favor of the ...
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June 8, 2021
Lee v. Orr
Lambda Legal
Date: Dec. 10, 2013
By: Lambda Legal
On Dec. 6, 2013, Lambda Legal and the ACLU of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of four same-sex couples who seek to marry right away in Cook County, Illinois: Brenda Lee and Lee Edwards, Patricia Tucker and Ingrid Swenson, Ron Dorfman and Ken Ilio, and Challis Gibbs ...
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June 8, 2021
Latta v. Otter
NCLR
Date: Jun. 26, 2015
By: National Center for Lesbian Rights
On November 8, 2013, four same-sex couples filed a federal lawsuit in Boise challenging Idaho’s laws prohibiting same-sex couples from marrying and refusing to respect the legal marriages of same-sex couples who married in other states.

The lawsuit argued that Idaho’s laws barring ...
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June 8, 2021
Young v. Lingle
Lambda Legal
Date: Mar. 31, 2011
By: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal, co-counsel for six plaintiff couples, filed this case seeking a status like civil unions as a measure of fairness for same-sex couples in Hawai`i. Our plaintiffs wish to assume the same rights and responsibilities as spouses, and would marry if the law permitted. Hawai`i instead ...
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June 8, 2021
Inniss v. Aderhold
Privacy Policy |Contact Us Lambda Legal
Date: Jan. 8, 2015
By: Lambda Legal
Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia on behalf of a widow and three same-sex couples challenging Georgia’s discriminatory marriage ban. In the lawsuit, Lambda Legal, joined by pro bono co-counsel from Bryan Cave and White & Case, ...
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June 8, 2021
Lebron v. Sec'y of the Florida Dep't of Children and Families
ACLU of Florida
Date: Dec. 31, 2013
By: ACLU Florida
Luis Lebron, a single father and college student, who applied for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (“TANF”), refused to undergo suspicionless drug testing as a part of the application. Florida passed Fla. Stat. § 414.0652 requiring applicants to pay for and pass drug tests in order to ...
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June 8, 2021
Cardona v. Shinseki
Yale Law School
Date: Mar. 11, 2014
By: Yale Law School
The clinic represented Carmen Cardona, a disabled Navy veteran who served her country honorably for eighteen years, in her successful application for spousal benefits. Ms. Cardona married another woman under the laws of the State of Connecticut. The VA denied Ms. Cardona’s application for ...
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June 8, 2021
Valentini v. Shinseki
ACLU of Southern California
Date: Jan. 28, 2015
By: ACLU of Southern California
Valentini v Shinseki is a class action lawsuit against Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and the director of the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System on behalf of homeless veterans with severe disabilities. The suit contends that the VA’s benefits program discriminates ...
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June 8, 2021
Napper v. County of Sacramento
Disability Rights California
Date: Jan. 25, 2012
By: Disability Rights California
Disability Rights California and Sacramento County entered into an interim agreement in a class action case concerning the county's outpatient mental health services. A federal court had determined that the County's plan to cut outpatient services placed mental health clients in the County at risk ...
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June 8, 2021
Darensburg v. MTC
Public Advocates
Date: Apr. 19, 2005
By: Public Advocates
On April 19, 2005, Public Advocates and a coalition including bus riders, labor, and civil rights advocates filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission on behalf of AC Transit bus riders of color. The suit alleges that MTC violates federal ...
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June 8, 2021
Darensburg v. MTC
Public Advocates
Date: Apr. 19, 2005
By: Public Advocates
On April 19, 2005, Public Advocates and a coalition including bus riders, labor, and civil rights advocates filed a federal class action lawsuit against the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission on behalf of AC Transit bus riders of color. The suit alleges that MTC violates federal ...
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June 8, 2021
Planned Parenthood Southeast, Inc. v. Bentley
ACLU of Alabama
Date: Aug. 6, 2015
By: ACLU of Alabama
On August 6, 2015, Governor Bentley announced that his administration was terminating its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood, as reported by AL.com.

As noted in the article, the Medicaid Act has a “free choice of provider” provision requiring state Medicaid plans to allow ...
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June 7, 2021
Paul Hard v. Robert Bentley, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Dec. 16, 2013
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal lawsuit challenging Alabama laws that refused to recognize lawful same-sex marriages – unconstitutional laws that created legal obstacles for a man suing over the wrongful death of his husband.*
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June 7, 2021
Baker and Linsley v. Wildflower Inn
ACLU
Date: Aug. 23, 2012
By: ACLU
On October 20, 2010, Channie contacted the Vermont Convention Bureau (VCB) outlining her needs for a place to host the reception. The VCB sent information about Channie’s search to its membership list the next day. One of the businesses on VCB’s membership list is the Wildflower Inn in ...
