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
March 18, 2019
Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-14176-DJC (D. Mass.)
ED-MA-0002
On November 17, 2014, Students for Fair Admissions Inc. filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts under The Civil Rights Act of 1964, 42 U.S.C. §2000d against Harvard College. Plaintiff asked the court for declaratory and injunctive relief to prohibit the consideration of race in college admissions, claiming that Harvard's current admissions policy discriminated against Asian American applicants. However, Harvard moved for judgment on the pleadings on two of plaintiff's causes of action and moved to dismiss the lawsuit on plaintiff's lack of standing. As of November 3rd, 2017, the case is still ongoing.
View Case Detail (ED-MA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2019
Youth Justice Coalition v. City of Los Angeles
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-07932-VBF-RAO (C.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-CA-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 18, 2019
Farrow v. Lipetzky
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-06495 (N.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0013
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-CA-0013)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
Robinson v. Farley
Case Category: Disability Rights-Pub. Accom.
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00803-KBJ (D.D.C.)
DR-DC-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (DR-DC-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
J.J. v. Litscher
Case Category: Juvenile Institution
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-00047 (W.D. Wis.)
JI-WI-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JI-WI-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
Harold v. Richards
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00115-RK (E.D. Pa.)
CJ-PA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-PA-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
State of California v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-00872 (N.D. Cal.)
PR-CA-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PR-CA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
National Federation of the Blind of California v. Uber Technologies, Inc.
Case Category: Public Accomm./Contracting
Trial Docket: 3:14-cv-4086 NC (N.D. Cal.)
PA-CA-0002
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PA-CA-0002)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
Satchell v. Federal Express Corp.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:03-cv-02659 (N.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0288
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-CA-0288)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 17, 2019
ACLU Foundation v. Mattis
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02069 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0123
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0123)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2019
EEOC v. B.J.'s Wholesale Club
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:06-cv-22452-Gold (S.D. Fla.)
EE-FL-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-FL-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2019
Gonzales v. City of Austin
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-00956 (W.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0012
In 2015, an indigent single mother filed this Civil Rights Act of 1871 complaint in the District Court for the Western District of Texas (Austin Division). Plaintiff sought declaratory and injunctive relief, claiming that the city's policy of jailing those too poor to pay their traffic ticket fines violated fundamental rights to due process, equal protection and counsel. The court dismissed the complaint for failure to state a claim, finding that a magistrate judge's application of discretionary rules cannot constitute municipal policy. The case closed in March 2016.
View Case Detail (CJ-TX-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2019
M.G. v. Cuomo
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-00639 (S.D.N.Y.)
MH-NY-0012
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (MH-NY-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2019
Canaan v. City of El Paso
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 16-cv-00132 (W.D. Tex.)
CJ-TX-0009
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-TX-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2019
United States v. Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 4:06-cv-04037-JPG-DGW (S.D. Ill.)
EE-IL-0260
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-IL-0260)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 16, 2019
Electronic Privacy Information Center v. Department of Justice
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-01961-KBJ (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0084
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0084)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2019
Brown v. U.S. Customs and Border Protection
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:15-cv-01181-JD (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0081
Immigration attorneys and noncitizen individuals sued U.S. Customs and Border Protection for violating the Freedom of Information Act by failing to respond to FOIA requests within 20 business days. CBP significantly cleared its FOIA backlog during the litigation, and in a settlement with plaintiffs, CBP agreed to post its monthly FOIA statistics on its website.
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0081)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2019
Sciarrillo ex rel. St. Amand v. Christie
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-03478-SRC-CLW (D.N.J.)
ID-NJ-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (ID-NJ-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2019
Perez-Olano v. Gonzalez [later Holder, Sessions]
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-03604-DDP-RZ (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0051
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0051)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2019
Perez-Funez v. U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: CV 81-1457 (C.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0036
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0036)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2019
Pierce v. City of Velda City
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-00570 (E.D. Mo.)
CJ-MO-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-MO-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 15, 2019
Lyon v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:13-cv-05878-PSG (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0075
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (IM-CA-0075)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 14, 2019
Cokely v. New York Convention Center Operating Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:00-cv-04637 (S.D.N.Y.)
EE-NY-0205
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-NY-0205)


CASE STUDIES
March 13, 2019
"ACLU website on Castillo v. Nielsen"
Date: Mar. 13, 2019
(ACLU Southern California)
This is information on this case and contains some case filings.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2019
Hankin v. City of Seattle
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:00-cv-01672 (W.D. Wash.)
PN-WA-0003
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PN-WA-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 13, 2019
Buroff v. Gladieux
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-00124 (N.D. Ind.)
JC-IN-0025
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-IN-0025)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 12, 2019
Monitoring of the Antelope Valley Settlement Agreement
Date: December 2018
By: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
This is a webpage run by the monitors in U.S. v. County of Los Angeles, the Antelope Valley Settlement agreement.

In August 2011, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, launched an investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) in response to ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2019
United States v. Town of Colorado City
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-08123-HRH (D. Ariz.)
PN-AZ-0004
In this unusual 2012 case, the U.S. Justice Department alleged that The Twin City Area (Hildale, Utah and Colorado City, Arizona), came under the influence of The Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). After a jury trial, the court imposed a lengthy and detailed injunction, which is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PN-AZ-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2019
United States v. East Haven
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:12-cv-1652-AWT (D. Conn.)
PN-CT-0001
On November 20, 2012, the United States of America filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut under 42 U.S.C. § 14141 against the Town of East Haven and the East Haven Board of Police Commissioners, alleging the East Haven Police Department enforced traffic and immigration laws against Latinos in a discriminatory fashion. The parties entered into an Agreement for Effective and Constitutional Policing and the Court conditionally dismissed the case on December 21, 2012. Since then, the parties have been jointly modifying the agreement, and filing compliance reports, the last of which was filed and approved on July 13, 2017. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (PN-CT-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 12, 2019
Chavez v. County of Santa Clara
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 5:15-cv-05277 (N.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0123
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (JC-CA-0123)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 11, 2019
Public Citizen Sues Trump Administration to Prevent Government’s Collection of Voter Information
https://www.citizen.org/media/press-releases/public-citizen-sues-trump-administration-prevent-government%E2%80%99s-collection-voter
Date: Jul. 10, 2017
By: Public Citizen
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Public Citizen sued the U.S. Department of the Army today to block the collection and dissemination of information about voters’ political parties and voting histories. The President’s Commission on Election Integrity requested that states submit such information to an Army ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
EEOC v. United Airlines
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:06-cv-01407-TSZ (W.D. Wash.)
EE-WA-0105
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-WA-0105)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
Public Citizen v. U.S. Department of the Army
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01355 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0010
This 2017 lawsuit was filed by Public Citizen, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Public Citizen brought the case to prevent ongoing and imminent violations of the Privacy Act. Public Citizen alleged that the Army would violate the Act by receiving and disseminating protected information regarding individuals' exercise of First Amendment Rights. Without precedent, Public Citizen voluntarily dismissed the case.
View Case Detail (PR-DC-0010)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
Order Amending the Rules of Procedure for the Court [FISCR Docket 18-02]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: FISCR Docket 18-02 (FISC)
NS-DC-0132
In May 2018, FISCR judges William C. Bryson, Jose A. Cabranes, and Richard C. Tallman ordered the adoption of February 2018 proposed amendments to Rule 15(d), which outlines requirements for the format and length of amicus curiae briefs, of the Rules of Procedure of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review. The amendments reflected changes in the Federal Rules of Appellate Procedure and added an exception for briefs by court-appointed amicus curiae.
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0132)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
Prison Legal News v. Ryan
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:15-cv-02245-BSB (D. Ariz.)
PC-AZ-0021
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-AZ-0021)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
United States v. Indiana
Case Category: Mental Health (Facility)
Trial Docket: IP00-1991-C-B/S (S.D. Ind.)
