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Case Name National Urban League v. Trump FA-DC-0023
Docket / Court 1:20-cv-03121 ( D.D.C. )
State/Territory District of Columbia
Case Type(s) Speech and Religious Freedom
Attorney Organization NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Case Summary
This is a case about President Trump's executive order that prohibits racial sensitivity training in federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients. On October 29, 2020, the National Urban League and National Fair Housing Alliance, two civil rights non-profits, filed this putative class action ... read more >
This is a case about President Trump's executive order that prohibits racial sensitivity training in federal agencies, contractors, and grant recipients. On October 29, 2020, the National Urban League and National Fair Housing Alliance, two civil rights non-profits, filed this putative class action lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Columbia. Represented by the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the plaintiffs sued the President, the Secretary of Labor, and the Department of Labor under the Declaratory Judgment Act (28 U.S.C. § 2201) and All Writs Act (28 U.S.C. § 1651). The plaintiffs sought an injunction, declaratory relief, and attorneys' fees. They claimed that the executive order violated freedom of speech under the First Amendment by denying benefits (e.g. government contracts and grants) to private entities that express ideas the Trump Administration doesn't like (e.g. implicit bias). The plaintiffs also argued that the executive order violated Fifth Amendment Due Process and Equal Protection rights because the order was too vague about what the standards were for prohibited conduct and enforcement. In addition, the events surrounding the executive order indicated an intent to discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sex, and/or gender.

The case was assigned to Judge Amit P. Mehta. The case is ongoing.

Lauren Yu - 11/05/2020


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Issues and Causes of Action
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Issues
Constitutional Clause
Due Process
Due Process: Substantive Due Process
Equal Protection
Freedom of speech/association
Defendant-type
Jurisdiction-wide
Discrimination-basis
Gender identity
National origin discrimination
Race discrimination
Sex discrimination
Sexual orientatation
General
Gay/lesbian/transgender
Plaintiff Type
Non-profit NON-religious organization
Race
Race, unspecified
Causes of Action Declaratory Judgment Act, 28 U.S.C. § 2201
Ex parte Young (federal or state officials)
Defendant(s) President of the United States
United States Department of Labor
United States Secretary of Labor
Plaintiff Description Current and prospective federal contractors and grant recipients, including the National Urban League and National Fair Housing Alliance, which are 501(c)(3) non-profit civil rights organizations
Indexed Lawyer Organizations NAACP Legal Defense Fund
Class action status sought No
Class action status outcome Not sought
Filed Pro Se No
Prevailing Party None Yet / None
Public Int. Lawyer Yes
Nature of Relief None yet
Source of Relief None yet
Filed 10/29/2020
Case Ongoing Yes
Additional Resources
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  NAACP Legal Defense Fund, National Urban League, National Fair Housing Alliance File Suit Against Trump Administration; African American Policy Forum Launches #TruthBeTold Campaign
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Date: Oct. 29, 2020
By: NAACP Legal Defense Fund
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Court Docket(s)
D.D.C.
10/30/2020
1:20-cv-03121-APM
FA-DC-0023-9000.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
General Documents
D.D.C.
10/29/2020
Complaint for Declaratory and Injunctive Relief [ECF# 1]
FA-DC-0023-0001.pdf | Detail
Source: PACER [Public Access to Court Electronic Records]
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Judges Mehta, Amit Priyavadan (D.D.C.) show/hide docs
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Plaintiff's Lawyers Ifill, Sherrilyn (New York) show/hide docs
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Koonce, Amber (New York) show/hide docs
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Lee, Jin Hee (New York) show/hide docs
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Lin-Luse, Monique N. (New York) show/hide docs
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Nelson, Janai S. (New York) show/hide docs
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Quereshi, Ajmel (District of Columbia) show/hide docs
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