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June 7, 2021
Mayfield v. United States of America
ACLU of Oregon
Date: Dec. 10, 2009
By: ACLU Oregon
December 10, 2009 - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Brandon Mayfield has no standing to pursue his claims against illegal seach and seizure in his challenge to the constitutionality of portions of the USA-Patriot Act.*
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June 7, 2021
ACLU v. Office of the Director of National Intelligence - Declaration of David M. Hardy
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Apr. 25, 2011
By: ACLU
December 10, 2009 - The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Brandon Mayfield has no standing to pursue his claims against illegal seach and seizure in his challenge to the constitutionality of portions of the USA-Patriot Act.*
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June 7, 2021
Wilner v. National Security Agency (NSA)
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Oct. 4, 2010
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Wilner v. National Security Agency (NSA) was a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed by CCR against the NSA and the Department of Justice, demanding that the government comply with requests to turn over all records of the NSA's warrantless wiretapping of 23 attorneys who currently ...
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June 7, 2021
Hebshi v. United States
ACLU
Date: Apr. 21, 2015
By: ACLU
The ACLU announced a settlement on April 21, 2015, in its lawsuit filed on behalf of Shoshana Hebshi, a mother of two who was pulled off an airplane at gunpoint, arrested, strip-searched, and detained. The case was brought against Frontier Airlines and several government defendants.*
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June 7, 2021
Rahim v Federal Bureau of Investigation, et al
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: May 31, 2013
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Rahim v FBI is a federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation filed in the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on behalf of New Orleans community organizer and Common Ground Relief founder Malik ...
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June 7, 2021
Salah v. U.S. Department of Treasury
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Sep. 5, 2012
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
On September 5, 2012, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, plaintiff Muhammad Salah, a U.S. citizen residing in Illinois, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner and Director of the Treasury’s Office ...
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June 7, 2021
EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Date: May 26, 2017
By: Epic.org
EPIC has challenged the use of airport body scanners since they were first tested and introduced by the TSA in the mid 2000s. First, EPIC sued to obtain records outlining the invasive screening capabilities, potential health risks, and traveler complaints logged by the TSA. Then, in 2011, EPIC ...
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June 7, 2021
EPIC v. DHS (Suspension of Body Scanner Program)
Electronic Privacy Information Center
Date: May 26, 2017
By: Epic.org
EPIC has challenged the use of airport body scanners since they were first tested and introduced by the TSA in the mid 2000s. First, EPIC sued to obtain records outlining the invasive screening capabilities, potential health risks, and traveler complaints logged by the TSA. Then, in 2011, EPIC ...
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June 7, 2021
Klayman v. Obama
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: Nov. 16, 2015
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Larry Klayman, conservative activist and founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, was among the first plaintiffs to sue the National Security Agency (NSA) over the collection of telephone metadata from Verizon customers that was detailed in documents released by Edward Snowden. In December 2013, ...
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June 7, 2021
EFF v. Department of Justice
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: Aug. 31, 2009
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Larry Klayman, conservative activist and founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, was among the first plaintiffs to sue the National Security Agency (NSA) over the collection of telephone metadata from Verizon customers that was detailed in documents released by Edward Snowden. In December 2013, ...
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June 7, 2021
Shubert v Obama
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: Feb. 10, 2015
By: Electronic Frontier Foundation
Shubert v. Obama is a class action on behalf of all Americans against the government, alleging a massive, indiscriminate, illegal National Security Agency (NSA) dragnet of the phone calls and email of tens of millions of ordinary Americans. Filed in 2006, Shubert is now the longest running case ...
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June 7, 2021
Providing Restorative Treatment when Unable to Aid and Assist in Defense
Disability Rights Oregon
Date: May 15, 2002
By: Mental Health Rights Proj, Litigation
In 2002 under our former name—the Oregon Advocacy Center (“OAC”)—we brought a landmark civil rights case against the state because people with mental illness were languishing in jail. The Ninth Circuit ruled in OAC v. Mink that the state psychiatric hospital must accept within seven days ...
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June 7, 2021
Jane Doe v. Hunter College
Present Bazelon Center
Date: Aug. 23, 2006
By: Judge David L Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
This lawsuit (settled on August 23, 2006) was brought by a student who had been barred from her dormitory room at Hunter College because she was hospitalized after a suicide attempt. Federal district court Judge Sidney Stein approved the agreement on Monday.*
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June 7, 2021
Koskinas v. Cuomo
Urban Justice Center
Date: 2021
By: Urban Justice Center
The Mental Health Project was counsel to the class in this class action lawsuit that established what have become known as “Koskinas” rights: the right of individuals with psychiatric disabilities who are inpatients in psychiatric units in New York City hospitals to receive discharge planning ...