MH-IN-0003
On December 29, 2000, the DOJ filed a complaint and settlement agreement concerning two state operated facilities in Indiana. The two facilities, the Muscatatuck State Developmental Center and the Fort Wayne State Developmental Center, served approximately 560 people at that time. Among other things, the agreement required the state to: improve training, clinical, and medication practices at the facilities; ensure that the use of restraints was appropriate; and increase efforts to place individuals with developmental disabilities in the most integrated setting possible which was appropriate to their individual needs. The DOJ continued to monitor compliance with the agreement for some time. From 2003 to 2008, the parties periodically entered stipulations to modify the settlement agreement, and the DOJ provided technical assistance to help the state comply with the settlement. Finally, in 2008 the Court dismissed the action after the DOJ joined the State in a motion to dismiss on the grounds that the State had corrected the unlawful conditions.
View Case Detail (MH-IN-0003)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
Sierra Club v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 3:19-cv-00892 (N.D. Cal.)
PR-CA-0004
On February 14th, 2019, Congress denied President Trump's request for 5.7 billion dollars for the construction of a southern border all and, instead, appropriated only 1.375 billion dollars for the construction of a strip of border fencing. The following day, on February 15th, 2019, President Trump signed the appropriations bill and simultaneously declared a national emergency under the National Emergencies Act (NEA). Pursuant to NEA and other statutory authority, President Trump directed the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security to reallocate funds already appropriated by Congress for military operations and projects to the construction of the southern border wall. Two non-profit organizations who derive benefits from the land along the southern border, Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, filed a lawsuit against President Trump, Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen, and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs argue that President Trump's declaration and subsequent direction to DHS and DOD to reallocate funds violates constitutional and statutory law because this situation does not meet the statutory requirements of NEA: this is not a national emergency, the construction of the border wall is not a military construction project, and the construction of the border wall is not "necessary to support such use of the armed forces." Additionally, the plaintiffs allege the defendants violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) because they failed to review the environmental impacts of the border wall construction project at the earliest possible time in the planning process and to involve the public in this decision-making process. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (PR-CA-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things [FISA Docket Misc. 14-01]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 14-01 (FISC)
NS-DC-0071
This proceeding involves one of the numerous FISC orders under Section 215 of the USA PATRIOT Act approving the NSA's so-called "Bulk Telephony Metadata Program." Under the program, the NSA has collected information about, but not the contents of, virtually all domestic telephone calls. This docket was created to allow the Center for National Security Studies to file an amicus brief explaining why FISA Section 501 does not authorize the bulk collection of telephony metadata records.
View Case Detail (NS-DC-0071)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 11, 2019
Buffin v. City and County of San Francisco
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 4:15-cv-04959-YGR (N.D. Cal.)
CJ-CA-0016
In October 2015, arrestees in San Francisco filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The plaintiffs alleged that San Francisco's fixed bail schedule violated their constitutional rights of due process and equal protection and sought declaratory and injunctive relief. In March 2019, the court held that the use of a Bail Schedule was unconstitutional, but withheld issuing a permanent injunction pending briefing by the parties. This case is ongoing.
View Case Detail (CJ-CA-0016)


CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 10, 2019
ACLU OF ILLINOIS RESPONDS TO THE COURT’S APPROVAL OF THE PROPOSED CONSENT DECREE TO REFORM CHICAGO POLICING
https://www.aclu-il.org/en/press-releases/aclu-illinois-responds-courts-approval-proposed-consent-decree-reform-chicago
Date: Jan. 31, 2019
By: ACLU Illinois
“Today is a historic day in Chicago. The approval of a consent decree by a federal judge to guide reform of the Chicago Police Department is the catalyst for change we have been waiting for.

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CASE STUDIES
March 10, 2019
"Sex Offender Registration After Does v. Snyder"
State Appellate Defender Officeand Criminal Defense Resource Center
Date: Oct. 2016
By: Miriam Aukerman and Paul Reingold (ACLU and Michigan Clinical Law Program Faculty)
The Sixth Circuit’s recent decision in Does v. Snyder, F.3d, 2016 WL 4473231 (6th Cir. 2016), has significant implications for the representation of current registrants who are charged with violating Michigan’s Sex Offender Registration Act (SORA), current registrants seeking removal from the ...
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 10, 2019
RESOLUTION PATTERN OR PRACTICE LITIGATION COLUMBUS POLICE
https://perma.cc/T38F-58BE
Date: Sep. 4, 2002
By: The United States Department of Justice
Thank you for your September 4, 2002 proposal for resolving the above referenced litigation. As described in more detail below, we accept your proposal.*
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 10, 2019
Baker v. Katehi (UC Davis Pepper Spray Cop)
https://www.aclunc.org/our-work/legal-docket/baker-v-katehi-uc-davis-pepper-spray-cop
Date: Jan. 10, 2013
By: ACLU Northern California
Twenty-one students and alumni filed a federal lawsuit on Feb. 22, 2012 against UC Davis over the University's treatment of protesters during a Nov. 18, 2011 demonstration in which campus police were caught on video dousing seated protesters with pepper spray.

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CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
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. The Eleventh Circuit reversed the injunction and the District Court issued a new, revised preliminary injunction on June 16, 2017. Defendants again appealed to the Eleventh Circuit and the injunction was again vacated. The plaintiffs appealed this decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.
View Case Detail (CJ-GA-0012)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Roman Catholic Diocese of Beaumont v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 1:13-cv-00709-RC (E.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0007
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-TX-0007)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
State of Washington v. Trump
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:17-cv-01510-JLR (W.D. Wash.)
FA-WA-0005
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (FA-WA-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Geneva College v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 12-cv-00207 (W.D. Pa.)
FA-PA-0005
On February 21, 2012, a college organized as a not-for-profit corporation, along with its majority stakeholder, another shareholder, and two affiliated companies sued to enjoin enforcement of provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) extending mandatory contraception coverage in employer-sponsored private health insurance coverage. On May 8, 2013, Judge Conti granted defendants' motion to dismiss in part and denied the motion to dismiss with respect to RFRA, the Free Exercise Clause, and the notice and comment claim under the APA. Plaintiffs requested a preliminary injunction, and on June 18, 2013, Judge Conti granted the motion. Next, Geneva College appealed to the Third Circuit, and on February 11, 2015, the Third Circuit (Chief Judge McKee, Circuit Judges Rendell, and Sloviter) ruled that the accommodation to the contraceptive services mandate does not impose a substantial burden on the plaintiff’s religious expression. On August 11, 2015, Geneva College filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court. On November 6, 2015, the Supreme Court granted certiorari on the question of whether the accommodation to the contraceptive services mandate violates the RFRA. This case was consolidated with six others, and is known as Zubik v. Burwell. After the case was argued in the Supreme Court on March 23, 2016, the Court issued a per curiam order on May 16, 2016 remanding all seven cases to their respective courts of appeals. The Court ordered that the parties be given time to come to agreement on ensuring contraceptive access without burdening religious freedom. 136 S.Ct 1557, 1560. The Court took no position on the merits of these cases. On June 20, 2016, on remand, the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit recalled its prior mandate in light of the Supreme Court’s opinion. Due to the vastly different attitude towards the mandate by the new presidential administration, the plaintiff moved for a permanent injunction and declaratory relief from the District Court, which the Court granted in July of 2018. The case is now closed.
View Case Detail (FA-PA-0005)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Department of Education OCR Title IX Investigation of Pitzer College
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 09-12-2151 (district not recorded)
ED-CA-0031
On March 19, 2012, the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) received a complaint alleging that the defendant had violated Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Specifically, the complaint alleged that the college failed to adequately respond to an internal complaint that a male student had sexually assaulted the complainant. The complaint also alleged that the college did not adequately respond when the student complained of retaliation by other students, who ostracized her after she filed her initial complaint of sexual assault. The college ntered into a voluntary resolution agreement on March 28, 2013, prior to the conclusion of OCR's investigation. The college agreed to revise its sexual harassment policy and procedures, including adding to the section about retaliation. The college also agreed to revise its Code of Student Conduct Procedures, and provide annual training to relevant staff, including residence hall advisors. The college complied with the terms of the agreement, and OCR ended its monitoring in 2014.
View Case Detail (ED-CA-0031)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
J.E.M. v. Kinkade
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-04273 (W.D. Mo.)
