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NAACP Legal Defense Fund
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) was founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall. Through advocacy and litigation, LDF focuses on issues of education, voter protection, economic justice and criminal justice.
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1 National Urban League v. Trump
1:20-cv-03121 (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
President of the United States
Speech and Religious Freedom
FA-DC-0023
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
This is a case about President Trump's executive order that prohibits racial sensitivity training in federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients. On October 29, 2020, the National Urban League and National Fair Housing Alliance, two civil rights non-profits, filed this putative class action lawsuit in the District Court for the District of ... [view]
2 Scott v. Louisville Metro Government
3:20-cv-00535 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 07/30/2020 - Case Ongoing
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Policing
Speech and Religious Freedom
PN-KY-0001
Jefferson County
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
3 People First of Alabama v. Merrill
2:20-cv-00619-AKK (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 05/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of State of Alabama
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AL-0268
Coding Complete
NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for more current information, see their tracker. COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed by Alabama voters to temporarily enjoin Alabama’s voting law provisions ... [view]
4 Thomas v. Andino
3:20-cv-01552 (D.S.C.)
Filed 04/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
South Carolina State Election Commission
Election/Voting Rights
VR-SC-0078
Coding Complete
NOTE: This case is being tracked in close to real time by the Stanford/MIT Healthy Elections Project. So for more current information, see their tracker. COVID-19 Summary: This is an action brought by four individuals facing a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19 and the ... [view]
5 Frazier v. Kelley
4:20-cv-00434 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 04/21/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Arkansas Department of Corrections
Arkansas Department of Corrections
Prison Conditions
PC-AR-0015
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a putative class action brought on April 21, 2020, by eleven individuals held at the Arkansas Department of Corrections, requesting reasonable accommodations for those incarcerated who face health risks from COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought a TRO and preliminary injunction requesting the immediate release and home ... [view]
6 Mays v. Thurston
4:20-cv-00341 (E.D. Ark.)
Filed 03/26/2020 - Closed
Governor of Arkansas
Election/Voting Rights
VR-AR-0193
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit seeking to waive Arkansas’ Election Day Receipt deadline for the March runoff elections in light of COVID-19. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief, as well as a temporary restraining order. On March 30, the emergency TRO was denied. On March 31, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary ... [view]
7 Jones v. DeSantis
4:19-cv-00300 (N.D. Fla.)
Filed 06/15/2019 - Case Ongoing
Ten Florida Counties
Supervisor of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-FL-0009
Coding Complete
In the fall of 2018, Florida voters amended the Florida Constitution, restoring voting rights to most people convicted of felonies “upon completion of all terms of sentence, including parole or probation.” (This excluded people convicted of murder or sexual offenses.) On June 28, 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis signed Senate Bill 7066 into law, ... [view]
8 NAACP v. DOJ
1:18-cv-09363 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 10/12/2018 - Case Ongoing
Department of Justice
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-NY-0037
Coding Complete
This is a case about a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request concerning the Department of Justice's role in requesting to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. On December 12, 2018, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund filed this lawsuit in the Southern District of New York. The plaintiff sued the Department of Justice (DOJ) under the Freedom ... [view]
9 NAACP v. Merrill
3:18-cv-01094 (D. Conn.)
Filed 06/28/2018 - Case Ongoing
Connecticut
Election/Voting Rights
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-CT-0001
Coding Complete
On June 28, 2018, the NAACP, the Connecticut State Conference of the NAACP, and several private citizens of Hamden and New Haven filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The plaintiffs sued the state of Connecticut and the Connecticut State Elections Board under 42 U.S.C. § 1983. Represented by the Rule of ... [view]
10 National Fair Housing Alliance v. Carson
1:18-cv-01076-BAH (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/08/2018 - Closed
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-DC-0018
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On May 8, 2018, National Fair Housing Alliance, Texas Low Income Housing Information Services, and Texas Appleseed filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs were represented by the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, the American ... [view]
11 Times v. Target
1:18-cv-02993 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 04/05/2018 - Case Ongoing
Target Corporation
Equal Employment
EE-NY-0295
Coding Complete
On April 5, 2018, The Fortune Society, Inc., a not-for-profit whose mission is to support the successful reentry of formerly incarcerated individuals, and two former employees of the Target Corporation filed this class action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued Target under Title VII of the ... [view]
12 NAACP v. Bureau of the Census
8:18-cv-00891-PWG (D. Md.)
Filed 03/28/2018 - Closed 2020
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Census Bureau
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-MD-0004
Coding Complete
On March 28, 2018 the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Prince George’s County, Maryland filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. The plaintiffs sued the U.S. Census Bureau, the Secretary of Commerce, and the President of the United States for “conspicuous neglect” of ... [view]
13 National Association for the Advancement of Colored People v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:18-cv-00239-MJG (D. Md.)
Filed 01/24/2018 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MD-0008
Coding Complete
On Jan. 24, 2018, the NAACP filed this lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. Represented by its own counsel, the NAACP challenged DHS's Nov. 2017 revocation of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Haitians living in the United States. The plaintiff alleged that DHS ... [view]
14 Open Communities Alliance v. Carson
1:17-cv-02192 (D.D.C.)
