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:


CASE ADDITIONS
September 29, 2016
Valdez v. National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-00584-RJS-DBP (D. Utah)
NS-UT-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-UT-0001)


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September 29, 2016
Harman v. Ahern
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: No. 3:14-cv-03051-MEJ-KAW (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0124
On July 4, 2014, several women who claimed they where unjustifiably forced to take pregnancy tests filled this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs sued the Alameda County Sherriff’s Department under 42 U.S.C § 1983 and state law. The ...
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0124)


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September 29, 2016
Chimenti v. Pennsylvania Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-03333-JP (E.D. Pa.)
PC-PA-0041
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-PA-0041)


CASE ADDITIONS
September 29, 2016
Jenkins v. City of Jennings
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00252-CEJ (E.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0006
On February 8th, 2015, a class of around 2,000 mostly black, impoverished residents of Jennings, Missouri filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. The plaintiffs sued the City of Jennings for violating their constitutional rights and criminalizing poverty.
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0006)


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September 28, 2016
Greiman v. Hodges
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-510 (S.D. Iowa)
CJ-IA-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-IA-0002)


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September 26, 2016
Simms v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-701 (D.D.C.)
CJ-DC-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-DC-0002)


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September 22, 2016
Calvin v. Jefferson County Board of Commissioners
Case Category: Election/Voting Rights
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00131 (N.D. Fla.)
VR-FL-0171
In 2015, residents of Jefferson County, Florida filed this action in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that the county's 2013 redistricting plan was guilty of "prison-based gerrymandering," and was thus guilty of violating the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs sought and received a declaration that the 2013 plan was unconstitutional as well as an injunction requiring the defendants to produce an acceptable redistricting plan.
View Case Detail (VR-FL-0171)


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September 22, 2016
Tuyizere v. Utica City School District Board of Education
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: 6:15-cv-00488-DNH-TWD (N.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0052
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-NY-0052)


CASE ADDITIONS
September 18, 2016
MK Chambers Co. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-11379 (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0010
A for-profit company sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs. Following the Supreme Court's decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, on November 21, 2014 the plaintiffs won a permanent injunction against enforcement of that version of the contraceptive services mandate.
View Case Detail (FA-MI-0010)


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September 18, 2016
The New York Times Co v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-03215-JSR (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0020)


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September 18, 2016
New York Times Co. v. United States Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 11-cv-9336 (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-NY-0017)


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September 18, 2016
SMA LLC v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 0:13-cv-01375-ADM-LIB (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0004
The Catholic owners of a company filed this lawsuit on June 7, 2013, seeking an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate under the APA, RFRA, and the First and Fifth Amendments. On July 8, 2013, the U.S. District Court of Minnesota granted plaintiffs' request for a preliminary injunction. On November 20, 2014, the court entered a permanent injunction and judgement establishing that the government cannot enforce the version of the contraception mandate challenged in Hobby Lobby against the plaintiffs.
View Case Detail (FA-MN-0004)


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September 18, 2016
Wikimedia Foundation v. National Security Agency
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00662-RDB (D. Md.)
NS-MD-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-MD-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 28, 2016
Walker v. City of Calhoun
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00170-HLM (N.D. Ga.)
CJ-GA-0012
In 2014, a 54-year-old indigent man filed a lawsuit against the City of Calhoun, Georgia, for himself and others similarly situated, for injunctive relief and a declaration that the city's conduct is unlawful. He claimed the city was unlawfully detaining impoverished misdemeanor arrestees by using a fixed-amount bail system. In 2016, the court issued a temporary injunction against the City and required the release of arrestees who were only in custody because they could not afford a secured monetary bond.
View Case Detail (CJ-GA-0012)