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June 7, 2021
The Effects of Hensley v. Eckerhart on the Award of Attorney's Fees
Fordham Urban Law Journal
Date: 1985
By: E. Wayne Powell
Under the American rule,' prevailing litigants in the United States
traditionally have not been entitled to collect attorney's fees from
the unsuccessful party. However, Congress has enacted fee-shifting
exemptions to this rule.' *
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June 7, 2021
Stiavetti v. Ahlin (State Hospital Suit)
ACLU Northern California
Date: Apr. 26, 2016
By: ACLU Northern California
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California has filed a lawsuit against California’s Department of State Hospitals (DSH) and Department of Developmental Services (DDS) for violating the constitutional rights of defendants who have been declared incompetent to stand trial due to having a ...
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June 7, 2021
Juvenile Incarceration: Morales v. Turman
The University of Texas at Austin
Date: Mar. 1, 1971
At age 15, Alicia Morales was forced to work and turn her wages over to her father. When she protested, her father committed her to the Texas Youth Council for disobedience. The commitment was agreed to by her parents, but did not involve any notice of charges, court appearances, or legal ...
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June 7, 2021
Santiago v. City of Philadelphia
Juvenile Law Center
Date: Jan. 1, 1974
By: Juvenile Law Center
Shortly after opening its doors in 1975, Juvenile Law Center joined this class action lawsuit as lead counsel. Initially filed in 1974 by Community Legal Services and Philadelphians for Equal Justice, this case sought to end overcrowding and abusive conditions at Philadelphia’s Youth Study Center, ...
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June 7, 2021
J.H. v. Moore, et al., Case No. 2:14-CV-01608 (S.D. Ohio)
Children's Law Center, KY
Date: Nov. 11, 2015
By: Children's Law Center
This was a civil rights case filed on behalf of J.H. and 8 other youth housed at the Multi-County Juvenile Detention Center in Lancaster, Ohio. The complaint alleged that the defendants violated the 8th and 14th Amendment rights of the youth by subjecting them to punitive and harmful practices ...
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June 7, 2021
S.H. v. Stickrath, Case No. 2:04-cv-1206 (S.D. Ohio)
Children's Law Center, KY
Date: Jun. 21, 2013
By: Children's Law Center
Originally filed in 2004 on behalf of girls at the Scioto Juvenile Correctional Facility, this federal class action civil rights case alleging widespread unconstitutional conditions was expanded in 2007 to include all facilities operated by or under contract with the Ohio Department of Youth ...
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June 7, 2021
United States v. City of Meridian
U.S. Department of Justice
Date: Nov. 29, 2011
By: U.S. Department of Justice
In October 2012, the United States filed a lawsuit against the City of Meridian, Mississippi; Lauderdale County, Mississippi; Judges of the Lauderdale County Youth Court; and the State of Mississippi alleging that these defendants systematically violate the due process rights of juveniles. The ...
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June 7, 2021
Forrest County
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Mar. 7, 2011
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
The Forrest County Juvenile Detention Center in Mississippi was the site of numerous abuse allegations. Security camera footage from the facility showed youths being slammed into walls and beaten by staffers. One youth in the video footage was hogtied by a guard. In addition to the abuse documented ...
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June 7, 2021
D.W., et al. v. Harrison County, Miss.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Apr. 20, 2009
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Children held at the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center in Mississippi endured squalid conditions and horrific physical and emotional abuse that violated their civil rights.*
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June 7, 2021
J.A. v. Barbour
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Jul. 11, 2007
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
The Southern Poverty Law Center sued the state of Mississippi in federal court to stop the physical and sexual abuse of teenage girls at the state’s Columbia Training School and compel the state to provide federally required mental health and rehabilitative treatment to girls confined there.*
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June 7, 2021
Hawai'i - R.G., et al. v. Koller, et al.
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: Jun. 15, 2006
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of Hawai'i and the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Rights Project represented three young people — a 17-year-old male-to-female transgender girl, an 18-year-old lesbian, and an 18-year-old boy perceived to be gay — in a federal civil rights lawsuit against Hawai'i Youth ...