Filed 10/23/2017 - Closed 2018
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-DC-0015
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
The background to this case is based on a policy known as the Small Area Fair Market Rent (“FMR”) rule was set to go into effect on January 1, 2018, after years of advocacy, research, and public debate. The rule required the public housing agencies (PHAs) that administered the Housing Choice Voucher program (formerly Section 8) to set voucher ... [view]
15 NAACP v. Department of Commerce
3:17-cv-01682 (D. Conn.)
Filed 10/05/2017 - Closed
U.S. Census Bureau
U.S. Department of Commerce
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-CT-0014
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
16 NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund v. Trump
1:17-cv-05427 (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 07/18/2017 - Closed 2018
United States
Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0003
Coding Complete
On July 18, 2017, the NAACP Legal Defense & Education Fund (NAACP) filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. The NAACP joined with a number of non-profit organizations to sue President Donald J. Trump, members of the executive branch in their official capacities, and the Presidential Advisory Commission ... [view]
17 Morningside Community Organization v. Sabree
16-008807-CH (State Court)
Filed 07/13/2016 - Closed 2018
Wayne County
Wayne County Treasurer
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
FH-MI-0012
Wayne County
Coding Complete
On July 13, 2016, several Detroit homeowners and a coalition of neighborhood associations from throughout the city filed this class-action lawsuit against the Wayne County Treasurer alleging Fair Housing Act (FHA) and due process violations. The plaintiffs alleged that homeowners in Detroit were being charged unlawfully assessed taxes because the ... [view]
18 Lewis v. Bentley
2:16-cv-00690-RDP (N.D. Ala.)
Filed 04/28/2016 - Case Ongoing
State of Alabama
Public Benefits / Government Services
PB-AL-0016
Coding Complete
On April 28, 2016, the Alabama chapter of the NAACP, Greater Birmingham Ministries, and two African-American plaintiffs filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. The plaintiffs sued the Governor and Attorney General of the State of Alabama in their official capacities under the Fourteenth Amendment’s ... [view]
19 Thompson v. DeKalb County
1:15-cv-00280 (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 01/29/2015 - Closed 2015
DeKalb County
DeKalb County Recorders Court
Criminal Justice (Other)
CJ-GA-0008
De Kalb County
Coding Complete
On January 29, 2015, a nineteen-year-old man from Decatur, Georgia, filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, against DeKalb County and Judicial Correction Services, Inc. ("JCS"). The plaintiff, represented by attorneys from the ACLU, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and ... [view]
20 Little v. Washington Metro. Area Transit Auth.
No. 1:14-cv-01289 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/30/2014 - Closed 2018
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authoirty
Equal Employment
EE-DC-0075
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
On July 30, 2014, nine African American employees with criminal records filed this lawsuit (on behalf of a putative class of similar employees) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. § 2000e against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) and its contractors. The plaintiffs, represented by the ... [view]
21 Detroit NAACP v. Snyder
2:13-cv-12098 (E.D. Mich.)
Filed 05/13/2013 - Case Ongoing
State of Michigan
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0071
Coding Complete
On May 13, 2013, registered voters of the City of Detroit and the Detroit chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ("NAACP") filed suit against the State of Michigan in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Represented by the NAACP and the Arab-American Civil Rights League, plaintiffs ... [view]
22 Cogdell v. Wet Seal
8:12-cv-01138-AG-AN (C.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/12/2012 - Closed 2016
The Wet Seal, Inc.
Equal Employment
EE-CA-0348
Coding Complete
On July 12, 2012, three African-American former store-management employees of Wet Seal who had been terminated filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. The plaintiffs were represented the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and private counsel, and alleged that Wet Seal, Inc., and related corporations, which sell ... [view]
23 Davis v. City of New York
1:10-cv-00699-SAS-HBP (S.D.N.Y.)
Filed 01/28/2010 - Case Ongoing
The City of New York
Policing
PN-NY-0013
Coding Complete
This is one of four ongoing cases challenging the constitutionality of the New York Police Department's "Stop and Frisk" program. See: Floyd v. City of New York (PN-NY-0009); Daniels v. City of New York (PN-NY-0010); and ... [view]
24 Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center v. US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development
08-1938 (D.D.C.)
Filed 11/12/2008 - Closed 2011
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Public Benefits / Government Services
FH-DC-0004
Coding Complete
On November 12, 2008, the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center and the National Fair Housing Alliance, along with African-American homeowners from Louisiana, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of more than 20,000 families, against the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development ("HUD") ... [view]
25 DOJ Investigation of Austin Police Department
docket unknown (No Court)
Filed 05/31/2007 - Closed 2011
Austin Police Department
Policing
PN-TX-0006
Coding Complete
On May 31, 2007, the Austin NAACP and Texas Civil Rights Project filed a complaint with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against the Austin Police Department (APD), opening this investigation. The NAACP alleged that the APD had violated Title VI of the Civil Rights Act and asked the federal government to withhold nearly 3 million dollars in federal ... [view]
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