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August 23, 2016
Sanders v. Kern High School District
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: (State Court)
ED-CA-0019
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ED-CA-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 19, 2016
EEOC v. Henry's Turkey Service
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:11-cv-00041 (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0023
In 2012, the EEOC, on behalf of 32 intellectually disabled men, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa against Hill Country Farms D/B/A Henry's Turkey Service. The EEOC demonstrated that Henry's discriminated against the men by paying the only $65 a month for full-time work, denying them access to medical care, physically and emotionally abusing them, confiscating their government benefits, forcibly confining them, and providing substantially substandard housing. The court awarded the EEOC $3.4 million in damages, to be distributed to the disabled claimants and granted injunctive relief. The defendant appealed to the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the 8th Circuit affirmed the district court's ruling in 2014.
View Case Detail (EE-IA-0023)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 17, 2016
DOJ ADA investigation of Huron Valley Women's Prison
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: NA (No Court)
PC-MI-0041
This out-of-court investigation of the Huron Valley Correctional Facility was launched in September 2010 by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section. It has examined the treatment of prisoners with disabilities at the all-women's facility, ...
View Case Detail (PC-MI-0041)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 15, 2016
Tyson v. Grant County Sheriff
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:07-cv-00010-JVB-RBC (N.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0022
On January 19, 2007, a detainee of the Grant County Jail, located in Grant County, Indiana, brought an action for declearatory and injunctive releif in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Plaintiff argued that severe overcrowing at the Jail had resulted in conditions that violated the Eight and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution, as well as Indiana Law. The case settled on March 20, 2008, with defendants agreeing to take steps to reduce population at the Jail and improve conditions.
View Case Detail (JC-IN-0022)


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August 12, 2016
Antoninetti v. Chipotle Mexican Grill
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 3:05-cv-01660-J-WMC (S.D. Cal.)
DR-CA-0033
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-CA-0033)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 10, 2016
Martos v. Miami-Dade County Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:16-cv-21501-JEM (S.D. Fla.)
PC-FL-0023
On April 28, 2016, the disability rights group Disability Rights Florida brought this lawsuit against the Miami-Dade Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (Miami-Dade), on behalf of two deaf persons who were not provided with access to ASL interpreters during their arrests, detentions, and court hearings. They brought suit in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida under the Americans with Disabilities Act (42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. §701 et seq.). They have asked the court for declaratory relief, permanent injuntive relief, and costs and attorneys' fees.
View Case Detail (PC-FL-0023)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 9, 2016
Flores v. Reno
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: CV-85-4544 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0002
This longstanding matter concerns foreign minors apprehended by immigration authorities, and how they are treated. It was filed in the 1980s, and settled in 2001. In July 2015, the District Court (C.D. Cal.) found that DHS's family detention policy implemented in the summer of 2014, violated the 2001 settlement, and entered an order to show cause requiring substantial remediation. On July 6, 2016, the Ninth Circuit largely denied an appeal by the U.S. against the District Court's ruling in favor of plaintiffs. As of August 9, 2016, the case remains ongoing.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 7, 2016
Belmont Abbey College v. Sebelius [II]
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01831 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0019
In 2013, a Catholic liberal arts college filed a RFRA challenge to rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing that the rules infringed on its religious freedom by requiring it to provide coverage for contraception through its group health insurance plan. On November 3, 2013, the plaintiffs filed a notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice.
View Case Detail (FA-DC-0019)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 5, 2016
Moratorium Now! v. Detroit 300 Conservancy
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-10373 (E.D. Mich.)
FA-MI-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-MI-0017)