PC-MO-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (PC-MO-0018)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
U.S. v. City of Columbus, Ohio
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:99-cv-01097 (S.D. Ohio)
PN-OH-0001
On October 21, 1999, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a complaint against the city of Columbus, Ohio, pursuant to 42 U.S.C. §14111 to remedy a pattern of unconstitutional misconduct by officers of the Columbus Division of Police. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and it followed a DOJ investigation which analyzed the CDP's use of force. In September 2004, the Mayor of Columbus submitted a settlement proposal to the DOJ, and teh DOJ accepted the terms.
View Case Detail (PN-OH-0001)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
T.M. v. City of Philadelphia
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 89-cv-4630 (E.D. Pa.)
CJ-PA-0004
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (CJ-PA-0004)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
EEOC v. VON MAUR
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 06-CV-00182 (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0017
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-IA-0017)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
LEDESMA v. RES-CARE OKLAHOMA
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 5:02-CV-01188 (W.D. Okla.)
EE-OK-0051
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-OK-0051)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
S.H. v. District of Columbia
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-01317 (D.D.C.)
PN-DC-0009
The plaintiffs alleged that the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) conducted a nighttime raid of plaintiffs' home based on minimal connections to a traffic stop where contraband was discovered. The plaintiffs claimed that the search violated their rights and privacy and ask for compensatory damages as a result. After dismissing several of the plaintiffs' claims in September 2017 in response to the defendants' motion to dismiss, the Court approved the parties' settlement agreement in April 2018. The parties agreed to settle the remaining claims for $75,000.
View Case Detail (PN-DC-0009)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Ward et al v. Von Maur Inc
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:04-cv-00159 (S.D. Iowa)
EE-IA-0020
On December 19, 2004, several African Americans who applied for a job at Von Maur, Inc. and denied brought suit against Von Maur, Inc. The plaintiffs alleged racial discrimination in Von Maur’s hiring practices including but not limited to failing to interview qualified African Americans, misplacing their applications, discouraging African Americans from applying, subjecting African Americans to stricter scrutiny during interviews and terminating their employment for racial reasons. The parties settled on October 29, 2008.
View Case Detail (EE-IA-0020)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Illinois v. City of Chicago
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-06260 (N.D. Ill.)
PN-IL-0022
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by the state of Illinois on behalf of the people of Illinois in the U.S. District for the Northern District of Illinois. The state brought the suit against the City of Chicago to ensure that the City enacted comprehensive, lasting reform of Chicago law enforcement. After extensive settlement negotiations, the parties submitted proposed consent decree to the court on September 13, 2018. Following a fairness hearing and additional briefing and comments, the court approved the consent decree on January 31, 2019. Although the parties made some changes, the consent decree largely covers the same areas of reform as the agreement originally proposed.
View Case Detail (PN-IL-0022)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-00404-TFM (W.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0121
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
View Case Detail (EE-PA-0121)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
United States v. Jefferson County
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:75-cv-00666-CLS (N.D. Ala.)
EE-AL-0097
On May 27, 1975 The United States Department of Justice ("D.O.J.") filed this lawsuit under Title VII, 42 U.S.C. §2000e, et seq., and 42 U.S.C. § 1983, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama against the Jefferson County Personnel Board, and the municipal and other governmental jurisdictions within Jefferson County. The Plaintiffs claimed that the Defendants had discriminatory employment practices against blacks and women, and demanded monetary and injunctive relief. The parties entered several Consent Decrees aimed at correcting these practices, which were monitored closely by the courts for several decades. All of the consent decree were eventually modified. The County and the Board were both held in contempt for noncompliance, and were subject to receivership.The consent decrees against the Board and the City were terminated and the cases against them dismissed. As of this writing, the case is still ongoing with the matters involving the County.
View Case Detail (EE-AL-0097)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Spalding v. City Of Oakland
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 3:11-cv-02867 (N.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0022
Demonstrators brought this class action suit on behalf of 150 individuals who had been illegally detained by Oakland police. The case ended in a settlement granting monetary and injunctive relief.
View Case Detail (PN-CA-0022)


CASE ADDITIONS
March 10, 2019
Baker v. Katehi
Case Category: Policing
Trial Docket: 2:12-cv-00450 (E.D. Cal.)
PN-CA-0019
In November 2011, students of the University of California at Davis engaged in a nonviolent protest in the quad. The university told them to disperse. When they did not, campus police allegedly arrested them without probable cause and shot high-concentration pepper spray directly into their faces. Videos were taken of the incident and publicized nationally. In February 2012, twenty-one of the protestors filed suit against the Regents of the University of California and against campus police officers. Plaintiffs alleged violations of their free speech rights, unreasonable search and seizure, due process violations, and violations of state law. In August, the parties reached a settlement agreement. This agreement provided for damages; for ACLU review of university policies for two years; for a written apology; for academic and counseling support to the plaintiffs; and for attorneys' fees. On January 9, 2013, the Court approved of both the settlement class and the substance of the settlement.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 9, 2019
The People of the State of New York v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 451130/2018 (State Court)
PR-NY-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 9, 2019
Hastings Automotive v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 0:14-cv-00265-PAM-JJG (D. Minn.)
FA-MN-0010
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 9, 2019
EEOC v. Video Only
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:06-cv-01362-KI (D. Or.)
EE-OR-0020
In 2006, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) brought this suit against Video Only, Inc in the United States District Court for the District of Oregon (Portland). The EEOC alleged harassment and retaliation based on race, national origin and religion in violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Two individuals intervened as plaintiffs as well. In 2008, the court approved the parties’ consent decree. This decree pertained to monetary and injunctive relief and had a duration of three years. For monetary relief, the Video Only Inc. agreed to pay $630,000 to the plaintiffs. For the injunctive relief, the defendant agreed to refrain from retaliation and develop anti-discrimination policies and procedures. This case is closed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 9, 2019
EEOC v. Faribault Foods Inc.
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 0:07-cv-03976 (D. Minn.)
EE-MN-0088
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 9, 2019
East Texas Baptist University v. Sebelius
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 4:12-cv-03009 (S.D. Tex.)
FA-TX-0005
In 2012, two Baptist universities filed this RFRA challenge to rules adopted pursuant to the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, arguing that the rules infringed on their religious freedom and free speech rights by requiring them to provide coverage for contraception through their group health insurance plans. This case was heard by the Supreme Court as part of Zubik v. Burwell, deciding whether the accommodation to the contraceptive services mandate for nonprofit religious organizations violates the RFRA. On May 16, 2016, the Supreme Court issued a per curiam order remanding all seven cases consolidated in Zubik to their respective courts of appeals, and ordered that the parties be given time to come to agreement on ensuring contraceptive access without burdening religious freedom. 136 S.Ct 1557, 1560. The Court took no position on the merits.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 8, 2019
U.S. v. State of California
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 2:18-cv-00490 (E.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0116
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 8, 2019
Donhauser v. Goord
Case Category: Prison Conditions
Trial Docket: 9:01-cv-01535-DNH-GHL (N.D.N.Y.)
PC-NY-0061
In 2001, the plaintiff, an inmate at a New York State correctional facility who was denied good time credits based on a failure to participate in a sex offender rehabilitation program, filed this lawsuit challenging the facility's practice of requiring inmates to admit guilt regarding their sexual offenses and divulge a complete sexual history. The plaintiff alleged that this compelled disclosure violated his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination. In 2005, the litigation became a class action, with the class defined as: "Current or former New York State prisoners who have lost or been denied good time credits or have been threatened with the loss or denial of good time credits because of a refusal to admit guilt to criminal sexual conduct as part of the Sexual Offender Counseling Program." The parties eventually settled in 2008. The settlement provided for, among other things, notice to any inmates that wished to participate in the program that would inform them that they could do so without admitting to the commission of any particular crime. This notice would also inform inmates that any information they disclosed during the program would not be used against them in any subsequent criminal proceedings. The settlement was set to expire after two years, and there is no reason to think that it has been extended.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 8, 2019
City of New York v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-06474-ER (S.D.N.Y.)