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June 7, 2021
Hughes, et al. v. Sheriff Grady Judd, et al.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: Mar. 21, 2012
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Children housed at Polk County adult jail have been subjected to abuse, neglect and violence that even includes guards placing young children in cages as a form of punishment.*
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June 7, 2021
Johnson v. Upchurch
National Center for Youth Law
Date: Jun. 7, 2021
By: National Center for Youth Law
NCYL attorney David Lambert worked with a private attorney in Tucson on this federal class action, which resulted in fewer youth being institutionalized, substantially better services for those who are incarcerated, and diversion of many youth to expanded community-based programs.*
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June 7, 2021
When an Old Law Makes It Hard to Fix a Troubled Jail
The Marshall Project
Date: Sep. 13, 2016
By: Alysia Santo
The Harris County Jail in Houston is among the nation’s largest, and it’s also one of the most deadly. Within the last decade, scores of inmates have died, often from a lack of prompt medical care or staff misconduct, according to several independent investigations.*
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June 7, 2021
Orndorff v. Jefferson County
American Civil Liberties Union of Washington
Date: Mar. 14, 2014
By: ACLU Washington
In 2002, the ACLU of Washington and the ACLU's National Prison Project filed suit over prisoner conditions at the Jefferson County Jail. The lawsuit sought an end to the unconstitutional treatment of inmates, including deficient jail plumbing, hygiene, climate control, medical care, access to ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 6, 2021
Barnett v. Tony
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 0:20-cv-61113-WPD (S.D. Fla.)
JC-FL-0026
In June 2020, thirteen named plaintiffs and Disability Rights Florida, represented by the ACLU, sought a writ of habeas corpus and injunctive and declaratory relief. Plaintiffs alleged that the Sherrif's Office knowingly failed to adopt and implement adequate policies and procedures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Broward County jails and prisons. The parties settled December 2020, and the settlement was approved May 2021. The settlement agreement requires the Sherrif's Office to comply with CDC recommendations on matters such as social distancing, PPE and sanitization supplies, and the availability and prominence of health information.
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June 4, 2021
Street v. O'Toole
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 4:19-cv-02590 (E.D. Mo.)
PN-MO-0009
In 2019, individuals who participated in 2017 anti-police brutality protests in St. Louis filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs alleged a number of civil rights violations and tort claims following an incident where the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department allegedly "kettled" protestors on September 17, 2017. Hundreds of police officers were named in the original complaint but the District Judge narrowed the action to only six officers who held supervisory roles during the protest and the City of St. Louis themselves. As of June 17, 2021, the six remaining officers were appealing the denial of their motion to dismiss to the Eighth Circuit and the District Judge granted a stay of the original action pending the resolution of the interlocutory appeal.
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June 4, 2021
Blake v. Carr
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:20-cv-807-P (N.D. Tex.)
PC-TX-0026
In 2020, female prisoners at the Federal Medical Center, Carswell filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Allegations included a failure to implement COVID-19 protocols, low-quality food, and abuse by prison staff. A motion to consolidate the remaining 37 plaintiff's cases has been filed. The case is ongoing.
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June 3, 2021
Case: NAACP V. USPS
Legal Defense and Education Fund
Date: Aug. 20, 2020
By: Legal Defense and Education Fund
On August 20 2020, the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and Public Citizen filed a lawsuit on behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) against the United States Postal Service (USPS). Our suit, which was filed in the United States ...
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June 3, 2021
NAACP v. USPS
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 1:20-cv-02295 (D.D.C.)
PB-DC-0014
The NAACP sued the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Louis DeJoy, Postmaster General, on August 20, 2020. The NAACP argued that rule changes implemented by DeJoy in July violated federal law by not allowing adequate time for public comment, and that resulting delays in mail delivery jeopardized the integrity of postal voting in the 2020 elections. Represented by the NAACP LDF and Public Citizen, the NAACP sought a reversal of the policies. Injunctive relief was granted on October 10. USPS appealed the decision on the preliminary injunction on December 9, 2020. The appeal is currently pending in the D.C. Circuit and the case is ongoing.
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June 2, 2021
Nashville Community Bail Fund v. Gentry
ACLU
Date: Dec. 10, 2020
By: ACLU
In Nashville, local officials keep money posted as bail to pay fines and fees. This happens even when the person whose bond was posted shows up to their required court dates. Under a local court rule and policies from the criminal clerk, pretrial release is conditioned on future payment, which ...
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CASE STUDIES
June 2, 2021
"Victory for NLG NYC Members in Civil Rights Case Challenging NYPD Use of LRAD Sound Cannons Against Protesters"
Date: Jun. 1, 2017
(National Lawyers Guild)
The National Lawyers Guild summarizes and explains the District Court's May 31, 2017 denial of the City of New York's motion to dismiss, including commentary by the plaintiffs and links to related case documents.*
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June 2, 2021
Humphrey v. LeBlanc
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:20-cv-00233-JWD-SDJ (M.D. La.)