CASE ADDITIONS
August 4, 2016
Grassroots Leadership v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Case Category: Immigration
Trial Docket: D-1-GN-15-004336 (State Court)
IM-TX-0041
An advocacy organization and individual plaintiffs filed suit to invalidate the emergency rule adopted by the Texas DFPS, which purported to allow DFPS to issue childcare licenses to the detention centers run by private prison companies. The plaintiffs alleged that DFPS lacked authority to license, and the regulation would cause harm to the detained children and licensed child service practitioners. The court issued a temporary restraining order on May 4, 2016, to which the defendant DFPS objected. The litigation is ongoing as of July 28, 2016.
View Case Detail (IM-TX-0041)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2016
Johnson Welded Products, Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00609 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0008
A for-profit company is seeking an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs. The court granted injunctive relief pending the outcome of Gilardi v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Gilardi was held while the Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. On June 30, 2014, the Court held in Hobby Lobby that the HHS regulations imposing the contraceptive mandate violate RFRA, when applied to closely-held for-profit corporations. On October 24, 2014, Judge Huvelle held that based on the Supreme Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby, the plaintiffs were entitled to a permanent injunction against enforcement of the version of the contraceptive mandate in place on June 30, 2014.
View Case Detail (FA-DC-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2016
Willis & Willis PLC v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01124 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0009
A for-profit company sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs. On August 23, 2013, the court granted the plaintiff's unopposed motion for preliminary injunction and stayed the case until 30 days after the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in Gilardi v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Gilardi was held while the Supreme Court decided Burwell v. Hobby Lobby. On October 27, 2014, the District Court held that based on the Supreme Court's ruling in Hobby Lobby, the plaintiffs in this case, as a closely-held for-profit corporation, were entitled to a permanent injunction against enforcement of the version of the contraceptive mandate in place on June 30, 2014.
View Case Detail (FA-DC-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 31, 2016
Trijicon, Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01207 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0007
A for-profit company is seeking an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs. The judge granted a preliminary injunction pending the conclusion of Gilardi v. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services . Following Supreme Court resolution of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby, involving similar issues, the parties disagreed on a permanent injunction in this case. As of July 31, 2016, the court has not reached a decision in this case.
View Case Detail (FA-DC-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 25, 2016
W. v. Kenosha Unified School District No 1 Board of Education
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-00943 (E.D. Wis.)
ED-WI-0002
16-year old transgender male student sues Kenosha Unified School District No. 1 (Kenosha) in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin on July 19, 2016, arguing that the school violated the Equal Protection Clause of the united States Constitution and Title IX of the Education Amendment (20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.) by denying plaintiff access to the men's restrooms and by discriminating against plaintiff in various other ways.
View Case Detail (ED-WI-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2016
Briscoe v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00285-WYD-BNB (D. Colo.)
FA-CO-0005
The Christian owners of a closely-held corporation filed a lawsuit on February 4, 2013, seeking an exemption from the ACA's contraception mandate under the APA, RFRA, and First Amendment. On January 27, 2015, following the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby, the district court granted a permanent injunction against the government, prohibiting it from enforcing the version of the contraceptive mandate challenged in Hobby Lobby against the plaintiffs.
View Case Detail (FA-CO-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2016
Dobson v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 13-cv-03326 (D. Colo.)
FA-CO-0007
On December 10, 2013, a non-profit religious corporation filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Colorado against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The plaintiff believes the Affordable Care Act's requirement that employee health plans provide coverage of contraception violates his religious freedom. On July 7, 2014, the Tenth Circuit ordered the case held in abeyance pending resolution of Zubik v. Burwell. Following the Supreme Court's ruling in Zubik on May 16, 2016, which took no position on the merits, this case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (FA-CO-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2016
Armstrong v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00563-RBJ (D. Colo.)
FA-CO-0004
The Christian owners of a company filed a challenge on March 5, 2013 to the ACA's contraception mandate, seeking an exemption under the APA, RFRA, and First and Fifth Amendments. Following the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, the District Court entered a permanent injunction prohibiting any further enforcement efforts of the contraception mandate against the plaintiffs.