IM-NY-0066
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 7, 2019
CRIPA Investigation of Howe Developmental Center (2009)
Case Category: Intellectual Disability (Facility)
Trial Docket: (No Court)
ID-IL-0006
In 2007, the DOJ notified the State of Illinois of its intention to investigate the W.A. Howe Developmental Center, an intellectual and developmental disability facility located approximately 30 miles outside Chicago. While the DOJ did issue a findings letter, which outlined a number of conditions and practices that violated the constitutional and statutory rights of residents at Howe, no further formal legal action was taken. This is presumably because in 2008 the State of Illinois announced its intention to close the facility permanently. The Howe Center did close, on June 21, 2010, and the DOJ investigation appears to have ended as well given that it appears in the archives category on the DOJ website.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 7, 2019
Monaco v. Stone
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 98-3386 (E.D.N.Y.)
JC-NY-0011
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 7, 2019
Juliana v. United States
Case Category: Environmental Justice
Trial Docket: 6:15-cv-01517 (D. Or.)
EJ-OR-0001
On August 12, 2015, a group of young individuals (aged 8-19) in Oregon, represented by their guardians, filed a complaint against the United States and various government officials in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon. The plaintiffs, represented by private counsel, asserted harm from carbon dioxide pollution and climate destabilization due to government action and/or inaction. The plaintiffs alleged that instead of implementing a course of effective action to phase out carbon pollution, the defendants continued to permit, authorize, and subsidize activities that produce enormous quantities of carbon dioxide emissions. The plaintiffs alleged violations of the Fifth Amendment's Due Process and Equal Protection clause, the Ninth Amendment, and the public trust doctrine. They sought declaratory and injunctive relief, including ordering the defendants to implement a remedial plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions so as to stabilize the climate system. After the district court denied a motion to dismiss on November 10, 2016, the defendants filed a writ of mandamus in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Ninth Circuit denied review. Back in district court, the defendants filed a motion for judgment on the pleadings on May 9, 2018 and then a motion for summary judgment on May 22, 2017. On October 15, Judge Aiken ordered that the motion for judgment on the pleadings was granted in part and denied in part. Similarly, defendants’ motion for summary judgment was granted in part and denied in part. Judge Aiken found that genuine issue of material fact existed as to whether activists suffered injury in fact, whether equitable remedy could redress injuries, and whether federal government acted with deliberate indifference to human safety. On October 18, 2018, the defendant filed a writ of mandamus to the Supreme Court as well as an application for a stay pending disposition of this writ of mandamus. The next day, the Supreme Court issued an administrative order staying the trial scheduled on October 29 and all discovery. On November 2, the Supreme Court denied the application for stay without prejudice. On November 21, 2018, the district court found sufficient cause to revisit the question of interlocutory appeal and certified this case for interlocutory appeal. Accordingly, the case is stayed pending a decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2019
Alvarez v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:19-cv-00404 (D.D.C.)
PR-DC-0013
On February 14, 2019, after weeks of disagreement and negotiation, Congress refused to grant President Trump's request for 5.7 billion dollars for the construction of a southern border wall and, instead, appropriated only 1.375 billion for fencing. The following day, President Trump signed Congress' appropriations bill, but also declared a national emergency at the southern border under the National Emergencies Act (NEA), directing the Department of Defense to reallocate funds for the construction of this border wall. Several Texas residents who possess land along the southern border and a non-profit environmental organization which operates along the southern border filed a lawsuit in the District Court for the District of Columbia on February 15, 2019, the same day President Trump declared the national emergency. They brought this suit for declaratory and injunctive relief against President Donald Trump and Patrick Shanahan, the Acting Secretary of Defense, in their official capacities. The plaintiffs allege President Trump’s emergency declaration exceeded his statutory and constitutional authority because, in light of several statistics, including those calculated by President Trump's Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), there has been a significant decline in legal and illegal border crossings, suggesting there is no emergency at the southern border. Since no emergency exists, the plaintiffs argue the President had no authority to declare a national emergency under NEA, and any subsequent reallocation of funds is without legal basis, violates statutory law, and contravenes the Constitution. This case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2019
Oregon v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 6:18-cv-01959-MC (D. Or.)
IM-OR-0008
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2019
Petties v. D.C
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 95-148 (PLF) (D.D.C.)
ED-DC-0001
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 6, 2019
CAMPBELL v. CONECTIV
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:05-cv-05377 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0226
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 5, 2019
Stone v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-02459-MJG (D. Md.)
EE-MD-0151
On August 28, 2017, six transgender individuals currently serving in the United States military filed a complaint in the United States District Court in Maryland. The plaintiffs sued the President of the United States and various Department of Defense secretaries, arguing that they had violated the plaintiffs' Fifth Amendment rights. In an amended complaint, the plaintiffs also brought a cause of action under 10 U.S.C § 1074 which entitles military members to medical care benefits. The complaint alleged that President Trump’s memorandum entitled “Military Service by Transgender Individuals” set aside the Open Service Directive and replaced it with a policy that contained animus for transgender individuals. The complaint singled out the policy directives that rescinded protection against discharge of existing service members, banned new enlistments and commission, and banned medically necessary care. On September 14, 2017, the plaintiffs filed for a preliminary injunction, and on November 21, 2017, Judge Garbis granted it. The defendants appealed this decision on December 6, 2017 to the Fourth Circuit and later filed a motion for clarification and stay in the appeals court and the district court. The motions for clarification and stay were denied in both courts. Following, the defendants filed a voluntary dismissal motion for their appeal of the preliminary injunction on December 29, 2017. On May 11, the defendants filed a motion to dismiss and motion for summary judgment. On May 25, 2018, the plaintiffs filed a cross-motion for summary judgment. On March 1, 2019, the defendants told the court that they would shortly file a petition for a writ of mandamus in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. The writ of mandamus would request the appellate court to direct the district court to stay its nationwide preliminary injunction of November 21, 2017 because the Supreme Court stayed two nationwide injunctions in two similar cases on January 22, 2019.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 4, 2019
Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University v. Trump
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05205-NRB (S.D.N.Y.)
PR-NY-0004
This 2017 lawsuit was brought by the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, as well as various political writers and professors, in the U.S. District for the Southern District of New York. The plaintiffs sued President Donald Trump and other agents of the executive branch through a bivens claim, alleging unconstitutional violations of the First Amendment right to free speech after the named individual plaintiffs were blocked from the Twitter account @realDonaldTrump for being critical of President Trump and/or his policies. On May 23, 2018, the court granted in part the plaintiffs motion for summary judgment and the defendants appealed this decision to the Second Circuit. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 4, 2019
United States v. Arpaio
Case Category: Presidential Authority
Trial Docket: 2:16-cr-01012 (D. Ariz.)
PR-AZ-0001
The defendant here, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio (“Sheriff Arpaio”) was referred for criminal contempt on August 19, 2016. The U.S. prosecuted Sheriff Arpaio and obtained a conviction on July 31, 2017. 2017 WL 3268180. On August 25, 2017, President Donald J. Trump pardoned Sheriff Arpaio. On August 28, 2017, Sheriff Arpaio moved for two forms of relief (1) to dismiss this matter with prejudice, and (2) to vacate the verdict and all other orders in this matter, as well as the sentencing on October 5th. The district court, Judge Susan Bolton, granted Sheriff Arpaio’s first request, and on October 4, 2017, the district court dismissed with prejudice the action for criminal contempt. The district court denied Sheriff Arpaio’s second request on October 19, 2017. 2017 WL 4839072. The district court denied vacatur and refused to grant “relief beyond dismissal with prejudice.” The court specified that the power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, "not of judicial recordkeeping." The court found that the pardon undoubtedly spared the defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed, but it did not "revise the historical facts” of this case. That same day, Sheriff Arpaio filed a timely notice of appeal. The U.S. responded that it “does not intend to defend the district court’s order from October 19, 2017 . . . instead, the government intends to argue, as it did in the district court, that the motion to vacate should have been granted.” On April 17, 2018 the Ninth Circuit granted a motion to appoint a special prosecutor, finding that "the merits panel of our court that will decide this appeal will not receive the benefit of full briefing and argument unless we appoint a special prosecutor to defend the decision of the district court." 887 F.3d 979. On October 10, 2018, the Ninth Circuit declined to review en banc the earlier decision to appoint a special prosecutor to defend the ruling of a lower court. 906 F.3d 800. On October 15, 2018, the Circuit court appointed a special prosecutor by an order providing that “[t]he special prosecutor will be limited to the functions a government attorney would have performed in connection with Arpaio’s appeal in this Court had the government been willing to perform those functions.” On January 16, 2019, defendant Arpaio filed a petition for a writ of mandamus for the Supreme Court to appeal the Ninth Circuit's decision.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 3, 2019
State of Texas v. Nielsen
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-00068 (S.D. Tex.)