CJ-LA-0016
In 2020, three former Louisiana inmates filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Louisiana. Plaintiffs claimed that their overdetentions and the overdetentions of thousands of other former inmates due to slow processing constituted a violation of their 14th Amendment right to due process and that James LeBlanc was deliberately indifferent to these violations. As of writing, this case is still in discovery, and the plaintiffs' class has not yet been certified.
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June 2, 2021
United States of America v. State of North Carolina
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: Civ. No. 4476 (E.D.N.C.)
EE-NC-0144
In 1973 the U.S. Department of Justice brought this pattern and practice lawsuit against the State of North Carolina in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina. The DOJ alleged that the state's use of minimum test score for teacher certification violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fourteenth Amendment's Equal Protection clause. They were later joined by the North Carolina Association of Educators and a class of Black teachers who requested monetary relief and attorenys' fees under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. The plaintiffs initially won a declaratory judgment and injunction forcing the state to license Black teachers affected by the minimum scores. However, the court later vacated its opinion after the Supreme Court decision in Washington v. Davis.
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June 2, 2021
Disabled in Action of Pennsylvania v. Coleman
Case Category: Public Benefits / Government Services
Trial Docket: 76-1913 (E.D. Pa.)
PB-PA-0001
In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a number of federal laws were passed to make public transportation accessible for people with mobility problems. On June 17, 1976, a coalition of disability rights advocate groups, mobile disabled individuals, and elderly individuals filed this putative class action lawsuit in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, claiming that the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation had not complied with the federal laws by not mandating a fully accessible, low-floored, ramped bus. The case was declared moot after the appointment of a new Secretary of Transportation, who issued a policy mandating similar requirements for buses. This case has ended.
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June 2, 2021
United States v. Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: CIV. A. No. 87–2842 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0247
Title VII action was brought by the United States Department of Justice against the Board of Education for the School District of Philadelphia alleging employment discrimination on the basis of religion for refusal to allow a public school teacher to wear religious attire while teaching, and against the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, challenging the validity of Pennsylvania's garb statute. The District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania entered judgment against the Board of Education and for the Commonwealth. On appeal, the Third Circuit affirmed the judgment in favor of the Commonwealth, holding that the statute was narrowly tailored to serve a compelling government interest. The Third Circuit reversed the judgment against the Board of Education, however, holding that accommodation of the religious practice would have imposed undue hardship on the school board.
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June 1, 2021
Accessible Public Transit
The Public Interest Law Center
Date: 2019
By: The Public Interest Law Center
Public transportation is especially important for people with physical disabilities, but it has long been least accessible to them. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, a number of federal laws were passed to make public transportation accessible for people with mobility problems. In response, the ...
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June 1, 2021
Parents Association of the St. Louis State School v. Bond
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 82-0852-C(2) (E.D. Mo.)
ID-MO-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
June 1, 2021
American Council of the Blind of Metropolitan Chicago v. Chicago
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-06322 (N.D. Ill.)
DR-IL-0006
In 2019, American Council of the Blind of Metropolitan Chicago filed this class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. The plaintiffs allege that the City of Chicago’s failure to equip signalized street intersections with accessible pedestrian signals (ASPs) violates the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. In April 2021, the DOJ intervened as a plaintiff. Discovery is ongoing and scheduled to end in early 2022. Plaintiffs are seeking injunctive relief, declaratory relief, and compensatory damages against the City.
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May 30, 2021
Orndorff v. Jefferson County
https://www.aclu-wa.org/
Date: 02/02/2002
By: ACLU Washington
n 2002, the ACLU of Washington and the ACLU's National Prison Project filed suit over prisoner conditions at the Jefferson County Jail. The lawsuit sought an end to the unconstitutional treatment of inmates, including deficient jail plumbing, hygiene, climate control, medical care, access to courts, ...
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May 30, 2021
When an Old Law Makes It Hard to Fix a Troubled Jail
https://www.themarshallproject.org/
Date: Sep. 13, 2016
By: Alysia Santo (The Marshall Project)
A federal statute from the Carter era favors negotiation, but that can take a long time.*
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May 30, 2021
Cruz v. Hauck
https://www.oyez.org/
Date: Nov. 16, 1971
By: Oyez (Legal Information Institute)
Cruz v. Hauck*
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May 30, 2021
Marone v. Nassau County (Seeking to Create Independent Oversight of the Nassau County Jail)
https://www.nyclu.org/
Date: Mar. 21, 2012
By: New York Civil Liberties Union
This lawsuit seeks to compel Nassau County officials to comply with a 22-year-old unfulfilled charter mandate to establish an independent board charged with overseeing and reforming conditions at the Nassau County Correctional Center. The lawsuit was filed on March 21, 2012 in State Supreme Court ...
