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1 Collins v. Meyers
1:21-cv-02713 (D. Colo.)
Filed 10/07/2021 - Closed 2021
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade,
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade,
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CO-0008
Denver County
Coding Complete
Resort Meeting Source, a Colorado-based event planning company and its CEO filed suit in the District of Colorado on October 7, 2021 against the Executive Director of the Colorado Office of Economic and International Trade (OEIT). The plaintiff brought suit under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 for an alleged breach of the Equal Protection Clause of the ... [view]
2 Nuest v. Vilsack
0:21-cv-01572 (D. Minn.)
Filed 07/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
Secretary
Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MN-0005
Washington
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 Rogers v. Vilsack
1:21-cv-01779 (D. Colo.)
Filed 06/29/2021 - Case Ongoing
Secratary
Department of the Argiculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CO-0009
Washington
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
4 Dunlap v. Vilsack
2:21-cv-942 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/24/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-OR-0007
Washington
Coding Complete
This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” Two white farmers, a husband and wife, filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon (Pendleton) on June 24, 2021. The two defendants were the ... [view]
5 Joyner v. Vilsack
1:21-cv-1089 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 06/15/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TN-0010
Washington
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This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” A farmer filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee Eastern Division (Jackson) on June 15, 2021. The sole defendant was the Secretary ... [view]
6 McKinney v. Vilsack
2:21-cv-212 (E.D. Tex.)
Filed 06/10/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0019
Washington
Coding Complete
This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” A white farmer from Naples, Texas filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas (Marshall) on June 10, 2021. The two defendants were the ... [view]
7 Kent v. Vilsack
3:21-cv-540 (S.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-IL-0016
Washington
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This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of "socially disadvantaged groups." Three white farmers filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (East St. Louis) on June 7, 2021. The two defendants were the Secretary of ... [view]
8 Holman v. Vilsack
1:21-cv-1085 (W.D. Tenn.)
Filed 06/02/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Agriculture
United States Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TN-0011
Washington
Coding Complete
This case is one of several challenging the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” In March 2021, during the early months of the Biden Administration, Congress passed the American Reuse Plan Act (ARPA). ARPA was a large package of government programs ... [view]
9 Carpenter v. Vilsack
0:21-cv-00103 (D. Wyo.)
Filed 05/24/2021 - Case Ongoing
Secretary
United States Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WY-0003
Washington
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
10 Blessed Cajuns LLC v. Guzman
4:21-cv-00677 (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 05/23/2021 - Case Ongoing
Small Business Administration
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0018
Washington D.C.
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This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) prioritization of certain applications for emergency government assistance. Section 5003 appropriated $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) ... [view]
11 Wynn v. Vilsack
3:21-cv-00514-MMH-JRK (M.D. Fla.)
Filed 05/18/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-FL-0022
Washington
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This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” A white farmer filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida (Jacksonville) on May 18, 2021. The two defendants were the Secretary of ... [view]
12 Vitolo v. Guzman
3:21-cv-00176 (E.D. Tenn)
Filed 05/12/2021 - Closed 2021
Small Business Administration
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TN-0009
Washington D.C.
Coding Complete
This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) and the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) prioritization of certain applications for emergency government assistance. Section 5003 appropriated $28.6 billion for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to be administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA) ... [view]
13 Faust v. Vilsack
21-548 (E.D. Wis.)
Filed 04/29/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WI-0006
Washington
Coding Complete
This case is one of several brought challenging the American Rescue Plan (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” Five white farmers filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin (Green Bay) on April 29, 2021. The farmers were all white and were from ... [view]
14 Miller v. Vilsack
4:21-cv-00595-O (N.D. Tex.)