IM-TX-0049
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 3, 2019
In re Application of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for an Order Requiring the Production of Tangible Things from [Redacted], FISA BR 14-96
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: BR 14-96 (FISC)
NS-DC-0054
On June 19, 2014, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved the Federal Bureau of Investigation's application to acquire business records metadata (presumably telephone numbers) for production to the National Security Agency (NSA) through September 12, 2014.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 2, 2019
ALI v. EMERY WORLDWIDE
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:00-cv-06106 (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0121
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
March 1, 2019
Ending “Solitary Confinement” of Youth in California
Children's Legal Rights Journal
Date: Jan. 1, 2019
By: Sue Burrell and Ji Seon Song
39 Child. Legal Rts. J. 42
This article tells the story of the multi-decade saga leading up to the enactment of legislation limiting solitary confinement of youth in state and local juvenile facilities in California. It encompasses the efforts of advocates, litigators, legislators, journalists, youth and family members, and ...
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CASE STUDIES
March 1, 2019
"How Keith Gartenlaub Turned Child Porn Into Foreign Intelligence"
https://www.emptywheel.net/2017/09/29/how-keith-gartenlaub-turned-child-porn-into-foreign-intelligence/
Date: Sep. 29, 2017
By: emptywheel
Emptywheel provides an overview of the Keith Gartenlaub case timeline and the implications of using FISA in domestic criminal prosections.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 1, 2019
Fazaga v. Federal Bureau of Investigation
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 8:11-cv-00301 (C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0030
In February 2011, three Muslim individuals filed a a putative class action complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California. Plaintiffs alleged that the FBI had used an informant to gather information on hundreds of Muslims based solely on their religion, violating their First and Fifth Amendment rights and FISA. After United States District Judge Cormac J. Carney dismissed the majority of their claims, the plaintiffs appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. A panel of three judges held that the district court had erred in determining sua sponte that particular claims warranted dismissal under the state secrets privilege. In finding that Congress intended FISA procedures to displace the state secrets privilege and the common law dismissal remedy with respect to electronic surveillance, the panel remanded the case back to the district court to be analyzed under the FISA procedures. The case is ongoing.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 1, 2019
Jewett v. California Forensic Medical Group
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:13-cv-00882-MCE-AC (E.D. Cal.)
JC-CA-0126
This case was filed in 2013 by an inmate at Shasta County Jail claiming that the prison had infringed on his rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation act as a prisoner with a mobility disability. The parties reached a settlement agreement in January 2018 that required the defendant Jail to reform jail conditions and policies as to improve prisoners' daily lives and their access to grievance forms. Further, the court awarded the plaintiffs $850,000 in fees and expenses.
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CASE ADDITIONS
March 1, 2019
United States v. Gartenlaub
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 8:14-cr-00173 (C.D. Cal.)
NS-CA-0029
In August 2014, Keith Gartenlaub was charged in a criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California for knowingly possessing child pornography. The defendant argued that the government violated his Fourth Amendment by using evidence obtained from a FISA warrant in a non-national security prosecution. However, District Judge Christina A. Snyder refused to disclose to the defendant the classified FISA application and order, and she denied his motion to suppress the fruits of the FISA search. In December 2015, a jury convicted the defendant for receipt and possession of child pornography, and the defendant was sentenced to 41 months of prison. In September 2016, the defendant appealed his conviction to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which, in an unpublished and unsigned memorandum, upheld his conviction in October 2018. The case closed in December 2018.
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 28, 2019
Case-law summary: Louisiana Federation of Teachers v. Louisiana
www.right-to-education.org
Date: Feb. 28, 2019
(Right to Education Project)
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CASE STUDIES
February 28, 2019
"Case-law summary: Louisiana Federation of Teachers v. Louisiana"
www.right-to-education.org
Date: Feb. 28, 2019
(Right to Education Project)
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 28, 2019
Louisiana Federation of Teachers v. Louisiana
Case Category: Education
Trial Docket: 612,733 (State Court)
ED-LA-0001
Louisiana Supreme Court strikes down State Legislative Act and Continuing Resolution creating school voucher program on constitutional grounds. The court ruled narrowly, saying that the program was unconstitutional because it diverted funds earmarked for public schools and allowed them to flow to non-public schools. The court did not address the issues of the efficacy or constitutionality of voucher programs in general, and left option the option for the state to fund a voucher program in another way.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 28, 2019
Dube v. Eagle Global Logistics
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 2:00-cv-02461 (E.D. Pa.)
EE-PA-0058
On May 12th, 2000, several employees of Eagle Global Logistics filed a class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania named Dube v. Eagle. Plaintiffs sued the Eagle Airfreight under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the Equal Pay Act, and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act. The plaintiffs, represented by a combination of public interest and private attorneys, sought declaratory and injunctive relief requiring Eagle Airfreight to change its discriminatory workplace practices, along with monetary damages. The parties settled for $9,000,000 in 2001.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 27, 2019
City of Chicago v. Sessions III
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-06859 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0023
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 27, 2019
County of Santa Clara v. Trump
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 3:17-cv-05813 (N.D. Cal.)
IM-CA-0106
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 27, 2019
Burton v. Toshiba America
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 3:01-cv-00021 (M.D. Tenn.)
EE-TN-0149
In 2001, 11 individuals filed this putative class-action lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. The Plaintiffs sued Defendants Toshiba America and Toshiba America Consumer Products under Title VII. The parties came to a settlement which included a 1.4 million dollar award and an agreement to implement a antidiscrimination policy and diversity training.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 27, 2019
Bryant v. Aiken Regional Med
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:00CV01224 (D.S.C.)
EE-SC-0048
In 2000, an African-American former hospital employee brought a suit against Aiken Regional Medical Centers, Inc., in the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina. The jury largely found for the plaintiff, which the appellate court affirmed.
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CASE STUDIES
February 26, 2019
"Debate Brews Over Disclosing Warrantless Spying"
https://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/01/us/debate-simmers-over-disclosing-warrantless-spying.html
Date: Sep. 30, 2014
By: Charlie Savage (The New York Times)
In this article, Charlie Savage provides a brief overview of a debate regarding whether the Treasury Department must inform the people or groups it lists as foreign terrorists when it relies on warrantless surveillance as the basis for the designation.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 26, 2019
Reed v. Town of Gilbert
Case Category: Speech and Religious Freedom
Trial Docket: 2:07-cv-00522-SRB (D. Ariz.)
FA-AZ-0002
A church in Arizona challenged the Town of Gilbert's Sign Code, which limited the number of signs, the location of signs, and the duration the signs could be up regarding the church's weekly meetings. Ultimately, the Supreme Court found the Code violated the First Amendment.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 26, 2019
N.Y. Times Co. v. U.S. Department of Treasury
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:15-cv-05740 (S.D.N.Y.)
NS-NY-0025
In July 2015, the New York Times and reporter Charlie Savage filed this FOIA suit against the U.S. Department of Treasury in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Plaintiffs had submitted a FOIA request for documents relating to the Treasury's protocol for dealing with FISA's notice provision when its Office of Foreign Assets Control administers sanction programs against individuals and entities associated with terrorism. The Treasury had identified only one document responsive to this FOIA request, but had refused to produce it, citing attorney-client privilege and deliberative law privilege. The plaintiffs sought to compel the Treasury to release the document, but the Treasury successfully withheld it from disclosure because it was a draft document, rather than a final, "working law" document. After the Treasury submitted declarations explaining its search procedures and declaring that no other responsive documents existed, the parties reached a settlement in October 2016. The case closed in October 2016.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 26, 2019
United States v. GFI Mortgage Bankers, Inc.
