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COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

This page collects cases that address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, social distancing, etc. (We're not able to catalog every single-person request for release, but are presenting the cases affecting multiple persons.)

In addition to cases, in many states there have been court orders directing releases and other COVID-19 responses. To see a catalog of these, check out the Prison Policy Initiative's list of jail/prison-related COVID-19 responses, and the spreadsheet compiled by the UCLA Law School, here.

If you know of a case NOT listed here, please email us: clearinghouse@umich.edu (We'll try to update this page in close-to-real-time.)
The below cases represent a special subset of the full Clearinghouse collection.
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1 P.J.E.S v. Wolf
1:20-cv-02245 (D.D.C.)
Filed 08/24/2020 - Case Ongoing
Secretary of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0087
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This putative class action case challenges the government’s use of an emergency public health order issued under 42 U.S.C. § 265 to restrict immigration of unaccompanied minors. Pursuant to the emergency public order, the government has expelled unaccompanied children without following usual immigration laws, saying the ... [view]
2 League of Women Voters of Oklahoma v. Ziriax
118765 (State Court)
Filed 08/14/2020 - Closed 2020
Secretary of Oklahoma State Board of Elections Paul Ziriax
Oklahoma State Board of Elections
Election/Voting Rights
VR-OK-0019
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case brought by a nonprofit and individual voters in Oklahoma, seeking a change in election law in light of COVID-19. The Oklahoma Supreme Court mandated the Election Board to recognize sworn statements and prohibited them from issuing ballots that suggested notarization was the only way to legitimize a ballot. The case ... [view]
3 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
Summary not yet on record [view]
4 Criswell v. Boudreaux
1:20-cv-01048 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/29/2020 - Case Ongoing
Sheriff of Tulare County
Tulare County Sherriff's Office
Jail Conditions
JC-CA-0144
Tulare County
Coding In Process
Summary not yet on record [view]
5 Subramanya v. United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
2:20-cv-03707 (S.D. Ohio)
Filed 07/22/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
United States Citizenship and Immigration Services
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-OH-0005
Washington
Coding Complete
This is a case about how quickly United States Citizenship and Immigration Services must process, print, and mail Employment Authorization Documents (EADs or Form I-766) for immigrants who have received approval for their Applications for Employment Authorization (Form I-765). On July 22, 2020, an immigrant who had received employment approval but ... [view]
6 NAACP v. DeVos
1:20-cv-01996 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/22/2020 - Closed
Secretary of the United States Department of Education
United States Department of Education
Education
ED-DC-0010
District of Columbia County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is an action filed on July 22, 2020 by advocacy groups, public school districts, and parents of children who attend public schools. Plaintiffs sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the U.S. Department of Education for creating an agency rule that conflicts with the text of the CARES Act. The court granted summary ... [view]
7 Calvary Chapel of Ukiah v. Newsom
2:20-cv-01431 (E.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
State of California
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-CA-0005
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
8 Commonwealth of Massachusetts et al v. United States Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11311 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-MA-0021
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by seventeen different states and Washington D.C. regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially " ... [view]
9 University of Oregon v. United States Department of Homeland Security
6:20-cv-01127 (D. Or.)
Filed 07/13/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-OR-0011
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
10 The Regents of the University of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04621 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0165
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the University of California regents regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student ... [view]
11 State of Washington v. United States Department of Homeland Security
2:20-cv-01070 (W.D. Wash.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-WA-0045
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of Washington regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
12 Johns Hopkins University v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-01873 (D.D.C.)
Filed 07/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-DC-0081
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Johns Hopkins University regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
13 State of California v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
4:20-cv-04592 (N.D. Cal.)
Filed 07/09/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-CA-0167
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by the state of California regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be ... [view]
