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Case Name Gonzalez v. Moore PB-GA-0010
Docket / Court 1:19-cv-03035-TWT ( N.D. Ga. )
State/Territory Georgia
Case Type(s) Public Benefits / Government Services
Attorney Organization LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Southern Center for Human Rights
Case Summary
On July 2, 2019, a United States citizen born in Puerto Rico filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and an inspector of the Georgia DDS ... read more >
On July 2, 2019, a United States citizen born in Puerto Rico filed this putative class action lawsuit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The plaintiff sued the Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) and an inspector of the Georgia DDS under 28 U.S.C. §§ 2201-2202, 42 U.S.C. § 1983, and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000d). The plaintiff, represented by the Southern Center for Human Rights and LatinoJustice PRLDEF sought declaratory and injunctive relief and damages. The plaintiff claimed that DDS discriminated against Puerto Rican-born applicants for Georgia drivers’ licenses, took and retained his original identity documents, and denied class members equal protection of the laws and the privileges due to Puerto Rican-born U.S. citizens.

The defendants requested an extension of time to answer, which was granted by Judge Thomas W. Thrash, Jr. on August 29, 2019. On September 23, 2019, the plaintiff filed a motion to stay proceedings to allow the parties to resolve the dispute out of court, which was granted. The case has been stayed until December 31, 2019 and is ongoing.

Elizabeth Helpling - 11/13/2019


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Equal Protection
Defendant-type
Transportation
Discrimination-basis
National origin discrimination
General
Disparate Treatment
Drivers Licenses
Government Services (specify)
National Origin/Ethnicity
Other
Plaintiff Type
Private Plaintiff
Type of Facility
Government-run
Causes of Action 42 U.S.C. § 1983
Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Title VI, Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. § 2000d et seq.
Defendant(s) Commissioner, Georgia Department of Driver Services
Plaintiff Description Puerto Rican-born citizen seeking a driver's license in Georgia.
Indexed Lawyer Organizations LatinoJustice PRLDEF
Southern Center for Human Rights
Class action status sought Yes
Class action status granted Pending
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 2019
Case Ongoing Yes
Docket(s)
1:19-cv-03035-TWT (N.D. Ga.)
PB-GA-0010-9000.pdf | Detail
Date: 11/05/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
Class Action Complaint [ECF# 1]
PB-GA-0010-0001.pdf | Detail
Date: 07/02/2019
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Thrash, Thomas W. Jr. (N.D. Ga.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Fajana, Francisca (New York) show/hide docs
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Hollie, Atteeyah Eshe (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Romero-Craft, Kira (Florida) show/hide docs
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Vasquez, Jorge Luis (New York) show/hide docs
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Weber, Gerald R. (Georgia) show/hide docs
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Defendant's Lawyers Chalmers, Roger A (Georgia) show/hide docs
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