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May 30, 2021
Leyba, et al. v. Santa Fe County Board of Commissioners, et al. (Unlawful Strip Searches)
https://www.contractormisconduct.org/
By: Project on Government Oversight
In January 2005, a federal class action lawsuit was filed on behalf of all prisoners booked into the Santa Fe County Jail when it was run by Management and Training Corp. The lawsuit alleged that starting in January 2002, prisoners booked into the facility were illegally strip-searched and were ...
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May 28, 2021
Florence v. Burlington
https://www.aclu-nj.org/
Date: Jun. 27, 2011
By: ACLU of New Jersey
On January 19, 2010, the ACLU-NJ and ACLU-National Prison Project filed a friend-of-the-court brief on behalf of five former New Jersey Attorneys General, opposing the blanket strip search policies of the Burlington County Jail and Essex County Correctional Facility. The jails' policies currently ...
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May 28, 2021
Chief Goes Out, et al v. Missoula County
https://www.aclumontana.org/
Date: Sep. 13, 2012
By: ACLU Montana
The ACLU of Montana sued Missoula County on Sept. 12, 2012 on behalf of three named prisoners and class of similarly situated prisoners over discriminatory treatment. Female prisoners and juvenile prisoners at the jail are denied outdoor recreation which is provided to male prisoners for one hour a ...
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May 28, 2021
ACLU of Pennsylvania v. Montgomery County et al.
ACLU of Pennsylvania
Date: May 20, 2021
By: ACLU of Pennsylvania
From October 2020 to March 2021, ACLU-associated lawyers met with people held at the jail several dozen times to investigate allegations of constitutional violations. But in March 2021, those meetings ended when jail administrators informed the lawyers that they could only meet with people in the ...
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May 28, 2021
Brandt et al v Rutledge et al
ACLU
Date: May 25, 2021
By: ACLU
Four families of transgender youth and two doctors have challenged an Arkansas law that would prohibit healthcare professionals from providing or even referring transgender young people for medically necessary health care. The law would also bar any state funds or insurance coverage for gender- ...
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May 28, 2021
Fighting For The First Amendment Online
Gerstein Harrow LLP
Date: Mar. 29, 2021
By: James Harrow
We opened our virtual doors just a few weeks ago, and we already have our first lawsuit. It’s called Hecker v. Krepp, and it’s part of our attempt to strengthen the First Amendment as it applies to online speech. In particular, the case seeks to prevent the government from censoring important ...
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May 28, 2021
Fighting For Restaurant Workers
Gerstein Harrow LLP
Date: Apr. 15, 2021
By: Jason Harrow
Most people think the minimum wage in America is $7.25 per hour. But it turns out even that low wage has a loophole: tipped workers, like servers and bartenders at most restaurants, can be paid something called the “subminimum wage,” which can be as low as $2.13 per hour, depending on the state ...
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May 28, 2021
IFA's Charlottesville Case: Sines v. Kessler
Integrity First for America
Date: May 28, 2021
(Integrity First for America)
In August 2017, hundreds of white supremacists and neo-Nazis invaded Charlottesville, Virginia. This was not a peaceful protest but, rather, a meticulously planned conspiracy to bring violence to Charlottesville -- the result of months of online organizing, fueled by racism, anti-Semitism, ...
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May 26, 2021
Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee
https://www.brennancenter.org/our-work/court-cases/brnovich-v-democratic-national-committee
Date: Jan. 21, 2021
By: Brennan Center for Justice (Brennan Center)
Landing page with summaries of various amici briefs for case*
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May 26, 2021
Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee
https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/brnovich-v-democratic-national-committee/
Date: May 26, 2021
By: SCOTUSblog
SCOTUSblog page on consolidated case*
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May 26, 2021
Arizona Republican Party v. Democratic National Committee
https://www.scotusblog.com/case-files/cases/arizona-republican-party-v-democratic-national-committee/
Date: May 26, 2021
By: SCOTUSblog
SCOTUSblog page for case*
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May 26, 2021
Brnovich v. Democratic National Committee
https://www.oyez.org/cases/2020/19-1257
Date: May 26, 2021
By: Oyez
Link to Oyez page with information about case in the Supreme Court and oral argument audio*
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 26, 2021
Rulli v. Pittsburgh
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:20-cv-00965-CB-LPL (W.D. Pa.)