14 President and Fellows of Harvard College v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security
1:20-cv-11283 (D. Mass.)
Filed 07/08/2020 - Case Ongoing
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
Education
IM-MA-0020
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT regarding the July 2020 release of ICE regulations which, in effect, meant that students on F-1 visas would risk deportation if their school shifted to online learning. No outcome yet.
Background Generally speaking, F-1 visas (colloquially "student visas") can be granted ... [view]
15 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.
This lawsuit arose out ... [view]
16 Jones v. Hill
1:20-cv-02791-ELR (N.D. Ga.)
Filed 07/01/2020 - Case Ongoing
Clayton County Sheriff
Prison Conditions
Jail Conditions
Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
PC-GA-0025
Clayton County
Coding Complete
Four inmates of the Clayton County Jail filed this complaint against the Clayton County Sheriff, in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, on July 1, 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic was sweeping through jails and prisons across the country, and the plaintiffs alleged that the jail was ignoring the health and safety of its ... [view]
17 La O Munoz v. Wolf
4:20-cv-02206 (S.D. Tex.)
Filed 06/23/2020 - Closed 2020
Acting Secretary of DHS Chad Wolf
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-TX-0055
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a habeas petition filed on behalf of immigrant detainees in Texas, seeking release from detention due to COVID-19. The court denied to enter any relief for the plaintiffs on July 6, 2020.
This petition for writ of habeas corpus was filed on June 23, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas ... [view]
18 Defy Ventures v. Small Business Administration
1:20-cv-01838-CCB (D. Md.)
Filed 06/16/2020 - Case Ongoing
United States Small Business Administration
Criminal Justice (Other)
Public Benefits / Government Services
CJ-MD-0006
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This is a case challenging the legality of the Small Business Administration's decision to exclude small business owners from parts of the CARES Act, passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 21, the court granted a preliminary injunction extending the deadline to apply for a loan for the named plaintiffs.
In ... [view]
19 Illinois Republican Party v. Pritzker
1:20-cv-03489 (N.D. Ill.)
Filed 06/15/2020 - Case Ongoing
Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker
Illinois Governor
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-IL-0002
Coding Complete
COVID Summary: The Illinois Republican party sued Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzger, alleging that his executive order prohibiting gatherings over ten people did not make constitutionally-required exceptions for political activity. This suit was brought on June 15, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Plaintiffs ... [view]
20 Soos v. Cuomo
1:20-cv-00651 (N.D.N.Y.)
Filed 06/10/2020 - Case Ongoing
Governor of New York
Speech and Religious Freedom
Presidential/Gubernatorial Authority
PR-NY-0007
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
21 J.B.B.C. v. Wolf
1:20-cv-01509 (D.D.C.)
Filed 06/09/2020 - Closed
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0077
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: This lawsuit was filed on behalf on an unaccompanied minor subject to deportation, alleging that the Trump administrations' system of authorizing the summary removal of persons to prevent the introduction of COVID-19 bypassed procedural protections otherwise granted to minor children. On June 24, the court granted a TRO. On June 2 ... [view]
22 Don't Shoot Portland v. City of Portland
3:20-cv-00917 (D. Or.)
Filed 06/05/2020 - Case Ongoing
City of Portland
Policing
PN-OR-0002
Multnomah County
Coding Complete
COVID-19 Summary: On June 5, 2020, a non-profit corporation advocating for social and racial justice and individual citizens filed this class action suit for violations of their First and Fourth Amendment rights. Plaintiffs sought injunctive relief enjoining Portland police from using tear gas. On June 9, the court granted the TRO and enjoined the ... [view]
23 Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans v. Benson
20-000108-MM (State Court)
Filed 06/02/2020 - Case Ongoing
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
Michigan Secretary of State
Election/Voting Rights
VR-MI-0078
Coding Complete
This lawsuit was filed on June 2, 2020 in the Michigan state court of claims. Represented by private counsel, three individual plaintiffs, the Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans, and the Detroit/Downriver Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute sued Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel over ... [view]
24 D.A.M. v. Barr
20-cv-1321 (D.D.C.)
Filed 05/28/2020 - Case Ongoing
Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
Immigration and/or the Border
IM-DC-0082
Coding Complete
Summary not yet on record [view]
25 Collins v. Adams
3:20-cv-00375 (W.D. Ky.)
Filed 05/27/2020 - Case Ongoing
Kentucky Governor Andrew Beshear
Kentucky
Election/Voting Rights
VR-KY-0009
Coding Complete
This suit was filed on May 27, 2020 in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. The suit was brought by several individual plaintiffs as well as the League of Women Voters of Kentucky, the Louisville Urban League, and the Kentucky Conference of NAACP Branches. They were represented by lawyers from ACLU National, ACLU of ... [view]
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