Filed 04/26/2021 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-TX-0017
Washington
Coding Complete
This case is one of several challenging the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.” A white rancher from Texas filed a class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas (Fort Worth) on April 26, 2021. The sole defendant ... [view]
15 Campos v. Kijakazi
1:21-cv-05143 (E.D.N.Y.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0040
Coding In Process
This case concerns individuals who experienced serious disruptions to their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits because the Social Security Administration (SSA) stopped processing certain paperwork and closed its offices during the COVID-19 pandemic. Justice in Aging, the New York Legal Assistance Group, and private counsel filed the suit ... [view]
16 Tiegs v. Vilsack
3:21-cv-00147 (D.N.D.)
Filed 2021 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Agriculture
Department of Argiculture
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-ND-0002
Washington
Coding In Process
This case is one of several challenging the American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) classification of “socially disadvantaged groups.”* [view]
17 NAACP v. USPS
1:20-cv-02295 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-DC-0014
District of Columbia County
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This is a case about whether the United States Postal Service's postal delivery and ballot service policy changes relevant to the 2020 presidential election were implemented in violation of federal law. In July 2020, Louis DeJoy became Postmaster General of the the United States Postal Service (USPS). DeJoy implemented new policies for USPS which ... [view]
18 National Urban League v. Ross
5:20-cv-05799 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/18/2020 - Closed 2021
U.S. Department of Commerce
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0056
Coding Complete
On August 18, 2020, a coalition of cities, counties, Indian tribes, advocacy organizations, and individuals represented by the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, the Brennan Center for Justice, and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP sued the U.S. Department of Commerce (“Department”), the Department Secretary, the U.S. Census Bureau (“ ... [view]
19 Scholl v. Mnuchin
4:20-cv-05309-PJH (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 08/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States of America
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0058
Coding Complete
Two incarcerated plaintiffs brought this class-action lawsuit seeking to obtain the benefits provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security (CARES) Act. The plaintiffs sought to represent a class all people incarcerated in the United States between March 27, 2020 until August 1, 2020 (the date the complaint was filed) who was ... [view]
20 Disability Rights California v. County of Alameda
3:20-cv-05256 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Alameda County
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Public Benefits / Government Services
DR-CA-0061
Alameda County
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This case was brought by Disability Rights California (“DRC”), a nonprofit corporation, to challenge the systemic institutionalization and segregation of Alameda County residents with serious mental health disabilities. On July 30, 2020, DRC filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California and named the ... [view]
21 California v. Trump
3:20-cv-05169-EMC (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Donald J. Trump
President of the United States
Election/Voting Rights
Immigration and/or the Border
Public Benefits / Government Services
IM-CA-0169
Coding Complete
In March 2018, Secretary Ross and the Department of Commerce announced that a citizenship question would be added to the 2020 Census, because of a request from the Department of Justice for data to enforce the Voting Rights Act. A number of lawsuits followed, culminating in the Supreme Court affirming that the asserted reason for including the ... [view]
22 New York v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1:20-cv-05583 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/20/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0038
Coding Complete
This case is about the legality of the June 19, 2020 rule issued under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act). On July 20, 2020, twenty-two states and the District of Columbia (States) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The states sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human ... [view]
23 Washington v. Devos
2:20-cv-01119-BJR (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/20/2020 - Closed 2020
U.S. Department of Education
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-WA-0009
Washington
Coding Complete
This case is about allocation of education funding for K-12 schools to private schools during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. This case was filed after the state of Washington obtained a preliminary injunction in a separate case that also sought to enjoin the Department of Education’s guidance for allocating Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ... [view]
24 Boston Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth (BAGLY) v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1:20-cv-11297 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Health and Human Services
United States Department of Health and Human Services
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MA-0013
Washington, DC
Coding Complete
This case is about a regulation promulgated by the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) affecting protections against discrimination in healthcare on the basis of sex, which were created by the Affordable Care Act. In 2010, Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to increase the number of Americans with health insurance ... [view]
25 Michigan v. Devos
3:20-cv-04478-SK (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/07/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of United States Department of Education
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CA-0057
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action filed in response to the CARES Act and an interim final rule from the Department of Education regarding how funds could be distributed between private and public schools. The court granted a preliminary injunction prohibiting enforcement of the interim final rule on August 26, 2020. On November 9, the court ... [view]
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