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Case Name Service Women’s Action Network v. U.S. Department of Defense EE-CT-0020
Docket / Court 3:15-cv-00137 ( D. Conn. )
State/Territory Connecticut
Case Type(s) Equal Employment
Attorney Organization ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Case Summary
On February 3, 2015, an advocacy organization for women in military service, Service Women’s Action Network, filed this lawsuit under Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) against the United States Department of Defense (“DOD”) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The ... read more >
On February 3, 2015, an advocacy organization for women in military service, Service Women’s Action Network, filed this lawsuit under Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) against the United States Department of Defense (“DOD”) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. The Act requires government organizations to conduct a reasonable search or to provide the records when requested by the public. The plaintiffs argued that DOD, however, did not comply to the plaintiffs’ request to gather information from the US Military Academies about the policies and practices that lead to women’s under-representation in the Academies in violation of FOIA. Represented by ACLU and ACLU of Connecticut, the plaintiffs asked for declaratory relief, and for the court to compel a reasonable search for records and timely production of records on the discrimination faced by women who aspire to be military officers due to the defendants' admissions policies.

On June 23 and July 23, 2015, the defendant filed two status reports to report on the actions taken by the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Naval Academy in response to the plaintiffs’ FOIA requests. These Academies has completed reasonable searches designed to find all information in its possession responsive to the plaintiffs’ request, with some exceptions.

On June 17, 2016, the parties filed a stipulation of dismissal informing the court that this case had been settled between the parties and agreed to a stipulated dismissal with prejudice. The case is now closed.

Soojin Cha - 04/14/2016
Sichun Liu - 05/25/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Affected Gender
Female
Constitutional Clause
Equal Protection
Content of Injunction
Required disclosure
Defendant-type
College/University
Discrimination-basis
Sex discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Pattern or Practice
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Causes of Action Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552
Defendant(s) U.S. Department of Defense
Plaintiff Description Service Women’s Action Network, ACLU, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the American Civil Liberties Union of Connect.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations ACLU Chapters (any)
ACLU National (all projects)
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party Plaintiff
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement
Source of Relief Settlement
Form of Settlement Private Settlement Agreement
Filing Year 2015
Case Closing Year 2016
Case Ongoing No
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Docket(s)
15-cv-137 (D. Conn.)
EE-CT-0020-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Complaint [ECF# 1]
EE-CT-0020-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 02/03/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's first status report [ECF# 30]
EE-CT-0020-0002.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/23/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Defendant's second status report [ECF# 32]
EE-CT-0020-0003.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/23/2015
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
Stipulation of Dismissal [ECF# 51]
EE-CT-0020-0004.pdf | Detail
Date: 06/17/2016
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Underhill, Stefan R. (D. Conn.) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-9000
Plaintiff's Lawyers Lapidus, Lenora M. (New Jersey) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-0004 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Li, Bethany Yue-Ping (Connecticut) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-0004 | EE-CT-0020-9000
McGuire, David J. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Migdal, Ariela M (New York) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Parkin, Jason (Connecticut) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-9000
Staub, Sandra J. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Wishnie, Michael J. (Connecticut) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0001 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Defendant's Lawyers Avery, Vanessa Roberts (Connecticut) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0002 | EE-CT-0020-0003 | EE-CT-0020-9000
Nestler, Emily B. (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
EE-CT-0020-0002 | EE-CT-0020-0003 | EE-CT-0020-0004 | EE-CT-0020-9000

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