View Case Detail (FA-CO-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 24, 2016
Barron Industries, Inc. v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-1330 (D.D.C.)
FA-DC-0006
A for-profit company sought an exception to the Affordable Care Act's mandate requiring employers to provide health insurance coverage of contraception because it violates the owner's religious beliefs. Following the Supreme Court's decision in Hobby Lobby v. Sebelius, the District Court for the District of Columbia granted an injunction for the plaintiffs against the version of the contraceptive services mandate at issue in Hobby Lobby.
View Case Detail (FA-DC-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 22, 2016
Salem v. Michigan Department of Corrections
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-14567 (E.D. Mich.)
PC-MI-0040
On November 1, 2013, several female inmates housed at the Huron Valley correctional facility sued the Michigan Department of Corrections (MDOC) in the Eastern District Court of Michigan, over a search technique which required them to spread their labia so that corrections officials could check their vaginal cavities for contraband. Plaintiffs allege that the practice violated the Fourth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution. They have asked the court to grant them class certification to represent other female prisoners at Huron Valley Correctional facility, damages, a permanent injunction requiring the prison to stop performing the spread-labia search, an injunction requiring the prison to remedy the mental and physical harm that they have suffered, and costs and attorneys' fees.
View Case Detail (PC-MI-0040)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 21, 2016
Housing Opportunities Made Equal a/k/a HOME v. Nationwide Insurance
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: No. LB-2704-4 (State Court)
FH-VA-0006
In 1996, housing advocacy group Housing Opportunities Made Equal (HOME) of Richmond sues Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company for discriminating against minorities in its redlining practices. In 2000, the case settled, with Nationwide agreeing to pay $17.5 million to HOME, to pay $8 million to the National Fair Housing Alliances, and to review and change its underwriting guidelines, procedures, and practices to ensure that its insurance was offered on a non-discriminatory basis
View Case Detail (FH-VA-0006)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 20, 2016
Rudisill v. Ryan
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 4:13-cv-01149 (D. Ariz.)
PC-AZ-0020
On September 13, 2013, an African American inmate in the Arizona State Prison Complex in Tucson filed this lawsuit against the State of Arizona and the Arizona Department of Correction in the District of Arizona. He sued under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 s. The inmate alleged that the prison segregated him by race, in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The parties reached a settlement on December 22, 2015, under which defendants would narrowly limit racial consideration in prison housing and employment opportunities, and to pay $5,000 in monetary damages to plaintiff as well as $195,000 to plaintiff’s counsel in attorneys’ fees and costs.
View Case Detail (PC-AZ-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 19, 2016
Henry A. v. Willden
Case Category: Child Welfare
Trial Docket: 2:10-cv-00528 (D. Nev.)
CW-NV-0001
On April 13, 2010, a group of foster children, foster parents, relatives, and advocates set out to reform the child welfare system in Clark County, Nevada. Two lawsuits later, the District Court approved a settlement agreement on January 9, 2015 for the amount of $2.075 Million. Each of the seven remaining plaintiffs received damages awards ranging from $100,000 to $350,000 for the many harms they experienced while in the Clark County foster care system. The money was placed either in trust or in annuities that will pay out over time.
View Case Detail (CW-NV-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 14, 2016
Thompson v. Moss Point, Mississippi
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00182-LG-RHW (S.D. Miss.)
CJ-MS-0002
On June 12, 2015, a person jailed by the City of Moss Point, Mississippi (the City), for failing to pay the fee required under the City's secured bail system, sued the City in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, arguing that the City had violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and asking for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, damages, attorneys' fees, and costs. On November 12, 2015, the judge assigned to the case, District Judge Louis Guirola Jr., entered a final judgement ordering the parties to follow a settlement agreement that they had reached earlier, under which the City agreed to end its secured bail policy.
View Case Detail (CJ-MS-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 12, 2016
Powell v. City of St. Ann
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00840 (E.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0008
On May 27, 2015, a person jailed by the City of St. Ann, Missouri (the City), for failing to pay the fee required under the City's secured bail system, sued the City in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, arguing that the City had violated the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and asking for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, damages, attorneys' fees, and costs. On September 3, 2015, the Judge assigned to the case, Judge Rodney W. Sippel, granted a stay in the proceedings to allow the parties to test the effects of a provisional settlement agreement, under which plaintiff agreed to drop his non-equitable claims, and under which the City agreed to end its secured bail policy and pay the plaintiff a $10,000 fee for acting as a class representative.