Case Category: Fair Housing/Lending/Insurance
Trial Docket: 1:12-cv-02502 (S.D.N.Y.)
FH-NY-0018
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CLEARINGHOUSE LINKS TO EXTERNAL RESOURCES
February 25, 2019
Doe v. Nebraska (D. Neb. 2012)
https://mitchellhamline.edu/sex-offense-litigation-policy/2017/08/22/doe-v-nebraska-2012/
Date: Aug. 22, 2017
By: Sex Offense Litigation and Policy Resource Center (Mitchell Hamline School of Law)
Nature of Case: Federal civil rights lawsuit. Several people required to register in Nebraska filed suit, alleging that state laws which, inter alia, banned registrants from social media, criminalized use of websites, and required provision of internet identifiers along with consent to search were ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 25, 2019
Doe v. Nebraska
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 8:09-cv-00456 (D. Neb.)
CJ-NE-0001
On December 16, 2009, several registered sex offenders residing in Nebraska brought suit against the State of Nebraska under 42 U.S.C. § 1983 to challenge the constitutionality of the Nebraska Sex Offender Registration Act. The state law banned registrants from social media, criminalized use of websites, and required provision of internet identifiers along with consent to search. The plaintiffs claimed that this new Act New was a significant departure from the previous sex offender registry and a violation under the U.S. and Nebraska Constitution. The plaintiff sought declaratory relief and permanent injunction and demanded a jury trial. On Aug 16, 2010, the court ordered partial summary judgment and found that the consent to search requirement and internet monitoring requirements violated Fourth Amendment rights. However, an in-person reporting, public disclosure, and “offense of conviction” methodology provisions did not violate Ex Post Facto Clause and double jeopardy and the registration and public notification requirements did not violate substantive due process. The amendments were also not void for vagueness. A summary judgment was not warranted on due process challenges nor free speech challenges. The plaintiffs prevailed on October 17, 2012, and Judge Kopf found that the statutes were not narrowly tailored, overboard and vague under the Due Process Clause and violated the Ex Post Facto Clause. The plaintiffs were awarded attorney fees of $292,564.88.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 25, 2019
Grassroots Leadership v. Texas Department of Family and Protective Services
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: D-1-GN-15-004336; 03-18-00261-CV (State Court)
IM-TX-0041
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 25, 2019
Doe v. Shenandoah Valley Juvenile Center Commission
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-00097 (W.D. Va.)
IM-VA-0006
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE STUDIES
February 24, 2019
"Whitaker’s Appointment and Broader Risks at the Justice Department"
https://www.lawfareblog.com/whitakers-appointment-and-broader-risks-justice-department
Date: Nov. 17, 2018
By: David Kris (Lawfare Blog)
David Kris discusses the concerns and implications involving FISA of President Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting Attorney General.*
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 24, 2019
Seitz v. Allegheny County
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: 2:16-cv-01879-CRE (W.D. Pa.)
JC-PA-0035
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 24, 2019
Rudolph v. Adamar of New Jersey
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:00-CV-00190 (D.N.J.)
EE-NJ-0123
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 24, 2019
Stockman v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 5:17-cv-01799 (C.D. Cal.)
EE-CA-0359
On September 5, 2017, transgender service members filed this complaint against the President of the United States, the Secretary of Defense, and other federal officials in the Central District of California seeking declaratory and injunctive relief. The plaintiffs challenged the constitutionality of a directive issued by President Trump on August 25, 2017 to exclude transgender people from federal military services. A preliminary injunction was granted on December 22, 2017. After the President revoked the 2017 directive, the defendants moved to dissolve the preliminary injunction but the motion was denied on September 18, 2018. The defendants appealed the decision to the Ninth Circuit on November 16, 2018 where a decision is pending. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court recently issued a relevant order in Karnoski v. Trump. 586 U.S. 18A625 (Jan. 22, 2019). In Karnoski, the Court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking the policy while challenges continue in lower courts.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 24, 2019
Doe v. Trump
Case Category: Equal Employment
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-01597 (D.D.C.)
EE-DC-0077
On August 9, 2017, active duty transgender service members in the U.S. military filed this lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia against the President and many government agencies. The plaintiffs sought declaratory and injunctive relief prohibiting implementation of the President’s August 2017 directive to prohibit transgender individuals from serving in the Armed Forces. The defendants moved to dismiss the case. On October 30, 2017, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted in part and denied in part the plaintiffs’ motion for preliminary injunction and the defendants’ motion to dismiss. After more litigation, on August 6, 2018, Judge Kollar-Kotelly granted the defendants’ partial motion for judgment on the pleadings and motion to partially dissolve the preliminary injunction only to the extent that it ran against the President. On August 27, the defendant appealed to the D.C. Circuit. On January 4, 2019, Judges Griffith, Wilkins, and Williams reversed the district court’s denial of the defendants’ motion to dissolve the preliminary injunction and also vacated the preliminary injunction without prejudice. The circuit court stated that the district court made an erroneous finding that the new policy was merely an implementation of the 2017 policy. The D.C. Circuit reasoned that the government took substantial steps to cure the procedural deficiencies in the enjoined 2017 memorandum and the new policy was no longer a blanket ban on transgender service. As a result, the court believed that the public interest weighed in favor of dissolving the injunction. In addition to the D.C. Circuit’s per curiam judgment, the Supreme Court recently issued a relevant order in Trump v. Karnoski. 586 U.S. 18A625 (Jan. 22, 2019). In Karnoski, the Court voted 5-4 to grant a Trump administration request to lift injunctions blocking the policy while challenges continue in lower courts. The case is ongoing back in the district court.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 24, 2019
Motion of Thomas C. Goldstein For Appointment As Amicus Curiae and For Leave to File Amicus Curiae Brief [FISA Docket Misc. 18-04]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 18-04 (FISC)
NS-DC-0130
After then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on November 7, 2018, President Trump appointed Matthew Whitaker to serve as the Acting Attorney General under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998. On December 11, 2018, Thomas Goldstein filed this motion with the FISC for appointment as amicus curiae in order to urge the FISC to decide whether President Trump's appointment of Matthew Whitaker was lawful. As of February 2019, there has been no other activity in this matter that has been publicly disclosed.
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CASE STUDIES
February 23, 2019
"Judicial Watch Asks Court for Carter Page FISA Warrant Hearing Transcripts"
https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/judicial-watch-asks-court-for-carter-page-fisa-warrant-hearing-transcripts/
Date: Jul. 24, 2018
(Judicial Watch)
Judicial Watch provides an overview of its motion requesting the FISC to release transcripts of all hearings related to the surveillance of Carter Page.*
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CASE STUDIES
February 23, 2019
"Friends of the Court: A Suggestion for the FISA Court on the Nunes Memo"
https://www.lawfareblog.com/friends-court-suggestion-fisa-court-nunes-memo
Date: Feb. 7, 2018
By: Benjamin Wittes (Lawfare)
Benjamin Wittes provides an overview of why he decided to submit an amicus brief to the FISC urging for transparency of any misconduct proceedings against the Department of Justice related to the Nunes Memo.*
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February 23, 2019
Internal Exile Former Offenders MDC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uCdbJKImdcU&feature=youtu.be
Date: Aug. 29, 2018
By: ACLU Florida
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February 23, 2019
DOE, ET AL. V. MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, ET AL.
https://www.aclu.org/cases/doe-et-al-v-miami-dade-county-et-al
Date: Oct. 23, 2014
By: ACLU
The ACLU and the ACLU of Florida filed suit against Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Corrections, seeking a permanent injunction against an unconstitutional housing ordinance that is extraordinarily difficult for former sex offenders to follow without becoming homeless.