PN-PA-0023
Six named plaintiffs filed a class-action lawsuit against the city of Pittsburgh and various elected officials and police officials alleging that actions taken against non-violent protestors constituted violations of their First and Fourth Amendment rights.
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CASE STUDIES
May 25, 2021
"The School I Deserve: Six Young Refugees and Their Fight for Equality in America"
Date: Apr. 20, 2021
By: Jo Napolitano
(Beacon Press 2021)
Journalist Jo Napolitano delves into the landmark case in which the School District of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was sued for refusing to admit older, non-English speaking refugees and sending them to a high-discipline alternative school. In a legal battle that mirrors that of the Little Rock Nine ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
May 25, 2021
NAACP v. San Jose
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 4:21-cv-01705 (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0053
The NAACP and individual people sued the city of San Jose and political officials for policing tactics that allegedly deprived them of their First, Fourth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, protesting systemic racism in policing, alleged that the police used excessive force in a racially motivated manner to end the protests.
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 18, 2021
Preserving and Fortifying Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
Federal Register
Date: Jan. 25, 2021
By: Executive Office of the President
In 2012, during the Obama-Biden Administration, the Secretary of Homeland Security issued a memorandum outlining how, in the exercise of prosecutorial discretion, the Department of Homeland Security should enforce the Nation's immigration laws against certain young people. This memorandum, known ...
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May 17, 2021
Johnson v. Guzman Chavez
ScotusBlog
Date: May 17, 2021
By: SCOTUS Blog
This is a docket and other information about the case. *
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May 11, 2021
Abuse and Neglect at Muskegon County Jail
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: September 11, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU of Michigan filed a federal lawsuit against Muskegon County on behalf of eight female inmates of the Muskegon County Jail who contend that inhumane and degrading policies at the filthy, overcrowded lockup violate their constitutional rights.*
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May 11, 2021
Holland v. Donelon Revisited: Jail Litigation in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 1971-1991
Sage Journals
Date: October 1, 1990
By: John V. Baiamonte
In May 1971, Marie Guerrera Holland, a pretrial detainee, filed a class action civil rights suit in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, alleging that the Jefferson parish jail was in deplorable physical condition and that inmates did not receive adequate medical ...
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May 11, 2021
Davis v. Canyon County
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: January 8, 2013
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The Canyon County Jail was so overcrowded that it exceeded its capacity by more than 100 prisoners, even though it had over 100 more beds than allowed under the Idaho Sheriff's Association Jail Standards. The jails ventilation, fire protection, and plumbing were all inadequate, and temperatures ...
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May 11, 2021
Pierce v. District of Columbia
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: November 17, 2014
By: American Civil Liberties Union
In February 2013 the ACLU filed suit on behalf of William Pierce, who is profoundly deaf but received virtually no accommodation for his disability while he was an inmate at the D.C. Correctional Treatment Facility, which is an annex of the D.C. Jail operated by the Corrections Corporation of ...
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May 11, 2021
Harman v. Ahern (Pregnancy Testing in Alameda County Jails)
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: October 28, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU Foundation of Northern California has settled a lawsuit against the Alameda County Sheriff over a policy that requires women arrested and booked into Alameda County jails, even if only in custody for a few hours, to submit to a pregnancy test.*
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May 11, 2021
Medina v. County of San Bernandino
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: October 30, 2008
By: American Civil Liberties Union
On December 5, 2007, the ACLU filed a lawsuit on behalf of Jameelah Medina, a practicing Muslim woman who was forced by local deputies to remove her headscarf (hijab) while she was in custody in San Bernardino County's West Valley Detention Center.*
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May 11, 2021
Johnson v. Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: March 23, 2015
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Johnson v. LASD is a lawsuit on behalf of inmates with mobility impairments. The plaintiffs argue that the jails are not wheelchair accessible, and that inmates are denied mobility devices such as wheelchairs, crutches, walkers or canes, even though they need them. Inmates with mobility impairments ...
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May 11, 2021
Ventura County v. Way
Public Citizen
Date: October 1, 2006
By: Public Citizen
May county jail officials, consistent with the Fourth Amendment, conduct a visual body-cavity strip search of a person arrested on a misdemeanor charge of being under the influence of a controlled substance, pursuant to a blanket county policy requiring that such searches be conducted on all ...
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May 11, 2021
Block v. Rutherford
Oyez
Date: March 28, 1984
By: Oyez
Respondents were inmates being held in Los Angeles County Central Jail (Central Jail) prior to their trials. Central Jail did not allow inmates to have contact visits with spouses, children, or other guests. Central Jail also prohibited inmates from watching the irregularly-scheduled shakedown ...
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May 11, 2021
Phillips, et al. v. Weeks, et al.