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 11, 2016
Fant v. City of Ferguson
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00253 (E.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0005
On February 8, 2015, impoverished persons jailed for failing to pay their legal fines sued the City of Ferguson in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, arguing that the City violated the Fourth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments of the U.S Constitution.Represented by the public interest group Equal Justice Under Law, by lawyers from St. Louis University School of Law, and by private counsel, plaintiffs brought suit under 42 U.S.C §1983, 28 U.S.C. § 2201. They have asked the court for declaratory relief, injunctive relief, monetary damages, attorneys' fees, and trial costs.
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 8, 2016
Hardy v. DC
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:09-cv-01062-CRC (D.D.C.)
CJ-DC-0001
Two men who had money seized and kept by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police (MPD) through a practice called civil forfeiture sued the government of the District of Columbia (the District) because the MPD had failed to give plaintiffs proper notice of the seizure or initiate civil forfeiture proceedings against them within a year of criminal charges against plaintiffs being resolved. On June 8, 2009, plaintiffs brought suit in the U.S. federal court for the District of Columbia under 42 U.S.C. §1983, and argued that the MPD had violated both the D.C. law authorizing civil forfeiture (D.C. Code § 48-905.02) and the Fifth Amendment. On June 20, 2014, the court granted final approval to a settlement agreement between plaintiffs and the District, under which the district agreed to pay $855,000 total, including: $2,500 to each of the class representatives as an award for bringing the class action suit; $14,001.85 for attorney's expenses; $52,665.15 to Class Action Administration, Inc. ("CAA"); $283,333 for attorney's fees; and $500,000 on approved claims to plaintiffs and other members of plaintiffs’ class.
View Case Detail (CJ-DC-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 5, 2016
United States v. Hinds County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 3:16-cv-00489-WHB-JCG (S.D. Miss.)
JC-MS-0021
The United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, sued Hinds County in the Southern District Court of Mississippi, after conducting an investigation that found that Hinds County's practices in the Hinds County Detention Facility, the Hinds County Work Center, and the Jackson Detention Facility, violated the Eighth and Fourteenth Amendment rights of detainees housed there. On the same day that the DOJ entered that complaint, they entered a joint motion for settlement with Hinds County, in which Hinds County agreed to a comprehensive list of reforms to better protect detainees from other detainees and staff, and to prevent detainees from being unduly detained without adequate legal justification.
View Case Detail (JC-MS-0021)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 4, 2016
Dunn v. Dunn
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:14-cv-00601 (M.D. Ala.)
PC-AL-0035
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-AL-0035)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2016
Arriola v. Commonwealth of Kentucky
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 12-CI-1208 (State Court)
PC-KY-0008
This lawsuit was brought by inmates and former inmates of the Kentucky Department of Corrections (KDOC), who sought or are seeking credits that can applied towards reduced sentences under Kentucky's Earned Good Time program, but who were denied those credits because the KDOC considered the EGT programs that they completed too similar to programs that plaintiffs had previously completed. Plaintiffs argued that the KDOC violated Kentucky Law, the Kentucky Constitution, and the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and asked Judge Phillip J. Shepherd of the Franklin Circuit Court of Kentucky to declare that the KDOC’s denial of EGT credits was illegal, to issue an injunction forbidding denial of EGT credits to persons who complete or who have completed approved programs, to award actual and punitive damages to plaintiffs and plaintiff class, and to award plaintiffs with attorneys’ fees and costs. On June 3, 2015, Judge Shepherd found that the KDOC had violated sections 2 and 3 of the Kentucky Constitution, as well as the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and he granted plaintiffs class certification to represent inmates who had sought or are seeking EGT credits. As of July 3, 2016, we do't know whether Judge Shepherd has entered a final judgement, or whether the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (PC-KY-0008)


CASE ADDITIONS
July 3, 2016
Charlie and Nadine H. v. Corzine
Case Category: Child Welfare
Trial Docket: 2:99-cv-03678 (D.N.J.)
CW-NJ-0002
Plaintiffs, who are children in the custody of the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS), brought suit against the state alleging abuse, neglect, and lack of services. After the New York Times published several articles about the deaths of children in the care of DYFS due to lack of care, in 2003 the state entered into a settlement agreement providing for a systematic overhaul of the state child welfare system. The latest modification of the agreement was made in 2015 and remains in force.
View Case Detail (CW-NJ-0002)