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February 23, 2019
TENNESSEE: STATE-WIDE DRIVER'S LICENSE SUSPENSIONS
https://www.civilrightscorps.org/work/case/tennessee-state-wide-drivers-license-suspensions
Date: Oct. 16, 2018
By: Civil Rights Corps
In the five years before the lawsuits were filed, Tennessee suspended more than a quarter of a million driver’s licenses for nonpayment of traffic debt, and Tennessee revoked more than 140,000 driver's licenses for nonpayment of court debt.These suspensions occur without basic constitutional ...
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2019
Judicial Watch, Inc. v. United States DOJ
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: 1:18-cv-01050 (D.D.C.)
NS-DC-0131
On May 3, 2018, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA complaint against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking transcripts of any hearings related to Carter Page. After the DOJ filed a motion for summary judgment, maintaining that no responsive transcripts existed, the parties stipulated to a dismissal on September 24, 2018. The case closed in September 2018.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2019
Judicial Watch, Inc.'s Motion for Publication of Court Transcripts [FISA Docket Misc. 18-03]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 18-03 (FISC)
NS-DC-0129
On July 25, 2018, Judicial Watch filed a motion with the FISC for publication of "all transcripts of hearings regarding applications for or renewal of [FISA] warrants related to Carter Page." Judicial Watch argued that the release of the transcripts would "provide the public with a complete and unbiased look at the role of this Court" and "correct any inaccuracies contained the Nunes and Democratic memoranda." As of February 2019, there has been no other activity in this matter that has been publicly disclosed.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2019
U.S. CRIPA Investigation of Harris County (TX) jail
Case Category: Jail Conditions
Trial Docket: (No Court)
JC-TX-0026
The Department of Justice conducted an investigation into the conditions at Harris County Jail pursuant to the Department's powers under the Civil Rights of Institutionalized Persons Act. The investigation resulted in a 2009 Findings Letter which stated that the Jail violated the constitutional rights of detainees by failing to provide adequate: medical care; mental health care; protection from serious physical harm; and protection from life safety hazards. The parties have reportedly been engaged in negotiations since then, and the case is listed as open in a DOJ spreadsheet describing CRIPA matters. An investigation conducted by a local newspaper found that, as of late 2015, the problematic conditions still persisted.
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February 23, 2019
Doe v. Miami-Dade County
Case Category: Criminal Justice (Other)
Trial Docket: 1:14-cv-23933 (S.D. Fla.)
CJ-FL-0007
On October 23, 2014, three homeless individuals filed a complaint against Miami-Dade County and the Florida Department of Corrections at The U.S. Court for the Southern District of Florida. The plaintiffs alleged that the defendants’ enforcement of the Miami-Dade County Lauren Book Child Safety Ordinance violated the Fourteenth Amendment. The plaintiffs, who were registered sex offenders, claimed that the Ordinance prohibiting registered sex offenders from residing within 2,500 feet of a school, forced hundreds into homelessness. The plaintiffs sought declarative and monetary relief as well as a permanent injunction against the future enforcement of the ordinance. Final judgment was made for the defendants and the plaintiffs appealed the decision on January 23, 2019.
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2019
City of Chicago v. Sessions
Case Category: Immigration and/or the Border
Trial Docket: 1:17-cv-05720 (N.D. Ill.)
IM-IL-0020
Summary/Abstract not yet on record
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CASE ADDITIONS
February 23, 2019
In re Matters Before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Relating to Carter Page & Declassified by Order of the President on February 2, 2018 [FISA Docket Misc. 18-02]
Case Category: National Security
Trial Docket: Misc. 18-02 (FISC)
NS-DC-0128
On February 9, 2018, Benjamin Wittes, editor in chief of Lawfare, and Susan Hennessey, Executive Editor of Lawfare, filed a motion for leave to submit a brief of Amici Curiae. They sought to file an amici brief, "in support of no party," because they were concerned about the "Department of Justice's candor in submitting a FISA application and several renewal applications [for the surveillance of Carter Page] to this Court." As of February 2019, there has been no other activity in this matter that has been publicly disclosed.
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CASE STUDIES
February 22, 2019
"Electronic Privacy Information Center v. United States Dep't of Commerce"
Date: February 11, 2019
(Brennan Center for Justice)
Case analysis by the Brennan Center, including court filings. *
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CASE STUDIES
February 22, 2019
"Alabama v. United States Dep’t of Commerce"
Brennan Center
Date: February 11, 2019
(Brennan Center)
Case analysis by the Brennan Center, includes case filing documents. *
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February 22, 2019
""Hate speed traps and tickets? These people are fighting back.""
https://finesandfeesjusticecenter.org
Date: May 24, 2018
(Fines and Fees Justice Center)
Factual background of the case, including a video introducing the plaintiffs, town, and case. *
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February 20, 2019
"Carter Page FISA Documents Are Released by Justice Department"
Date: Jul. 21, 2018
By: Charlie Savage (The New York Times)
The New York Times released documents, related to the wiretapping of Carter Page, that were disclosed in response to reporter Charlie Savage's FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Justice. The article provides an overview of the documents' contents.*
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February 19, 2019
Howard vs Denver
ACLU of Colorado
Date: Oct. 10, 2018
By: ACLU of Colorado
[This is the ACLU case page]
The ACLU of Colorado sued Denver on behalf of Mickey Howard, who was held in the Denver Jail for 5 days after a court ordered his release upon payment of a $10 bond, because he could not pay an additional $50 “bond fee.”

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February 11, 2019
COPAA V. DEVOS
National Center for Youth Law
Date: July 2018
By: National Center for Youth Law
This is a case summary page on Council of Parents Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA). *
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CASE STUDIES
February 5, 2019
"Freeman v. Pitts, 112 S. Ct. 1430 (1992): The Travails of A "Garden Variety Desegregation Case""
Date: May 1993
By: Margo Schlanger (Yale Law School Law Student)
As in many desegregation cases, in Freeman v. Pitts, residential segregation led to the neighborhood schools becoming racially identifiable. The School District argued that it had not caused residential segregation, and that it was not constitutionally bound to counter its effects. Along with a ...
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February 4, 2019
Black Love Resists in the Rust v. City of Buffalo
Center for Constitutional Rights
Date: Jul. 19, 2018
By: Center for Constitutional Rights
A webpage that summarizes and documents the case timeline of Black Love Resists in the Rust v. City of Buffalo.*
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February 1, 2019
"Justice Department Wins Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Against Colorado City, Arizona, and Hildale, Utah"
Date: Mar. 7, 2016
(U.S. Department of Justice)
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January 28, 2019
ACLU v. Department of Homeland Security: FOIA lawsuit seeking records on “Countering Violent Extremism” Programs
https://www.aclu.org/
Date: Jan. 28, 2019
By: American Civil Liberties Union
The ACLU has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit seeking information about federal government programs that purport to prevent “violent extremism” but that actually cast suspicion on law-abiding Americans and unfairly target American Muslims. *
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January 28, 2019
Countering Violent Extremism
https://www.dhs.gov/publication/countering-violent-extremism#wcm-survey-target-id
Date: Jan. 28, 2019
By: Homeland Security
Homeland Security's release of Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) documents per FOIA request.*
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Wesley College (Del.)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2006 amid concerns that the college had withheld information from students after a report of rape in a residence hall and subsequent arrest of the accused ...
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Virginia Military Institute
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “An alleged victim of sexual assault at VMI has spoken publicly about what she sees as an inadequate response by the institution. VMI has updated its policies on discrimination, harassment, sexual ...
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “An alleged victim of sexual assault wrote an open letter to the chancellor in April 2015 about what she saw as an inadequate response by the institution. She said the student she accused of assault was ...
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Pitzer College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “In the spring of 2015, students from the seven Claremont Colleges, of which Pitzer is a part, participated in a climate survey about sexual assault at their institutions. At Pitzer, 12.9 percent of ...
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Northern New Mexico College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online."*
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: New School
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online."*
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Frostburg State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Office for Civil Rights notified the university it was under investigation. Frostburg State was one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation in ...
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January 26, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Cisco College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 26, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online."*
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January 22, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Wittenberg University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 22, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when Wittenberg was named in May 2014 as one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation by the Education Department in this wave of federal enforcement ...
