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1 Black Emergency Response Team v. O'Connor
5:21-cv-01022 (W.D. Okla.)
Filed 10/19/2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Education
Speech and Religious Freedom
ED-OK-0017
Coding In Process
This is a challenge to an Oklahoma state law, House Bill 1775 (codified as 70 O.S. § 24-157 (2021)), which regulated the way that educators could teach about issues of race and gender.* [view]
2 In the Matter of JPay, LLC
2021-CFPB-0006 (No Court)
Filed 10/19/2021 - Case Ongoing
JPay, LLC
JPay, LLC
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
PC-DC-0035
Miramar
Coding In Process
On October 19, 2021, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced that it had entered into a consent order with prison phone provider JPay, LLC. The CFPB found that JPay had violated the Electronic Fund Transfer Act and related regulations. JPay entered into a consent order with the CFPB in which it agreed to refund consumers, pay a $2 ... [view]
3 Collins v. Meyers
1:21-cv-02713 (D. Colo.)
Filed 10/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
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 In Process
This case challenges a Colorado state COVID-19 relief program that gave preferences to minority-owned businesses. The plaintiff, a white man who owns an event planning business, alleges that this program violates his Equal Protection rights. Shortly after filing, on October 12, 2021, a federal judge in Colorado granted the plaintiff's request for ... [view]
4 Brnovich v. Biden
2:21-cv-01568 (D. Ariz.)
Filed 09/14/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-AZ-0032
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by Arizona's Attorney General challenging the Biden administration's planned vaccine mandate as unconstitutional under the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
On September 9, 2021, President Biden announced a broad plan to increase vaccination rates nationwide. The plan would require ... [view]
5 United States v. Texas; Annunciation House v. Abbott
3:21-cv-00173 (W.D. Tex.)
Filed 08/30/2021 - Case Ongoing
State of Texas
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0061
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case about Texas Governor Greg Abbot's executive order that prevented anyone other than law-enforcement officials from transporting multiple categories of non-citizen migrants regardless of unaccompanied minor, asylum, or refugee status. On July 30, 2021, the United States filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court ... [view]
6 EPIC v. United States Postal Service
1:21-cv-2156 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/12/2021 - Case Ongoing
United States Postal Service
United States Postal Service
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-DC-0026
District of Columbia County
Coding In Process
EPIC, a privacy and civil liberties organization, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to stop the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the law enforcement arm of the Postal Service, from using facial recognition and social media monitoring tools. Filed on August 12, 2021, the complaint alleges that the Postal ... [view]
7 United States v. New Jersey (DOJ CRIPA Investigation of Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women)
2:21-cv-15031 (D.N.J.)
Filed 08/10/2021 - Case Ongoing
State of New Jersey
State of New Jersey
Prison Conditions
PC-NJ-0027
Hunterdon County
Coding In Process
On August 10, 2021, the Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division announced that it had reached a settlement with the New Jersey Department of Corrections regarding conditions at the Edna Mahan Correctional Facility for Women. The same day, it filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, requesting that the court ... [view]
8 Evenson-Childs v. Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
9:21-cv-00089 (D. Mont.)
Filed 08/09/2021 - Case Ongoing
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Ravalli County Sheriff's Office
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-MT-0004
Ravalli County
Coding Complete
Plaintiff, a homeless resident of the state of Montana, filed this putative class action against Ravalli County Sheriff’s Office on August 9, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Montana. She challenged the Office’s practice of charging pre-trial arrestees released on bail for various forms of pre-trial supervision, such as ... [view]
9 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]
10 D.P. v. School Board of Palm Beach County
9:21-cv-81099 (S.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/22/2021 - Case Ongoing
School District of Palm Beach County
School District of Palm Beach County
Mental Health (Facility)
MH-FL-0003
Palm Beach County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
11 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
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 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]
12 Goodlaxson v. City of Baltimore
1:21-cv-01454-BPG (D. Md.)
Filed 06/10/2021 - Case Ongoing
City of Baltimore
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
DR-MD-0002
Baltimore City
Coding Complete
This case is about sidewalk and street accessibility for people with mobility disabilities in Baltimore, Maryland. On June 10, 2021, three residents of Baltimore with mobility disabilities and the IMAGE Center of Maryland sued the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiffs, ... [view]
13 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]
14 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
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.” 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 ... [view]
15 NetChoice v. Moody
4:21-cv-00220-RH-MAF (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 05/27/2021 - Case Ongoing
Florida Elections Commission
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-FL-0008
Coding Complete
This is a case about content regulation of social-media providers in Florida. On May 27, 2021, NetChoice and Computer & Communications Industry Association (two trade associations that seek to promote and protect free speech and free enterprise on the Internet) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The ... [view]
16 Brandt v. Rutledge
4:21-cv-00450 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 05/25/2021 - Case Ongoing
Attorney General of the State of Arkansas
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-AR-0001
Coding Complete
On April 6, 2021, the Arkansas legislature passed H.B. 1570 over the governor’s veto. This bill, also titled the "Save Adolescents from Experimentation” (SAFE) Act, banned healthcare professionals from providing gender transition procedures to anyone under 18 or from referring anyone under 18 to any healthcare professional for such procedures ... [view]
17 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.
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]
18 ACLU v. Montgomery County
2:21-cv-02316 (E.D. Pa.)
Filed 05/20/2021 - Case Ongoing
Montgomery County
Jail Conditions
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-PA-0018
Montgomery County
Coding Complete
This is a case about Montgomery County Correctional Facilities (MCCF) restricting access to clients, prospective clients, and witnesses, by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania (ACLU-PA). On May 20, 2021, ACLU-PA filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. The ACLU-PA sued MCCF and Montgomery County. In ... [view]
19 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
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 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]
20 Tassinari v. Salvation Army National Corporation
1:21-cv-10806 (D. Mass.)
Filed 05/14/2021 - Case Ongoing
The Salvation Army National Corporation
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
DR-MA-0009
Coding Complete
On May 14, 2021, plaintiffs filed this class action suit against the Salvation Army National Corporation for discriminating against individuals with disabilities who use doctor-prescribed medication-assisted treatment (MAT). The plaintiffs have a history of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) and have used MAT as part of their treatment regime. MAT, which ... [view]
21 Vitolo v. Guzman
3:21-cv-00176 (E.D. Tenn)
Filed 05/12/2021 - Case Ongoing
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]
22 Spillman v. Salvation Army
CGC-21-591364 (State Court)
Filed 05/07/2021 - Case Ongoing
no defendants on record
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Equal Employment
DR-CA-0062
Coding In Process
Five workers at rehabilitation programs run by the Salvation Army filed this putative class action lawsuit in San Francisco County Superior Court on May 7, 2021. The plaintiffs alleged that the Salvation Army violated numerous California state laws by forcing them to work in its thrift stores and other facilities as part of their treatment, but ... [view]
23 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]
24 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 Mackes v. Colorado Department of Corrections
1:21-cv-01100 (D. Colo.)
Filed 04/21/2021 - Case Ongoing
Colorado Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-CO-0038
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on April 21, 2021 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado by two blind men in the custody of the Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) as well as the National Federation of the Blind of Colorado, on behalf of the two men as well as other members who are or may be in the custody of CDOC. Plaintiffs were ... [view]
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