Central Arkansas Library System
Date: July 28, 2020
By: Ernest Dumas
Phillips, et al. v. Weeks, et al. was a sweeping lawsuit in federal district court at Little Rock (Pulaski County) alleging that the municipal police engaged in systematic discrimination against African Americans, including illegal detention, physical brutality, verbal abuse, and segregation in ...
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May 11, 2021
Padilla v. ICE
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: March 27, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union, American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project filed a proposed amended complaint in federal court today in order to challenge the Trump administration’s new policy that categorically denies bond hearings to asylum seekers.*
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May 11, 2021
Ali v. Trump: Travel Ban on Immigrant Visa Applicants from Several Muslim-Majority Countries
National Immigration Project
Date: March 10, 2017
By: National Immigration Project

This lawsuit challenges President Trump’s Executive Order ban on nationals of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the United States. It was brought on behalf of tens of thousands of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who petitioned for immigrant visas for ...
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May 11, 2021
Gonzalez Machado v. Ashcroft
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: June 18, 2002
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
Every year, thousands of immigrant children are detained by the INS. Alone, unable to speak English, they are detained in juvenile detention centers while immigration officials go through the process of having them deported. Some of the children were escaping poverty, physical abuse, war and sexual ...
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May 11, 2021
Migrant Justice v. Nielsen
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: October 28, 2020
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
Migrant Justice, a Vermont-based advocacy organization with roots in economic justice, labor, and human rights, and six of its members are suing the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles. The lawsuit alleges that ICE ...
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May 11, 2021
Vazquez v. City of Farmers Branch, Texas
MALDEF
Date: September 22, 2008
By: MALDEF
In November 2006, the City of Farmers Branch became the first city in Texas to pass an anti-immigrant ordinance. Ordinance 2892, and its later replacement Ordinance 2903, required landlords of apartment complexes to verify that every person living in an apartment in the City, was a United States ...
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May 11, 2021
Thakker, et al. v. Doll, et al.
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: April 28, 2020
By: American Civil Liberties Union
On March 24, 2020, the ACLU of Pennsylvania, the ACLU Immigrants Rights Project and National Prison Project, and the law firm Dechert LLP filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against Immigration and Customs Enforcement arguing that ICE has violated the constitutional rights of 13 people in ...
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May 11, 2021
Castro v. Department of Homeland Security
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: April 17, 2017
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU filed habeas petitions on behalf of more than two dozen families who fled horrific violence and persecution in Central America and whose applications for asylum in the United States were denied after a cursory expedited review.*
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May 10, 2021
Riverside Coalition of Business Persons and Landlords v. Township of Riverside
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: September 17, 2007
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The “Riverside Township Illegal Immigration Relief Act” attempted to ban undocumented immigrants from renting, residing, using property or being employed in the New Jersey town.*
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May 10, 2021
Ignatyev v. Chertoff
American Civil Liberties Union
Date: April 7, 2008
By: American Civil Liberties Union
Many immigrants who have satisfied the requirements to become U.S. citizens have been illegally left in limbo for years, charged a lawsuit filed today in federal court in Philadelphia. As a result of system-wide delays in FBI “name checks,” hundreds or thousands of citizenship applications have ...
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May 9, 2021
Case Summary (Katzenbach v. McClung)
Tarlton Law Library
Date: November 30, 1964
By: Tarlton Law Library
Title II of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 forbade racial discrimination in hotels, motels, restaurants, theaters, and all other public accommodation engaged in interstate commerce. Ollie McClung, the owner of Ollie's Barbecue in Birmingham, Alabama, continued to refuse service to blacks after the ...
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May 7, 2021
Letter from Dan Radakovich Regarding Men's Track and Field Cross County
Clemson Tigers
Date: November 05, 2020
By: Dan Radakovich
Public letter from the Director of Athletics at Clemson University regarding Clemson University Title IX cases.*
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May 7, 2021
Rios-Diaz, et al. v. Colonel Tom Butler, Montana Highway Patrol, et al.
American Immigration Council
Date: February 17, 2016
By: American Immigration Council
On October 7, 2013, the Montana Immigrant Justice Alliance (“MIJA”) and four representative plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana against Colonel Tom Butler, sued in his official capacity as acting Chief Administrator of the Montana Highway Patrol, ...
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May 7, 2021
Federico Salinas-Rodriguez v. Alpha Services, Inc.
Southern Poverty Law Center
Date: September 6, 2006
By: Southern Poverty Law Center
This class action lawsuit against Alpha Services was brought for violations of minimum wage and overtime protections, and for other violations of the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act.*
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