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CASE STUDIES
January 21, 2019
"ACLU Commends Grand Rapids Police Decision to End Trespass Policy That Led to Disproportionate Arrest of African-Americans"
Date: Jun. 29, 2017
(American Civil Liberties Union)
Information about how the Grand Rapids Police Department terminated its trespass policy after the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the practice was unconstitutional in People v. Maggitt , 903 N.W.2d 868 (Mich. Ct. App. 2017). *
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January 11, 2019
The Downtown Soup Kitchen v. Municipality of Anchorage
Equal Justice Case Files
Date: Dec. 20, 2018
By: Equality Case Files (Equal Justice For All)
This webpage contains important documents and case files related to The Downtown Soup Kitchen v. Municipality of Anchorage.*
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January 10, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Yale University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when, in October 2010, male students pledging a fraternity repeated a sexually aggressive chant ("No means yes, yes means anal") outside Yale's Women's Center ...
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January 10, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: BioHealth College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “The for-profit college closed its doors in 2014 after filing for bankruptcy."*
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January 10, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Glenville State College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 10, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the university resolved a federal investigation into its sexual-assault procedures. In September 2012, a former student sued the college, alleging it ...
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January 9, 2019
FSU Found Previously Noncompliant Under Title IX, Enters Agreement Amid Ongoing Reforms
Date: Sep. 20, 2016
By: James Kirk and Nick DeMichele
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January 9, 2019
Former FSU Officer Resigns After Sexual Assault Charges Dropped
Bottom Line
Date: Sep. 9, 2014
By: Brad Kroner
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January 9, 2019
Alumna Who Alleged Sexual Assault By Campus Police Officer Speaks Out
Bottom Line
By: Brad Kroner
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January 9, 2019
‘Her Own Warrior:’ Former SGA President Says She Requested Title IX Investigation
Bottom Line
Date: May 13, 2014
By: Keith Davidson
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January 9, 2019
Professors Dispute Depiction of Harvard Case in Rape Documentary
New York Times
Date: Nov. 13, 2015
By: Cara Buckley
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January 9, 2019
To the Harvard 19: Do Better
Huffington Post
Date: Mar. 25, 2016
By: Kamilah Willingham
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January 9, 2019
Feds Clear Hanover College Of Retaliation In Sexual Assault Case
Huffington Post
Date: Jun. 2, 2014
By: Tyler Kingkade
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January 9, 2019
Hanover College Told Rape Victim That Attempting To Have Her Alleged Rapist Punished Is Harassment
Huffington Post
Date: Jan. 27, 2014
By: Tyler Kingkade
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January 9, 2019
College Administrators Learning to Be Sexual Misconduct Detectives
LA Times
Date: May 14, 2014
By: Teresa Watanabe
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January 9, 2019
Lawyer: Butte College Protects Football Players, Not Women
KBCR News
Date: Sep. 24, 2014
By: Colin Steiner
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January 9, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Virginia
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 9, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in November 2014, when Rolling Stone published and later retracted a high-profile account of a violent gang rape, resulting in lawsuits against the magazine ...
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January 9, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Vincennes University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 9, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when Vincennes was named in May 2014 as one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation by the Education Department in this wave of federal enforcement ...
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January 8, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 8, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when a female student went public with allegations that her ex-boyfriend sexually abused her, and that the university treated her unfairly throughout the ...
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January 7, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of California at Berkeley
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 7, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in the spring of 2013 when several students filed a federal complaint under the campus-crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act.
In February 2014, 31 ...
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January 7, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Stanford University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 7, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in June 2014 when a graduating senior encouraged classmates to circulate an email in which she expressed frustration that the student she accused of sexual ...
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January 6, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Southern Methodist University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 6, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Southern Methodist was one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department in May 2014. Two alleged victims of sexual assault ...
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January 5, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Tufts University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 5, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when several students connected in 2009 with the national group Students Active for Ending Rape (SAFER) for training on 'how to demand change' on their campus ...
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January 5, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: State University of New York system
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 5, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “At the direction of the state’s governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, the system established a working group in October 2014 and introduced a new set of policies on sexual-violence prevention and response, ...
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January 5, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Quincy College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 5, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault and collected resources online."*
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January 4, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Hanover College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 4, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “A student who filed a federal complaint against the institution for allegedly mishandling a reported sexual assault has spoken publicly about her experience. The student told The Huffington Post that the ...
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January 3, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Hawaii-Manoa
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 3, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Hawaii was one of the initial 55 colleges under investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights in May 2014. The institution has ...
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January 3, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Southern California
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 3, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “A student at the university named Tucker Reed gained widespread attention in 2013 for blogging about a peer who she said had raped her, helping to put the issue of campus sexual assault in the national ...
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January 2, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Humboldt State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 2, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Students at HSU run a prevention and bystander-intervention program called CHECK-IT. A former student and football player arrested for sexual assault in 2016 reached a plea agreement on lesser charges. The ...
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January 2, 2019
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Davis & Elkins College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Jan. 2, 2019
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in 2013 when a baseball player at the college was charged with second-degree sexual assault. Another player alleged that Marcus Warner sexually assaulted him ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Michigan State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department in 2014 identified it in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Minot State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department identified it in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Occidental College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when a group of students, faculty members, and alumni filed a federal complaint in April 2013 that accused the college of mishandling sexual-assault cases ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Occidental College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when a group of students, faculty members, and alumni filed a federal complaint in April 2013 that accused the college of mishandling sexual-assault cases ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Princeton University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “Sexual assault gained attention at Princeton in 2010, when Wendy Murphy, an adjunct professor at New England Law and a victim advocate, filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education asserting ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Virginia Commonwealth University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, updated its procedures, hired new staff members, held a forum, and promoted awareness. Title IX ...
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December 29, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Alaska system
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 29, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention at the institution when the Office for Civil Rights wrote to say it was opening an investigation. After an internal review, the interim chancellor of the Fairbanks campus ...
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December 28, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Kansas
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 28, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in September 2014, when a female student who had filed a federal complaint against the institution for allegedly mishandling her report of sexual assault spoke ...
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December 28, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Mississippi
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 28, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: “The institution has affirmed its commitment to victims of sexual assault, collected resources online, and taken steps to improve its policies and climate. The student group Rebels Against Sexual Assault ...
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December 27, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker:University of Montana at Missoula
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 27, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention on the campus after reports in the fall of 2011 that two female students had been sexually assaulted, allegedly by football players. The university hired a former state ...
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December 26, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: University of Notre Dame
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 26, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention at Notre Dame in 2010, when a 19-year-old freshman killed herself after reporting that she had been assaulted by a player on the university's football team. Students, victim ...
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December 24, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Harvard University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 24, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Harvard and Harvard Law School were two of the initial 55 institutions under investigation in this wave of federal enforcement as announced by the Education Department in May 2014.
Colby Bruno, senior ...
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December 24, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: City University of New York Hunter College
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 24, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention on the campus when the Education Department identified it in an initial list of 55 institutions facing a federal inquiry for potential Title IX violations over their handling ...
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December 23, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Wheaton College (Mass.)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 23, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault gained attention on the campus in the fall of 2015, when local news outlets reported that Wheaton had acknowledged that it was facing an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice."*
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December 23, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Xavier University (Ohio)
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 23, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Two former students who filed federal Title IX complaints against the institution for allegedly mishandling reported sexual assaults in 2008 and 2009 have spoken publicly about their experiences. One said ...
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December 23, 2018
Chronicle of Higher Education, Title IX Tracker: Ohio State University
Chronicle of Higher Education
Date: Dec. 23, 2018
By: Chronicle of Higher Education
Collects documents from Department of Education OCR Title IX investigation. Campus Context: "Sexual assault and harassment gained attention on the campus in 2010, when the U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights started a compliance review of Ohio State's policies involving the ...
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December 23, 2018
Office of Civil Rights, Title IX
Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights
Date: Dec. 23, 2018
By: Department of Education, Office of Student Rights
The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is providing access to recipient resolution letters with agreements reached on or after October 1, 2013. The letters and agreements cover aspects of law OCR enforces. *
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