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Case Name The Downtown Soup Kitchen v. Municipality of Anchorage PA-AK-0001
Docket / Court 3:18-cv-00190 ( D. Alaska )
State/Territory Alaska
Case Type(s) Public Accomm./Contracting
Case Summary
On August 15, 2018, a faith-based women's shelter based in Anchorage, Alaska, filed this lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Alaska. The plaintiff sued the Municipality of Anchorage, The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, and its Executive Director for violating its First and ... read more >
On August 15, 2018, a faith-based women's shelter based in Anchorage, Alaska, filed this lawsuit in the US District Court for the District of Alaska. The plaintiff sued the Municipality of Anchorage, The Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, and its Executive Director for violating its First and Fourteenth Amendment rights. The plaintiffs, represented by lawyers from Alliance Defending Freedom, sought injunctive relief. The plaintiff claims that it had been subject to harassment in the form of investigations and complaints filed by Anchorage Equal Rights Commission that accused the plaintiff organization of discriminating on the basis of sex and gender identity, violating public accommodation and fair housing law. The plaintiff organization contends that the Commission is acting in bad faith and engaging in irrelevant and overreaching investigations into the practices of the nonprofit.

Defendants' filed an answer to the complaint on October 17, 2018, and parties entered into a scheduling order on November 11, 2018. Discovery in this case is still ongoing, and is scheduled to be concluded on September 20, 2019.

Edward Cullen - 03/28/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Freedom of speech/association
Discrimination-basis
Gender identity
Sex discrimination
General
Access to public accommodations - privately owned
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Religious programs / policies
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit religious organization
Type of Facility
Non-government non-profit
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. ยง 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Defendant(s) Anchorage Equal Rights Commission
Municipality of Anchorage
Pamela Basler
Plaintiff Description A faith-based homeless shelter.
Class action status sought No
Class action status granted No
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filing Year 2018
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  The Downtown Soup Kitchen v. Municipality of Anchorage
Equal Justice Case Files
Date: Dec. 20, 2018
By: Equality Case Files (Equal Justice For All)
[ Detail ] [ External Link ]

Docket(s)
3:18-cv-00190 (D. Alaska)
PA-AK-0001-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 01/14/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Verified Complaint [ECF# 1]
PA-AK-0001-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 08/16/2018
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Gleason, Sharon Louise (D. Alaska) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Anderson, Katherine L. (Arizona) show/hide docs
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Clarkson, Kevin G (Alaska) show/hide docs
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Cortman, David A. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Redmond, Sonja K (Alaska) show/hide docs
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Scruggs, Jonathan A (Arizona) show/hide docs
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Tucker, Ryan Jeffery (Arizona) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Carmichael, Meagan R (Alaska) show/hide docs
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Stuart, Ryan A (Alaska) show/hide docs
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